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92 Children in China Rescued From Trafficking Ring

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on October 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

A total of 92 children have been rescued from a child trafficking gang in China during a massive police sting operation.

Chinese state run television showed police in one of 11 locations entering a building where children and infants were being held.

The children and two women were recovered and are receiving treatment in child welfare centers.

Police said more than 300 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

China’s draconian one-child per family policy has contributed to a rise in child trafficking. If families have a second, illegal child, they will be heavily fined or worse. Traffickers buy and sell the babies to couples who cannot have their own children. Boys are especially sought after.

Government officials have said people who buy or sell children would receive harsh punishments.

Source: The Epoch Times


Chinese man, Vietnamese wife arrested for human trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

A married couple were arrested for human trafficking in central Vietnam after one of their victims came back from China and tipped police off.

Ly Xue Leng, a 45-year-old Chinese, and his Vietnamese wife Nong Thi Be, 29, were caught upon arrival at Da Nang bus station.

Be had been working as her husband’s interpreter and local guide as they persuaded young women from the north-central province of Nghe An to work as housekeepers abroad for between VND5-6 million (US$237-284) a month.

But the women were then sold to brothels in China.

They sold two ethnic girls from Quang Nam Province, which neighbors Da Nang, in May.

Source: Thanh Nien News

Obama Admin Admits China’s One-Child Policy Ups Sex Trafficking, Won’t Condemn It

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on July 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

The one-child policy came into effect in 1979 in an attempt to stabilize the country’s population. Now, a generation later, the policy has caused sex-selective abortion and infanticide within the country on a gargantuan scale. Due to the policy, there are currently 37,000,000 more males than females in China — that’s about the entire population of California.

The one-child policy created the shortage of females which currently fuels the demand for prostitution and sex-trafficking within China.

The State Department reported that women and girls are currently being trafficked into China from the neighboring countries of Burma and Vietnam. However, Vietnam also has an imbalanced sex-ratio due to sex-selective abortions, and Burma has just imposed a two-child policy on it’s Rohingya population. If current trends continue, sex-trafficking in the region will only deteriorate.

Source: Life News

Hospitals in China Advertise Sale of Unwanted Babies

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm
A nurse massages babies at the Xining Children Hospital in Xining City, Qinghai Province. Hospitals in Henan Province have been advertising the selling of unwanted babies, according to a report by China National Radio. (Getty Images)

A nurse massages babies at the Xining Children Hospital in Xining City, Qinghai Province. Hospitals in Henan Province have been advertising the selling of unwanted babies, according to a report by China National Radio. (Getty Images)

Hospitals in central China are advertising the sale of unwanted babies, according to a report by China National Radio (CNR), an official radio station.

A baby boy costs 36,000 yuan (around $5,878), while a baby girl is worth 24,000 (around $3,918), the report said, referring to hospitals in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province.

The reporter dialed a phone number that accompanied advertisements for the service, posted on the walls of another hospital. Under the pretense of being interested in buying a child, the representative gave the assurance that the babies were healthy and that there were many to choose from. When asked where the babies came from, the reporter was told that they had not been kidnapped, and that most of them are unwanted children from young working mothers who are unable to take care of them.

However, under the “hukou” household registration system in China, it would be difficult to ensure the child’s registration into the family record if the child was obtained through illegal means.

Source: Epoch News

US downgrades China, Russia over human trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

The U.S. has accused China and Russia of failing to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking, ranking them on a par with North Korea and Syria. Rights activists welcomed the move, but it could further strain Washington’s touchy relations with the two world powers.

The State Department downgraded China and Russia in rankings on how 188 governments around the world have performed in fighting the flesh trade and other forms of exploitative labor.

The U.S. also downgraded Uzbekistan over its state-sanctioned use of forced labor in the annual cotton harvest.

The rankings are in the department’s annual report released Wednesday.

President Barack Obama now has 90 days to determine whether to apply sanctions against China, Russia, Uzbekistan and 18 other governments given a “tier three” ranking _ the lowest the department gives.

Source: Economic Times

US condemns China, Russia and Uzbekistan for human trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on July 2, 2013 at 9:19 am
Uzbeks work in fields outside Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which has been criticised for 'subjecting its citizens to forced labour'. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images

Uzbeks work in fields outside Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which has been criticised for ‘subjecting its citizens to forced labour’. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images

The US has condemned ChinaRussia and Uzbekistan for their failure to stem widespread systematic human trafficking and slavery within their borders.

