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Does California’s anti-human trafficking bill get it wrong?

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Activists and sex worker advocates say California's Proposition 35 dangerously oversimplifies forced labor...


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Tough anti-human trafficking law adopted - Lowell Sun Online

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BOSTON -- Pimps convicted of forcing children into prostitution could face life in prison under a sweeping anti-human trafficking bill signed into law by Gov.

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The Not-So-Free Market: How Consumerism Fuels Human Trafficking

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Human trafficking is the commercialization of that which no one has the right to sell - human lives. These lives - approximately 30 million women, men, girls and boys worldwide - are bought and sold for labor, commercial sexual exploitation and war.

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Daniel Golding's curator insight, June 13, 2014 2:30 AM

This is an incredibly interesting article which I wished I had found before our presentation. It talks about "commodities produced by slave labor such as cotton, bananas, rice, coffee, tea, chocolate, bricks, fashion accessories and electronics [that] reign in the US market."


Though we all know human trafficking and slave trade is illegal, by buying products like cotton that is made in third world countries by slave labor, we are in a sense supporting it. This a solution that can easily be made in America. We can refuse to buy products from third world countries that are not Fair Trade, etc. This is an easy solution that we can make to hurt companies that use slave labor. 


GREAT SUMMARIZING QUOTE!

"That said, anti-slavery and anti-trafficking movements are geared to necessarily awaken consumers to the fact that, by virtue of consuming, they're unwittingly complicit to the free market's supply-and-demand structure that sustains the exploitation of human beings. Subscribing to the global economy needn't also be a subscription to exploitation. To awaken to the reality of the not-so-free market is also to realize that every consumer has the responsibility and capacity to think through and wisely choose, ensuring that everyday purchases are not having a detrimental impact on others."

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Brazil workers exploited as modern-day Amazon slaves

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ACAILANDIA, Brazil — After months of chopping down trees in the forest without pay and living on rice, beans and dirty water, Gil Dasio Meirelles decided he had to escape from the remote clearing in the middle of the vast Brazilian Amazon.

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Slavery in UK: Human trafficking flourishes with only few jailed

It's thought that up to 27 million people in the world today are caught in some form of slavery. About 800-thousand are being trafficked across borders each ...

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Child sex slavery: Few pimps sent to jail | The Connecticut Mirror

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Gridlock in Congress stalls anti-human trafficking bill

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As many as 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, including sex slavery, child prostitution and debt bondage, according to State Department estimates.

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Human Trafficking: The Victims : NPR

Nancy Solomon reports on the plight of foreigners brought illegally to the United States and forced to work for little or no pay. They work behind closed doors, as servants in private homes or as prostitutes in brothels.

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Sold in the U.S.A. | The Chicago Reporter

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More human trafficking cases are originating within the U.S., but the plight of victims often goes unheard. The window frame broke, loosening the lock. Ricardo Veisaga listened for footsteps.

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Humanists attack modern day slavery – UN Human Rights Council ...

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Despite government promises and a change in the law, the situation for "modern day slaves" in Mauritania and elsewhere remains dire, delegates told the Human Rights Council today in Geneva. In the run up to a seminar ...
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Human Trafficking: This Issue in Regards to Cambodia

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Written by Karlee and Leah

 

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or a modern-day form of slavery.

 

The Facts:

1. At least 12.3 million people are trafficked worldwide.

2. More than 1 million children are victims of trafficking.

3. People are trafficked in 161 countries, including the United States.Human trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide.

4. On average, only 1 person is convicted for every 800 trafficking cases worldwide.

 

Cambodia

In the world of human trafficking, Cambodia is regarded as a “supply state” or a place that, in a sense, provides modern day slaves for the rest of the world. Particular places include Thailand, Malaysia, Macao, and Taiwan.

 

Women are typically exported for prostitution, though some get off easy with domestic slavery.Men are trafficked for forced labor in the agriculture, fishing, and construction industries.Children are trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labor in organized begging rings, soliciting, street vending, and flower selling.

