Friday, November 13, 2009
Alamo sentenced to 175 years, child trafficking film
Evangelist Alamo sentenced to 175 years on sex charges - November 13, 2009 (CNN) - Evangelist Tony Alamo is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison after an Arkansas judge sentenced him to 175 years Friday on charges that included taking minors across state lines for sex, according to prosecutors. A jury convicted Alamo in July on 10 federal counts covering offenses that spanned 11 years and dated back to 1994, according to documents from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Alamo, the 75-year-old founder and leader of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, will serve the sentences on each count consecutively, for a total of 175 years in prison, prosecutors said. In addition to his sentence, Alamo was fined $250,000, court documents showed....An indictment released in November 2008 accused Alamo of transporting five girls across state lines for sex. The criminal complaint included accounts from three girls, two of whom were 17 when the complaint was released last year, and one who was 14. All three said Alamo sexually abused them.
Lucy Liu film highlights child trafficking By SARAH EL DEEB (AP) – 11/12/09 CAIRO — Actress Lucy Liu, who has produced a film about children sold into the sex trade in Cambodia, says the fight against human trafficking will be long. Liu praised several projects funded by the U.N. children's agency in Egypt, where she was promoting the film "Red Light" at the Cairo International Film Festival. The actress co-produced and narrated the movie, which follows the stories of a number of girls over the course of four years as they are kidnapped and sold to brothels in Cambodia. Liu said Wednesday it "is really going to take a really long time" to fight human trafficking, labeled the third most profitable business in the world after weapons and drugs trading. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvt-970i78ozD-g-DoQ6QOFA7OFwD9BU033O0