Monthly Archives: June 2012

Annual Trafficking in Persons Report Released


The annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report for 2011 was published last week by the US Department of State. The TIP report is “the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts.” (CNN, June 2012) Contained in the report

California to Vote on Harsher Punishment for Traffickers

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In California, the 2012 election year brings a new opportunity for voters to improve trafficking laws with the CASE Act. The CASE Act, named for Californians Against Sexual Exploitation, is a partnership of California Against Slavery and Safer California Foundation

Increase in Illegal Body Parts Sales in Europe


The illegal sale of organs and other body parts has recently increased in Europe due to the economic crisis. Generally the black market for organs is most abundant in China, India, brazil, and the Philippines, yet recently the black market

An Incredible Documentary Series on Modern Day Slavery in Asia


Filmmakers from the company Good Morning Beautiful, produced by Radio Free Asia, have put together an incredible documentary series covering modern-day slavery in Asia. The  short documentaries are a beautiful portrayal of the harrowing stories of trafficking victims and their

Brazil Joins UNODC to Document Cases of Human Trafficking

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This week Brazil committed to supporting UNODC’s Human Trafficking Case Law Database. The database is a collection of documented proceedings involving human trafficking. By the end of 2012, Brazil plans to have at least 50 proceedings documented (UNODC, June 2012).

Prescription Drug Abuse in the United States


United States consume approximately 80% of the world’s entire supply of prescription pain relief pills, a total of over 110 tons of opiates (Daily Mail 2012). Despite the dangers of illegal drugs, prescription drugs cause 14,800 US deaths every year

A Global Arms Trade Treaty


Negotiations for an international Arms Trade Treaty will be taking place in New York this July at a United Nations conference. These negotiations are a product of six years of lobbying by governments, arms companies, and aid agencies. One can