April 28, 2011
Student at Washington University shares her story about human trafficking
St. Louis (KSDK) - On the Washington University campus, Katie Rhoades blends right in. She's just another student working towards a better future. But it's Katie's past that may give you pause.
"I was picked up by a pimp when I was 19," said Rhoades.
She's the victim, she says, of sexual slavery.
"Part of the trap is that I didn't imagine that there was a way out," she said.
Katie's way in was about 10 years ago. She says she was a runaway, suffering from depression, abusing drugs and booze and working in topless bars in Portland, Oregon. But she wanted out, wanted to get clean. One night, a woman came into the bar saying all the right things.
"She kind of offered me a way out of that situation and offered to take me to California," Katie said.
Within days, Katie was living in San Francisco. She says she was wined and dined at first by the woman and her bo... [more]
April 28, 2011
Most human trafficking related to prostitution
More than 80 percent of the 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking investigated by law enforcement agencies between January 2008 and June 2010 involved adult prostitution or the exploitation and forced prostitution of children, a Justice Department report released Thursday says.
The report, written by the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), says 48 percent of the investigated incidents involved adults, while 40 percent uncovered the exploitation or forced prostitution of children. The remainder, about 350 cases, involved allegations of labor trafficking, in which people were being forced against their will into performing labor — including forced begging and roadside sales, along with work at hair salons, hotels and bars.
Under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act, according to the report, human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transporta... [more]
April 27, 2011
Peel Police arrest eight in human trafficking investigation
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Peel police have arrested six men and two women from the GTA and Ottawa area and laid 32 charges following a human trafficking investigation.
Investigators with the vice unit allege the suspects had been forcing women and young girls into prostitution, following a five week investigation dubbed "Project Rescue Innocent".
In February and March, undercover officers contacted 71 potential victims through sex ads and agreed to meet them at seedy local motels. Once there, investigators worked to learn more about them and find out why they were in the sex trade.
"Of those 71, we offered assistance to them. Six individuals came forward and we were able to rescue them from the life of human trafficking and set them on a way to getting back into society," said Peel Deputy Chief Dan McDonald.
Six women and girls between the ages of 14 and 23 were rescued.
"We fo... [more]
April 26, 2011
Child sex trafficking, 'epidemic' in US
A recent FBI law enforcement bulletin says child sex trafficking is a “problem of epidemic proportion” that threatens 300,000 American children.
The report said victims are often forced to travel far from home and their lives revolve around “violence, forced drug use and constant threats.”
According to the Washington-based FAIR Fund international nonprofit organization, most of the child victims come from poor neighborhoods and broken families.
“Most of the girls that we work with come from a broken home, maybe a single-headed household, [where] there is a lot of poverty,” said Andrea Powell, executive director of FAIR Fund that works to prevent human trafficking and sexual violence in the lives of youth, especially girls, around the world.
Powell says in the majority of cases there have been records of previous abuse by a family member or a parent in the form of verbal abuse, sexual abuse, an... [more]
April 26, 2011
Burmese Fishermen Are Trafficked and Abused On Thai Fishing Boats
The issue of human trafficking is (distressingly) very broad, and the focus is often on women who are sold into sex slavery. A BBC story reported by Alastair Leithead, however, demonstrates that men are also affected by trafficking. Burmese men who are trafficked into slavery on Thai fishing boats report horrible conditions and the constant threat of violence. The Thai fishing industry is a large supplier of fish to Britain and other European countries.
Zaw Zaw, a 26-year-old man, was deceived into slavery on a fishing boat, where he spent only three months before he escaped. He is among thousands of other men who are deceived into leaving Burma on the promise of factory or market jobs, and then imprisoned on fishing boats where they are deprived of sleep, beaten if they become sick, and forcibly fed amphetamines. Zaw Zaw described the constant threat of violence on the boat:
April 25, 2011
STR Responsible Sourcing Offers Seminar on California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
LOS ANGELES, Apr. 25 /CSRwire/ - Specialized Technology Resources Responsible Sourcing (STR RS), a leading global provider of ethical sourcing consulting services, is offering a series of training seminars to help companies manage the reporting rules set forth by the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. Businesses will soon need to publish any efforts they have undertaken to eradicate Slavery and Human Trafficking - including disclosure on whether they provide relevant training support to direct supply chain staff.
