Sex-slave ring discovered
Federal prosecutors have charged 13 people in a sex slave ring they say forced young Mexican women into prostitution in New York and New Jersey. The authorities say some of the women were delivered to farms in New Jersey, where each would have sex with up to 25 farm workers a day. They say others worked in brothels located in dingy apartments in poor neighborhoods. Court papers say customers paid $30 for 15 minutes of sex and the women would get $15 but were usually forced to give it to traffickers who had smuggled them into the United States.
Missing woman surfaces
A central Pennsylvania woman who mysteriously disappeared after dropping off her children for school 11 years ago surfaced in Florida, telling police she traveled there on a whim with homeless hitchhikers, slept under bridges and survived by scavenging food and panhandling, authorities said Wednesday. Brenda Heist, 54, had been declared legally dead, Lititz Borough Police Detective John Schofield said. The detective said he met with her in Florida on Monday, and she expressed shame and apologized for what she did to her family. Heist was going through an amicable divorce in 2002 when she was turned down for housing assistance, which led her to despair.
The U.S. Air Force says it disciplined five former commanders at a San Antonio base for not reporting problems quickly or taking appropriate action in what has turned into the military branch’s worst sex scandal. The confirmation came as the 18th military trial in the scandal started Wednesday. A former wing commander, a former group commander and three former squadron commanders, as well as a senior noncommissioned officer, were disciplined last fall after an investigation into instructor sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, a military spokeswoman said. In some cases, a commander was not informed of problems in a timely manner and at other times a commander didn’t take appropriate action after knowing about a problem, she said.
Compiled from wire reports.