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Links: Slavery in the News
Posted by Anne Keehn on September 28, 2010
Global Nations Inquirer: Indie film tackles human trafficking to Sabah: “The issue on human trafficking is like a song whose lyrics and melody everyone knows but which still remains unsung. Unknown to most city dwellers, even in the Philippines, human trafficking is very much rampant.” Independent fiction film “Halaw: Ways of the Sea” follows Filipino migrant workers as they illegally cross the border into Malaysia in search of work. The stories are based on real case studies of human trafficking survivors.
Detroit Free Press: Miss Michigan to Run Marathon to Raise Awareness About Slavery: “‘Every year nearly 20,000 men, women and children are dehumanized and forced into barbaric situations,’ [Miss Michigan Katie Lynne] LaRoche said in a statement. ‘I want to use the Miss Michigan platform to draw attention to this horrific crime.'”
Contra Costa Times: Two men held in teen prostitution scheme in Northern California: Two men were arrested “on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possessing methamphetamine, possession of obscene material, unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, solicitation of prostitution, pandering for prostitution, human trafficking of a subject under 18, and lewd and lascivious acts with a child.”
News on 6: Oklahoma woman shares tory of teen years as sex trafficking victim: “[Barbara] Maphet, 35, said she was a teenager at an Oklahoma City-area high school when she became a sex trafficking victim. At the time she was 17, homeless and addicted to drugs. That’s when someone suggested she get a job with two men who were looking to hire a professional card dealer. So, she met the men at an apartment complex in west Oklahoma City…”
Children are enslaved in Ghana’s mining and fishing regions. Poverty, conflict, and weak legal protections push women and girls into forced marriage and prostitution in the Congo. Phony promises of religious education lure children into forced begging in Senegal.
Impoverished children are forced to leave home and toil as domestic servants in Haiti. Migrants are enslaved in the construction, agriculture and hospitality industries in the Dominican Republic. Landless farmworkers are enslaved on ranches and plantations in Brazil.
Illegal debts and a lack of access to justice plague the poor and marginalized in India—entire families are enslaved for borrowing small sums in emergencies. In Nepal, thousands must head overseas each year to find work—many are tricked by traffickers.
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