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Eli’s story of human trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on May 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm



In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Johns pay somewhere between $100 and $150 for an hour-long “girlfriend experience.” If they are lucky, the girls will get a 10 percent cut of the profits.

Johns pay somewhere between $100 and $150 for an hour-long “girlfriend experience.” If they are lucky, the girls will get a 10 percent cut of the profits.

From the Chinese head tax in the days of the British Columbian gold rush (look it up, it’s fucked) right down to the Filipino chap who holds an architecture degree from back home but now flips your cheeseburger for minimum wage in Montreal, Canada has a long and illustrious history of fucking Asian immigrants right in the ass upon their arrival to the Great White North. In no industry does this happen more literally than in prostitution, and right now women are pouring into Canada from all over Asia like, um, the choicest and most delicate plum wine being dumped into a scummy beer barrel at a logging camp in the Yukon.

One might think that in the 21st century, a wealthy liberal democracy would be able to squash its tendency to subjugate newcomers fresh off the boat. But unfortunately for a nation that prides itself on once having been a safe haven for African slaves, the rhetoric of social progress doesn’t hold up against reality—Canada has become a major transit point for a booming $10 billion a year human-trafficking industry.

The Mounties (Canada’s horsey-riding version of the FBI) have made conservative estimates that around 2,000 women and girls are illegally trafficked into Canada each year, but the reality is probably closer to around 10,000. From countryside rice patties to inner-city slums and then all the way to the freshly vacuumed arrival lounge of the Vancouver airport, traffickers use a deftly engineered system of exploitation to covertly import Asian girls into the North American sex market.

Source: VICE

Asia-Pacific seek to end human trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Asia-Pacific looks to boost policing to end human trafficking.

Asia-Pacific looks to boost policing to end human trafficking.

Countries in the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday agreed to boost “more effective law enforcement” to help bring an end to human smuggling, Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr said, adding that Canberra continues to seek to slow the number of asylum seekers arriving on its northern shores.

The meeting in Indonesia, home to where many of the so-called “boat people” leave from for Australia, saw some 37 countries agree on a framework to end the smuggling of people.

“That means these nations are committed to seeing that there’s more effective control at airports and more effective border protection,” Carr told reporters on the resort island of Bali.


New organization being formed to help stop Asian women sex trafficking in Massachusetts

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Minka Ma, a citizen of China will speak on the alarming rise of trafficking of Asian women in MA. She said that those trafficked Asian women can be found in Asian erotic massage parlors, in ordinary nail salons and in residential apartment and homes.
There are 246 Asian Erotic massage parlors that openly offer erotic massages in MA. They are spread over 77 cities and towns, with Boston in the lead with 29. They operate openly because in MA it is easy to do so. Many traffickers who fear detection will use nail salons as front. This trend was also reported by Phillip Martin in a 4 part series for WGBH radio in July,2010. Since his report, we estimated that there are three times as many nail salons than massage parlors offering this service. These locations are opening too fast to keep up with them. However this is just the tip of the iceberg, traffickers are now rapidly going underground. Like in San Jose and San Francisco, MA traffickers of Asian women are using apartments and homes to conduct these activities. They advertised their erotic Asian women services on Craig’s List, the internet and local papers. When suspicion arises, they quickly move to another location,
In our analysis we believe that we can safely say there now are 1,200 Asian women being trafficked in MA. This is a conservative number as our research over a month long study of John sites on the internet indicated that this number could well be three times higher.
Source: Sampan

National Plan of Action launched to combat human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on March 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

Singapore has launched its National Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons aimed at taking a more holistic fight against human trafficking.

This comes after a three-month long consultation with various stakeholders such as non-governmental agencies and foreign governments.

This is the first time the country is taking a whole-of-government approach to tackle the issue.

An inter-agency task force made up of officials from agencies like the Manpower Ministry, the Home Affairs Ministry and the Community Development, Youth and Sports Ministry was set up in 2010 to address this.

The plan seeks to provide a common definition for trafficking to enhance the processes in victim identification and protection.

Source: Channel News Asia

Outreach workers say sex trafficking on the rise in Hawaii

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 16, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Hidden behind closed doors and on the streets at night.

Outreach workers say sex trafficking in the state has drastically increased in recent months and more needs to be done to tackle the problem.

Outreach workers attempting to tackle forced prostitution and the sex trafficking industry in Hawaiisay numbers have climbed recently.

“They are from California, Vegas, D.C., New York, small towns even you know South Dakota as well asHilo or Maui or here in Honolulu,” said Kathryn Xian of Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery.

Victims are also brought to the islands from parts ofAsia and Micronesia to work the streets.

(Olena Heu for KHON 2)

Human Trafficking Rampant in Thailand’s Deep-Sea Fishing Industry

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

While a lucrative deep-sea fishing industry places Thailand among the world’s leading exporters of sea products, a grim specter of human rights abuse lurks below the surface of an industry whose contribution to the national economy is estimated to exceed $4 billion a year.

A combination of factors – including a shortage of labor in this dangerous and physically demanding industry and pressures on marginalized populations – create opportunities for unscrupulous employment brokers and traffickers to prey on those desperate for work. Trafficking of migrant men and boys from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and within Thailand itself into the deep-sea fishing industry (DSFI) is an issue of growing concern to the governments of Thailand and neighboring countries, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the international community. A combination of economic pressures, language constraints, and lack of information on the risk of trafficking puts migrant populations at especially high risk of labor exploitation and trafficking. Human Rights Watch estimates that at least 250,000 migrants from Burma alone work in sea and land-based sectors of Thai fishing industry. Many of them are trafficked or subject to labor exploitation, while many more are at risk.

(Kim McQuay and Kate Bollinger for In Asia)

Asian brides for sale

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

A flourishing mail order bride industry in Asia is leading to sex trafficking and domestic violence, even murder. 101 East investigates the dramatic increase in the trend in South Korea, and growing calls for stricter screening of interracial unions.

(101 East for AlJazeera News)

Full Story at AlJazeera News

Talk on child trafficking issues in Asia

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

…However, an interesting point she raised was the versatility child traffickers had in switching trafficking ports, and how quickly governments could respond, bearing in mind all the paperwork which needed to be approved, which is a further issue in the fight against child trafficking.

Another point of discussion Ms Abueva raised during her talk was organ trafficking. Philippines is one of the five organ trafficking hotspots identified by the World Health Organisations, with China, Pakistan, Egypt and Colombia making up the other spots.

“For organ trafficking, you need three factors: a poor population, medical facilities with flexible legal practices and unethical doctors. Unfortunately, the Philippines have all three,” Amihan Abueva explained.

(Borneo Bulletin Writer)

In Human Trafficking on January 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

Governed by no single law, no single religion, and no single culture, many societies scattered all over the globe place such heavy value on having male children that female fetuses are aborted or female infants killed in favor of males.Among the most disturbing outcomes of this skewed sex ratio, she said, is the increase in sex trafficking that it causes. Rich families who could afford selection for boys may have trouble finding brides for their sons. So, they turn to poor families with daughters, who sell their daughters to the rich. Indeed, according to one expert on selective abortion in India, University of Toronto professor Prabhat Jha, speaking to Maclean’s magazine, brides are an import-export business in some parts of India where girls are simply vanishing. Jha is the lead author of a May 24, 2011 Lance study evaluating the increase in sex-selective abortions in India. Among their findings were that better-educated mothers were more likely to have fewer girls, as were wealthier mothers. They also found a large decline in girl births in families whose first child was a girl, dropping from 906 per 1000 boys in 1990 to 836 per 1000 boys in 2005.

Why are 160 million girls missing from Asia?

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