UN General Assembly President calls for redoubled efforts to end human trafficking
The President of the 66th United Nations General Assembly His Excellency Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today called on Member States, civil society, the private sector and the media to step up efforts to bring an end to human trafficking, calling it "an appalling form of human rights abuse".
U.N.: 2.4 Million Human Trafficking Victims
The UN crime-fighting office announced that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sexual slaves.
Washington first US state to pass law tightening oversight of escort sites
The Washington Legislature has passed, and Governor Gregoire has signed into law, a bill that would require websites within the state to obtain documentation that escorts advertised there are at least 18.
Estonia Makes Human Trafficking Illegal
Estonia's Parliament has passed legislation banning human trafficking, making the Baltic nation the last EU country to enact such laws.
Now available: International Framework for Action to Implement the Smuggling of Migrants Protocol
While 129 States, to date, have ratified the United Nations Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, giving effect to the Protocol remains a challenge in all regions.
USAID Releases New Policy to Combat Trafficking in Persons
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at a White House event, Dr Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the Agency's new 2012 Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Policy to reinvigorate and focus USAID's efforts to combat human trafficking around the world.
Governor of Indiana, USA Signs Human Trafficking Bill in Time for Football Super Bowl
A bill to toughen Indiana’s penalties for sex trafficking is now the law in Indiana.
California cracks down on global slave labour - Law forces firms to check supply chains
A new California law will force retailers and manufacturers to disclose how they guard against slavery and human trafficking throughout their supply chains, ratcheting up scrutiny of some of the largest U.S.
US Calls for Burma Military to Account for Human Trafficking
The US ambassador for human trafficking, Luis CdeBaca, is calling for Burmese military officers to be held accountable for any involvement in human trafficking or the recruitment of child soldiers. Human rights advocates say an end to impunity by Burma’s military’s involvement with human trafficking is seen as a key test for the new civilian government.
Child Labor for Fair-Trade Cotton Probed by U.S. Investigators
US investigators are conducting a preliminary inquiry into forced child labor used in an organic and fair-trade cotton program that supplies the American lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret, a federal law enforcement official confirmed this week.
Rhode Island, USA Senate to Vote on Bills Banning Prostitution and Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation
The Senate [in Providence, Rhode Island] is expected to vote this week on two bills designed to strengthen the laws against prostitution and sex-trafficking.
Program to Prevent Youth Trafficking in Kanasas, USA
Wichita, Kansas law enforcement and Via Christi Health Care workers unite through Healthcare Haven, a program designed to help victimized youth.
Africa Union To Launch Initiative Against Human Trafficking
The African Union Commission announced that it will launch an initiative against trafficking in human beings, AU.COMMIT Campaign, among African population within the continent and in the Diaspora.
Taiwan Forms Anti-human Trafficking Group
An international alliance of Filipino migrant organizations hailed the decision of the Taiwan government to form a group to look into cases of human trafficking and take legal action against employers found guilty of the transnational crime.
New Laws to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking in Australia
The Australian government has announced significant changes to its scheme for protecting victims of people trafficking, which has protected 131 people since 2004, but which, advocates say, could have done a lot more for many of those subjected to one of the world's worst trades.
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