UK Landmark Legislation Needs More Victim Focus

UK Landmark Legislation Needs More Victim Focus

Katie Nguyen for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Improve It (WNN/TRF) London, UNITED KINGDOM, NORTHERN EUROPE – The British government’s proposed law to wipe out modern-day slavery is a landmark piece of legislation but needs to focus more on victims to ensure a higher rate of convictions. That is the view of Caroline Spelman, a member […]

Physicians must identify & report underage victims of sex-trafficking

Physicians must identify & report underage victims of sex-trafficking

Cameron Conaway – WNN Justice (WNN) Washington D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: With her guide dog by her side, child sex trafficking survivor Margeaux Gray presented perhaps the most powerful testimonial at the January U.S. Congressional Briefing: Combating Modern Slavery. “This is my first time speaking in front of an audience like this,” she began. “Even […]

New York City is YES a hotbed of human trafficking

New York City is YES a hotbed of human trafficking

Cameron Conaway – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The story of Shandra Woworuntu is, as she often says, “Probably not the form of human trafficking you imagine.” Shandra attained a college degree in her native Indonesia and was employed as a financial analyst at a major international bank. But in 1998, due […]

Human trafficking has long history in UK says Solicitor General

Human trafficking has long history in UK says Solicitor General

Solicitor General Oliver Heald – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Member of Parliament at the House of Commons and Solicitor General for England and Wales Oliver Heald spoke out recently in mid June, 2013 saying progress to stop human trafficking in the UK has been implemented, but crime and abuse by traffickers […]

Justice under law for sex-trafficking victims is still beyond reach

Justice under law for sex-trafficking victims is still beyond reach

Kelly Matheson – WNN Justice (WNN/WITNESS) Atlanta, GEORGIA, U.S.: Sexual slavery is now happening in all six United Nations Regional Groups as human traffickers target women and girls. Most from poverty, broken homes and abuse. Because of this they are more vulnerable to manipulation and exploitation by traffickers. This first hand story by Kelly Matheson […]

Somaly Mam, Sex Trafficking Survivor, Fights Slavery And HIV/AIDS In Cambodia (SLIDESHOW)

Somaly Mam, Sex Trafficking Survivor, Fights Slavery And HIV/AIDS In Cambodia (SLIDESHOW)

Eleanor Goldberg – Huffington Post – Monday, 05 December 2011 (originally posted 30 Nov) This story is part of a series celebrating HIV/AIDS activists in honor of Thursday’s World AIDS Day. Her house has been burned down. She’s had her car jacked. Her daughter was kidnapped, drugged and raped. But still, sex trafficking survivor Somaly […]

Post Saddam Iraq sees dramatic rise in sex–trafficking

Post Saddam Iraq sees dramatic rise in sex–trafficking

Jessica Sarhan – WNN Breaking (WNN) LONDON: On the 9th November, Westminster-based NGO called SCEME –  Social Change through Education in the Middle East issued a report in the UK Parliament House of Lords that details the increasing number of Iraqi women being trafficked since the beginning of the 2003 Iraq invasion. The fall of […]

Forced marriage up 70 percent in Myanmar

Forced marriage up 70 percent in Myanmar

WNN – MDG Stories (WNN) BANGKOK: The women from Myanmar, some arriving as young as 14, went to China with dreams of better-paid jobs that would help lift their families out of poverty.  Instead, upon arrival they are forced to marry. The men, often poor farmers, find Chinese brides hard to come by because cultural preference […]