Fighting slavery is
“everyone’s responsibility” says Secretary of State Clinton,
releasing global trafficking report>>
6/14/10 - U.S. State Department
The call that went forth from Palermo in December of 2000 is being heard; 116 countries have enacted legislation to prohibit all forms of trafficking. This last year saw more victims identified, more services provided, and more traffickers convicted than any year in history. This 10th anniversary is not a time to despair at the scope of this problem; it is a time to honor progress and re-dedicate ourselves to the fight.
New funds prompt new hope in fight against human trafficking
12/17/09 - Kansas City Star
America’s war on human trafficking got its biggest-ever one-year boost in federal funding following President Barack Obama’s signing of an appropriations bill, one of several significant anti-trafficking developments this week. Jolene Smith, CEO and co-founder of Free the Slaves, called the additional funding a “watershed moment.”
Slaves Held Hostage in Pakistan
10/27/09 - Time Magazine
As Hillary Clinton pays her first visit to Pakistan as Secretary of State, an unfolding hostage crisis will test the Obama Administration's rhetoric on human rights in the region. Officials at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad say landlords have held bonded farm workers at gunpoint in the country's southeast Sindh province.
U.S. Lists Foreign Products Made with Slave Labor
9/10/09 - Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor released three reports on child labor and/or forced labor in foreign countries, including the initial List of Goods Produced by Child or Forced Labor required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA List).
U.S. Prosecutes Americans for Overseas Sex-Slavery Tourism
09/01/09 - CNN
Three men charged with sexually exploiting Cambodian children are being brought back to the United States to face prosecution, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Prosecutors Say Wealthy Residents Used Slave Labor
07/01/09 - Washington Examiner
Some of the Washington area's wealthiest residents hired illegal immigrant women who had been forced into what experts called human slavery.
U.S. Senate Apologizes for Slavery
06/19/09 - Washington Post
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution apologizing for slavery, making way for a joint congressional resolution and the latest attempt by the federal government to take responsibility for 2 1/2 centuries of slavery.
State Department 2009 Trafficking Report
Attorney General’s Assessment of Activities to Combat Trafficking
More countries have been added to State Department’s slavery watch lists, which identify nations that are making progress or losing ground in combating slavery and trafficking. The 2009 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report assesses governmental anti-slavery efforts worldwide. The 2008 Attorney General’s Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons, released in June 2009, assess the U.S. government’s anti-slavery activities in the past year.
Ball State University student to walk across America, raise awareness of slavery
05/16/09 - Muncie, IN Star Press
Jason Glassburn's idea of adventure might be a little bit different than the average person. This morning, he will begin his trek across America, from Annapolis, Md., to San Francisco, not by plane, train or automobile, but by foot.
Bahrain to End Slavery System
05/06/09 - BBC News
Bahrain has announced it will scrap its sponsorship system for foreign workers - a first in a region often criticized by rights groups over the issue.
Is 'Slumdog' Child Star for Sale into Slavery?
04/21/09 - ABC News
The father of Rubina Ali is accused of trying to sell his daughter, an allegation that highlights the extent of child slavery in India.
Akon launches anti-slavery song
03/26/09 - BBC News
R&B star Akon has launched a song to commemorate the victims of the slave trade, past and present.
President Obama Announces Luis C. de Baca as Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the State Department
03/24/09 - The White House - Press Office
African Slavery Survivor Honored by US Secretary of State and First Lady
03/06/09 - AllAfrica.com
One of the winners of the U.S. secretary of state's 2009 International Women of Courage Awards was just 12 years old when she was sold as a slave.
View a video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama presenting award here
Cadbury Pledges “Fairtrade” Chocolate
03/04/09 - Financial Times
Cadbury will adopt the Fairtrade certification mark for key products sold in Europe, signaling the rising importance of ethical credentials to big business. Activists see the move as good news for the battle to end child labor in the cocoa industry.
Rights & Wrongs: Child Soldiers, Human Trafficking and More
02/20/09 - World Politics Review, by Juliette Terzieff
CHILDREN APPEAL FOR END TO CHILD SOLDIER USE -- Children from more than 100 countries recently appealed to world leaders to do more to end the use of children as combatants in armed conflicts. Despite international protocols preventing the practice, an estimated 250,000 children around the globe are fighting as soldiers.
Highlights of UN Report on Trafficking in Persons 2009
02/16/09 - Business Mirror
Sex Trade, Forced Labor Top U.N. Human Trafficking List
02/16/09 - CNN
UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- Sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of human trafficking in the world, a new report from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.
Over 200,000 Nepali Girls Being Trafficked to Indian Red Light Areas
02/15/09 - Xinhua World News - China
KATHMANDU, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Over 200,000 Nepali girls have been trafficked to red light areas of India, Nepali state-run newspaper The Rising Nepal on Sunday quoted a high-rank official from the Ministry of Home Affairs as saying.
UN Calls for Trafficking Action
02/12/09 - BBC News
The world must do more to confront the largely unstudied and neglected phenomenon of people-trafficking, the United Nations has said in a report.
Man Charged Under New Human Trafficking Law
11/13/08 - The Mississauga News: By, John Stewart
A 21-year-old man has been charged with human trafficking after being arrested in Mississauga on Remembrance Day.
Togo Ratifies UN Convention Against Human Trafficking
11/12/08 – Agence de Presse Africaine (APA)
The Togolese parliament on Tuesday adopted the addition protocol to the United Nations convention against transnational criminality aimed at preventing, cracking down and punishing the human trafficking, particularly women and children, a reliable source told APA.
Two Get One Year for Human Trafficking
11/13/08 – The Jamaica Observer
Nargott Graham and Agon Stephens, the two elderly men who pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges in the Home Circuit Court Monday, were imprisoned Tuesday for a year each at hard labour.
Gurgaon Couple Tortures Housemaid to De-Stress
11/09/08 - CNN-IBN: By Anil Manchanda
A 13-year-old girl was brutally tortured by her employers in Gurgaon for more than seven months before being rescued by National Commision for Women (NCW). A Bangladeshi refugee, Anita (name changed to protect identity) is a victim of modern-day slavery.
Human Trafficking Documentary
11/09/08 – WCTV, Tallahassee, FL: By, Christina Kremer
Two local women shed some light on the unseen story of human trafficking this evening through a fund raiser at Chez Pierre.
Clothing Store, Local Efforts Help Fight Human Trafficking
11/08/08 - Mlive.com, Michigan by Matt Vande Bunte:
Pearl earrings, necklaces of turquoise, silk pajama pants and beaded shawls. At a new Rockford shop called the W.A.R. Chest, these are the weapons of choice for fighting worldwide human trafficking.
MTV Concerts to Spread Anti-Trafficking Message
11/06/08 – The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia: By, Vong Sokheng
Cambodian and international artists to headline a series of concerts highlighting the reality of human trafficking in Asia.
Taiwan Promoting First Law Targeting Human Trafficking: Official
10/31/08 – Taiwan News, Central News Agency
The Ministry of the Interior is pushing for the passage of the country's first comprehensive law specifically targeting human trafficking, which would impose stricter punishment against offenders, an official said Thursday.
Human Trafficking Fund Launched
10/30/08 – Modern Ghana.com
The Vice- President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama has launched the Human Trafficking Fund, aimed at controlling the scourge of human trafficking.
Self-Distributed Documentary Film CALL+RESPONSE Breaks Hollywood Rules, Continues to Outperform Major Releases Without a Dollar Spent on Advertising
10/30/08 – Wall Street Journal, Market Watch: Source: Fair Trade Pictures
Fair Trade Pictures' latest film uses technology, word-of-mouth to drive audiences toward activism; 100% of box office goes to help end global slavery
UBC Legal Expert Releases Canada’s First Stats on Foreign Human Trafficking Victims
10/28/08 – University of British Columbia, Media Release
Romania, the Philippines, Moldova and China are the top-four source countries for foreign victims of human trafficking to Canada, according to new statistics released today by University of British Columbia legal expert Benjamin Perrin.
Woman Wins Case Against Niger for Slavery
10/27/08 – Agence France-Presse
West African judges on Monday fined the state of Niger the equivalent of 15,000 euros for failing to protect a woman sold into slavery aged 12, in a landmark ruling with implications across the region.
Fair-trade Fashion Show and Concert Advocates Awareness of Modern Day Slavery
10/24/08 – International Business Times: Source: Pepperdine University
A group of 215 Pepperdine University students aims to raise public awareness and funds for victims of modern day slavery through the Life Mission Fashion Show and Concert to be held Sunday, November 2, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Pepperdine's Alumni Park in Malibu, Calif.
China Set to Ratify UN Trafficking Protocol
10/24/08 – China Daily: By, Wang Zhuoqiong
China plans to ratify a United Nations protocol on human trafficking as part of its ongoing fight against cross-border crime, a senior official from the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday.
Local Woman Awarded For Helping Victims Of Modern Day Slavery And Human Trafficking
10/23/08 – KUTV2, Utah: By, Cristina Flores
Gina Bellazetin helps rescue people who are victims of the slavery and human trafficking trade in Utah.
Nearly 1,500 Uzbeks Fall Victim to Human Trafficking this Year
10/22/08 – Turkish Weekly
Nearly 1,500 people fell victim to crimes related to human trafficking in Uzbekistan over the first nine months of 2008, Prosecutor-General of Uzbekistan Rashidjon Qodirov said in an article published by the Uzbek Inson va Qonun newspaper on 21 October.
Lebanon Needs Stronger Laws Against Human Trafficking, Reveals UN Report
10/20/08 – UN News Centre
A new report commissioned by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calls for strengthening laws and criminal justice mechanisms to combat human trafficking in Lebanon, a destination country for victims smuggled from Eastern European countries such as Moldova.
UK Funds IOM Projects to Combat Human Trafficking
10/19/08 – Sunday Observer, Sri Lanka
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UK government have launched three projects worth UK £229,593 to support Sri Lankan government efforts to combat human trafficking and strengthen the country's border management capacity.
European Day Against Human Trafficking
10/18/08 – Polskie Radio, Poland
Today is the European Day Against Human Trafficking, celebrated for the 2nd time throughout the continent.