 

It has been found that 90% of those trafficked from Cambodia are women or girls under the age of 18 (most under the age of 13). It can be inferred that the majority of these women and children are being sexually exploited, as Mam was.

 

In no way does the term “supply state” imply that there is not an issue within Cambodia itself. Women are being held to prostitution everyday against their will. The concept of being a “supply state” points towards a larger issue. Cambodia is exploiting their women not only for their own use, but the use of the world—tying them in with the global issue of human trafficking.

 

The Source of the Issue In Cambodia:

 

The root causes of sex trafficking in Cambodia are twofold:

1. Pervasive poverty. People are desperate to find means of survival. In many cases, the only item that many women posses is their own bodies. They then resort to selling themselves. Others (like Mam) are victims and taken against their will and then must remain in their situation or be beat or tortured to death.

2. The cultural and historical status of women and girls as second-class citizens.

 

Flowing from these root causes are many consequential conditions that have allowed human trafficking to flourish. Although the socio-cultural conditions are complex, it is crucial to identify key problems areas in order to examine effective potential remedies and developing legal approaches. The consequential conditions of the root causes that enable sex trafficking are:

1. Lack of education among women and children.

2. Culturally entrenched second-class status of these groups

3. Involuntary and forced sex-slavery is entangled under laws for prostitution in general (need to recognize their distinct human rights issues) and therefore criminalizing the victims.

4. Huge profits are generated by human sex trafficking organizers.

5. Economic desperation and unemployment (lack of economic options in conditions of poverty) increase the vulnerability of these groups to exploitation by sex-traffickers.

 

The issue is growing larger every year. The goal of Somaly Mam is to reverse the issue with her various foundations. More information on these foundations, goals, struggles, and achievements can be explored else where on our website.

 

Citation

 

"HumanTrafficking.org | Cambodia." HumanTrafficking.org: A Web Resource for Combating Human Trafficking in the East Asia Pacific Region. Web. 23 Dec.


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Congresswoman Maloney Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Fight Human Trafficking in Supply Chains (USA)

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“Human trafficking is the slavery of the 21st century. It is estimated that nearly 12.3 million people are working in some form of forced labor worldwide. We have seen a global shift in trafficking in weapons and drugs to trafficking in children and humans. Drugs and guns can be used only once, but the human body can be used over and over again. We must use every tool available to help men, women, and children around the world who are enslaved,” said Maloney.


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Human traffick bill OK'd by House - Dayton Daily News

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Human traffick bill OK'd by HouseDayton Daily NewsBy Cornelius Frolik, Staff Writer 10:38 PM Tuesday, May 22, 2012 The Ohio House on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation that would toughen the penalties for people convicted of human trafficking ...

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Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today ~ The Slave Next Door

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Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today ~ The Slave Next Door

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West Africa: Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

Although slavery is no longer legal there are still millions of people living in slavery today. One place and industry where slaves still exist is the cocoa ...

 

The world's leading producer of cocoa is Côte d'Ivoire and dirty secret is that slavery is commonplace on cocoa plantations in West Africa.    Children are smuggled from countries such as Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and then are placed on remote, isolated plantations.  While statistics are all guesstimates, this video is purporting that 35% of the world's chocolate is produced by slave labor (I've seen higher estimates).  What factors lead to this horrific condition?  How is this a geographic issue?    


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8A JonathanS's curator insight, February 16, 2017 7:55 AM
This article and YouTube clip is talking about the child labor and modern slavery going on in West Africa. These regions are mostly used for cocoa bean plantations and harvesting. The guy leading this investigation also interviews people who are in charge of the chocolate making factories and asks them where the cocoa beans come from. Almost everyone answers, "the Ivory Coast" and have no idea what so ever what is actually going on there. They just order the amount of beans needed and have no clue what children have to go through to provide these people what they need. In this documentary they also interview some of the children having to go through this and it's very terrible and wrong. These children get taken away from their homes to work and get tricked that they're getting payed even though they don't get anything for all they do. In this clip I also get to see what the owners of the cocoa bean plantations say about what's going on and all the lies are just so silly and I cant believe what their thinking and why they're doing this.

