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Friday, July 18, 2014

U.S. Admits Modern-Day Slavery Exists at Home | American Civil Liberties Union

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By Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, Human Rights Program, ACLU

Some of America's most vulnerable workers are victims of modern-day slavery, and the government knows it. What's worse: These workers are protecting U.S. military and economic interests – but the U.S. isn't protecting them.
In its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, released Friday, the State Department acknowledged that trafficking and forced labor still exist in America. The report includes several examples: abuse of third-country nationals trafficked to work on military bases, migrant domestic workers subjected to forced labor by diplomats and international organization personnel, and temporary guest workers in a variety of industries forced to work under horrifying conditions with nowhere to turn. While it's important that the report stresses there's more the U.S. government can do to stem trafficking in America, it offers nothing new and recycles much of its findings and recommendations from past years — recommendations that still haven't been fully implemented.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Trafficking Victims Told to Find Own Compensation | The Cambodia Daily

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Matt Blomberg reported that officials of the Cambodian Ministry of Justice stated men who were forced to work under slave-like conditions on fishing vessels will not receive court-ordered compensations unless their lawyers can locate in Cambodia assets belonging to their traffickers.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Invisible Victims: Sexual Exploitation And Trafficking Of Women In Mexico • SJS

Source: SJS'

Sex trafficking is now recognized as a global public health issue. Our study in Mexico has identified that trafficking of women for the purpose of sexual exploitation is highly associated with health risks such as psychological trauma, injuries from violence, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, other adverse reproductive health outcomes, and substance misuse. Apart from that, we have seen from the study that trafficked women experienced a wide range of health problems, for example, frequent fever, back pain, stomach pain and sleep disorder (Acharya, 2014).

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Brazil's fight against slave labor | Globalization | DW.DE | 27.05.2014

Sourcr: DW.DE | 27.05.2014:

In Brazil, the extreme exploitation of workers has been shifting from rural areas toward the cities. In 2013, for the first time, more people were freed from slave-like conditions in urban centers than the countryside.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Human trafficking: Why aboriginal women are targeted - Aboriginal - CBC

Source:  CBC:

Alia Parisien counts herself lucky that she found Honouring Gifts.

The program, at Ka Ni Kanichihk in Winnipeg, gives aboriginal women a second chance and teaches them jobs skills. Most of these women are overcoming challenges such as addictions, brushes with the law, and sexual exploitation.

“I was getting money as a kid, and it was so easy to get money from this guy just to do whatever he wanted to do to me,” said Parisien, now a 25-year-old mother.

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