Niger Condemned For Slavery
10/27/08 - Niger has been found in breach of failing to protect 24-year-old Hadijatou Mani from slavery.
Call for Saudi Labour Law Reform
7/08/08 – FinancialTimes.com: By Heba Saleh in Cairo
Human Rights Watch has asked the Saudi authorities to implement reforms in order to protect foreign domestic workers from abuse that could amount to slavery in some cases.
How to Buy a Child in 10 Hours
7/08/09 – ABC News
"Not a problem." He says he can get me an 11-year-old girl, although he suggests that a 15-year-old might be better, because she'd be more "developed."
Book Excerpt: 'A Crime So Monstrous'
7/08/09 - ABC News
"The death of one man is a tragedy," Stalin, who knew something about the subject, supposedly maintained. "The death of a million men is a statistic." Hence the first reason for this book. I could not prove the definite number of slaves, and I would not try. But I might show what their slavery meant.
Five Charged in Atlanta Prostitute Trafficking Ring
7/07/08 – Northfulton.com
ATLANTA -- Five men were charged in Federal Court July 7 with more than 30 counts of human trafficking and related offenses for a scheme in which women were allegedly smuggled from Mexico to become prostitutes in Atlanta.
Zimbabwe Youth Militias Accused of Holding Women as Sex Slaves
7/7/08 – LA Times
HARARE, ZIMBABWE -- She has to call the young men her "comrades." She cooks food for the comrades and serves them. She sweeps the comrades' floor and cleans up after them.
7/06/08 – ABC News: By Dan Harris
Slavery has existed for thousands of years and, by some estimates, there are more slaves today than ever before. Click on the links below to learn more about how to help end this inhumane practice.
82-Year-Old American Woman Frees Child Slaves In Nepal
7/06/08 – ABC News: By Dan Harris
Olga Murray laughs when she's called a modern-day abolitionist. It is, however, a fair description.
Raids Free Seven from Sex Slavery in Brothels
7/05/08 – News.Scotsman.com: By Alan McEwen
Raids on flats in the Capital saw police rescue seven women who had been trafficked into the country to work as sex slaves.
170 Freed in Trafficking Crackdown
7/03/08 – The Press Association
Nearly 170 victims have been freed from the clutches of people traffickers in the largest-ever crackdown of its kind, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said.
Human Trafficking a Local Issue, Experts Say
7/03/08 – PressDemocrat.com: By Tracie Morales
Girls and women working as prostitutes on Santa Rosa Avenue are evidence that human trafficking is a problem not confined to distant countries, experts said Wednesday.
Police Arrest 500 in Human Trafficking Crackdown
7/03/08 – AFP
LONDON (AFP) — Police have arrested more than 500 suspects in a crackdown on human trafficking in the sex trade, the government said on Tuesday.
Arrests in Trafficking Campaign
7/03/08 – BBC News
A national police campaign against sex trafficking has led to the arrest of 41 people in Cambridgeshire over the past 10 months.
Local Teen Allegedly Forced Into Sex Slavery
7/02/08 – Cbs13.com
Local Teen Allegedly Forced Into Sex Slavery
EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) — An El Dorado Hills man has been arrested for allegedly forcing a teenage girl into prostitution.
Focus on India to Arrest Trafficking
7/01/08 – The Telegraph
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has placed India on top of the priority list to arrest human trafficking.
Details Emerge from Sex Ring Crackdown
6/29/08 – Chron.com : By Lise Olsen
The farewell party was in full swing at midnight when police came for Maximino "El Chimino" Mondragon, his accomplices and his victims — scantily dressed women and girls he forced to sell beers and sexual favors under the flashing lights of a revolving crystalline disco ball inside his strip mall bar off Hempstead Highway.
A Force for Justice: Teen Says His Heart and Faith Drives Him to End Modern Slavery
6/28/08 – The Salt Lake Tribune: By Elizabeth Miller
Zach Hunter says he's just a regular teenager who enjoys playing the piano, winning tennis matches and hanging out with friends.
US 'Slavery' Woman Given 11 Years
6/27/08 – BBC News
A wealthy New York woman has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for keeping two Indonesian women as slaves.
345 Arrested, Kids Rescued in Prostitution Busts
6/26/08 – YahooNews: By Lara Jakes Jordan, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of people have been arrested and 21 children rescued in what the FBI is calling a five-day roundup of networks of pimps who force children into prostitution.
NY Millionaire Gets Prison for Enslaving Workers
6/26/08 – Associated Press: By Frank Eltman
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A millionaire who inflicted years of abuse on two Indonesian housekeepers held as virtual slaves in her Long Island mansion was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison.
800,000 Suffering in Human Trafficking Create Modern Day World of Sex Slaves and Labor Servitude
6/23/08 – The Cutting Edge: By Ambassador Mark P. Lagon
Earlier this month Secretary Rice released the eighth annual Trafficking in Persons Report—the flagship publication of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons which I direct.
The Growing Menace of Child Trafficking
6/21/08 –By Newtimesonline.com
The latest report that 390 child slaves are locked up at Krachi in the Volta Region, published in this paper yesterday, is indeed disturbing, if not disconcerting.
Family Accused of 'Modern Day Slavery'
6/19/08 - ABC News: By Russell Goldman
A former judge, his deputy sheriff son and his son's wife were indicted by a federal grand jury this week, accused of keeping an Indian woman shuttered in the couple's basement and forced to work 16-hour days without pay.
Sheriff's Deputies Seeing Increase In Human Trafficking Near Robstown
6/18/08 – Kristv.com:
ROBSTOWN-Sheriff's deputies told KRIS 6 News they are seeing a spike in human trafficking out near Robstown and Agua Dulce. Illegals are being dropped off at makeshift camp sites to rest before smugglers pick them up.
Uganda: Rwanda Girls Trafficked for Sex Trade
6/15/08 – AllAfrical.com: By Henry Mukasa
CHILDREN from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi are reportedly trafficked into Uganda for sexual exploitation, commercial and agricultural labour, according to a United States report.
62 Child Workers Rescued From Slavery In Delhi
6/11/08 – News Post India
Police and child rights activists Wednesday stormed zari units here Wednesday and rescued 62 children who had been forced to work for over 14 hours every day against their will - and for no money in return.
The Emancipation Network: Fighting Slavery and Human Trafficking
6/10/08 – TheCelebrityCafe.com: By Steve Ruback
The Emancipation Network, abbreviated as T.E.N., was founded three years ago by Sarah Symons who began the company as its only employee through full-time volunteer work. Ever since, the program has grown tremendously and it performs the admirable task of assisting survivors of slavery as well as young girls and women who are at risk of being subjected into slavery through human trafficking.
Human Trafficking: The Modern Face of Slave Trade
6/9/08 – Media Global: By Emily Geminder
Human trafficking, the buying and selling of human beings, yields an annual profit of $32 billion for the world’s growing criminal network. Trafficked persons are exploited for sex, they are used as forced labor and killed for their organs. Their experiences diverge widely, but all involve force, fraud or coercion. Almost always, trafficked persons are rendered invisible.
Four indicted in Los Angeles on Human Trafficking Charges
6/06/08 – MercuryNews.com: By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES—A nursing home owner has been indicted on federal human trafficking charges that include allegations she and three others conspired to bring six Filipinos to the United States and forced them to work long hours at two of her facilities.
US says RP not Fully Compliant on Elimination of Human Trafficking
6/06/08 – ABS-CBN News Online
The Philippines was retained in the Tier-2 list of countries in the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIPR) 2008 of the US State Department released Wednesday.
Grand Prix Brings Human Trafficking and Sex Trade to Montreal: Activists
6/06/08 – The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — The Canadian Grand Prix weekend means big business for Montreal's sex trade as partying race fans roar into the city on their annual pilgrimage.
Namibia: Concerns About Child Slavery
6/06/08 – AllAfrica.com: By Christof Maletsky Windhoek
NAMIBIA may be a source and destination country for child trafficking but the magnitude is not known, according to a US State Department report released on Wednesday.
N.Korea Given Failing Grade in Human Trafficking Report
6/05/08 – English.Chosun.com
The U.S. has classified North Korea as a “tier three” country under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protections Act again this year. Tier three is the lowest possible rank and refers to countries that fail to satisfy the minimum conditions required. The U.S. Department of State in the 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report released Wednesday cites trafficking of North Korea refugees as one of the main examples.
Trafficking in Persons Report 2008 Released
6/04/08 – U.S. Department of State
"We are pleased that in the seven years since the creation of the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, the United States and our friends and allies have made important strides in confronting the reality that human beings continue to be bought and sold in the twenty-first century. It has been gratifying to witness the determined governments, human rights and women’s groups, faith-based organizations, and many brave individuals who are dedicated to advancing human dignity worldwide. Trafficking and exploitation plague all nations, and no country, even ours, is immune."
--Secretary Rice, June 4, 2008
How International Organizations Combat Human Trafficking
6/04/08 – UN Dispatch
After drugs and arms trafficking, the trafficking of human beings is the third most profitable enterprise for transnational organized criminal groups. It is a $32 billion industry--and like drugs and arms smuggling, combating the trafficking of human beings is something that no country can do on its own. International cooperation is critical.
Kids Back Into Slavery
6/04/08 – ModernGhana.com: By Daily Graphic
Two of the 11 children from Ekumpoano in the Central Region who were rescued last year from Kete Krachi, where they were engaged in various forms of child labour, are believed to have left for Yeji, another community known to engage in child trafficking.
Israel's Human Trafficking Rating has not Improved
6/04/08 – The Jerusalem Post: By Ruth Eglash
No significant change is expected in the evaluation of Israel in the US State Department's 2008 Trafficking in Persons Report, due to be released on Wednesday, according to local nongovernment anti-trafficking activists.
Abuse Victims Suffer in Silence
5/27/08 – BBC News: By Adam Mynott
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth - not her real name - was walking in fields with her brother, following an aunt who had gone ahead to work on the family's plot of land near the town of Man in north-western Ivory Coast, when they were approached by "les casques bleues", as UN peacekeepers are known.
