Human Trafficking in the News

I haven’t talked about human trafficking here for a while.  Since it is a central topic of this blog, let’s take a look at human traffcking in the news today:

State warning on human trafficking in the Fiji Times

FIJI should stand guard against human trafficking, President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has warned.

He said while Fiji had for many years been fortunate to be buffeted from human trafficking, “our history and that of the Pacific, sadly records that we have experienced, traumas of institutionalised human trafficking”.

China joins Mekong countries in fighting cross-border human trafficking in the Window of China

Mengla is the southmost border county in Yunnan Province. It shares a 677.8-kilometer borderline with the Laos in the south and east, and is separated in the west from Myanmar only by a river. With 46 land crossings, 14 market places for border residents, as well as five motorways to the Laos and Myanmar border, it is regarded a major passageway to Southeast Asian countries.

Residents at the Lao-Chinese border usually share the same origin, custom and are therefore able to speak the same language. Different economic levels at both sides of the border have sparked cross-border migration as well as human trafficking.

During the ten-year since he was on the narcotics control task force under Mengla county public security bureau, Zhao has been involved in rescuing and transferring over ten abducted victims from Laos.

US officials begin push against human trafficking in Associated Press

Fourteen cities are being targeted in a new campaign aimed at alerting people about human trafficking, federal immigration officials have announced.

Antoinette Davis, Shaniya Davis’ Mother, To Be Charged For Sex Trafficking, Child Abuse in the Huffington Post

Antoinette Davis, 25 is charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse. An accomplice, Andrette McNeill, 29, will face kidnapping charges. He was seen on surveillance footage carrying Shaniya at a Sanford hotel. As a result, another man who was arrested last week has been freed.

Human-trafficking conviction first test of state law: West Seattle pimp convicted on six of nine counts, including child prostitution charges

Facing a first test of a state law aimed at sex trafficking and modern-day slavery, a 19-year-old West Seattle man has been convicted of human trafficking for his role in a prostitution ring alleged to have included at least 12 girls and young women.

Returning a mixed verdict Tuesday, a King County jury found Deshawn Cash Money Clark guilty on six of nine counts related to allegations that, as a member of the West Side Street Mobb gang, Clark prostituted two girls and a third young woman. Among the counts, jurors found unanimously that Clark had engaged in human trafficking by forcing a former girlfriend of his — who proved to be a key witness for the prosecution — to work as a prostitute.


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