Trafficking Highway into Sinai

A trafficking highway has developed through Sudan’s refugee camps into the Sinai desert and Eritrea. Arms are delivered along this highway to Sinai to militants and ransom-seeking gangs. Eritrea is a country in extreme poverty. Despite this, the country rejects

City Targeting Cab Drivers Involved in Sex Trafficking


The involvement of cab drivers in sex trafficking has been questioned by authorities and advocates for several years now. Now New York City is taking active steps to discourage this involvement. New York’s City Council will be raising the fines

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

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).

Former Liberian President Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison

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Former Liberian President Taylor has been sentenced by the international court in The Hague, Netherlands to 50 years in prison after being convicted of 11 counts of aiding and abetting the rebel campaign in Sierra Leone. As President Judge Richard Lussick

Former Liberian President Convicted of Slavery

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor as he waits for the verdict in Leidschendam, near The Hague, Netherlands, April 26, 2012. (Pool,AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

On April 27, 2012, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was convicted of “aiding and abetting” crimes against humanity including murder, rape, and slavery while assisting the rebel movement in Sierra Leone during the country’s brutal civil war. This verdict signals

Prostitution Online – Human Trafficking in the US

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I can’t begin to keep track of how many times I have overheard people dismiss sex trafficking as something that happens in other countries such as Thailand or India. Of course it is considered to be an issue everyone should

Sex Trafficking and the 2012 Olympics

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Many debate whether major sporting events such as the Superbowl, World Cup, and Olympics increase the rate of sex trafficking in the cities they are hosted in. It is logical to assume that the increase in visitors and workers that