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Fishing Company Owner Awaiting Sentence for Trafficking

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

The owner of a major fishing company is now in jail and awaiting sentencing for alleged human trafficking, in a case that highlights the major dangers faced by unwitting workers forced to labor in international waters.

Lin Yu Shin, the owner of the Giant Ocean International Fishery, is accused of trafficking hundreds of Cambodians and sending them to work in slave-like conditions on fishing vessels around the world. Authorities say her case underscores the need for better education about lawful migration and the dangers of illegal work abroad.

Lin was arrested in Siem Reap province in May and is currently in Prey Sar prison awaiting sentencing. The 53-year-old woman is accused of trafficking mostly male workers from rural communities into the international fishing industry.

Source: VOA


South Korea: A Thriving Sex Industry In A Powerful, Wealthy Super-State

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Al-Jazeera reported that some 200,000 South Korean youths run away from home annually, with many of them descending into the business of sex, according to a report by Seoul’s municipal government. A separate survey suggested that half of female runaways become prostitutes.

All these statistics fly in the face of South Korea’s stellar image as a society that consistently produces brilliant, hard-working, motivated students and technocrats. However, it is exactly that academic pressure (along with other family issues) that drives many of these teens onto the streets.

“No one ever told me it was wrong to prostitute myself, including my schoolteachers,” a runaway named Yu-ja told Al-Jazeera.

“I wish someone had told me. Girls should be taught that from an early age in class here in South Korea, but they aren’t.”

Not only is South Korea home to child and teen prostitution, but South Korean men are also driving such illicit trade in foreign countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, according to the Korean Institute of Criminology, based on surveys conducted in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Source: International Business Times

Survivor’s of sex-trafficking in Cambodia find strength on survival

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm
A teenage girl who is a human trafficking survivor stands in her room at a shelter managed by AFESIP Cambodia. Image: AFESIP

A teenage girl who is a human trafficking survivor stands in her room at a shelter managed by
AFESIP Cambodia. Image: AFESIP

“Survivor leadership is critical in combating sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Survivor’s voices demonstrate strength, courage and activism. Listen to their stories and advocate for change. Be a part of the solution,” outlines Equality Now.

Current conditions in Cambodia for women and girls who have been trapped in the sex-slavery industry has ‘troubling’ statistics. 2011 data shows that the numbers of girls under the age of 12 who have been forced into sex-trafficking has more than doubled from 2007 to 2010. While sex-work per se is not illegal in Cambodia acting as a pimp or a brothel owner, especially for an under-age girl is illegal. Even though this is the law in Cambodia many do not know this.

“Purchasing sex from someone younger than 18 is illegal [in the region], yet many Cambodians are unaware this is even a law because it is rarely enforced,” outlined Isabelle Chan, a Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School awardee in 2010.

Source: Women News Network

These Powerful Sex Trafficking Photos Will Haunt You

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 14, 2013 at 9:21 am
A young woman in a Phnom Penh slum. Investigators later found her mother was pimping the drug-addicted girl nightly to upwards of 10 Cambodian men. (Tim Matsui)Read more:

A young woman in a Phnom Penh slum. Investigators later found her mother was pimping the drug-addicted girl nightly to upwards of 10 Cambodian men. (Tim Matsui)
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Can you imagine a life where your own mother willingly sends you to the streets to be a sex worker, where your virginity is sold to the highest bidder and where you are forced to sleep with 10 men each night? Sadly, this nightmare is reality for many girls in the sex trade of Southeast Asia. Human trafficking is a serious and widespread problem, and victims are offered few escape routes from the brutal life.

These photos offer a small glimpse at the lives of sex workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where the sex trade is a growing industry.

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Senhoa Foundation Launches Latest Jewelry Collection Designed by Julie Ragolia Providing Assistance to Human Trafficking Survivors in Cambodia

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on February 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

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The groundbreaking Senhoa Foundation is launching their next women’s and first ever men’sjewelry collection designed by Stylist and Creative Director, Julie Ragolia, on November 30th, 2012. Senhoa provides assistance, education, training and opportunities to women and girls who are survivors of sexual exploitation in Cambodia. Survivor artisans individually handcraft every piece of Senhoa jewelry with 100 percent of the sales funding Senhoa initiatives. The programs they execute give women and girls income opportunities, life skills and platforms of support that protect them from being vulnerable in the current climate of modern slavery – a hot button issue around the globe. “Our passion is to create opportunities for survivor artisans to earn an income, share their stories and raise awareness against modern slavery. The jewelry is another form of advocacy for this issue,” saysLisa T.D. NguyenFounder of Senhoa.  Nguyen went on to say, “We have enjoyed this collaboration with Julie immensely. We are especially excited about the men’s range and love her creative direction. Julie’s design approach will be key to expanding Senhoa’s retail presence and open Senhoa up to a whole new market.”