STR RS' Road Show Seminar Series on SB 657 and Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking, which is being held across the U.S., is designed to help businesses prepare for the new training disclosure requirements. Attendees will receive pointers on how to evaluate the risk of slavery and trafficking in today's global supply chain, and take an... [more]
North County Times
April 22, 2011
OCEANSIDE: Crips go from street gang to enterprise
Experts say the federal human-trafficking indictment of 29 Oceanside Crips gang members this week is proof the street gangs have graduated from typical gangbanging and thuggery to organized crime.
"What you're looking at now, presumably, are no longer street gangs ---- they're criminal gangs," said Malcom Klein, a criminology professor emeritus for the University of Southern California who has written several books on gangs.
Street gangs on the West Coast are typically simple, anarchic groups that claim territory, peddle drugs, commit robberies, scrawl graffiti and fight rivals. Typically, their members are young thugs in their teens or early 20s.
Criminal gangs tend to be somewhat more complex, organized and focused, with older members at the helm.
Their primary goal is to make money.
Authorities dubbed the prostitution ring, which reached as far as Florida and Michigan an... [more]
April 21, 2011
Sen. Jennings' Bill Authorizing Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance during Investigation of Human Trafficking Signed into Law
From the office of Sen. J.B. Jennings:
In less than one day following the conclusion of the Maryland General Assembly's 428th General Session, Governor O'Malley signed into law over one hundred bills that passed this year, including Senate Bill 299, sponsored by Senator J.B. Jennings (R-7th Legislative District).
Senate Bill 299, entitled Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance – Investigation of Human Trafficking adds specified human trafficking offenses to those crimes for which evidence may be gathered, and a judge may grant an order authorizing the interception of oral, wire, and electronic communications.
This bill received overwhelming support from Maryland Attorney General, Maryland State Police, several local police departments, and multiple advocacy groups. It also received bi-partisan support from ... [more]
Gannett News Press
April 21, 2011
Woman's trafficking sentence cut in half
A human trafficking defendant's sentence was chopped in half Thursday because she worked with the Lee County Sheriff's Office to produce a video to help young women recognize the signs of the crime.
Naomi Vasquez was sentenced in October to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to her role in forcing three women into sexual servitude in Bonita Springs. Along with boyfriend Derrick Ned, who was sentenced to 57 months, the couple ran an escort service. They used the women's drug addictions to force them into prostitution.
The operation came to light in January 2010 during a prostitution sting by detectives. Two of the women arrested told detectives about Ned feeding them drugs and forcing them to work. Within a week they found a third victim.
Vasquez, who has been in custody since last year, agreed to make a public service announcement-oriented video with detectives on the Human ... [more]
The Copenhagen Post
April 21, 2011
Sex trafficking problem in “the brothel of Scandinavia”
High tolerance and soft laws on buying sex create easy market for human traffickers in Denmark
In Sweden, if you buy sex from another person, you're branded a “loser”. In Denmark, you're just a regular, cool guy.
A recent CNN report, which labelled Denmark the “Brothel of Scandinavia”, compared Swedish and Danish laws regarding prostitution and their relative effects on public attitudes, demand, and sex trafficking.
The report's conclusion was that Denmark's tolerance of buying sex had created an easy, high-profit market for pimps and human traffickers.
In Denmark, it is legal to sell or buy sex, as long as both the prostitute and client are over 18, and the prostitute is not being coerced or pimped. By contrast, while selling sex is legal in Sweden, buying it is not.
Though the Swedish law may sound hypocritical, Swedish authorities say it works because it does not ... [more]
The Washington Post
April 20, 2011
Federal agency sues California labor contractor, farms in Thai human trafficking case
LOS ANGELES — A federal agency has sued a California-based labor contractor and farms in Washington and Hawaii, claiming the companies discriminated against more than 200 Thai workers in what authorities called the largest human trafficking case in the nation's agriculture industry.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the federal lawsuits Tuesday against Beverly Hills-based Global Horizons Inc. along with six farms in Hawaii and two in Washington.
Global Horizons lured Thai workers to the U.S. between 2003 and 2007 with promises of steady jobs and agricultural visas, then confiscated their passports and threatened to deport them if they complained about conditions, commission officials said.
The workers lived in dilapidated, rat-infested rooms — where many didn't have beds — and were often threatened and abused in the fields,... [more]
April 19, 2011
Plight of Burmese Child Sex Slaves Revealed
RANONG, Thailand—“The latest price of 'opening a Burmese packing' here is 13,000 baht,” explained Thidar, a Burmese prostitute in Thailand's Ranong province bordering southern Burma.
