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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From Buenos Aires to World: Pope Shines Spotlight on Trafficking |


As Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future pope dragged the hidden problem of human slavery into broad daylight.

He held annual open-air Masses in the city’s Constitution Square for
and with victims of human trafficking—many of them children accompanied
by their enormous burlap sacks stuffed with recyclable cardboard.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

States working to toughen laws against sex trafficking |


In the small town of Sydney, Maine, population 4,200, a father and son were arrested Thursday on charges of sex trafficking for running a brothel out of their home with half a dozen women. That same day, two people in Litchfield, Maine, population 3,600, were arrested on the same charges for conducting a similar operation at their mobile home.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Burma: Trafficking worsens with war's return | Green Left Weekly

Source:  Green Left Weekly

Je yang camp, located a 30 minutes drive on often unpaved or rocky road from Laiza, the capital of rebels in Kachin State in northern Burma, accommodates about 8000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The wild landscape around the camp suggests the scenery would have been far more stunning without the presence of humans.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Special Report - Flaws found in Thailand's human-trafficking crackdown -


By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Amy Sawitta Lefevre

SATUN, Thailand (Reuters) - After a two-hour trek through swamp and jungle, Police Major
General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot halts in a trash-strewn clearing near
Thailand's remote border with Malaysia.

"This is it," he says, surveying the remains of a deserted camp on a hillside pressed flat by the weight of human bodies.

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Merchants of modern slavery: Sex traffickers use deception, manipulation to control victims - El Paso Times

Source:  El Paso Times

They were wealthy and well-educated with words like "executive" and "Harvard" strung behind their names. They seemed like the type of man 21-year-old Denico Harris aspired to become.

But their big houses and impressive resumes masked an insidious underground world where young, vulnerable men were bought and sold.

By the time Harris discovered their secret, it was too late — he had become their slave.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Feds, strip clubs fighting human trafficking -


It was a standard hotel conference room scene — slices of fresh fruit
and muffins laid out next to coffee urns and bottles of water chilling
on ice as the attendees straggled in, industry friends hugging hello and
quickly catching up on personal lives.

The west suburban conference, though, was hardly typical, and before
it got started a hotel manager, standing near TV cameras there to cover
the event, even asked an organizer to leave his hotel chain's name out
of remarks if possible.

The 100 or so attendees were dancers, doormen, valets and bartenders from six Chicago-area
strip clubs. And they were there to meet with federal agents from the
Department of Homeland Security about how they might offer help with a
problem that has increasingly become a target of law enforcement
investigations: sex trafficking.

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