Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery

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Exploitation of Runaways

 

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USA

Runaway raped, held as sex slave

Judi Villa and Lindsey Collom, The Arizona Republic, Nov. 9, 2005

www.operationlookout.org/Lookout_Magazine/2005/11/runaway-raped-held-as-sex-slave/

[accessed 13 June 2013]

Since September, the 15-year-old girl had been raped repeatedly, threatened with death and sold for sex over the Internet, police said.  Her captors hid the runaway in a hollowed-out box spring covered with a piece of wood and tucked underneath a bed in a small apartment complex adjacent to Interstate 17 in west Phoenix.

 

 

USA

Ending the quiet tragedy of modern-day slavery

Leland Y. Yee, Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2005

www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Ending-the-quiet-tragedy-of-modern-day-slavery-2729680.php

[accessed 15 August 2012]

In the past 12 months, immigration agents have raided a number of suspected brothels in quiet San Francisco neighborhoods, exposing a previously unseen tragedy.

Despite shock at how it could happen here, prostitution of youth is sadly all too common in our community and, in fact, often involves children as young as 9 years old. Child prostitution is a devastating problem that few people want to talk about. The fact remains that rarely do child prostitutes begin selling their bodies on their own. Many are coerced into the lifestyle and forced into virtual slavery by traffickers and pimps. According to the advocacy organization Standing Against Global Exploitation, 85 percent of child prostitutes previously suffered incest, rape or abuse at home, and are often singled out by pimps because they are runaways. - htsccp

 

 

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Iran

Most runaway girls in Iran raped within first 24 hours

Iran Focus, London, 12 July 2005

www.wfafi.org/E-ZanVol14.htm

[accessed 2 September 2014]

www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2827:most-runaway-girls-in-iran-raped-within-first-24-hours-official&catid=6:women&Itemid=111

[accessed 6 June 2017]

Most runaway girls in Iran are raped within the first 24 hours of their departure, according to an Iranian government official speaking to the BBC.

Dr. Hadi Motamedi, the head of Social Ills Prevention Unit of the Health Ministry, said that the majority of such victims are rejected by their families if they choose to return after having been raped.

Iran has one of the highest record of runaway girls and women in the world.

 

 

Iran

Political Executions, Child Prostitution, and Forced Marriage at the Age of 9 : Ms Zadeh talks on the lack of human rights in Iran and the urgency to put geopolitics to one side

News & Civil Society Perspectives from the Commission on Human Rights Sixty-first session 14 March - 22 April 2005 -- Contributors: Sebastian Zielinski (CONGO), April 11, 2005

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 6 September 2011]

Child prostitution has risen 635 percent in recent years. Dozens of Iranian girls are brought to Karachi, Pakistan, to be sold as sex slaves every day. Reports in Tehran newspapers indicate that senior government figures have been involved in human trafficking. There are at least 300,000 runaway girls in Iran.

By law, the father has the right to force a girl into marriage at the age of nine. A man can have up to four wives and forty "temporary marriages". Prostitution is thus codified in the Iranian law. Mentioning only a small part of the atrocities carried out by the Iranian regime, it is not hard to understand that Iran currently has the highest suicide rate in the world.

 

 

USA

Runaway raped, held as sex slave

Judi Villa and Lindsey Collom, The Arizona Republic, Nov. 9, 2005

www.operationlookout.org/Lookout_Magazine/2005/11/runaway-raped-held-as-sex-slave/

[accessed 13 June 2013]

Since September, the 15-year-old girl had been raped repeatedly, threatened with death and sold for sex over the Internet, police said.  Her captors hid the runaway in a hollowed-out box spring covered with a piece of wood and tucked underneath a bed in a small apartment complex adjacent to Interstate 17 in west Phoenix.

 

 

USA

Coalition to battle human trafficking

Saundra Amrhein, St. Petersburg Times, Fort Myers, June 9, 2006

www.sptimes.com/2006/06/09/State/Coalition_to_battle_h.shtml

[accessed 11 January 2011]

Many victims fear coming forward because captors threaten to kill them and their families. Some victims are U.S. citizens - runaways or homeless. Others face language and cultural barriers, she said. During the past 11 months, Rodriguez's coalition has worked with nine victims in Florida from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala - two adults, six girls and a boy, she said.

 

 

USA

Ending the quiet tragedy of modern-day slavery

Leland Y. Yee, Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, San Francisco Chronicle, February 17, 2005

www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Ending-the-quiet-tragedy-of-modern-day-slavery-2729680.php

[accessed 15 August 2012]

In the past 12 months, immigration agents have raided a number of suspected brothels in quiet San Francisco neighborhoods, exposing a previously unseen tragedy.

Despite shock at how it could happen here, prostitution of youth is sadly all too common in our community and, in fact, often involves children as young as 9 years old. Child prostitution is a devastating problem that few people want to talk about. The fact remains that rarely do child prostitutes begin selling their bodies on their own. Many are coerced into the lifestyle and forced into virtual slavery by traffickers and pimps. According to the advocacy organization Standing Against Global Exploitation, 85 percent of child prostitutes previously suffered incest, rape or abuse at home, and are often singled out by pimps because they are runaways. - htsccp

 

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