Inside the brothel of No. 3 Ranongpattani Road, a group of Burmese prostitutes reveal that “opening a Burmese packing” means a Burmese virgin girl being forced to work for the first time in the brothels of this small fishing port town.
They explain that every month around 40 girls from all over Burma—some as young as 13 or 14—are sold by human traffickers to Thai brothels in Ranong. Some are even sent to the popular tourist resort of Phuket, with around 200 Burmese girls currently working as prostitutes in their brothel alone.
“She came here for 'packing opening' three months ago,” Thidar said, pointing at a Burmese teenager sitting in the corner of the dingy room where they received Thai and Burmese customer... [more]
April 15, 2011
Victory! Hilton Worldwide Signs Code of Conduct to Fight Child Sex Trafficking
Hilton Worldwide, a long-time leader in the hospitality industry, has now become a leader in the fight for the protection of children from sexual exploitation and abuse. After more than a year of efforts from anti-trafficking organizations and over 7,000 Change.org members (and during which Hilton created their own Code of Conduct), Hilton Worldwide has announced they have signed the ECPAT Code of Conduct for Travel and Tourism.
Hilton Worldwide's subscription to The Code is a powerful demonstration of their company-wide commitment t0 preventing sex trafficking, protecting children from abuse, and creating a safe and responsible tourism experience. As part of their agreement, Hilton Worldwide will implement policies that condemn child trafficking and exploitation and provide training to help their employees identify and report illicit activities. They have also agre... [more]
The Post Standard
April 17, 2011
State fair vendor abused workers from Mexico
In three booths at last year's New York State Fair, 19 men worked in conditions close to slavery. They made and sold chicken gyros and french fries for 16 to 18 hours a day with a 15-minute break and one meal. They were paid $1 an hour.
They slept nine or 10 men to one bug-infested trailer, sometimes two to a bed. Some became ill.
They worked like this for 11 days at the fair.
On the 12th day — Labor Day — they worked 24 hours in a row, according to a federal criminal complaint against their boss.
The boss held a legal hammer over their heads: The workers, here legally from Mexico, would violate their visas if they quit their jobs. They'd be deported. They would never get back into the country legally.
They spoke no English and sometimes begged for food from other Spanish-speaking workers. At day's end, near midnight, they would scrape together pocket change and walk for an hour o... [more]
April 17, 2011
Three men get 10-year sentences for human trafficking
DUBAI // A three-member human trafficking ring who locked up three women and a teenager in a flat and forced them to work as prostitutes was sent to prison for ten years, a Dubai court said this morning.
The defendants KK, 32, and LN, 27, both unemployed and from India, lured three victims aged 27, 35, and 38, from India and Bangladesh on promises of decent jobs in Dubai.
MA, 33, of Bangladesh, also raped a 15-year-old fourth victim, SM, three times after luring her into the country and forcing her to work as a prostitute, records show.
The men locked the women in a flat in the Naif area and forced them to have sex with other men in return for money.
Each man will be deported after serving his ten-year prison term, the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance said.
The court also ordered the closure of the flat where the victims were being held.
The adult female victims ident... [more]
The Brownsville Herald
April 15, 2011
3 men indicted, 4th arrested in RGC teen sex trafficking case
RIO GRANDE CITY — Federal agents arrested a fourth man the day after an indictment against three others in a teen sex trafficking case was unsealed in federal court.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Antonio Martinez Villarreal, 38, on Wednesday in Rio Grande City.
Martinez joins three other men indicted on human trafficking and smuggling charges in U.S. District Court in McAllen.
Juan Antonio Garcia Garay, 31, Juan Ignacio Chavarria, 25, and Jorge Eutacio Martinez Mendoza, 46, all were named in an eight-count federal indictment filed Tuesday.
The federal probe came after Rio Grande City police uncovered the suspected trafficking ring during a March 17 traffic stop.
Police pulled over a green Jeep Cherokee with Garcia, Chavarria and a 13-year-old girl inside. Something seemed strange with the girl, authorities said.
“They noticed th... [more]
April 15, 2011
Human traffickers sell children to paedophiles
An international band of human traffickers has been caught smuggling children to Germany from Haiti and beyond, then selling them to paedophiles, officials said Friday. The group allegedly posed as an aid organisation, luring the children with promises of a better life.
Two men from Berlin were arrested at the Munich airport this week while trying to illegally enter the country with a 10-year-old, law enforcement officials told daily Berliner Morgenpost.
