Visit our blog on Fridays for our HEADLINES: Trafficking feature, a part of LIRS’s End Human Trafficking campaign. Human Trafficking is a much overlooked crime, but every Friday I will strive to bring you the most up-to-date news and information on the fight to eradicate trafficking. Visit http://lirs.org/eht for more information on our End Human Trafficking campaign and how to get involved.
A Decade of Action Needed to End Human Trafficking. Thirteen-year-old Anjali didn’t just pack her bags and run away to the circus, she signed a 10-year contract with a circus master after fleeing from long hours of domestic servitude in Nepal. [CNN]
From Nepal, a Push to End Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes, the United Nations says, with nearly 21 million people falling victim each year. [New York Times]
Cuomo Woman’s Equality Act Plan Includes Human Trafficking Agenda. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to crack down on human trafficking, submitted to the state Legislature as part of his Women’s Equality Act, comes as New York lags behind other states in attacking the problem. [Newsday]
Forced Labor, Trafficking is Slavery? There are more slaves now than any time in history. If that surprises you, it shouldn’t. If you are shocked by that, you should be. It is illegal everywhere and yet found in every country around the globe. [Vail Daily]
NY Legislative Spotlight on Human Trafficking. As the close of New York’s legislative session draws near, advocates are pressing for passage of more effective anti-human trafficking legislation. [WAMC]
Sex Trafficking Prosecution Dails in Case of Pimps Defended by Prostitutes. A novel attempt to use New York’s sex trafficking law against a father and son from Pennsylvania ended with mixed results on Wednesday, as the men were convicted in Manhattan of promoting prostitution and of money laundering, but were acquitted of the more serious charges of sex trafficking. [New York Times]
Child Sex Trafficking is a Minnesota Public Health Issue. Advocates for the young victims of sex trafficking in Minnesota had hoped the 2013 Legislature would fully fund the much-needed program created by the 2011 “Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Youth Act.” [Star Tribune]