The annual Trafficking in Persons (Tip) report, released by the US state department on Wednesday, grades the scale and severity of people-trafficking in 188 countries and territories.

It has downgraded China, Russia and Uzbekistan to tier three, the report’s lowest ranking, reserved for countries whose governments do not fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and are not making significant efforts to do so.

The relegation was attributed to continued failure to stop the routine complicity of officials in trafficking crimes, state-sponsored slavery and widespread forced labour, sexual exploitation, and enslavement of nationals and foreign nationals in the three countries.

Source: The Guradian

Ads in hospitals offering babies for sale are scam to extort cash, say police

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on June 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

Messages promising infants for sale have been written on hospital walls in CentralChina’s Henan and Shanxi provinces recently, an anti-child trafficking activist allegedFriday.

Local police have said the notices are a scam, aimed at extorting money from peopledesperate to become parents, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The activist, who would not give his real name, posts on Sina Weibo as part of an NGO called “Weibo cracking down on child trafficking.” He posted several photographsonline, showing cellphone numbers and a message saying “baby for sale,” which werewritten on the walls of Henan Provincial People’s Hospital in Zhengzhou and ShuozhouPeople’s Hospital in Shanxi Province.

After he dialed the number left in the Henan hospital, a man told him that he couldprovide babies of all ages.

“He said the babies are bought from private hospitals in Northeast China. A male babyis sold for 45,000 yuan ($7,330) and a female for 30,000 yuan. The man said theycould do the transactions nationwide,” the activist said.

Source: People’s Daily Online

Kachin State Conflict Increases Human Trafficking to China: Report

In Human Trafficking on June 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm
Children eat dinner at a temporary camp on Sino-Burmese border for people displaced by fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). (Photo: Reuters)

Children eat dinner at a temporary camp on Sino-Burmese border for people displaced by fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). (Photo: Reuters)

The Burmese government’s offensive against Kachin rebels in northern Burma has greatly increased the risk of human trafficking along the Sino-Burmese border, according to a Kachin rights advocacy group.

In its new report, titled “Pushed to the Brink” and launched at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand in Bangkok, the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) said that more than 100,000 displaced Kachin refugees lack refugee protections and face shortages of humanitarian aid. Such hardships are helping to fuel the trafficking of children and women to China.

Julia Marip, an advocate for the ethnic Kachin and spokeswoman for KWAT, told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that in the two years since a ceasefire broke down between the government and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), about 66,000 people have been displaced in KIO-controlled areas alone.

With humanitarian aid to the region being withheld or blocked by Burmese authorities, refugees including children and women have been forced into labor on the Sino-Burmese border, with some even crossing into China in search of work.

Source: The Irrawady

2nd alleged victim of sex trafficking case takes witness stand

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

The second of three alleged victims in a sex trafficking case testified in federal court on Friday how she was allegedly recruited from China to work in a hotel in America but ended up forced to work as a prostitute on Saipan.

After defense counsel Victorino Torres completed questioning the first alleged victim, the prosecution called to the witness stand the second alleged victim of Chang Ru Meng Bachman, a karaoke club operator who is on trial on charges of three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion.

The second alleged victim recalled through an interpreter that when Backman informed her and two other Chinese women that their job was to offer “companion services”-to drink, sing, and sleep with customers at Holiday Night Club-they were shocked and began to cry.

The alleged victim, who is the U.S. government’s second witness in the trial, stated that she is married, has a child, and comes from a poor family from a province in China. She said she has been a plain farmer since she was just 13 years old.

Source: Saipan Tribune

Human Rights Watch: Sex workers in China subject to frequent police abuse, including torture

In Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

Police in China frequently beat, torture and arbitrarily detain suspected sex workers, often with little or no evidence that they engaged in prostitution, a rights group said Tuesday in a report that called on the government to discipline abusive officers.

Officers sometimes detain women only on the basis of their carrying condoms, thus deterring their use among sex workers and increasing the risk of spreading HIV, New York-based Human Rights Watch said. It also condemned forced HIV testing of sex workers by public health agencies and the disclosure of the results to third parties.

The government officially views prostitution as an “ugly social phenomenon” and the solicitation, sale and purchase of sex in China are illegal. However, despite frequent government crackdowns, prostitution remains rampant and sexual services are openly offered in massage parlors, karaoke bars and nightclubs.

Source: Washington Post

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