| Nov 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Mark Gagan, a police captain in Richmond, Calif., thought he'd found an effective crime deterrent this fall when he posted mug shots of the men arrested in prostitution stings on the Police Department's Facebook page.
But what happened next shocked him....
| Oct 21, 2014
| 5:01 PM
The day after Loanne Berning asked for a domestic-violence injunction against her husband, he showed up at her Leesburg home.
Lance Berning then vandalized the house, slashed a waterbed and set fire to furniture in the backyard, according to a 1994...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 2:33 PM
With California ranked as one of the states with the worst problems of human trafficking, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a raft of seven bills aimed at improving prosecution of the crime, whose victims are often forced into prostitution, domestic...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 10:04 AM
A Glendale police sergeant arrested last month for allegedly soliciting a prostitute will make more than $10,000 a month on paid leave until he retires at the end of 2015, records show.
The arrangement was reached months before Sgt. Vahak Mardikian&...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 8:04 PM
A Lauderhill man is accused of sexually exploiting teenage girls by forcing them to become prostitutes operating out of Fort Lauderdale hotels, police said.
Gerard Nelson, 22, briefly faced a judge on additional human trafficking charges Tuesday. He's...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 1:42 PM
Federal agents have arrested a South Florida man they said made several trips to South America to have sex and make child pornography videos with underage girls.
Dennis DeJesus, 45, of North Lauderdale, was arrested at his home Saturday on child "sex...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 8:24 AM
KISSIMMEE — Backpage.com escort ads offer introductions to a wide range of adults.
Rodney Lee Bagby is an example.
Busted a week ago in Osceola County's tourist corridor, Bagby was riding with two young women calling themselves "Sugar" and...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 9:55 AM
A Leesburg man charged last week with torturing and killing a prostitute in Brevard County may have more victims, Brevard investigators said Monday.
And they're asking the public for help.
Lance David Berning, 45, an unemployed welder and father of...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 6:13 PM
Long Beach police announced Wednesday that officers arrested 91 suspected pimps and johns during an eight-month investigation aimed at combating sex trafficking.
Authorities also recovered 22 young women who they alleged were working as prostitutes....
| Oct 29, 2014
| 11:08 AM
When investigators searched the cell phone of a South Florida man they say pimped out underage teen girls, they found one of his contacts saved under the name "Pedophile Frank."
"Pedophile Frank" was just one of the clients who answered ads for teen...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 6:00 PM
SOUTHINGTON — Police charged three women with prostitution Friday during an undercover operation at a local motel, police said.
An undercover officer posing as a customer contacted "several known prostitutes" who were advertising services on the...