Portland police are calling it "human trafficking," but it was just an old-fashioned vice bust.
Plus: Effort to decriminalize psychedelics gains traction in California, crony capitalism at its worst, and more...
Rhetoric around the shootings risks putting massage workers everywhere in more danger.
Plus: ACLU joins fight for donor privacy, Parler drops lawsuit against Amazon, and more...
Federal Suit Seeks Damages for Men Illegally Recorded at Florida Massage Parlors, Falsely Smeared as Sex Traffickers
Two women still face felony charges, though the cases against all male defendants were dropped.
Plus: A reminder that censorship backfires, Wyoming city considers ban on "performance prostitution," and more...
Authorities "shall destroy the videos unlawfully obtained through the surveillance of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa," a federal judge says.
Charges against Kraft were (rightfully) dismissed. The women he patronized now have criminal records.
Judge Susan Brnovich said no reasonable person would question her impartiality just because her husband already says they're guilty.
Florida Drops Prostitution Case Against Robert Kraft, Still Pursues Charges Against the Women He Paid
Plus: DHS wants to ban some immigrants from getting four-year degrees, Louisiana cop who claimed attack admits he shot himself, and more...
Plus: People have doubts about democracy, Washington state sues Juul, and more...
American Airlines Reportedly Accused a Black Social Worker of Kidnapping the White Child In Her Care. Now She's Suing.
Never mind the court order showing the child as a dependent in her care.
Sen. Josh Hawley Says He 'Took on an Asian Trafficking Ring' and 'Freed a Dozen Women in Sex Slavery.' That's Not True.
As a state attorney, the young GOP senator oversaw raids of more than a dozen massage parlors, but he didn’t secure a single sex trafficking conviction.
"Supreme Court jurisprudence...is heavily weighted against you," an appeals judge told state prosecutors last week.
In "Operation Asian Touch," federal agents coerced suspected human-trafficking victims into sex acts. Local cops seized money and threw them in jail.
Plus: trade vote today, woman sues DEA for seizing cash belonging to her dad with dementia, and more...
You know, to "fight human trafficking."
Plus: Another Marine goes rogue to catch "child traffickers," 69 percent of people hate Trump, and more...
Plus: Juul targeted for smoking cessation claims, federal budget deficit tops $1 trillion, and more...
Sealed memos fought over in federal court last week show authorities have known for years that claims about Backpage were bogus.
The operation is still arresting sex workers and calling it a rescue mission.
The bipartisan bill says "using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act" or in any kind of labor counts as human trafficking.
Plus: How the French could kill U.S. speech, do economic centrists exist?, and more...
To state Rep. Jillian Gilchrest, “Raising women up” apparently means depriving them of employment opportunities.
'We know what we want to do with our bodies, and we don't need government interference.'
The bill also targets strip clubs
Plus: the biggest trouble with Devin Nunes' Twitter lawsuit, the Senate fails to override Trump's Yemen veto, bad news for the gig economy, and more...
Nonetheless, a judge will let a sex trafficking complaint against Weinstein proceed.
Plus: "content moderation laws are...not about punishing tech companies" and union fees have taken an astonishing hit.
Plus: a Robert Kraft/spa-sting update, Florida sex-buyer registry nixed, D.C. activist alleges entrapment, and more sex-work and sex-policy news.
We were told this sort of spying would only be used to stop terrorists. And yet...
Homeland Security and Florida Cops Spied on Chinese Massage Workers for Months but Still Couldn't Find Evidence of Human Trafficking
Nine women face felony prostitution charges and hundreds of their customers have been arrested. Florida says it's the real victim.
'No Allegations of Human Trafficking' and 'Women Could've Walked Out' In Florida Massage-Parlor Prostitution Stings
Authorities are walking back big claims about an international human-trafficking ring involving Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's Bust Is Being Billed as a Human Trafficking Bust, but It Looks More Like Ordinary Prostitution
It's also part of a larger national attack on massage parlors and sex workers.
Government statistics often show more reports of both. That doesn't mean either is on the rise.
Plus: Lionel Shriver on cultural erasure and Stormy Daniels on strip-club labor laws
Plus: New York's CBD-foods crackdown, Laura Loomer gets booted from PayPayl, and more hits from last night's speech.
Occupational licensing programs deprive people of livelihoods and often don't improve public health.
How big hotel chains became arms of the surveillance state.
The Super Bowl is around the corner and a popular sex trafficking myth is back.
Plus: The TSA mask is slipping and government shutdown goes on.
The PATRIOT Act fell out of fashion-but swap "human trafficker" for "terrorist" and let the civil liberties infringements roll!
Why the Press Conflates Prostitution with Sex Trafficking—and Why That's a Threat To Free Speech: Podcast
Elizabeth Nolan Brown exposes the flimsy case against the alt-weekly pioneers accused of facilitating sex trafficking through Backpage.com.