Ex-Teacher Gets 7 Years In Jail In Slave Case
FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) — A former teacher was sentenced Tuesday to more than 7 years in jail for forcing a Haitian girl to work seven days a week for years as a slave in her South Florida home.
Human trafficking in Our Rural Heartlands-Part 2
5/20/08 – KHQA.com: By Amelia Waters
Many shelters house abused women and children. Some shelters receive victims that have been through worse. Human trafficking for commercial sex is one of the worst ways to treat a human being. I found one woman who works in a shelter in northwest Missouri who has helped trafficking victims who come in from third world countries.
‘A Crime so Monstrous,’ a Topic so Atrocious
5/23/08 – Telluride Daily Planet: By Matt Beaudin
Ben Skinner has seen people bought and sold. He has seen people bought and sold.
A used car would have gotten him a woman with Down syndrome in Bucharest. She had raised gashes on her arm from suicide attempts, some fresh. Her captor held her so tightly he bent her body with his hand.
Local Authorities Investigate Modern-Day Slavery
5/13/08 – WXII12.com
WINSTON-SALEM -- Human trafficking is happening locally.
Officals say women, men, children and families are being forced to perform sex acts and work for little or no pay.
Anti-slavery Laws Face Test in Court
5/12/08 – The Sydney Morning Herald
The first person convicted of possessing and using sex slaves in Australia should soon find out whether she can plead her case at a retrial.
Two Twin Cities Men Plead Guilty in Sex Trafficking, Massage Parlor Prostitution Scheme
5/12/08 – MyFoxTwinCities.com
MINNEAPOLIS – Two Twin Cities-area men have entered guilty pleas for transporting illegal immigrants for prostitution around the metro. The women engaged in prostitution out of so-called “massage” parlors.
Study Details Concerns About Spokane-area Human Trafficking
5/12/08 – Seattlepi.com: By The Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Human trafficking is a "considerable concern" in the Spokane area, contributing to teenage prostitution, forced labor and other ills, according to a new study.
Couple Allegedly Exploited Girl for Sex Acts
5/12/08 – Kansascity.com
A Blue Springs man allegedly spent two years training a 12-year-old girl to be a dominatrix before selling videotaped sex encounters with her to others.
Prostitution Case Suspects Could be Victims of Human Trafficking
5/11/08 - BeaumontEnterprise.com: By Sarah Moore
BEAUMONT - Possible prostitution at two spas raided last week could be linked to a Houston-area operation and be part of a worldwide human trafficking network, Beaumont police investigators say.
Human Trafficking: Modern-day Slavery
5/11/08 - Jamica Gleaner: By Glenda Simms, Contributor
The ongoing saga of trafficking in persons in Jamaica has again been highlighted in a recent report covered by one of the local media houses.
According to this latest account of human trafficking, poverty-stricken Haitians are being exploited as cheap labour in the eastern sector of the island, and these desperate human beings are being paid starvation wages of J$250 daily by heartless individuals.
In Smuggling Case, 'Victims' Defend the Accused
5/10/08 – Nj.com: By Brian Donohue
Last September, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested two men and a woman from Togo who they said smuggled 14 girls and young women from West Africa, forced them to work without pay at hair-braiding salons in Newark and East Orange, and kept them in line with threats and beatings.
John McCain on Defending the Freedom of the World's Vulnerable
5/9/08 – MyFoxSpringfield.com
ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Thank you. Last year the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British and American slave trade in 1807.
Activists out Burger King Dirty Tricks Operation
5/09/08 - The Independent: By Leonard Doyle
Activists have outed a corporate dirty tricks operation tied to Burger King aimed at discrediting efforts to improve the often horrific conditions of migrant workers in Florida's tomato fields.
Key Figure in Brothel Ring Pleads Guilty in Fort Pierce Federal Court
5/07/08 - TCPalm.com: By Derek Simmonsen
FORT PIERCE — One of the main organizers of a brothel ring that forced recent immigrants to prostitute themselves to pay off debts pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in federal court Wednesday.
2 Women Held, 2 Sought in Massage-parlor Raid
5/06/08 – The Arizona Republic: By Lindsey Collom
Authorities are looking for two women from China on suspicion of operating a prostitution ring out of several north Phoenix massage parlors.
The Countertraffickers: Rescuing the Victims of the Global Sex Trade
5/05/08 – The New Yorker: By William Finnegan
Stella Rotaru’s cell-phone number is scribbled on the wall of a women’s jail in Dubai. That’s what a former inmate told her, and Rotaru does get a lot of calls from Dubai, including some from jail. But she gets calls from many odd places—as well as faxes, e-mails, and text messages—pretty much non-stop. “I never switch off my phone,” she said. “I cannot afford to, morally.” She looked at her battered cell phone, which has pale-gold paint peeling off it, and gave a small laugh.
China Rescues 167 Children From Slavery: Report
4/30/08 – Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have rescued 167 village children sold to work as slave laborers in a city in the booming southern province of Guangdong, newspapers said on Wednesday.
Radiohead Support Campaign Against Human Trafficking
4/30/08 – NME.com
Radiohead are supporting the campaign against human trafficking via a new promo video.
Actress Julia Ormond Backs California Bill to Thwart Human Trafficking
4/30/08 – The Canadian Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — British actress Julia Ormond told California lawmakers that corporations should do more to combat slavery and human trafficking, a largely unrecognized problem she said affects victims worldwide.
BC Man Charged with Human Trafficking Sentenced to 15 Months
4/23/08 – The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — A Vancouver man convicted of smuggling women into this country to work as prostitutes was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in jail.
Mall Fair to Benefit Victims of Trafficking
4/23/08 - The Wildcat Online: By Jim Myers
Students will get a chance to support survivors of human trafficking today and tomorrow by viewing art and purchasing items on campus.
UPDATE -US Official Decries Shrimp Industry 'Slavery'
4/23/08 – Reuters: By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent
WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - Abuses of shrimp industry workers in Thailand and Bangladesh constitute "modern-day slavery," a U.S. official said on Wednesday after a labor group documented poor conditions in those global suppliers.
HEALTH MATTERS: Enslaved Youth Face Profound Health Risks
4/22/08 – RedwoodCityDailyNews.com: By LJ Anderson
A confluence of factors allows slavery to thrive in the modern world: illiteracy, debt, desperation, poor economies, exploding urban population growth, immense profits and corrupt officials who tolerate illegal practices. Children are the most vulnerable and least able to defend themselves against slavery with its inherent deception, exploitation, and ever-present violence.
Moldovan Sex Slaves Released in U.K. Human Trafficking Raids
4/22/08 – The Tiraspol Times
NORWICH (Tiraspol Times) - A group of Moldovan women who were forced into prostitution have been freed in raids across London and Surrey, in the United Kingdom. The raids, which took place over the past three days, uncovered a Moldovan-linked network of brothels and human trafficking which so far has led to the arrest of 15 people. They are suspected of being involved in an international criminal network managing people trafficking and prostitution, the Norwich Evening Post reports.
Guilty Plea in Human Trafficking Case
4/20/08 – wgrz.com: Posted by Matt Pitts
A woman who was charged with operating several western New York massage parlors or acupressure spa establishments as fronts for prostitution by illegal aliens has pleaded guilty to human trafficking.
British Police Arrest 15 Suspected Human Traffickers
4/20/08 – International Herald Tribune
LONDON: British police say they have arrested 15 people suspected of trafficking women from Thailand and forcing them to work as prostitutes in London.
How an Eastern Iowa Teen Prostitution, Human Trafficking Ring Took Root
4/20/08 – The Gazette: By Jennifer Hemmingsen
In the basement of an ordinary-looking Williamsburg home, the 13-year-old girl was given a choice. Either she would have sex with two men nearly twice her age or she would be given back to her kidnapper.
Addressing Modern Slavery - Human Trafficking Occurs Abroad, in the U.S., Bales says
4/17/08 –The Marquette Tribune: By Joe Glass
Many believe slavery died in America in the age of Abraham Lincoln. Kevin Bales would like to change that perception.
Bales, an author and expert on the subject of modern-day slavery, hosted a lecture on the topic Tuesday night in the Alumni Memorial Union. About 70 people attended the event, hosted by the Marquette University Center for Transnational Justice.
4/17/08 - LatinAmericanPress.org: By Lily Céspedes
Although it is a punishable crime, human trafficking is socially tolerated.
Considered one of the most serious crimes in the world, the trafficking of women, youths and children has become a modern form of slavery that affects 2.4 million people worldwide each year, with profits reaching some US$32 billion annually, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).
RCMP to Reassess Human Trafficking Numbers
4/13/08 – CTV.ca
MONTREAL -- The sex-slave market in Canada is feared to be much larger than existing official estimates, which has prompted authorities to recount the number of victims in the country.
3 Arrested On Suspicion Of Human Trafficking
4/4/08 – Cbs2.com
LOS ANGELES Two men and a woman were in custody on Friday on suspicion of human trafficking. Charges allege that the suspects brought Filipinos to the United States by claiming they were martial arts students, then forced them to work in two local elder care facilities in Long Beach, according to the FBI.
Former Sex Slave Leads Rescue of Others
4/6/08 – The Denver Post: By Bruce Finley
Working as a teenage sex slave in a Cambodian brothel, Somaly Mam says, she served up to 30 clients a night. Some hit her. "I never thought, just lived hour by hour. I played with nothing. In my head: nothing. It was dark, dark, dark. I never trusted people," Mam said Friday during a visit to Denver.
At-risk Teens Learn Perils of Human Trafficking
3/31/08 – Alertnet.org
More than 1,500 students are learning about the dangers of human trafficking through dramatic sketches at rural primary schools near Banja Luka, western Bosnia and Herzegovina.
South Africa: Slavery Still Alive And Kicking the World Over
3/31/08 – Businessday: By Hopewell Radebe
MENTION the word slavery and most people think of something sepia-tinted and centuries old , that was thankfully abolished a long time ago.
3/28/08 - WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show
There are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history. E. Benjamin Skinner , author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery , tells us who and where these slaves are, and whether anything can be done to end slavery worldwide once and for all.
