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Sunday, August 17, 2014

World Fishing & Aquaculture - Slavery in fishing

World Fishing & Aquaculture - Slavery in fishing:

Although the Thai government has told The Guardian that "combating human trafficking is a national priority", the newspaper’s undercover investigation unearthed a lawless and unregulated industry run by criminals; assisted in no small measure by the Thai maffia as well as government officials and sustained by the brokers who supply cheap migrant labour to boat owners.

"The Thai authorities could get rid of the brokers and arrange legitimate employment," said one high-ranking Thai official tasked with investigating human trafficking cases on condition of anonymity. “As long as boat owners still depend on brokers, and not the government to supply workers, then the problem will never go away."

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cambodia Urges China Visa Restrictions

Source: VOA


Cambodia says it has asked China to restrict the number of visas it issues to single Cambodian women, to prevent the brokering of marriages to Chinese men.

The appeal comes as an increasing number of Cambodian women are finding their way into Chinese marriages and becoming victims of human trafficking.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Study Links Wildlife Decline to Human Trafficking, Other Social Problems - New America Media

Source: New America Media

A new report highlights a hidden social cost of fish declines: It drives up human trafficking and child labor. 

The conservation policy report, led by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, appeared last week (July 25) in the journal Science.

Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor and the United Nations, researchers illustrate how decreasing fish stock fuels labor abuses.


Australia's 'hidden' abusive migrant marriages | Bangkok Post: news

Source:  Bangkok Post: news:

Thanks to

Jack Bear 

who alerted me to this article.

SYDNEY - Kanya thought she was starting a new life in Australia after arriving from India to marry her husband, but it quickly turned into a nightmare. 

She was barred from going out on her own, forced to cook and clean for her partner's family, and made to sleep outdoors if she did not complete her tasks.
The fate of the 18-year-old, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, mirrors that of others in "slave-like" relationships that Salvation Army worker Jenny Stanger has taken in at a Sydney refuge for trafficked people in recent years. Immigration figures show women in such situations come from Thailand, China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam among others.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014