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    Asia Accounts for Two out of Three People Enslaved Worldwide

    The recently released Global Slavery Index reveals that there are an estimated 29.8 million people enslaved worldwide. Almost half of the index’s listed top offenders are from Asia. Mauritania, Haiti, and Pakistan have the highest prevalence of trafficking, but India, China, and Pakistan enslave the highest number of people. And … More

    Cooperation with Mexico: Key to Border Security and Stopping Transnational Crime

    According to recent reports, the U.S. is in talks with Mexico to strengthen security along Mexico’s southern border. The effort reportedly includes a three-level security system for Mexico’s border with Belize and Guatemala to stop human trafficking, drug running, and other gang-related activity. Stopping such activities is critical to not … More

    Human Trafficking Still a Major Concern in Asia

    The release of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) revealed that Asia is home to some of the worst perpetrators of illegal human trafficking. China has now joined the ranks of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and a handful of other countries as Tier 3 violators of human … More

    Scandal Du Jour at the State Department

    Another day, another State Department scandal. This time, allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman. On top of that, high-level officials in the State Department, which at the time was headed by Hillary Clinton, are accused of shutting down a probe by State’s inspector … More

    Obama in Mexico: Change the Reality, Not the Conversation

    President Obama will be visiting Mexico City on May 2–4, where he will meet with his counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto. Both leaders have made clear that they want to change the conversation and not let runaway violence and Mexico’s persistent security crisis, which has claimed over 60,000 lives since 2006, … More

    Burmese Refugees Face Discrimination, Human Trafficking

    Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing Burma and seeking refuge in Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Thailand only to find themselves persecuted, trafficked, or homeless. Blatant segregation and discrimination against the Rohingya has occurred since Burma’s independence in the late 1940s, but recent tension between Buddhist and Muslim groups has led to an … More

    Obama Administration Puts Politics Before Trafficking Victims?

    This morning, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a full committee hearing to investigate claims of gross politicization of a grant process that stripped funding for a group effectively serving human trafficking victims. In late September, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ceased funding for the … More

    Crime-Ridden Mexican Border Fosters Human Trafficking

    Drugged, raped, and sold for sex. This was the life of Maria (not her real name), a 16-year-old Mexican girl who was kidnapped by a local gang and lured into the sex trade. She was a lucky one, rescued from the criminal gang. Many others were not so lucky. Several … More

    Shame on Cuba: Blind Eye to Human Trafficking

    “If the girls give me trouble I hurt them.” These are the words of human trafficker Aktham Zuhair Salem Madanat. Known for trafficking girls from Cuba to the United Kingom, Madanat had no qualms about openly discussing how he lured 10- and 11-year-old girls into the sex trade. In fact, … More

    Fighting Human Trafficking Requires Multiple Institutions

    President Obama has declared January 2010 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is a horrific reality of our world today. Millions of people are victimized worldwide, including thousands of people within America’s borders. Human trafficking is one of the issues explored in a brand new resource from … More