They came under suspicion when immigration agents suspected the boy's Brazilian papers were forged. He was later found to be Costa Rican, though most of the children involved have been from Haiti.
Arrest warrants have since been issued for both men, with investigators from the state criminal police (LKA) and state prosecutors manning the case.
The duo, a German and a Swede, are accused of organized human trafficking.
According to an inv... [more]
April 15, 2011
Irish pimps have links to foreign gangs and human trafficking
In a disturbing new twist in the Irish crime racket, more Irish criminals are associating themselves with foreign gangs involved in on the sex trade and human trafficking.
A report in the Herald this week claims that while many non-Irish women are smuggled into the country by "recruiters" from abroad, they often end up being controlled and exploited by Irish pimps in the Republic.
Detective Inspector John O'Reilly, who has interviewed hundreds of victims and tracked down their abusers, believes that criminals from all nations allow themselves to get involved in this very lucrative crime - and the Irish are no exception.
O'Reilly told the Herald that victims are often "broken down" by their traffickers in their home country so that they became "compliant" and can be sold to Irish criminals.
"I couldn't say that there is a prevalence (of Irish or foreign human trafficking ... [more]
Galveston County Daily News
April 14, 2011
Lawsuit: Companies engaged in human trafficking
GALVESTON — A lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court seeks more than $200 million in damages from companies accused of the human trafficking of Vietnamese laborers to the United States to unknowingly work as indentured servants.
Attorneys Anthony Buzbee and Tammy Tran filed the lawsuit in Galveston federal court to “expose an international human trafficking conspiracy,” the lawsuit claims.
Nine of the 12 men named as plaintiffs live in Galveston County. The others, including 43 unnamed men, reside in Louisiana and Texas.
The lawsuit accuses Hanoi, Vietnam, companies International Investment Trade and Service Group, known as Interserco, and General Automotive Industry Corp. of Vietnam, known as Vinamotors, of engaging in a human trafficking ring with U.S. “co-conspirators,” Coast to Coast Resources and ILP Agency.
Coast to Coast and ILP were sued in March 2009 in Harris... [more]
NBC 10 News
April 13, 2011
Man sentenced in human trafficking case
One of the two men accused of enslaving teenagers and forcing them into prostitution plead no contest Wednesday in a Providence court.
Andy Fakhoury, of Yonkers, N.Y., was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 10 years to serve on three counts of human trafficking.
"For a guy who thought he was a tough, he was nothing but a pimp. That was the end of it. He was a pimp, and he was a weak pimp and these girls stood up and they showed their inner strength and that's the important thing that came out of this case," said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
Fakhoury and Joseph Defeis, also of Yonkers, N.Y., were the first to be prosecuted for human trafficking since Rhode Island closed a loophole and made indoor prostitution illegal.
Police said Defeis and Fakhoury brought a 16-year-old girl to Rhode Island to work as a prostitute between 2007 and 2009. Police also said Fakh... [more]
Korea JoongAng Daily
April 13, 2011
Defector, others run prostitution ring
Four people, one of whom is a North Korean defector, were indicted for human trafficking and forcing 70 North Korean female defectors into prostitution, Seoul police said yesterday.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's international-crime investigation division said that the group had forced the women into prostitution in Qingdao, China, after buying them from Chinese brokers.
The women, who had no connections in China and lived lives of poverty, were each bought for about 3.5 million won ($3,200) after being told they would be sent to South Korea. The reality was harshly different, as the 70 women were forced to live and work on premises that the four ran from February 2007 to November 2009.
The four people, including a 40-year-old female North Korean defector surnamed Kim, raised roughly 30 million won ($28,000) through their prostitution business, police said during a briefing yeste... [more]
April 12, 2011
Victim of sex trade awarded damages
Substantial damages have been paid to a former detainee at Oakington immigration reception centre who had been a victim of sex trafficking.
The woman secured the settlement from the Home Office as a High Court hearing was about to start. She claimed the department violated her human rights by returning her to her home country, Moldova, when they should have recognised the grave danger facing her there.
Approving the confidential agreement, Mrs Justice Cox said the woman had been a victim of repeated sex trafficking over a long period of time and had suffered severe sexual degradation and resulting psychiatric injury.
The woman's solicitor, Harriet Wistrich, said she was kidnapped at 14 and continuously trafficked for forced prostitution in Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Israel and the UK until she was 21.
She was repeatedly beaten, raped and threatened with death, and treated as a slave.
