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Country’s former military intelligence chief missing in Spain

“The former military intelligence chief of Venezuela has gone missing in Spain days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the US on drug trafficking charges” writes Agence France-presse In for theguardian.com. In September, Spain’s national court had rejected a US extradition request, instead ordering the release of Carvajal, who served as intelligence chief under the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez. Carvajal has denied any “links to drug trafficking and the Farc”, Spanish judicial sources said at the time.Carvajal has long been sought by US Treasury officials…

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26 people convicted in West Michigan cocaine trafficking conspiracy

“KALAMAZOO, MI — A total of 26 people have now been convicted in a West Michigan cocaine trafficking conspiracy, with the latest four just convicted following a nine-day trial in Kalamazoo federal court” writes John Tunison for mlive.com. The four people convicted in Kalamazoo obtained cocaine from Mayfield, prosecutors said, and redistributed it to buyers in powder form or as crack cocaine.Prosecutors say the organization distributed kilograms of cocaine in and around Grand Rapids between April 2017 and May 2018.Federal prosecutors say the four were part of a drug-trafficking organization…

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Watchdog group: Trump DHS pick made false claims about role in family separation policy

“Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., asked Wolf if he helped develop the family separation policy, known as zero tolerance, that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in the spring of 2018” writes Julia Ainsley Is for nbcnews.com. Wolf made a deliberate attempt to mislead the committee about his role in developing the family separation policy in violation of the prohibition against making false statements to Congress,” the letter from Restore Public Trust said.Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for DHS, said Wolf did not lie to Congress and his role in the policy was merely…

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Working off a tip from U.S. authorities, China sentences nine over fentanyl trafficking

“Liu and Jiang were accused of manufacturing and trafficking illicit drugs” writes Associated Press for marketwatch.com. Scrambling to contain surging overdose deaths, Washington has blamed Beijing for failing to curb the supply of synthetic drugs that U.S. officials say come mainly from China.Chinese officials said the Xingtai case was one of three fentanyl trafficking networks they are pursuing based on U.S. intelligence, but declined to discuss the details of the other cases, which are ongoing. Source: marketwatch.com

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New Homeland Security chief could be a temp

“Chad Wolf will serve as acting secretary in the interim,” Gidley said, declining to answer questions about who would be nominated in a permanent role” writes Shannon Pettypiece for nbcnews.com. President Donald Trump, who confirmed Friday afternoon that he was naming Chad Wolf as acting secretary of Homeland Security, doesn’t plan to nominate him to fill the position permanently, a person directly involved in the process told NBC News.NBC News was the first news organization to report that Wolf was in the running to lead the department responsible for immigration…

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Legalized prostitution will put DC’s most at-risk youth in further jeopardy

“As more and more buyers enter the market, sex trafficking of vulnerable youth will increase exponentially because of the statutory protections afforded by legalized prostitution” reports washingtonexaminer.com. There will not be enough supply of legal sex workers to satisfy the increased demand created by the Washington, D.C., City Council’s decision to legalize prostitution.But government officials at all levels must also grapple with the fact that there is a never-ending supply of vulnerable Americans forced into the sex trade.The sex trade in Washington, D.C., and across the country and the world…

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Former sex workers see value in Florida’s mandated sex trafficking education

“Weller applied for a job at the spa tucked into a seedy Bradenton strip mall near the airport, there was no talk about her skills as a masseuse or related work experience” writes Ryan Mckinnon The for sun-sentinel.com. She took the job because she wanted to be in control of how she earned her money (Dan Wagner/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP) (Sarasota Herald-Tribune / Dan Wagner/AP).  Source: sun-sentinel.com

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‘Girls Do Porn’ Was A Crime Ring, Not A Porn Site, Industry Experts Say

“Sex trafficking panic serves as a political lever to push legislators into supporting bills that harm consensual sex workers” reports vice.com. In her answer, she immediately conflated sex work with sex trafficking and needing rescue.”Because of the amount of stigmatization still attached to the sex industry it can be difficult to speak up when something goes wrong.”I think the GirlsDoPorn case says a lot more about our society than it does about the porn industry.”.  Source: vice.com

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Wildlife trafficking on the rise all across continent

“The illegal wildlife trade is increasing all across Latin America, the first high-level conference on the issue in the Americas was told” writes Dan Collyns for theguardian.com. After drugs, guns and human trafficking, wildlife trafficking is the world’s most lucrative organised crime with an annual value of around $20bn (£16bn) each year, according to a 2016 report by Interpol and the UN environment programme.The threatened carnivore was the image chosen as the emblem for the initiative launched in Lima on illegal wildlife trade last week.Both the UK and the US…

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