This article connects a lot to what we've been working with in class. We even saw this movie about cocoa farms spread all over Wast Africa and this movie basically talked about the same things the other movie talked about. I enjoyed this movie a lot. Even though the information given was very sad and heart breaking I learned a lot of new things about the conditions of these slaves and and what they actually have to go through to please their "master" and how sad their lives are. When seeing this movie I just felt so bad and I just feel like I want to help these people so much.  
Ping Ping W's curator insight, February 15, 11:33 PM

“Although slavery is no longer legal, there are still millions of people living in slavery today. One place and industry where slaves still exist is the cocoa…”  Even though cocoa drinks are very delicious, have you ever stop to consider where how and who collected them? Here’s how they do it: slavery. It is still very common on cocoa plantations in West Africa. Children are smuggled from all over Africa (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, etc), then, they are placed on remote, isolated plantations. Also, thirty-five percent of world’s chocolate is produced by slave labour.

 

This helped me better understand Africa by informing me about how children were kidnapped and force to work...some children work at such a young age too. Before doing this research, I didn’t know how Cocoa even came to be! However, now that I know that children slavery was how cocoa was produced, it made me wonder if the factory knew? All the factory that bought their cocoa from Africa, do they know this is how they’re getting their products? And if they do, why don’t they do anything to stop children slavery or pay the workers at least? I think that cocoa factories in Africa must have really low budgets, or else they wouldn’t be kidnapping kids or adults to do the work in the form of modern slavery (without paying them too). 

Dorothy R. Cook 's curator insight, June 23, 11:32 AM

The youth are not the only ones that have history and could improve or do things better or just in different way but the older generation also have our cross to bare. As this article i must admit put the fact that not everything that is seen as good come from good reasonings as chacolate is not seen as sinful when we purchase it from the store but to know that atleast some of it got its original origin from thd blood sweat and tears of others thru and by the means of slavery. Just because a thing is not counted as a sin in the eyesight of man it does not make it right to God. Just because slavery is no longer legal does not make it not done and even to the point we can become enslaved in the mindset.  Which is more crippling than the chains of bondage by being physically enslaved by others. 

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Egypt’s Salafi Party Objects to Banning Sex Slavery

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This should be no surprise considering that Egyptian Salafi preacher Huwaini urges Muslims to abduct, enslave, and sell infidels as a Sharia-approved way of making a good living.


Yet here are the Salafis—out of Egypt’s prisons and sitting in Egypt’s parliament—complaining about the outlawing of human slavery and trafficking, and insisting (with a straight face) that “such things do not exist.”


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Florida pushes for safe houses for child-prostitution victims (VIDEO)

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TALLAHASSEE — Amid growing concern from Florida's capital to the White House over human trafficking, the head of the state's social-services agency outlined plans Tuesday to create a network of "safe houses" and long-term-treatment facilities where underage sexual workers and other children held against their will could seek refuge and protection.

 

Currently, about 100 children in the foster system are victims of some form of human trafficking, either forced prostitution or forced labor, Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said in an interview Tuesday.

 

Wilkins said that putting these children into DCF's existing group homes or foster homes could wind up being dangerous, because they could expose other children to the risk of being trafficked, particularly if the victim is still in contact with a pimp.

 

According to a 2011 study by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Florida ranks third behind California and Texas in the number of reports to the center's anti-trafficking hotline of people — both children and adults — held in what amounts to slavery and exploited for either sex or manual labor...

 

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Tammi Stefano's curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:16 PM

Children are placed in a situation that causes them irreversible harm by a system that is instituted to save and protect them. Our Nation has a serious problem and this whole system is need of major reform.

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What is Human Trafficking | Human Trafficking Statistics | Human Trafficking Facts | Manna Freedom

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What is Human Trafficking? It is a crime against humanity. Get Human Trafficking Facts and Human Trafficking Statistics to beat this problem with us!

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The Hidden Faces Of Modern-Day Slavery : NPR

Slavery continues to exist across the United States in a number of forms. There are brothels, farms, nail salons and factories across the United States where people are working against their will, for no pay.

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