3/27/08 – Salon.com: By Hannah Wallace
Hardly a thing of the past, slavery thrives in our world. Investigative reporter Benjamin Skinner tells Salon the shocking truth about human trafficking.
3,000 Bangladeshis in Yemen Victims of Illegal Human Trafficking
3/26/08 – Yemen Times
A group of 15 Bangladeshis have been imprisoned by the Department of Immigration and are awaiting departure, said a source within the department on Tuesday. The arrests have brought to light the plight of approximately 3,000 Bangladesh nationals who were illegally trafficked into Yemen and work in conditions close to indentured servitude.
Trafficking: Steps to Limit Human Cost
3/26/08 – Financialtimes.com: By Agnieszka Rakoczy
Brikena Puka’s well-groomed look and confident style suggest she works for an international corporation. In fact she is the administrator of the Psycho-Social Centre “Vatra”, a non-governmental organisation that tries to prevent human trafficking and help its victims return to a normal life.
Activists Ride Bikes 450 Miles Rallying Against Global Slave Trade
3/25/08 – The Daily Courier: By Doug Cook
PRESCOTT - With little fanfare, Eric Hanson and three of his friends - Stephanie Fisk, 26, of Milford, Iowa; Eric Retterbush, 26, of Dayton, Ohio, and Clay Massey, 22, of New Mexico - pedaled their bicycles into downtown Tuesday morning in hopes of raising awareness to a recurring problem: the global slave trade.
Slavery's Staying Power
3/23/08 - LA Times Editorial: By E. Benjamin Skinner
One hot june day in 2006, I saw what slavery really meant. In a rundown mansion in a slum of Bucharest, Romania, a pimp offered to sell me a young woman he described as "a blond." She had bleached hair, hastily applied makeup, and she apparently suffered from Down syndrome. On her right arm were at least 10 angry, fresh slashes where, I can only assume, she had attempted suicide. The pimp claimed that he made 200 euros per night renting her out to local clients. He offered to sell her outright to me in exchange for a used car.
One Man's Personal Mission To End Slavery in Mauritania
3/23/08 - Washington Post Foreign Service: By Nora Boustany
Boubacar Messaoud remembered strolling from the flatlands of Mauritania toward the southern town of Rosso, a watermelon poised on his head. Beyond a riverbank, he could see a row of children in a yard. Messaoud, then 7, stopped to find out what was going on, with the pure curiosity of a child.
Police Free 33 Slaves with Mental Disabilities
3/20/08 - China.org.cn
Heilongjiang police have detained three suspects in Harbin City who allegedly detained 33 men with intellectual disabilities and forced them to do physical labor, a local news Website reported Wednesday.
Slavery In Our Times
3/17/08 – Newsweek: By Emma Thompson
When I was growing up in London, I walked past a massage parlor on the way to school every day. If my friends and I ever gave a thought to what went on behind its doors, we saw it as a bit of a giggle; it existed in a world away from our own.
Fast-forward 30 years to 2006, when I first met 19-year-old Elena through my work with the Helen Bamber Foundation, a U.K. charity that helps abuse victims. Elena's story was all too common but had a huge impact on me.
Author Struggles to Stay Removed from Slave Trade
3/11/08 - NPR
With $50 and a plane ticket to Haiti, one can buy a slave. This was just one of the difficult lessons writer Benjamin Skinner learned while researching his book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery.
Sydney Police Free Sex Captives
3/07/08 – BBC News
Australian police say they have broken up an international sex-trafficking ring after rescuing 10 South Korean women from Sydney brothels.
Mom and Daughter Guilty of Slavery Charges
3/05/08 – Calgary Herald - South Florida Sun-Sentinel: By Vanessa Blum
A Fort Lauderdale federal jury on Tuesday convicted a south Florida mother and daughter on slavery charges for keeping a teenage girl from Haiti in servitude for six years.
Human Trafficking Thrives Across N.Korea-China Border
3/03/08 - English.chosun.com
A 26-year-old North Korean woman, Mun Yun-hee crossed the Duman or Tumen River into China in the dawn of Oct. 22 last year, which at that point was some 40 m wide, guided by a human trafficker. She was being sold to a single middle-aged Chinese farmer into a kind of indentured servitude-cum-companionship.
Human Smuggling Ring with Fort Pierce Ties is Back in Court
3/03/08 – Tcpalm.com: By Derek Simmonsen
ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The girl was 14 years old when she was approached by a couple in her hometown of Veracruz with an offer to work in their restaurant in America.
After paying about $2,000 to cross the Mexican border, she learned she'd be paying off the debt another way — by becoming a prostitute.
A Struggle for Survival: Trafficking of North Korean Women
3/03/08 – US Department of State: Mark P. Lagon, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Remarks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
A World Enslaved (pdf download)
March/April 2008 - Foreign Policy: By E. Benjamin Skinner
E. Benjamin Skinner is the author of A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (New York: Free Press, 2008).
There are now more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history. True abolition will elude us until we admit the massive scope of the problem, attack it in all its forms, and empower slaves to help free themselves.
Web Extra: Listen to author E. Benjamin Skinner negotiate with a slave trader for a human life at:
IN DEPTH: Modern slavery- Freedom's Just Another Word, Contemporary Slavery in Mauritania
2/29/08 - CBC News: By David Gutnick
The night of Aug. 8, 2007, seemed like a night for celebration in Mauritania, a vast desert country on Africa's northwest coast. Radio, television and newspapers all proclaimed the end of slavery. Slave-owning was criminalized, and overnight, half a million people — a fifth of the country's population — were officially freed from bondage. But there was a problem. Those half-million newly free people didn't own radios. They didn't own televisions. They can't read either. And the news — if they heard it — meant little anyway.
Human Trafficking in Md. On the Rise; Local Legislators Working to Rein It In
2/27/08 - Examiner.com: By Freeman Klopott
Human trafficking is on the rise throughout the region, those who work with victims say, but so are local efforts to combat it.
Slavery Still Exists Today
2/27/08 – Cincinnati.com: By Grace Brown
Editorial by freshman Grace Brown at Wyoming High School.
Contrary to what many believe, slavery still exists in our modern world. It is said there is an estimated 27 million people still enslaved across the globe. Whether we knew this or not, we cannot put a blind eye to the fact any longer.
Trafficking Tough to Tame in Rich Gulf States
2/23/08 – Reuters: By Lin Noueihed
DUBAI (Reuters) - Aysha sold her wedding gold to pay traffickers $200 to find her and a cousin jobs in Dubai. A world away from her village in Uzbekistan, she was forced to work in a disco and expected to offer sex.
D.C. Couple Charged with Sex Trafficking
2/22/08 – The Examiner: By Scott McCabe
WASHINGTON (Map, News) - A D.C. couple was arrested on charges of human trafficking and prostituting young females from Mexico and Honduras, according to charging documents filed in federal court.
UN Appoints Steve Chalke as Special Advisor on Trafficking
2/21/08 – Christian Today: By Maria Mackay
The Chair of Stop the Traffik, Steve Chalke, has been appointed as a special advisor to the UN's Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (GIFT).
West Africa: Efforts Too Small to Curb Child Labour On Cocoa Farms
2/18/08 – AllAfrica.com
Despite an international outcry in 2000 over child exploitation on West African cocoa farms, and ambitious efforts by governments since then to regulate the industry, very little has changed for an estimated 284,000 child labourers, according to campaign groups.
IN DEPTH: Modern slavery- Talk to Make Thins Change: Fighting Child Trafficking in Togo
2/15/08 – CBC News: By David Gutnick
When Routkiatou Boreh was 12, her mom and dad sat her down and told her they had some bad news: she was going to have to quit school. They could no longer afford the $10 it cost to send her.
Wyoming Students Hear Message of Modern Slavery
2/15/08 - Cincinnati.com: BY KELLY MCBRIDE REDDY
WYOMING - They've learned about slavery during Civil War times, but when a group of Wyoming High School students learned about slavery happening today they decided to take some action.
Trafficking: A Very Modern Slavery
2/15/08 – BBC News: By Stephanie Holmes
Penny was almost 29 when she was trafficked from Rwanda to the UK, tricked into believing she could start a new life.
Celebs Rally Against Human Trafficking
2/14/08 – Associated Press: By Veronika Oleksyn
VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery that must not be tolerated, a senior U.N. official and celebrities said Wednesday.
Despite Law, Slavery Still Rampant in Mauritania
2/14/08 – The Media Line: By Rachelle Kliger & TML Staff
Slavery in Mauritania is still a widespread practice despite a law passed in parliament six months ago abolishing slavery in the North African country.
UAE Donates $15 mn to Fight Human Trafficking
2/14/08 - Malaysia Sun
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced a contribution of $15 million to the fight against human trafficking, WAM news agency reported Thursday.
Factory Owner Accused of Slavery Must Appear in Court
2/14/08 – IndiaWest.com: By Sunita Sohrabji
The owner of a Tulsa, Oklahoma manufacturing plant, accused of virtually enslaving 52 Indian men, must appear in court Feb. 20 to explain why he has not yet paid a 2006 judgment of $1.3 million.
Of Human Bondage: The Plantation Might be Gone, but Slavery Lives on in the U.S.
2/13/08 – CityBeat.com: By Margo Pierce
Modern day slavery, also known as human trafficking, is alive and well.
Trafficking in and Through Seattle
2/11/08 - KUOW.ORG NPR 94.9
Human trafficking happens in Seattle. Contributing factors include: the shared Canadian border; the busy ports; and need for agricultural labor in outlying areas.
Shun Sex Ads, Local Papers Urged
2/11/08 – BBC News
Local and regional newspapers are being urged to turn away advertisements for sexual services which may encourage human trafficking.
Call for Global Action to Halt Nepalese Women and Girls Trafficking
2/10/08 – American Chronicle: By Surya Prasai
In South Asia, Nepal remains the top country that faces the brunt of global child and women trafficking.
Congo Ex-warlord Detained at Hague International Court
2/07/08 Reuters Africa: By Joe Bavier
KINSHASA (Reuters) - A former Congo warlord was arrested and taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Thursday to face war crimes charges including murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers, the court said.
