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Woman wanted for human trafficking held in Navotas

A woman wanted for human trafficking was arrested in Navotas City on Wednesday, the police Anti-Kidnapping Group said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 8th, 2020

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Typhoon-devastated Filipinos are vulnerable to trafficking — UN report

Cases of human trafficking in the Philippines spiked after major typhoons wiped out local communities’ agricultural industries, making the country a striking case study globally of how climate-induced income losses can lead to trafficking......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2023

Man rejected by woman who wanted only to be friends sues her for $3 million over ‘trauma’

SINGAPORE — A man who wanted a romantic relationship with a woman initially threatened to sue her for emotional trauma after he found out that she saw him only as a friend. The legal action was kept at bay after she agreed to take part in his counseling, but almost 1½ years later, Mr K. […] The post Man rejected by woman who wanted only to be friends sues her for $3 million over ‘trauma’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2023

Woman held for bomb joke at Davao airport

A passenger bound for Manila was asked to deplane and was arrested at the Davao International Airport on Sunday due to a bomb joke......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2023

Woman caught posing as PNP chief’s kin

A woman who is wanted for soliciting money using the Facebook account of a relative of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. was arrested in Quezon City on Thursday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2023

DOJ junks human trafficking raps vs POGO

The Department of Justice has dismissed the human trafficking charges filed by the Philippine National Police against a Pasay-based Philippine offshore gaming operator or POGO for lack of evidence......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 26th, 2023

Immigration revamp, more welfare offices needed vs human trafficking

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who exposed the fake jobs scheme last November, has called for an overhaul of the BI to clean up its ranks......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 25th, 2023

DILG cites Quezon City’s drive vs human trafficking, VAWC

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has recognized the Quezon City government for its efforts in combating human trafficking and violence against women and children......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 15th, 2023

Delivery rider held for sexual harassment

A delivery rider accused of sexually harassing a woman for two months was arrested in Quezon City on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2023

Romania detains ex-kickboxer Andrew Tate in human trafficking case

BUCHAREST — Romanian prosecutors said on Thursday they have detained divisive internet personality and former professional kickboxer Andrew Tate on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organized crime group. Tate, banned from many social media platforms for misogynistic comments and hate speech, and his brother Tristan will be detained for 24 hours alongside […] The post Romania detains ex-kickboxer Andrew Tate in human trafficking case appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 30th, 2022

Called To Rescue, Seven A.D. create virtual escape room against human trafficking

Seven A.D. created a campaign to make people feel they are part of the mission to help fight human trafficking in partnership with Called To Rescue - a non-profit organization that helps rescue children who are missing, have been abused or trafficked. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2022

Woman held for P8.5 million Ecstasy from France

Anti-narcotics agents arrested a woman after she accepted a parcel, which contained 5,032 pieces of party drug Ecstasy valued at P8.55 million, during a controlled delivery operation in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2022

2 Makati cops held for extortion

Two rookie policemen who allegedly extorted money from a woman and her partner in Makati City were arrested yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 16th, 2022

CHR commends DSWD for protecting IPs

The Commission on Human Rights has commended the Department of Social Welfare and Development for protecting the indigenous peoples against trafficking and exploitation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 11th, 2022

Most wanted sa pagpatay, arestado sa Navotas

MANILA, Philippines- Isinelda ang isang lalaki na listed bilang most wanted dahil sa kasong pagpatay matapos matimbog sa One Time Big Time (OTBT) operation kaugnay ng S.A.F.E. NCRPO sa Navotas City, kamakalawa ng hapon. Kinilala ni Navotas police chief P/Col. Dexter Ollaging ang naarestong akusado bilang si Noli Villanueva, 49 ng Blk 34 Lot 6 […] The post Most wanted sa pagpatay, arestado sa Navotas appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2022

‘I felt the punch land’: Human trafficking of overseas fishermen in Ireland

Irish justice system 'failing' Filipino fishing workers who report exploitation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2022

3 human trafficking victims rescued; Chinese nabbed

Two women and a teenage girl believed to be victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation were rescued at a condominium building in Pasay City on Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2022

Beware of job offers abroad, OFWs told

The Department of Migrant Workers has warned jobseekers against the illegal operation of a human trafficking ring luring Filipinos to work abroad......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2022

Wanted na bebot, dinampot sa Navotas

MANILA, Philippines – Isinelda ang isang babaeng wanted matapos maaresto sa isinagawang manhunt operation ng pulisya sa Navotas City, kamakalawa ng hapon. Kinilala ni Navotas police chief Col. Dexter Ollaging ang naarestong akisado bilang si Arriane Tupaz Topia, 31, ng No. 4, Blk 1, Bagong Silang, San Jose. Navotas City. Ayon kay Col. Ollaging, alinsunod […] The post Wanted na bebot, dinampot sa Navotas appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 24th, 2022

BI probes trafficking attempt at NAIA

The Bureau of Immigration has launched an investigation into an attempt by three human trafficking victims to leave the country illegally by using fake access passes to get past security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Nov. 6......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2022