Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery
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US: 17 Governments Complicit in Human Trafficking
Voice of America VOA News, 19 June 2012
[accessed 20 June 2012]
The U.S. State Department says 17 countries are doing almost nothing to fight human trafficking and may be complicit in such crimes.
In its annual human trafficking report, the State Department calls those 17 nations countries of origin, transit, or destinations for such crimes as sex slavery, forced labor, and recruiting child soldiers.
The 17 countries the State Department calls the worst human trafficking offenders are Algeria, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Suriname, Syria, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
The report says a number of other countries do not fully comply with U.S. law, but are making significant efforts to comply.
Church slams daily human trafficking and authorities’ complicity
Mathias Hariyadi, AsiaNews, 09/19/2007
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Migrant women abducted by criminal gangs, drugged and then put to work in prostitution rings under false identities, often with complicity of corrupt local officials and police officers is but one typical aspect of human trafficking in Indonesia.
Tommy Calvert, Jr., Chief of External Operations, American Anti-Slavery Group, January 29, 2003
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Many of you are
aware of the plight of southern Sudanese who are enslaved in
Not only does Libya have a long record of supporting international terrorism but Libya has also terrorized its own people through torture, persecution of political opposition, suppression of workers rights, and arbitrary prison detainment of innocent people considered a threat to the state. How can a nation that does not actively prevent the sale of slaves be permitted to chair the UN Commission on Human Rights?
Human trafficking in the
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The Human Rights
Commission of the
But the dispossessed labourers found themselves in a place that couldn't have been more different to their dreams. Without proper documents they were unable to report to the police and susceptible to exploitation and extortion by unscrupulous Maldivians.
Slavery: Mauritania's best kept secret
Pascale Harter, BBC News, Nouakchott, 13 December 2004
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In answer to the
Mauritanian government's assertion that slavery no longer exists in
Boubakar Messaoud and other members of SOS Slaves have been
imprisoned and harassed by the authorities for their anti-slavery campaign.
It seems the government has little interest in really wiping out slavery.
Meanwhile, slavery remains
Government officials behind record rise in
Karen Ryan, The
At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]
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There are villages
in the Southern region of
Shameful Investigation Into Sex-Trafficking Case
Amnesty International, Index Number: EUR 70/001/2005, Date Published: 1 February 2005
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The government of
An Auschwitz In
Jeff Jacoby, The
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Nor is it breaking
Contemporary Forms of Slavery in
Human Rights Watch/Asia, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 95-77876, ISBN 1-56432-154-1, July 1995
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SUMMARY - Millions of
Lure of Logging Creates Another Headache
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As if this is not
enough, the lure of logging has created another problem. It is new and
growing and is proving to be a headache for the country’s policymakers. In logging camps dotted across the nation,
a new generation of children fathered by foreign loggers is growing. Mothers
are often under-age girls with little or no education at all. A girl’s marriage to foreign loggers was
often pre-arranged by parents who knew the foreigners had families back in
What many parents
do not realise is that the number of children being
born and left behind in the
Amnesty Web reality check
Internet Correspondent Chris Nuttall, BBC News, 5 February 1999
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International has hit back at a fake site lauding the human rights
Statement on the Conviction of Gulnaza Yuldasheva in Uzbekistan
Counselor for Public Affairs Christopher Midura to the Permanent Council, United States Mission to the OSCE, Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), US Dept of State USINFO, Vienna Austria, July 19, 2012
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The United States expresses its concern today over the case of Gulnaza Yuldasheva in Uzbekistan, after a court in the Tashkent region sentenced her on July 10 to two years in prison on questionable charges. According to reports received by our embassy in Tashkent, Ms. Yuldasheva turned to police to investigate claims of official involvement in trafficking in human beings and subsequently became the target of what appears to be an effort to silence her for her efforts to expose corruption involving public officials.
Ms. Yuldasheva has alleged the involvement of high-level police and local government officials from the city of Chinoz in a trafficking ring that sold people into human slavery in neighboring countries. By Yuldosheva’s account, in early 2011, two of her brothers, along with two other men, were sent to Kazakhstan with promises of good work and high salaries. Upon reaching their destination, however, it is alleged that their passports were taken away, and the men were forced to work 15-hour days with only a single loaf of bread for sustenance. After several months, the men managed to return to Uzbekistan and revealed the ordeal to their sister, a human rights activist. Ms. Yuldasheva first raised the issue with government officials in May 2011 and began to conduct her own investigation to gather evidence against those involved. When she persisted in that case, she apparently became the target of police, ultimately leading to her arrest in April 2012 on an allegation that she tried to extort money from a bus conductor. Her explanation was that she accepted compensation from him after he intentionally broke her mobile telephone, a matter apparently unrelated to her brothers’ difficulties.
From accounts we have received, the court proceedings were conducted behind closed doors and human rights activists were not allowed into the courtroom to observe or testify on Ms. Yuldasheva’s behalf. According to her lawyer, Shoira Muhammedova, the charges were fabricated and unsubstantiated.
Reports of Rape and Torture Inside Zimbabwean Militia
Michael Wines, The New York Times,
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For Ms. Siyangapi's secret was not merely her own. Her appearance
was also testimony to one of the least documented — and most brutal —
practices of the military enforcers of
International documented cases of rape within the Youth Service in a report
released in April. The Amani Trust, perhaps the most active human rights
group currently in
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