South Africa: Shock over Slavery Is Truly A Global Response

No matter the continent or country you can be certain the response to hearing the magnitude and pervasiveness of slavery is shock and disbelief.  Society is forward looking, addressing the gains we make, the advances in our cultures and beliefs in human rights and equity.   Then we are faced with this darkness we thought…

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One Nightmare Can Lead To Another: Adoption Trafficking

This particular adoption human trafficking scheme was hiding behind a fictitious pro-life campaign.  The covers are usually straightforward “front” orphanages. Babies can be bought, stolen or in some of these cases, borrowed to provide children for those honestly wishing to legally adopt. This form of trafficking occurs in largely in countries where  government is corrupt…

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CO: 14 Accused In 70-Count Indictment Child Human Trafficking Ring

Hopefully a case of this size will be a wake-up call to states and law enforcement around the country.  This isn’t unusual, it’s business as usual.  This is what the furor over online ads is all about. It also amply demonstrates the range even low level gang/pimps can demonstrate by rapid movement of their trafficking…

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Chicago: Sex Trafficker Convicted, Tattooed Victims To Show Ownership

What an incredible team put this conviction together.  Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, whose sheriff’s police initiated the investigation, Gary J. Hartwig, Special Agent-in-Charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation, which was coordinated by the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force and Thomas E.…

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Slovakian Labor Alert Warning: Human Trafficking Is Genderless

Labor trafficking of men receives less media attention.  Unless it’s a massive labor case with exploiters caught red-handed holding hundreds, we seldom hear of it. There seems to be an additional stigma among the victims themselves.  Where women may be ashamed of what’s been done to them and how others will perceive them and their…

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Labor Trafficking: We need to Occupy Justice In The Heartland

 It’s an embarrassment and cause of shame in light of what we say we stand for as Americans to have cases like these dragging through our court systems. You may not have  heard of most of them. Several prominent cases are mentioned  so you won’t be tempted to think this is an isolated incident.  Our…

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Hotels And Event Planners: Just Say No Room For Human Trafficking

The fastest growing trend in the sex trade is a moving target.  The internet allows traffickers to be completely mobile, moving their cash-generating commodities quickly from one hotel to the next, changing cities and even states in rapid succession hoping to stay one jump ahead of the Law and those who would free their victims.…

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US: Myanmar Government Still Uses Forced Labor, weak against Trafficking

Myanmar’s military government has a long history of severe human rights abuse and trafficking of it’s people.  They conscript children as well as adults for labor and soldiers.  The conditions are brutal. The Myanmar Government wishes to have their status raised  from the bottom of the US Trafficking In Persons Report and, after mild reforms…

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US Congress Hears Up Close And Personal About Labor Recruitment Fraud

It appears that labor recruitment firms are the public tip of the iceberg in our own and other governments implicit support of slavery.  For a while it seemed random, just here and there.  The film “Whistleblower”  raised a few eyebrows about it (which hopefully will happen again since it released on Blue-Ray today), but it…

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India: Delhi Police Shatter Huge HumanTrafficking Ring – 1,000+ Sent To US

The convoluted routes traffickers use to transfer victims can be incredibly complex for those attempting intervention.  This story highlights that well.  Here’s another reason why public awareness is important for observation purposes.  Any one of these journey legs provides opportunity for other passengers and crew to trust their instincts if something seems “off”.  Every leg…

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Porn Industry’s List Of More Important Things Than Preventing HIV

Aside from my personal views on the rampant use of underage children and adults of both genders trafficked into many thousands of porn videos a year in the US , and many  hundreds of thousands worldwide; the proven linkage of this medium’s depiction of people as subhuman, disposable objects ; and the publicly acknowledged link…

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