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IOM reports child trafficking and labor trafficking cases are rising
Child victims of human trafficking helped by IOM increased to 2,040 in 2011, up 27 per cent from 1,565 in 2008, according to new IOM data.

April 10, 2012 · Read More »

UN General Assembly President calls for redoubled efforts to end human trafficking
The President of the 66th United Nations General Assembly His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today called on Member States, civil society, the private sector and the media to step up efforts to bring an end to human trafficking, calling it "an appalling form of human rights abuse".

April 04, 2012 · Read More »

U.N.: 2.4 Million Human Trafficking Victims
The UN crime-fighting office announced that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sexual slaves.

April 04, 2012 · Read More »

Washington first US state to pass law tightening oversight of escort sites
The Washington Legislature has passed, and Governor Gregoire has signed into law, a bill that would require websites within the state to obtain documentation that escorts advertised there are at least 18.

April 03, 2012 · Read More »

Estonia Makes Human Trafficking Illegal
Estonia's Parliament has passed legislation banning human trafficking, making the Baltic nation the last EU country to enact such laws.

April 03, 2012 · Read More »

Human Trafficking Rampant in Thailand’s Deep-Sea Fishing Industry
While a lucrative deep-sea fishing industry places Thailand among the world’s leading exporters of sea products, a grim specter of human rights abuse lurks below the surface of an industry whose contribution to the national economy is estimated to exceed $4 billion a year.

March 20, 2012 · Read More »

US President Obama vows to fight human trafficking
WASHINGTON, DC - US President Obama vowed Thursday to fight human trafficking in the "dark corners of our world, and hidden in plain sight."   The White House issued the president's statement at a meeting of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

March 20, 2012 · Read More »

Now available: International Framework for Action to Implement the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol
While 129 States, to date, have ratified the United Nations Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, giving effect to the Protocol remains a challenge in all regions.

March 20, 2012 · Read More »

USAID Releases New Policy to Combat Trafficking in Persons
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at a White House event, Dr Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Agency's new 2012 Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Policy to reinvigorate and focus USAID's efforts to combat human trafficking around the world.

March 20, 2012 · Read More »

Visayan Sugar District Vows an End to Child Labor Practice
ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Philippines — Planters in the Ormoc-Kananga Sugar District have expressed a commitment to end the practice of hiring child labor in the sugar industry.

March 20, 2012 · Read More »

South Pacific Slaves Put Squid on U.S. Tables
On March 25, 2011, Yusril became a slave; that afternoon he went to the East Jakarta offices of Indah Megah Sari (IMS), an agency that hires crews to work on foreign fishing vessels.

February 28, 2012 · Read More »

Millions pushed into child labor in Pakistan
Tears tracing lines of dirt on his face, six-year-old Pakistani boy Nabeel Mukhtar cries while crouching on a pavement to scrub motorbikes, his job for nine hours a day, six days a week.

February 14, 2012 · Read More »

Governor of Indiana, USA Signs Human Trafficking Bill in Time for Football Super Bowl
A bill to toughen Indiana’s penalties for sex trafficking is now the law in Indiana.

January 31, 2012 · Read More »

Child Labor for Fair-Trade Cotton Probed by U.S. Investigators
US investigators are conducting a preliminary inquiry into forced child labor used in an organic and fair-trade cotton program that supplies the American lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, a federal law enforcement official confirmed this week.

January 13, 2012 · Read More »

US Calls for Burma Military to Account for Human Trafficking
The US ambassador for human trafficking, Luis CdeBaca, is calling for Burmese military officers to be held accountable for any involvement in human trafficking or the recruitment of child soldiers.  Human rights advocates say an end to impunity by Burma’s military’s involvement with human trafficking is seen as a key test for the new civilian government.

January 12, 2012 · Read More »


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