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U.S. brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

The U.S. State Department has placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump. Myanmar was upgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List of nations that deserve special scrutiny, from Tier 3, those countries not complying with minimum U.S. standards and making no significant effort to do so. Afghanistan, Malaysia and Qatar moved up to Tier 2, a list of nations making significant efforts to comply

June 27, 2017
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Haiti orphanages hotspot of child trafficking, abuse, says charity

Children living in hundreds of orphanages in Haiti suffer sexual and physical abuse and some are trafficked into orphanages for profit, according to a charity founded by author J.K. Rowling. Many of Haiti`s orphanages use deception to recruit children from unknowing and impoverished parents - a form of trafficking - and use those children to attract donations, said the report released by the London-based charity Lumos. In some cases, families had been paid $75 to give their children away, the report said

June 22, 2017
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India builds game-changing database to track human trafficking

A charity in New Delhi is building India`s first online database of human trafficking cases in a bid to plug a massive information gap and help law enforcers clean up the epicentre of the modern slave trade. "After inputting details from court records into the database, we will for the first time be able to analyse everything from the profile of traffickers, their modus operandi and the types of trafficking, to the quality of police investigations and the quantum of sentences being handed down," the charity’s head said

June 22, 2017
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Fund crunch delays rescue of India's bonded labourers - activists

India`s plans to rescue more than 18 million bonded labourers by 2030 have been delayed by a lack of funds, activists said, calling for stricter law enforcement to end one of the most prevalent forms of human trafficking in the country. A year after the Indian government announced a scheme to assist bonded labourers - including a fivefold increase in compensation for these exploited workers - many rescues have been postponed because funding has not come through. The 1 million-rupee ($15,500) funds mandated for each district have not yet been created in southern India, according to Krishnan Kandasamy of the non-profit National Adivasi Solidarity Council, a network for indigenous peoples` welfare

June 6, 2017
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France urges U.N. backing of W.Africa force to tackle terrorism, trafficking

France on Tuesday proposed that the United Nations Security Council back a West African force to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking by "eradicating the actions" of Islamist militants and organized crime groups in the Sahel region. The vast, arid zone has in recent years become a breeding ground for jihadist groups - some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State - that European nations, particularly France, fear could threaten Europe if left unchecked

June 6, 2017
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Big data maps India's human traffic hot spots

An Indian charity (My Choices Foundation) is using big data to pinpoint human trafficking hot spots in a bid to prevent vulnerable women and girls vanishing from high-risk villages into the sex trade. Specifically designed technology identifies villages that are most at risk of modern slavery, then launches local campaigns to sound the alarm

May 31, 2017
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US drug laws aimed at pregnant women stop them seeking healthcare: Amnesty

Amnesty International said that US state laws used to prosecute pregnant women who take drugs are stopping them from seeking help from health services and this is a violation of their rights, so a human rights group sounded the alarm in a report about the increasing practice of charging pregnant women addicted to drugs with endangering their own foetus. It said this has undermined efforts in recent years to treat the addiction of thousands of women

May 23, 2017
Reuters

India's 'anti-human trafficking caravan' tours villages and towns

India is using music, street plays and puppet shows, to educate and entertain villagers across the country about the dangers of human trafficking. The project is the brainchild of the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata and is a novel attempt to raise public awareness about trafficking and slavery in a country where such crimes are widespread and on the rise

May 23, 2017
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Spain sex trafficking case lodged to U.N. shows lack of protection for victims - charity

After being trafficked to Spain and forced into prostitution, Gladys John was detained by police in 2010 and deported just days later, said Women’s Link Worldwide, which represented John at the time. The legal charity submitted John’s case to the UN’s Committee Against Torture on Friday, saying she was tortured as a sex trafficking victim and then again by the Spanish police. She was held in a detention centre, though she was a victim not a criminal, and was 11 weeks pregnant but received no prenatal care in detention. It was inhuman and degrading treatment

May 19, 2017
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Child sex crimes remain taboo as cases surge in conservative India

Sexual violence against children remains a taboo subject in India, despite reports of children being raped, molested and trafficked for sex surging by almost 70% in the latest data, activists and government officials said on Tuesday. There were 14,913 reported sex crimes committed against children in 2015, against 8,904 the previous year. In India’s socially conservative society it remains ignored within families and communities, where victims are afraid to come forward for fear of being blamed for the abuse

May 16, 2017
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Sham marriages in Scotland reveal extent of slavery - activists

Thomson Reuters Foundation report on a story about criminal gangs who are tricking East Europeans into sham Scottish marriages with Asian men – selling the women for sex, labour and passports. Campaigners say this expose reveals the extent of human slavery worldwide. The anti-slavery group, Unseen, said it believes there are between 10,000 and 13,000 people living as slaves in Britain alone. Worldwide this estimate leaps to 45.8m, according to the Global Slavery Index

May 10, 2017
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IOM learns of slave market conditions endangering migrants in North Africa

The International Organization for Migration released a report documenting shocking events on North African migrant routes, where slave markets have been set up, designed to buy and sell African victims bound for Libya. Immigrants are often held as ‘hostages’ as migrants call their families back home to ask for their relatives to send the gangs cash. Women were bought and sold as sex slaves and suffer brutal treatment from the gangs behind the evil trade

April 11, 2017
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April 12, 2017
Global Times
April 11, 2017
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Kailash Satyarthi launches child rights campaign in Bangladesh

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi launched his child rights campaign in Bangladesh aimed at mobilizing millions of children from affluent families to speak up for their underprivileged peers. He said 100 million children were exposed to trafficking, slavery and other forms of violence while another 100 million youths want to change the world. Satyarthi said he describes his campaign as the globalization of compassion

April 2, 2017
Indian Express

Forged documents trap Indian children, help traffickers evade justice

In a two-year study of criminal networks trafficking girls from Bangladesh to India, the charity Justice and Care found that school leaving certificates were the most forged documents used by traffickers to hide the ages of their victims. Corrupt doctors and village leaders are helping traffickers to obtain fake documents to pass these child victims off as adults and evade justice for crimes affecting thousands of young people

March 31, 2017
Reuters