Zambian's Plight Highlights Texas Human Trafficking Problem
2/07/08 - WFAA-TV: By Shelly Slater
Texas is becoming one of the most popular states to smuggle victims for human trafficking. Along with three other states, Texas has the highest number of human traffic victims. Click here to watch video
Abolishing Modern Slavery
2/04/08 - Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders: With Jean Feraca
How do we free today’s slaves? From the charcoal pits of Brazil to the brothels of Thailand, Kevin Bales knows the issues of modern slavery from the inside out. As the President of Free the Salves he has a controversial plan to abolish slavery in the twenty-first century.
Red Cross Reacts to Human Trafficking in Iceland
2/4/08 – Iceland Review Online
The Icelandic Red Cross plans to investigate the extent of human trafficking in Iceland and come up with a strategy on how to react to it in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs.
IN DEPTH: Modern slavery- Fishing for My Master in Africa
2/03/08 - CBC News: By David Gutnick
The old granite fortresses along Ghana's Cape Coast are now museums, bitter reminders of the colonial slave trade. Grim-faced tourists pay to see the musty dungeons, rattle the rusting chains and open the doors that led to the slave ships.
But just down the road from the Cape Coast museums, slavery isn't about roots and it isn't about history. Today in Ghana, it's estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 children ply the waters of Lake Volta, fishing. They have masters, they don't get paid and they don't go to school. If they try to escape they are beaten. The going rate to buy a five-year-old is $10 — cheaper now than it was 200 years ago when their ancestors were being loaded onto ships.
Wyoming Events Can Help Stop Modern Slavery
2/01/08 – Cincinnati.com
It's a $36 billion industry, the second largest criminal enterprise, and it's happening as we speak. No, it's not drugs or weapons, it's modern-day slavery.
Actress Helps UN Fight Slavery
1/30/08 – The Windsor Star: By Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg News
The United Nations has enlisted Oscar-winning British actress Emma Thompson in its campaign against traffickers who sell women and girls into sexual slavery and coerce children into low-wage factory work.
Anti-trafficking Drive Launched
1/29/08 – BBC News
A campaign urging people to be more aware of human trafficking will be formally launched later.
UK Sex Trafficking
1/28/08 – CNN Video
Britain's Independent Television News reports on illegal sex trafficking from eastern Europe to the United Kingdom.
Modern-day Slavery: African Children Trafficked to UK
1/27/08 – IBNLive.com
London: African children are being sold for "modern-day slavery" in Britain by impoverished parents on promise of better life, a media report said on Sunday.
11 Child Slaves Freed in Raids
1/24/08 – Metro.com
Eleven child slaves, forced to pick pockets by modern-day Fagins, were freed in dawn raids on Thursday.
Police also arrested 25 suspected gangsters from Eastern Europe at the 17 addresses.
Exclusive: Sex slaves by Police Station
1/23/08 – Your Local Guardian: By Kerry McQueeney
Detectives stormed a brothel 500 metres away from Croydon police station after receiving information that trafficked women were being held there against their will.
UN: Human Trafficking Data Needed
1/22/08 – Associated Press: By Veronika Oleksyn
VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Better data is needed to determine the magnitude of human trafficking and some countries are not taking the problem as seriously as they should be, the U.N.'s top anti-crime official said Tuesday.
Police Say They Busted Brothel
1/19/08 - St. Petersburg Times: By Jonathan Abel
CLEARWATER - The men parked in the Sears lot next door to the apartment, 20 to 30 customers a day, and dropped by the house when they wanted sex.
Sixth Immokalee Slavery Case Suspect Arrested
1/18/08 – News-press.com: By Pat Gillespie
In one of the largest slavery prosecutions Southwest Florida has ever seen, authorities arrested a sixth suspect Wednesday, charging her with making money off unpaid illegal immigrant farm workers.
Trio Charged with Human Trafficking
1/13/08 – The Star.com: By Jeffrey Todd
Eastern European woman helps uncover ring involving dizzying array of suspects and countries.
Slave Labour that Shames America
1/10/08 – The Independent: By Leonard Doyle
Three Florida fruit-pickers, held captive and brutalised by their employer for more than a year, finally broke free of their bonds by punching their way through the ventilator hatch of the van in which they were imprisoned. Once outside, they dashed for freedom.
Gambia: "Navy Officer Kinteh Was Part Of The Human Trafficking Ring"
1/10/08 – AllAfrica.com
An official of the Gambia Navy, with the last name Kinteh was said to be part of the ring involved in human trafficking in The Gambia, the Freedom Newspaper can authoritatively report.
Ending forced labor one teaspoon at a time. DISCUSS
1/10/08 – The LA Times: By Dana Parsons
Orange County task force leader knows it'll be hard to rescue women lured into sex trade. But she refuses to give up.
Myanmar Arrests Two Over Human Trafficking: State Media
1/10/08 – AFP
YANGON (AFP) — Authorities in military-ruled Myanmar, listed by Washington as among the world's worst human trafficking offenders, arrested a couple trying to smuggle four women to China, state media said Thursday.
Court Told of Human Trafficking
1/10/08 – The Star: By Claire Lewis
A WOMAN forced to work as a prostitute by a human trafficking gang was supported by the UK's human trafficking centre in Sheffield in the wake of her ordeal.
CWA Observes January 11 National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness
1/10/08 – Christian News Wire: By Natalie Bell
WASHINGTON, Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and a worldwide scourge that ensnares millions of victims at any given time. Congress passed a resolution in June 2007 making January 11 the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in order to bring attention to this evil perpetrated on women, children and men in every nation around the globe.
Report says California is Prime Target for Human Trafficking
1/10/08 – Tidings Online: By Rick DelVecchio
Outreach efforts to victims of human trafficking were given new impetus by a recent California task force report that said the state is a prime target for trade in human beings.
Sex Tourism Rampant Along Lakeshore
1/10/08 – The Daily Times: By Deborah Chipofya
A research paper that the Malawi Law Commission (MLC) presented in Lilongwe yesterday says that sexual exploitation is one of the major causes of trafficking of persons in the country and that sexual tourism was rampant along the lakeshore districts.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day Brings Attention to the Problem
1/09/08 – Citizenlink.com
More than a century after the slave trade was abolished in America, the buying and selling of human beings continues. It’s not only the sex trade; a surge in forced labor also is being reported. Last summer, Congress proclaimed Jan. 11 a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness.
Soroptimists Stop Trafficking' launching
1/08/08 – Bridgeton News
Soroptimist clubs in the United States will launch "Soroptimists Stop Trafficking," a public awareness project addressing the worldwide human trafficking and sexual slavery of women and girls, on Friday.
A Musician on a Mission: Robbin Thompson Song is a Theme Against Human Trafficking in Cambodia
1/06/08 – Inrich.com: By MELISSA RUGGIERI, TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
If it weren't for the theme song from "The Jeffersons," Robbin Thompson might never have seen Cambodia.
Two Chinese Nationals Sentenced for Sex Trafficking Charges in American Samoa
1/04/08 - Reuters
WASHINGTON,/PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Shengji Wang and Fu Sheng Kuo, both Chinese nationals, were sentenced today in federal court in Hawaii for their roles in conspiring to force women into prostitution in American Samoa, announced Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Three get Max Sentences for Roles in Human Trafficking Ring
1/04/08 – Real-Time News: By Brian Donohue/ The Star-Ledger
A federal judge in Trenton today sentenced three people to the maximum sentences allowed for their role in a human trafficking ring that smuggled young women from Honduras and forced them into indentured servitude working in Hudson County bars.
Congo-Kinshasa: Smith Human Rights Mission Reinforces U.S. Support of Critical Kivus Peace Conference
1/04/08 – AllAfrica.com
U.S. Rep Chris Smith arrived here Thursday launching a four-day human rights mission that will focus on combating human trafficking, child soldiers and sexual violence while at the same time underscoring US commitment to critical peace negotiations due to convene on January 7, 2008.
Children Rescued from Human-trafficking Gang
1/03/08 – Chinadaily.com
XICHUAN, Henan Province -- Chinese police in the central Henan Province have broken up a gang trafficking in children, detaining 10 suspects accused in the serial abduction of nine children.
Trafficking in Persons Office Awards $16.5 Million for 77 Anti-Human Trafficking Programs in 46 Countries
12/26/07 – U.S. Department of State
The Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) recently awarded $16.5 million in Fiscal Year 2007 for anti-human trafficking programs. A complete list of awarded projects can be found at www.state.gov/g/tip.
Archbishop Sentamu's Plan for World Change
12/22/07 – Virtueonline.org
Local Human Trafficking
12/21/07 – KOMU.com
COLUMBIA - Thursday night we reported on evidence of human trafficking in mid-Missouri. You may wonder how such a heinous crime like human trafficking goes from third world countries to a small prosperous city.
Sex Slaves Bought For £7000 Freed In Police Raid
12/20/07 – Dailyrecord.com: By Tom Hamilton
Three women held as sex slaves in Scotland were bought for just £7000 - and forced to have sex with up to 20 men a day.
Jury: Millionaire Couple Enslaved Housekeepers
12/17/07 – CNN.com
CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) -- A jury on Monday convicted a millionaire couple of enslaving two Indonesian women they brought to their mansion to work as housekeepers.
Memphis man charged with human trafficking
12/14/07 – Kentucky.com: By Steve Lannen
Two women are accusing a Memphis man of bringing them from Arkansas to Lexington, taking money they earned as strippers and then denying them the chance to leave town.
Costa Rica Authorities Arrest Seven Suspected Human Traffickers
12/12/07 – Chinaview.com
SAN JOSE, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Costa Rican authorities have arrested four men and three women suspected of human trafficking, said the country's Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) Tuesday.
Crime Gangs Make Billions from Bulgaria Sex Slaves
12/12/07 – Reuters
SOFIA (Reuters) - The trafficking of Bulgarian women as sex slaves brings in about 1.8 billion euros ($2.6 billion) a year for the gangs behind it, making it the country's most profitable criminal activity, a report said on Wednesday.
2010 Olympics Could Boost Human Trafficking
12/12/07 – The Epoch Times: By Joan Delaney
Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan is getting heat from activists against human trafficking after a remark last week that he doesn't object to the idea of a legalized "co-op" brothel in the city.
