human trafficking


Gov. Doug Ducey this week signed a bill to commission a task force to study the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Arizona. The state has the third highest rate in the nation, but the epidemic remains under-researched and the full scope of the problem isn’t clear. Tribal communities have taken matters into their own hands in recent years with aggressive social media campaigns to find missing relatives. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with advocate and Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty.

Coco Berthmann

Coco Berthmann escaped a life of sex trafficking in Germany after 15 years of trauma. She’ll share her experience during an event at Northern Arizona University Sat, May 4 to raise awareness about sex trafficking and how it's more common than many might imagine. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius had a chance to speak with her before the event. And a warning: this conversation contains graphic descriptions of abuse and may not be suitable for some listeners.

Arizona Department of Corrections via AP

A recent fatal shootout between federal officers in Arizona and a suspected migrant smuggler packing an AK-47 has provided a glimpse inside the brutal tactics of traffickers who sometimes prey on recent border-crossers, even holding them against their will to shake down their families.

Darren Calabrese /The Canadian Press via AP

Cindy McCain is apologizing after inaccurately claiming that she stopped human trafficking at the Phoenix airport when she reported a toddler with a woman of a different ethnicity and "something didn't click."

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The chief executive of pleaded guilty to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at the website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide "online brothel," authorities said.