In Human Trafficking on January 26, 2012 at 10:05 am
ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions, is delighted to announce that the Row for Freedom team has set a double world record in completing their epic endeavor to row 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean. After 45 gruelling days at sea, the courageous and determined team of five ordinary women became the fastest female crew to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and the first female five to row any ocean.Julia Immonen, Debbie Beadle, Helen Leigh, Kate Richardson and Katie Pattison-Hart elevated the issue of human trafficking on the global agenda by rowing 24 hours a day — two hours on, two hours off — in The Guardian, Supported by ManpowerGroup, and battling 30-foot waves, violent sea sickness, sleep deprivation, the failure of their steering system and their water-maker catching fire, requiring a laborious hand-pumping process to produce vital drinking water.
(Market Watch/The Wall Street Journal)
“Row For Freedom,” Supported by ManpowerGroup, Achieves Double World Record-Breaking Feat
In Human Trafficking on January 25, 2012 at 10:10 am
Members of the California Trucking Association will join a nationwide effort to put the brakes on human trafficking, the group’s president announced today during the annual CTA conference in La Quinta.“Truckers are the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways,” Paris said. “We’re very excited … and believe the California trucking industry will do much to put a dent in domestic sex trafficking.”CTA will distribute informational DVDs for its member companies to use during training, orientation and safety seminars, according to the organization. Wallet-size cards will also be provided to members with information about how to recognize trafficking and what to do when it’s suspected.
(City News Service via MyDesert.com)
California Trucking Association decides in La Quinta to combat human trafficking
In Human Trafficking on January 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm
The ads on buses and billboards around the state are dramatic, with pictures of men, women and children and declarations of “Stop Slavery,” and “We are not for sale.”They are the latest in an ongoing effort by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s office to educate law enforcement and the public about what it says is the little-known and little understood problem of modern slavery.
(JERI CLAUSING for Associated Press via The Republic)
AG promoting awareness of human trafficking with bus ads, billboards
In Human Trafficking on January 22, 2012 at 8:05 am
Fingers of blame are pointing at Malawi government authorities for the increased cases of child trafficking in the country.The blame largely stems from the reluctance of government authorities to take the anti-human trafficking bill into parliament despite its approval by the cabinet some years ago.One of the panelists, the Executive Director of a child rights organization, Eye of the Child, Maxwell Matewere cited several examples in which human traffickers were given lenient and irrelevant court sentences despite pleading guilty to the human tracking.“There was case in 2007 in which one street kid who was ‘trafficked’ from Mozambique had his private parts severed by child traffickers here in Malawi. But the culprits were instead charged with grievous harm because the laws of Malawi do not recognize child trafficking.”
(Susan Chakwiya, Nyasa Times)
Malawi govt blamed for increased child trafficking cases
In Human Trafficking on January 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm
One small girl came with the rest, working on mosaics fervently with the visiting American artists in the streets of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a solid week.Then, disappeared.Another girl, 10, came to Ashfield artist Robert Markey’s street workshop for children in Cambodia, dirty and wordless most days. Until she slipped a tiny hand in Markey’s about five days in.The children are subjects of Markey’s upcoming art exhibit at The Hill at 111 Chestnut St. entitled “SAFE?” The project will feature eight portraits of poor children Markey worked with in Cambodia and Brazil, designed to raise awareness of human trafficking.
(Stephanie Barry, The Republican)
Ashfield artist’s newest exhibit at The Hill in Springfield focuses on human trafficking
In Human Trafficking on January 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm
So rarely is light shed on the dark side of Australia’s sex industry that some in the industry would have us believe it doesn’t exist. But every now and then the industry’s ugly underbelly is exposed, and so it was when former Tasmanian MP Terry Martin was arrested in 2009.Martin protested that he believed the prostitute he had paid for sex was 18 years of age. She was, in fact, a 12-year-old child.It emerged, to widespread disgust, that the girl’s mother and a pimp had sold her into prostitution with more than 100 men.Martin was charged, and found guilty in December of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 17 and of producing child exploitation material, after taking photographs of the girl posing.But Martin escaped jail time, despite being found guilty of procuring a pre-teen girl for sex, after the judge accepted his defence that Parkinson’s disease medication had given him ”hypersexual desire”.The question of consent between women selling sex and their male clients is a contentious one. It is one on which opponents and supporters of the industry will never agree. But there is little doubt that in the case of the 12-year-old girl sold into sex work, and women and girls who are forced to work in the industry against their will, consent is not an option. It cannot be given.
(BIANCA HALL for The Canberra Times)
I added the bold to the last paragraph. It is never my intention to victim blame or attack those who chose the sex industry as their employ. I only wish to shine line on the fact that within prostitution (as within almost every other industry in the world), there are those being forced to do labor that they do not wish. They are slaves, and I hope that those who freely choose prostitution can work with anti-trafficking agencies to help root out and abolish this dark side of prostitution.
Policing the darker side of prostitution