Police Hunt Brothels in Trafficking Crackdown
12/12/07 – EDP24: By Ben Kendall
People in Norfolk were last night urged to look out for brothels and underground drinking dens as police launched a crackdown on human trafficking.
China Caims Progress Fighting Human Trafficking
12/12/07 – Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is making progress fighting human trafficking, especially from southeast Asian nations, but needs greater regional cooperation and tougher action, a senior official said on Wednesday.
The Impact of 21st Century Slavery and Human Trafficking on Development
12/10/07 – U.S. Department of State
Contemporary Forms of Slavery & Human Trafficking: What Do We Mean?
Lucy Liu in Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special
12/10/07 – SCOOP Independent News
Hollywood actress and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Lucy Liu joins MTV exit campaign to raise awareness for exploitation and human trafficking in New Zealand.
Quebec Couple Accused of Human Trafficking Vindicated as Crown Drops Charges
12/8/07 – Canadian Press
MONTREAL - A Quebec couple wrongfully charged with human trafficking involving their Ethiopian live-in nanny is demanding an apology from the RCMP for splashing their names all over the media last May.
Mauritania: The Real Beginning of the End of Slavery?
12/07/07 – Allafrical.com
Four months after the passing of a law criminalising slavery in Mauritania, anti-slavery activists hope newly-announced funding for the reintegration of former slaves will address the many problems they continue to face in Mauritanian society.
Couple Guilty of Slavery
12/06/07 – Townsville Bulletin
The Weipa business couple who were the first people ever charged with slavery in Queensland have been found guilty on all counts.
Qld Couple Jailed for Slavery
12/06/07 – ABC.net.au
A north Queensland couple have been jailed after being found guilty of slavery offences.
Finland Falls Short in Helping Human Trafficking Victims
12/06/07 – Yle.fi
Finland often fails to identify victims of human trafficking, according to a steering group from the Ministry of Labour.
Government Urged to Strengthen Human Trafficking Law
12/06/07 – ModernGhana.com
Mr. Tuinese Edward Amuzu, Executive Director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) has called for further strengthening of the Human Trafficking Law- Act 694 2005 to meet international standards.
Brothel Arrest has Police Suspecting Human Trafficking
12/06/07 – Globeandmail.com: By Dawn Walton
CALGARY — Eight people arrested after a raid on a suspected bawdy house in Calgary may be part of a human smuggling operation that stretches to Southeast Asia, police said yesterday.
Florida Farm Workers Face Near-Slavery Conditions
12/05/07 – Alternet.org: By Bernard Crick
As every schoolchild should know, the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, perhaps the most controversial but successful public lobby in our history, was formed in London in 1787. After 20 years of campaigning came the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act; and then finally in 1833 the abolition of slavery throughout the British empire. So the society disbanded. Its work was done. Slavery was illegal.
Police Still Suspect Human Trafficking in Alleged Bawdy House Bust
12/05/07 – Cnews: By James Stevenson
CALGARY - Police say it's "a very real possibility" that seven Asian women found in an alleged bawdy house in northeast Calgary are victims of human trafficking, but the women are not co-operating with the investigation.
Human trafficking More Common in Ca.
12/05/07 – ABC7: By Nannette Miranda
California is the top destination in the U.S. for people who force women and girls into hard labor and sex trade. U.C. Berkeley researchers found 57 forced labor operations over a five year period, in about a dozen California cities, involving more than 500 people from 18 countries.
Police Uncover Human Trafficking Misery
12/05/07 – News.scotsman.com: By Michael Howie
A ROMANIAN woman who was raped and forced to work as a prostitute is among 20 victims of human trafficking identified by police in the central belt in the past eight weeks.
Defense Rests in Sabhnani Slave Case
12/04/07 – Newsday.com: By Robert Kessler
Injured ears and inconsistencies were the focus yesterday of the defense attorneys for a Muttontown couple accused of enslaving and torturing two Indonesian women.
Reaching Across Party Lines to End Modern-day Slavery
12/04/07 – mercurynew.com: By Zoe Lofgren and Dan Lungren
They are age-old stories. Women brought to the Bay Area from China with false promises of life in a far-off land, only to be trapped in prostitution. Latino men laboring in debt bondage on ranches and farms in inland valleys. These stories may be redolent of the Gold Rush and frontier days, but in fact are situations that have been uncovered in present-day California. Some call it human trafficking, perhaps to make the crime less disturbing to confront. We call it modern slavery. It must be stopped.
California Seen As Destination Spot For Human Trafficking
12/04/07 – NBC11.com
SACRAMENTO -- A new report released on Tuesday said thousands of people are becoming modern day slaves to human traffickers.
California a Top Destination for Human Traffickers, Report Finds
12/04/07 – Mercurtynews.com: By Don Thompson AP Writer SACRAMENTO—California is a top destination for human traffickers who coerce people into the sex trade or hard labor through force or fraud, according to an 18-month government study released Tuesday.
Newly Released: Human Trafficking in California
A Report of the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery (CA ACTS) Task Force. Download full report on website.
12/04/07 – Safestate.org
Saltana no quiere ser esclava
12/03/07 – EL PAIS
Dos familias, una española y otra mauritana, se disputan a Saltana, una niña de raza negra que tiene 14 años y vive desde hace casi cinco en Cartagena.
Sex slaves, human trafficking ... in America?
12/03/07 – TODAYShow.com: By Grace Kahng
In spring of 2004, Katya (not her real name), like thousands of other foreign exchange university students, was looking forward to the summer job placement that she and a friend had received in Virginia Beach, Va. When she and her friend Lena arrived at Dulles Airport after a long flight from Ukraine, they were relieved to be met by fellow countrymen who spoke Russian.
Putting a Stop to Human Trafficking
12/03/07 - khou.com: By Angela Kocherga, 11 News Border Bureau
Human traffickers force victims into hard labor or sell them for sex. Worldwide, millions of women and children are part of this modern day slave trade.
Trafficking in Lives, Prostitution Fueling Exploitation of Women
12/03/07 – Zenit.org: By Father John Flynn, LC
ROME,- The evil of human trafficking is receiving attention in many countries around the world. The illegal trade is carried out either to provide cheap labor or for the sex industry, although it is the latter that is receiving more attention.
Defense Witnesses Saw No Abuse in Slavery Case
12/03/07 – Newsday.com: By Robert E. Kessler
Two Indonesian women could not have been enslaved and tortured by a Muttontown couple, defense attorneys argued Monday, presenting four witnesses who were inside their home at various times and who testified that they saw nothing untoward.
Governing Justly and Combating Human Trafficking: The Linkages
12/03/07 - U.S. Department of State: Mark P. Lagon, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Remarks at the Freedom House-SAIS "Human Trafficking and Freedom" Event
UN Chief Calls for Elimination of Contemporary Slavery
12/02/07 - News.xinhuanet.com
UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday marked Dec. 2 as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and called for the redoubling of efforts to eradicate the contemporary forms of "abominable practices."
Suffolk DA Spota Speaks about Modern-day Slavery
12/01/07 – Newsday.com: By Laura Albanese
There may be hundreds of instances on Long Island where immigrants, often women and children, are held against their will in conditions approaching slavery, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Friday.
From Stand in Long Island Slavery Case, a Snapshot of a Hidden U.S. Problem
11/30/07 – The New York Times: By Paul Vitello
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y., — The two tiny Indonesian women know just a handful of English words. They know Windex. Fantastik (the cleanser, not the adjective). They know the words Master and Missus, which they were taught to use in addressing the Long Island couple they served as live-in help for five years in the sylvan North Shore hamlet of Muttontown.
Southern Africa: Human Trafficking Concern for 2010
11/30/07 – AllAfrica.com: By Tonya Graham
In the run up to World Cup 2010, organizations around the world are seriously concerned about the problem of human trafficking into the Southern African region. At a mid-November conference held by the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) in Bangkok, Thailand, the need to adequately prepare for the upcoming world event taking place in South Africa was one of the topics on the agenda.
Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Would Send FBI Agents on Trail of Pimps
11/29/07 – Washington Post: By Jerry Markon
Local vice police officers, who for decades have led the law-enforcement crackdown on prostitution, could soon have unwilling partners: FBI agents.
Skewed Sex Ratio behind Sexual Slavery in India: UN
11/28/07 – The Times of India
NEW YORK: Prenatal sex selection in India is leading to skewed sex ratios resulting in a greater demand for young women trafficked from lower castes and abroad, who are then forced into household sexual slavery, a UN body has said.
Witness: Alleged Slavery Victim Begged for Food
11/28/07 – Newsday.com: By Robert Kessler
A landscape gardener who worked weekly at the home of a Muttontown couple accused of enslaving two Indonesian woman testified Wednesday that one of the woman begged him for food and medicine.
Britain Cracks Down on Human Trafficking
11/27/07 – VOAnews.com: By Mandy Clark
Britain is among a number of European countries cracking down on human trafficking, a virulent form of modern-day slavery. The UK is a main destination in the international human trafficking market and, in the latest drive to stop the crime, police say they are targeting gang leaders and their trade routes.
Lankans in Iraq: Human trafficking?
11/27/07 - Daily Mirror E-edtion: By Poornima Weerasekara
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) said yesterday an investigation would be launched to determine whether the 21 Sri Lankans rearrested in Iraq on Sunday, were victims of a human trafficking racket.
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Putting an End to Human Trafficking
11/27/07 – The Malay Mail: By Irwan Abdul Rahman
The United Nations defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, and receipt of a person for sexual or economic exploitation by force, fraud, coercion, or deception” in order to make a profit.
Woman Recounts Ex-wrestler's Control over Those he Prostituted
11/25/07 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: By Brian Feagans
Strung out on drugs and reeling from the death of her daughter, Lexi thought she had hit rock bottom in that Cobb County extended-stay hotel. Then came the muscle-bound man in the black SUV.
Newspapers Promise Action on Sex Slavery
11/25/07 - Pressgazette.co.uk: By PA Mediapoint
Newspapers are working with the government to help tackle the problem of human trafficking for the sex industry - with a focus being put on the small ads which appear in the local and regional press.
