The following are a collection of news stories about human trafficking and slavery from around the world.
- INDIA - Country has 3 Million Children in Flesh Trade
- OHIO - Panel Sets Vote on Modern-day Slavery Proposal
- AUSTRALIA - Threats, Debts and Isolation: the New Chains of Slavery
- INDONESIA - In the Current Slave Trade, Indonesia the Largest Exporter
- MALAYSIA - Battling Sea-mediated Human Trafficking
- GEORGIA - Mexican Convicted in Sex Trafficking Case
By Neha MadaanThe Times of India
November 25, 2010
Currently, there are three million children in India involved in sex trafficking, according to Ruchira Gupta, the founding director of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an anti-trafficking organization. She said there are likely many more adult women being trafficked in the South Asian nation. Gupta is lobbying the Indian Parliament for a change in the national anti-trafficking law that would impose harsher punishments for the buyers of prostituted sex and the traffickers who profit from it, along with removal of clauses that punish women and girls.
By Jim ProvanceThe BladeNovember 25, 2010
State lawmakers in Ohio may vote on a bill this week that seeks to crack down on modern-day slavery. The Senate Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee is expected to vote on legislation to create a stand-alone felony of human trafficking. A full Senate vote could come as soon as today. The bill would then head for the state House, where the speaker has said he will push for passage. Ohio has been slow to follow 44 other states in enacting a stand-alone crime, even as the state has become a major destination point for those coerced into the sex trade.
By Geesche JacobsenSydney Morning HeraldNovember 26, 2010
A new report by the Australian Institute of Criminology has found that the problem of modern-day slavery in the country has been seriously underestimated. The thrust of the report focuses on the estimated 500,000 migrant workers at risk of being trafficked by industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, construction and meat-packing. The report call for a greater usage of labor laws instead of relying on only criminal prosecutions, which require a higher burden of proof.
By Endy M. BayuniThe Jakarta Post
November 24, 2010
Despite recent high-profile cases of Indonesian housemaids being severely tortured and abused while working abroad, the Indonesian government is not expected to curb its export of domestic workers as they send home billions of dollars in foreign remittances. Live-in housemaids -- whether in Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Riyadh, Hong Kong, or anywhere else in the world -- essentially work under arrangements not unlike the slavery system of old. The contract that a maid signs is unenforceable the moment after she steps into the house.
By Pooja Theresa StanslasKorea TimesNovember 25, 2010
In Malaysia, the growing illegal cross-border trafficking of humans in recent years has made the government anxious especially in view of rapid economic globalization, the worldwide economic crisis and increasing maritime trade and the nation's dependency on it. Analyzing the trafficking problem is complicated by the difficulty of separating it from human smuggling, which is the voluntary movements of people through illegal channels. The issue is further complicated when smuggled migrants are forced to work in debt bondage to pay off the smugglers which effectively defines them as trafficked individuals.
Greg BluesteinThe Associated Press
November 24, 2010
A Mexican man was convicted Tuesday on federal charges of orchestrating a sex trafficking scheme in which prosecutors say he lured at least 10 impoverished young Mexican women to the Atlanta area between spring 2006 and June 2008 with false promises of good-paying jobs. Amador Cortes-Meza, 36, could face life in prison after a jury in U.S. District Court convicted him of the 19 counts he was facing, including sex trafficking of minors, conspiracy and smuggling charges for bringing the women to metro Atlanta and then making them work as prostitutes indefinitely to repay transportation costs and living expenses.ABOLITION!
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