To purchase the new Senhoa collection designed by Julie Ragolia, go to, beginning November 30th, 2012. Retail prices range from $49 to $169.

To download the look book and images, please click on the following link:

Source: Senhoa

Victim’s Stories

In Awareness, Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 27, 2012 at 9:09 am

Rathana was born to a very poor family in Cambodia. When Rathana was 11 years old, her mother sold her to a woman in a neighboring province who sold ice in a small shop. Rathana worked for this woman and her husband for several months. She was beaten almost every day and the shop owner never gave her much to eat. One day a man came to the shop and bought Rathana from the ice seller. He then took her to a far-away province. When they arrived at his home he showed Rathana a pornographic movie and then forced her to act out the movie by raping her. The man kept Rathana for more than eight months, raping her sometimes two or three times a day. One day the man got sick and went to a hospital. He brought Rathana with him and raped her in the hospital bathroom. Another patient reported what was happening to the police. Rathana was rescued from this man and sent to live in a shelter for trafficking survivors.

Source: US State Department

Oscar-nominated local filmmakers tackle sex trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm

In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, girls as young as 7 are sold for sex. • They are presented to the customers as virgins. Many are then physically sewn to preserve the illusion. • A good number of the buyers are American men who travel to the far corners of the world as “sex tourists,” a sanitized term that ignores the trauma of the young victims of trafficking. • “They’ll go and take these girls for two or three weeks back to their hotel,” says filmmaker Bob Bilheimer, the president of Worldwide Documentaries Inc. “The worst of them all are the Americans.”

For four years, Bilheimer and his wife, Heidi Ostertag, immersed themselves in the world of youth trafficking. After trips to places from Ghana to Oklahoma, their film, Not My Life, provides a harrowing portal into the sexual trade of children, as well as the use of children for slave-like labor.

Difficult subjects are not new for Worldwide, which is headquartered at the couple’s home in Bristol, Ontario County. The company has tackled AIDS, mental illness and apartheid. Recognition has come as well, including an Oscar nomination.

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

Shop for a cause: Nomi Network’s “Buy her bag not her body”

In Human Trafficking on October 29, 2012 at 9:27 am


This wallet is exactly what I need in my life right now. It has multiple compartments, zippers, easy access to my ID, made from recycled materials and it even comes with Nomi Network’s brand label that read “Buy her bag not her body”.

Why is that their signature label? Because at this non-profit’s bag company the products are made by Cambodian human trafficking survivors. When you buy a bag from them you know that the profits go to survivors who not only made these exquisite products, but use the funds for a second lease on life.

Only $30, this and many more awesome pieces at Nomi’s Network.

Artist highlights plight of young sold into sex trade

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on October 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

As it transpired, Brian, in his role as a Mountie, had tracked a Canadian paedophile to Cambodia. When he saw what was going on there with children being sold into prostitution he set out to do something about it.

Tim said: “He set up the group Ratanak and that’s what he was speaking in the church about.

“I spoke to him and also got involved with the group. That’s how my photography project in Cambodia came about.”

Tim continued: “I got married on October 21. We spent a week on honeymoon in Cambodia then the second week was spent visiting Ratanak projects. I went back again to take photographs of young girls who had been rescued from trafficking and Deborah, who is a psychiatrist returned to help some of the counsellors.

“Human trafficking is not just something that happens on the other side of the world. There are groups here in Northern Ireland and closer to home in Craigavon who are working to stop human trafficking.”

Tim’s exhibition runs until November 24. Find out more at

Source: Lurgan Mail

Police probe ‘trafficking’ of Cambodians

In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on August 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Immigration police are looking into a possible human-trafficking scheme in which Cambodian Muslims legally enter Thailand through Sa Kaew as tourists for 14 days but work as rubber tappers in Narathiwat for up to six months.

When they want to go home, they let themselves be arrested for illegal entry by abandoning their travel documents. Then they are repatriated and later re-enter Thailand using the same names in new passports.

Pol Lt-Colonel Benjaphol Rodsawas, an immigration officer in Narathiwat, said this channel could also be used to help insurgents in the deep South flee Thailand or relocate. Besides being illegal, it serves as a measure for traffickers to relocate these people without them being prosecuted or imprisoned, he said.

The discovery followed recent arrests of 131 Cambodian Muslims in Narathiwat, who entered Thailand through Sa Kaew on a 14-day tourist visit. They travelled to Narathiwat and worked as rubber tappers.

Source: Nation Multimedia

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