Iza Calzado’s Film Focuses on Human Trafficking
11/25/07 – ABS-CBNNews.com: By Boy Villasanta
Filipina actress Iza Calzado's upcoming film seeks to raise awareness about a serious crime that destroys the lives of many people, especially women: human trafficking.
Arrests in Sex Trafficking Probe
11/24/07 – BBC NEWS:
Nine people have been arrested after a series of raids on 10 suspected brothels in Devon and Cornwall.
Filipino 'Sex Slaves' Rescued In Malaysia Sue Recruiters For Human Trafficking
11/24/07 – All Headlines News: By Windsor Genova
Manila, Philippines (AHN) - Three women who were rescued from a flesh trade in Malaysia on Nov. 9 and repatriated to the Philippines on Nov. 15 filed charges of illegal recruitment and human trafficking against their recruiter on Friday.
Police Raid Brothels to Hit Human Trafficking
11/24/07 – Cornish Guardian
Cornish brothels have been raided by police as part of a crackdown on human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Eight people were arrested in a week of raids by 150 officers across Devon and Cornwall.
Human trafficking should be Taught in School, says NBI Exec
11/24/07 – Inquirer.net: By By Tina Santos
MANILA, Philippines -- If this NBI chief agent had his way, the problem of human trafficking and how not to be caught in the traffickers’ snares would be discussed among schoolchildren.
Thanksgiving honors for farmworkers in Immokalee fighting for an end to slavery and a fair wage
11/22/07 – Coalition of Immokalee Workers Online Headquarters
Halfway Houses at Ports Protect Sex Trade Victims
11/22/07 – Inquirer.net: By By Gerald Gene R. Querubin
BATANGAS CITY – Fifteen-year-old “Ana” (not her real name) talks and dresses the way girls her age do. She wears trendy clothes imitated from models she sees in magazines and television shows. She also loves to have fun, and to sing. Beneath her smiles and bubbly personality, however, is a child in pain.
Georgia Wrestler Forced Women In Sexual Servitude
11/21/07 – Newschannel9.com – Chattanooga, TN
A federal jury returned guilty verdicts today against former professional wrestler HARRISON NORRIS, Jr., 41, a/k/a “Hardbody Harrison,” from Cartersville, Georgia, on multiple charges of sex trafficking and forced labor related to a scheme to force women into prostitution.
820 indigenous Brazilians Freed from Slavery
11/21/07 – Earthtimes.org: By IANS
Brasilia - A group of 820 indigenous Brazilians kept as slave labourers at a sugar firm in a town in the southern state of Mato Grosso do Sul have been freed by government officials, Spanish news agency EFE reported Wednesday.
Current Social Issue: Modern Human Trafficking and Slavery
11/21/07 – Marketwire.com
PASADENA, CA- As Americans gather with family to celebrate their good fortune this weekend, Vision Media looks at the current social issue of human trafficking and slavery that goes unchecked in many parts of the world.
Lucy Liu Presents MTV Human Trafficking Doc
11/20/07 – Worldscreen.com: By Irene Lew
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG, November 20: Actress Lucy Liu, star of the new ABC series Cashmere Mafia, will present Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, a documentary on human trafficking that premieres in Singapore today.
Sentencing Continued in Human Trafficking Case
11/20/07 – Tallahassee.com: By Jennifer Jefferson
U.S. District Judge Stephan Mickle granted a continuance Monday in the sentencing of Jorge Melchor, a Colombian man convicted in May of organizing a prostitution ring, conspiracy and human trafficking.
Haiti: The Price of Sugar- Film Review. The plight of Haitian workers in the plantations in the Dominican Republic
11/19/07 - Global Research: By Ben Terral
The Price of Sugar is a powerful documentary about the plight of Haitians toiling on sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic. These workers cross the border from Haiti to labor in conditions that the film's central protagonist, Father Christopher Hartley, calls "quasi-slavery." They are housed in sugar company towns called bateyes. Stripped of identification papers, they cannot legally travel elsewhere in the country.
Human Trafficking Case Nears End
11/19/07 – Tallahassee.com: By Jennifer Jefferson
A Tallahassee man is expected to be sentenced in federal court today after being found guilty in May of organizing a prostitution ring, conspiracy and human trafficking in Tallahassee.
Human Trafficking Often Below Radar in Columbus
11/19/07 - The Columbus Dispatch: By John Futty
Human-trafficking cases in Columbus are rare, but when they occur, they aren't likely to be reported to law-enforcement agencies.
Xinjiang Brick Factory Closed Down for “Slavery”
11/19/07 – AsiaNews.it
It stands accused of forcing workers, many of them children and mentally disabled, to over 20 hours of labour a day. Overtime was not paid and wages were months behind. The factory has been closed down and investigations are underway. A lawyer: the problem is the “laxity” of those who should be protecting workers rights.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Suspended
11/17/07 – B92
NOVI PAZAR -- Acting Public Prosecutor Slobodan Radovanović has suspended his deputy in Novi Pazar, Senad Palamar.
Human Trafficking Bust in Chhattisgarh, 400 Villagers Rescued
11/16/07 – Daily News and Analysis India:
RAIPUR: Over 400 villagers from Mahasamund district have been rescued by the Chhattisgarh government officials when they were being transported outside the state, a senior official said on Friday.
Not for Sale: Underground
11/15/07 - NBC11.com
NBC News aired a 15-minute feature this week on Not for Sale's operation to investigate and map the commercial people trade in San Francisco.
2 foreigners suspected of human trafficking banned from RP
11/13/07 – Global Nation Inquirer: By Tetch Torres
MANILA, Philippines -- Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan has banned two foreigners from entering the Philippines for their alleged involvement in human trafficking operations.
Filipinos Smuggled into Singapore with Fake Air Tickets
11/12/07 - INQUIRER.net: By Veronica Uy
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine embassy in Singapore on Monday warned against a human trafficking ring using fraudulent electronic plane tickets to smuggle Filipinas into the neighboring city-state.
11/12/07 – ABCActionNews.com: By Matthew Schwartz
She was forced into stripping at 14, prostitution at 15. Now 24, "Sue", not her real name, is a victim of human trafficking. It's a modern-day form of slavery. Police tell ABC Action News Investigative Reporter Matthew Schwartz that human trafficking is a big problem in the Tampa Bay area.
Immokalee coalition receives Anti-Slavery Award
11/12/07 - By news-press.com
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is the recipient of the international Anti-Slavery Award.
Social Networking Sites used for Human Trafficking
11/11/07 – Sun News Edmonton: By Andrew Hanon
City cops are investigating two suspected human-trafficking rings believed to be part of an international network that enslaves hundreds of young Albertans each year, many of whom are forced into the sex trade in Las Vegas.
A Call to Action Against Human Trafficking
11/10/07 - The Seattle Times - Editorials/Opinion
It seems only fitting that Western Washington should be the site of the state's first home for victims of human trafficking. Time and again, our area has shown the capacity to think globally and act locally.
Anti–trafficking Network in Works
11/10/07 – B92
BELGRADE -- An anti-trafficking network will be established in six Serbian towns, authorities have announced.
U.S. Ousts Kuwaiti Diplomat, Investigates Tanzania
11/06/07 – NPR Morning Edition: By Libby Lewis
The U.S. forces the departure of a Kuwaiti diplomat from his post at the embassy in Washington, D.C. He was accused of treating his domestic servants in the U.S. like slaves.
Dubai's Promised Land of Luxury Lures Women Into Sexual Slavery
11/05/07 – Bloomberg.com: By Glen Carey
Fei Fei, a 22-year-old from China's Guangdong province, has a souvenir of her eight months in Dubai: burns on her back and arms from cigarette butts crushed against her skin when she refused to work as a prostitute.
First of human traffickers sentenced to 24 years
11/05/07 – StarTribune.com: By Dan Browning
A 36-year-old Minneapolis man on Monday became the first in what the U.S. attorney in Minnesota promises will be a long line of human traffickers to be sentenced to lengthy prison terms.
Other Human Trafficking Cases
11/05/07 – StarTribune.com: By Dan Browning
In the past 11 months, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota has filed human-trafficking and related charges against 33 people in five cases as part of a new enforcement effort reflecting national priorities. Here's a summary of those cases, ordered from newest to oldest.
Arrests over West Yorkshire human trafficking
11/05/07 – Evening Courier
Police arrested four people on suspicion of human trafficking offences in West Yorkshire yesterday.
Prostitution and Human Trafficking in El Paso County Massage Parlors
11/02/07 – KOAA.com
In a hidden camera investigation News First uncovers a problem that most people seem to either ignore or deny -- human trafficking and prostitution in Southern Colorado.
Child Prostitutes Available at $100 a Night: The Human Cost of Junta's Repression
10/30/07 – The Guardian: By Kevin Doyle in Rangoon
This is a side of life the Burmese military junta might prefer you did not see: girls who appear to be 13 and 14 years old paraded in front of customers at a nightclub where a beauty contest thinly veils child prostitution.
Survivors of sorrow shelter the exploited
10/29/07 - Seattle Times: By Lornet Turnbull
As a 7-year-old girl in southern India in 1978, she was taken from her parents and sold into slavery. At the same time, a 9-year-old boy in Southeast Asia was surviving alone in a cave, after the fishing boat on which he was fleeing Vietnam became shipwrecked.
Two Charged with Human Trafficking
10/24/07 – Liberian Daily Observer: By Steve Jarvey
BONG COUNTY, Two suspects, Binda Kpomu and Korto Kpomu, are being held by police in Bong County for alleged human trafficking; the two attempted selling a 56-year-old man in Gbarnga recently.
19 Suspected Members of Sex Slavery Crime Ring Arrested
10/25/07 - AHN News Writer: By Einnor Mendoza
The Hague, Netherlands (AHN) - At least 19 people believed to be members of a crime ring that trafficked Nigerian children, mostly girls, into the West to engage in prostitution, were arrested in Netherlands and five other countries.
Two Men Charged with Trafficking
10/23/07 – XPRESS Dubai, United Arab Emirates: By Awad Mustafa, Staff reporter
Two Asian men were charged with human trafficking, illegal confinement, forced prostitution and operating a brothel, prosecutors said today.