April 11, 2011
Trafficking of Illegals in Texas Leads to Weekend Arrest
Austin, Texas, was the scene of another case of human trafficking over the weekend. Police arrested 39-year-old Felix Lugo Medina (picture, left) on Friday night in a southside apartment complex and charged him with kidnapping a man from Nuevo Laredo (across the international border — the Rio Grande River — from Laredo, Texas), according to KVUE.com, Austin's ABC affiliate.
Medina is reported to have told the kidnapped man's family that the victim would be killed by members of the Mexican Zeta drug cartel unless they paid a ransom. After the family paid $800, Medina demanded another $3,400. KVUE's report on the case was sparse, as few details are available.
During the sting operation in which Medina was arrested, police discovered seven other people being held in the same apartment. Those cases remain under investigation. One resident in the complex resolved to move immediately to es... [more]
April 10, 2011
Human trafficking: A parent's nightmare
Karla Lopez never required her teenage daughter to work. She only wanted her to be a good student and focus on her future.
Now Lopez fears her 16 year old might be working to stay alive, a victim of human trafficking.
Lopez's daughter, Stephany Pineda, dashed out the door Dec. 14, late for school. She made it to the bus stop but never arrived at Lincolnton High School. A family friend called Lopez and told her Pineda was spotted riding off in a car with two men.
That was nearly four months ago.
Since her daughter's disappearance, Lopez has learned a lot about human trafficking. She's afraid Stephany might be a victim of the crime and that she may never see her again.
A community targeted
The number of Latino victims of human trafficking continues to climb, according to Nancy Newman, director of AVID (Assault & Victimization Intervention & Deterrence).
Predators working in the human ... [more]
April 8, 2011
Stronger Penalties For Gang-Related Crimes Proposed By San Diego Law Makers
A bill co-sponsored by San Diego-area lawmakers to add pimping, pandering and human trafficking to a list of crimes associated with street gangs will receive its first vetting by an Assembly committee next week.
Assembly Bill 918 amends a list of 33 offenses that increase penalties for gang-related crimes, Assemblyman Marty Block, D-Bonita, said at a news conference. Sen. Mark Wyland, R-San Diego, is sponsoring the legislation in the state Senate.
Gang members are recruiting teenage girls for prostitution in schools and "selling them over and over," Block said. Where drugs can only be sold once, girls are a "renewable resource for gangs," he said.
Street gangs are making about as much money from prostitution as they are from selling drugs or weapons, and hybrid gangs have formed solely to reap in the profits, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.
Sheriff Bill Gore s... [more]
The Ely Times
April 8, 2011
Lawmakers told Nevada a haven for sex trafficking
CARSON CITY -- Because of its legal brothel industry, Nevada is a haven for sex traffickers who force young girls and boys into prostitution, a witness said Wednesday during a hearing on a bill to help the young victims begin normal lives.
"People know because prostitution is legal in some places in Nevada, and they think they can get away with it (sex trafficking)," said Jill Morris, an advocate for the Not for Sale campaign.
Morris was among a host of supporters who testified in favor of Assembly Bill 6, which would allow female and male victims of sex trafficking, no matter their age, to petition courts to have records of their prostitution and related convictions vacated.
The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, said this is important because, when former prostitutes seek to go straight and find regular employment, they now must report arrests for prostitution on ... [more]
April 5, 2011
Survivor to share personal account of human trafficking, sexual slavery
Natasha Herzig, keynote speaker at a sexual assault awareness seminar planned Wednesday in Ashland, will speak about surviving the brutal world of human trafficking — a world that rolls right through the Rogue Valley, police say.
"Natasha has been so courageous in telling her story," said Ashland police Detective Carrie Hull. "She is getting ready to testify against her kidnapper, her pimp. And she has just testified on Capitol Hill on sex trafficking."
Portland is listed as a national hub for child sex trafficking. Herzig's story of terror and triumph began in a Northern California town. The Rogue Valley is on the Interstate 5 corridor between the two, Hull said.
"I don't want to panic everyone," Hull said. "And I know these are difficult conversations to have. But it is simply too naive to believe sex trafficking is not happening here."
It was spring 2001 when ... [more]
March 24, 2011
The sex slaves next door: New form of trafficking invades US, Latino residential brothels adopt sophisticated camouflage to elude authorities
Cristina was just 24 years-old, living in a rural farming village in Mexico, when Amador Cortes-Meza told her he was falling in love with her. He promised her marriage and a good job, and then brought her to the United States. But when she arrived in the Atlanta area, he physically abused her and forced her to work as a prostitute.
