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Asian woman says she was harassed by federal agents after being mistaken for sex trafficking victim

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An Asian woman who lives in Georgia is alleging that federal agents detained her for more than an hour because they mistook her for a human trafficking victim.

Local NBC affiliate 11 Alive reports that Atlanta metro area resident Stephanie Ung says she and her friend were both departing a Delta flight back from Cancun when they were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who detained and questioned them for over an hour.

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Ung explained to them that she was just trying to get home to see her family, but they didn’t buy her story.

“I just kept telling them that I wanted to go home for my family Thanksgiving dinner, and that they were making me late, but they just didn’t care,” she said. “They just laughed.”

Ung speculates that the only reason they could have stopped her is that they believed she was a human trafficking victim, as many such victims are of Asian descent.

“I know human trafficking is huge within the Asian community, right, and that’s the only reason why I could see you stopping me,” she said. “That and the fact that I was in a dress. I was in a dress with some cardigans and boots, and I think that’s totally appropriate to fly on an airplane with.”

In response to the story, Delta said that its employees were alerted to the possibility that Ung and her friend might be human trafficking victims by another passenger, on account of the fact that they supposedly weren’t in possession of their passports. Ung, however, says she and her friend both had possession of their passports the entire time.

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Watch 11 Alive’s report on the incident below.

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BUSTED: Trump’s new spy chief worked for foreign politician the US accused of corruption

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President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department.

In 2016, Grenell wrote several articles defending the oligarch, a Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc, but did not disclose that he was being paid, according to records and interviews. Grenell also did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which generally requires people to disclose work in the U.S. on behalf of foreign politicians.

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Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year – here’s a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll

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When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency weighs decisions about air pollution regulations, it typically selects candidate actions from one or more sectors, such as electric power generation and industry. For each strategy considered, the agency carefully estimates the costs and benefits, then decides which actions to pursue.

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Rosie O’Donnell hilariously responds to attacks from ‘demented liar’ Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Rosie O'Donnell during a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday.

During his third rally in as many days, Trump alleged that O'Donnell had committed crimes.

O'Donnell, who had been friendly with Trump before he began publicly feuding with her, responded to the news on Twitter.

fuck off u demented liar #TrumpRussiaCollusion https://t.co/GJIGne4WI7

— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 21, 2020

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