Eradicate Modern-Day Slavery in 25 years
10/23/07 – Denver University CLARION: By Claire Pelley
The world's leading expert on modern day slavery and human trafficking spoke at the Graduate School of International Studies Thursday. Kevin Bales, founder and director of Free the Slaves, is currently on tour talking about his book on slavery.
Openings Statements in Slavery Trial Delayed
10/23/07 – Newsday.com: By Robert Kessler
The failure of a microphone to pickup a defense attorney's voice is the lastest wrinkle delaying opening statements in the trial of a Muttontown couple accused of enslaving two Indonesian woman.
MTV, Rain Campaign Against Human Trafficking
10/23/07 - The Korea Times - Arts & Living: By Lee Hyo-won
MTV, one of the world's largest and influential television network, has launched ``End Exploitation and Trafficking'' (EXIT), a global campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking.
3 Women Log Guilty Pleas in Sexual Slavery Hearing
10/18/07 - MySanAntonio.com - Express News: By Guillermo Contreras
A 58-year-old woman and two of her daughters pleaded guilty Thursday in San Antonio's first federal sex-trafficking case.
Japan's Self-styled 'prince' Jailed for Sex Slavery
10/19/07 - Ninemsn.com:
A Japanese court sentenced a self-described "prince" to 14 years in prison today for chaining a teenage girl with a dog collar for months and assaulting other women in a sadistic fantasy.
Sold Into Slavery
10/16/07 - The Northern Echo:
People trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world. In a series looking at the problem, Lindsay Jennings speaks to the North Yorkshire chief constable combating the issue, while Gareth Dant describes how he became an unwitting victim.
'Virtual Slavery' Charges Again Haunt John Pickle Co.
10/16/07 - Tulsa World
The federal government is once again pulling Tulsa's John Pickle Co. into court. This time the allegation is that the company and its owner have fraudulently moved around assets to avoid paying a judgment of more than $1 million to a group of foreign workers who said they were treated as "virtual slaves" by Pickle.
Move to Help 'Sex Slaves' Testify against Gang Lords
10/16/07 - News.Scotsman.com: By Alan Roden
Four human trafficking victims who were forced to work as "sex slaves" in Edinburgh have vanished before their tormentors could be caught and prosecuted.
Never Too Young to be Sold
10/16/07 - The Telegraph: By Sreyashi Dastidar
Conviction for human trafficking is made especially difficult by the complicated and fluid nature of the crime, writes Sreyashi Dastidar.
Putting a Face on Human Trafficking
10/16/07 - ABC2News.com:
ABC2 News Investigator Joce Sterman is exploring a different side to that crime. She spoke with a victim to find out about the real impact of human trafficking on young people in Baltimore.
Key Report, Deadline Near for Cocoa Industry
10/15/07 - Legal Times Online: By Jeff Horwitz
In just over two weeks, Tulane University will release the results of a long-awaited, Labor Department-commissioned study of labor practices in the African cocoa industry. Plagued by allegations that it used abusive child labor and even slavery, the industry vowed to clean up its act six years ago as part of a landmark protocol spearheaded by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).
NAPTIP Wages War Against Human Trafficking
10/15/07 - Newswatch: By Tobs Agbaegbu, Abuja bureau chief
Since its establishment in 2003, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, has been involved in battles and campaigns against promoters of the illegal business.
Armenian Parliament Passes Act on Human Trafficking
10/15/07 - Huliq.com:
Armenia’s parliament adopted a bill on Thursday aiming at identifying and saving human trafficking victims on airplanes before take off.
Interpol tracks pedophile suspect to Thailand
10/15/07 - Reuters: By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent
LONDO: A unique public appeal by Interpol in the hunt for a serial pedophile has identified a suspect who is now believed to be on the run in Thailand, the world police organization said on Monday.
Human Trafficking Project Highlights Education Value
10/14/07 - The Jamaica Observer Internet Edition: By Taniesha Lewis
Testimonies from young participants in the recent Anti-Trafficking in Persons Project were a poignant reminder of the value of education in Jamaica's fight against human trafficking. "It was an eye-opening adventure," said Shana-Kay Campbell, 14, a student at Children First. "Personally, I have been able to make informed choices, and understand the dangers of trafficking in persons."
Human Trafficking: Biggest Crime after Arms
10/14/07 - Sify.com:
New Delhi: With human trafficking being listed as the second biggest crime after arms and drugs trafficking, experts have called for a holistic legislation to deal with the increasing incidence of the trade in the country.
Centre to seek support of corporate sector to combat human trafficking
10/13/07 - Newindpress.com:
NEW DELHI: In a bid to Combat Trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of women and children, the Central Government has decided to seek the support of the Corporate sector in the country.
Human Trafficking an Issue in Canada
10/12/07 - Edmonton Journal: By Florence Loyie
EDMONTON - Sherilyn Trompetter remembers the phone call which prompted her Edmonton organization to get involved with the issue of human trafficking.
Emma Thompson speaks out against sex trafficking
The actress and activist promotes the installation Journey in Trafalgar Square which traces the life of an Eastern European sex worker.
Two Men Face Human Trafficking Charges In Kansas
Fox 4 News: They were first arrested in July on drug charges and now two men are facing far more serious charges, including human trafficking.
Woman 'is rescued' in people trafficking raid
Leicester Mercury: Police have "rescued" a woman who they believe had been illegally trafficked to the UK and forced to work as a prostitute.
UN seeks end to human trafficking
BBC News: A UN initiative to fight human trafficking has been launched in the Indian capital, Delhi.
Across Asia corruption and slavery form bitter web Kevin Bales, Free the Slaves President, links corruption to the growth of slavery in India, Pakistan, and other parts of South Asia.
NY couple charged with Slavery
New York Times: Indian women promised work, instead held in modern slavery by wealthy New York couple.
Kevin Bales' Article in Financial Times
Kevin Bales, FTS' President, writes that we should celebrate past successes while investing for global eradication in the near future.
BeliefNet Uses FTS Content
Slideshow uses high-impact images from around the world to emphasize the global impact of this human rights violations.
Christianity Today: Slavery
Christianity Today spotlights anti-slavery advocate Given Kachepa and interviews FTS' president Kevin Bales.
Vision: Abolishing Slavery
Kevin Bales explains that we're in the fourth major antislavery campaign in human history.
Brazil: Antislavery efforts imperiled
A decision by Brazil's Congress threatens to jeopardize an antislavery program that led to the release of more than 15,000 slaves and made Brazil a world leader on the issue.
Nepal: Children missing from government homes
Scores of children have disappeared from orphanages and are reportedly trafficked for household employment, sexual abuse, circus labour, or organ transplants.
Christian Association Highlights Slavery
The 16,000-member Christian Medical Assoc. called on the President, federal agencies and healthcare providers to organize medical specialty groups for national educational campaign to serve victims of modern-day slavery.
The Slaves in Our Midst
A recent Washington Post Op-Ed identifies the State Department as a roadblock to justice for slaves held by international diplomats.
Labor Trafficking in Albania
While media coverage of trafficking for the international sex trade is high, one abuse that often goes unreported is the kidnapping of children, by criminal gangs who then force their victims to work, says Al Jazeer
Multinational calls for "zero tolerance" of trafficking
Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) calls on 1,000 of the world's largest companies to help end human trafficking by joining campaign and adhering to ethical principles.
New human rights website
HuriSearch provides direct full text search of over 3000 human rights websites. Currently over 2'600'000 pages are indexed.
New ILO report highlights violence against children
Millions of children face systemic violence in their workplaces, ranging from physical or verbal abuse to sexual harassment, rape and even murder, according to a landmark new report from the United Nations' International Labour Organization (ILO).
Tony Blair speaks out on Slavery in Past, Present
Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has written a statement of regret at Britain's role in the slave trade and acknowledges the unspeakable cruelty that persists in the form of modern day slavery.
Indian boy wins prize for leadership in anti-slavery campaign
A 14-year-old Indian boy has been awarded the International Children's Peace Prize for leading a campaign against child labour and child slavery.
Oral history project uses captive voices to fight modern slavery
Kevin Bales and Zoe Trodd's edited volume collects narratives from contemporary slaves. The awareness-raising book, "To Plead Our Own Cause", includes narratives from child soldiers, sex slaves, domestic slaves, factory slaves, and agricultural slaves from Africa to Washington, D.C.
Top discovery: 27 million slaves
Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales' research determining there are 27 million victims of slavery worldwide is listed as one of the top 100 world-changing discoveries to come from UK universities in the past 50 years.
BBC posts site on modern slavery
The Slavery in the 21st Century site is full of content regarding modern day slavery.
Human trafficking turning into organized crime in India
Human trafficking in India has become an organized crime generating a business worth $8 million, with an alarming number of women and children being trafficked, according to a group working with migrant communities in the country.
How, Where Human Trafficking Begins
The U.S. State Department's 2006 report on human trafficking estimates between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across borders each year—and that doesn't include people sold within their own countries. Free the Slaves President Kevin Bales is interviewed in this NPR Marketplace report.
Brothers Charged for Possible Human Trafficking
Federal authorities charged two brothers in federal court Monday who were involved in a possible human trafficking ring, according to Loudoun County, Virginia, Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell.
Prostitutes' Clients Asked to Help in Police Crackdown on Traffickers
An unprecedented police operation has been launched across the UK to stop people traffickers bringing women to Britain for sex? including an appeal asking prostitutes' clients for help.
Kevin Bales at the Forum
Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves, addressing "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy," Wednesday (Feb. 15). Bales spoke as part of the Penn State Faculty Staff Club's Forum series at the University Park campus.
New Slavery The story of a Korean woman in the US on a tourist visa who fell victim to trafficking. She had heard of a job opening in Rockford, 80 miles outside of Chicago; considering her financial situation, she went to "check it out." The next day was in jail after the raid of a prostitution ring.
A Cherokee alphabet, a Muslim slave, and a new national culture This Chicago Reporter article outlines various instances of old slavery and discrimination in the American history and emphasises the current situation by quoting Kevin Bales. Speaking of those enslaved Bales says that "our ignorance of their hidden world is vast."