Man indicted for kidnapping, raping, and forcing teen into prostitution

Man indicted for kidnapping, raping, and forcing teen into prostitution

A man is behind bars, indicted for kidnapping a teen runaway, raping her, and forcing her to work as a prostitute. Melvin Howard Williams, 32, was indicted on felony charges of rape and two counts of trafficking for commercial sex acts. He also was indicted on a misdemeanor count of harboring a runaway.

93-count indictment on sex trafficking charges revealed against Backpage founders

93-count indictment on sex trafficking charges revealed against Backpage founders

Backpage.com, a classified advertising website that faced persistent allegations of profiting from illegal prostitution, was shut down by the U.S. government Friday as authorities reportedly brought criminal charges against seven of those involved in operating the site. 

Teen who met stranger online was forced into sex trafficking in Memphis

Teen who met stranger online was forced into sex trafficking in Memphis

A missing girl from Mississippi was being sex trafficked in Memphis, according to a police report obtained by FOX13. The 18-year-old from Jackson, Miss. had been missing since January 29. More than a month later, police got a call that a girl was being held against her will outside a Memphis grocery store.

House passes anti-online sex trafficking bill, allows targeting of websites like Backpage.com

House passes anti-online sex trafficking bill, allows targeting of websites like Backpage.com

The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that gives prosecutors, state attorneys general and sex trafficking victims a clearer route to pursue legal action against websites hosting advertisements for prostitutes, which advocates have long argued are a hive for trafficking children.

Legal elite stand up for Cyntoia Brown

There's a young woman sitting in a Tennessee prison waiting to see if Governor Haslam will end her life sentence. It's a long shot for Cyntoia Brown -- because she killed a man. Still, there's no silencing the judges, a former state supreme court justice and attorneys who are all putting their careers on the line to see her free.