“That's when I realized he was not telling me the truth,” said Cristina (not her real name). “A man who loves a woman would not make them do that. I lived under his humiliation, I lived under the beatings, under the fear, there was nothing I could do.”
She is an example of an insidious form of slavery spreading across the United States – prostitution operations that traffic in women and children from Latin America.
In these operations, “closed-network” houses of prostitut... [more]
ABS CBN News
April 4, 2011
Human trafficking syndicate falls, teen rescued
MANILA - A couple suspected of leading a syndicate on human trafficking for purposes of prostitution was arrested by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after victimizing a 14-year-old female.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima met with the victim this (April 4) morning at the office of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) at the Department of Justice(DOJ).
IACAT is the government body that coordinates and monitors the implementation of Republic Act No. 9208, or the Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, with the DOJ as the lead agency.
"What the national inter-agency task force against human trafficking did led by Prosecutor Jonathan Lledo, along with NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) and PNP (Philippine National Police) was to rescue this minor. We cannot disclose the identity of the minor because of the prohibition under the law but this is one clear ... [more]
The Malay Mail
April 4, 2011
More info needed on NGO used for human trafficking, say police
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are still awaiting information on an Indian politician and a Malaysia-based Pakistani national who are allegedly using a non-governmental organisation (NGO) as a front for a human-trafficking syndicate here.
A senior police officer from Bukit Aman's National Central Bureau (NCB)/Interpol told The Malay Mail that their Indian counterparts have yet to request for assistance of Malaysian police on the matter.
"So far, they have not contacted us. Even though the case comes under the human trafficking umbrella, the alleged crime is more a job scam rather than transporting of illegal aliens into the country," he said.
"In such cases and since it involves Indian nationals, our counterparts will have to inform Wisma Putra and our Immigration Department first before referring the case to us."
Last Thursday, the Kishanganj district police in India's eastern s... [more]
April 2, 2011
Brit on run for ‘killing Ellah, six'
A BALDING British accountant was last night being hunted over the murder of a six-year-old girl he allegedly wanted to put in child porn films.
Ian Griffiths, 48, is on the run after being charged in his absence in the Philippines.
Griffiths and his former bar-hostess girlfriend Bella Santos are also accused of operating an internet porn ring on the island of Cebu.
The murder of little Ellah Joy Pique has sparked furious demands for justice by locals.
The Philippines is a target for foreign paedophiles looking to exploit poor children and their families, with Cebu one of the country's worst areas for child prostitution, sex tourism and porn.
Ellah's grief-stricken dad Renante called for action to "lift the shadow which child abuse and human trafficking cast over the island".
Ellah was snatched from outside her school after being lured into a dark blue Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4. Her tiny body, wr... [more]
April 1, 2011
Thai police order crackdown on sex lottery
Bangkok - Thai authorities on Friday ordered a crackdown on a new form of underground lottery that promises winners a night in bed with a woman instead of the usual monetary reward.
National Police Bureau spokesman Police Major General Prawut Thavornsiri said the so-called 'thrilling lottery' had become increasing popular among male factory workers, especially in Ayutthaya province, 90 kilometres north of Bangkok.
'This is a new kind of human trafficking,' Prawut told a press conference. 'We have ordered Ayutthaya police to find out who is behind the lottery and make arrests.'
Convicted culprits would face sentences of 4 to 8 years in jail, higher than those imposed on organizers of normal underground lottery schemes, for offences related to human trafficking.
Like other illegal lotteries in Thailand, the 'thrilling lottery' follows the winning numbers announced twice a month by the governme... [more]
Fow News Chicago
April 1, 2011
Cook County Had First Sex Trafficking Conviction Under Dart's New Initiative
Chicago - It's not something you think can happen in your city, let alone your own neighborhood. In fact, thoughts of sex trafficking might take your mind to a far away place like one you saw in the movies or on TV.
However, recent statistics show a much darker picture when it comes to sex trafficking in Chicago. One human services agency estimates more than 6,000 at-risk children are trafficked every year in Cook County alone.
FOX Chicago News spoke to one victim, a Chicago teenager who was forced to act as a sex slave in a southern suburb for three years.
To protect her identity, we are calling her Brittany. She told Jan her nightmare began when she was kidnapped in her own neighborhood after running away from home. Brittany was just 16 years old and just had a heated argument with her parents.
"I didn't want to be there. I wanted to go home. I wante... [more]