Last week, the FBI rescued 105 children from sex-trafficking rings across the country, including 12 in San Francisco, the most of any city. The bureau says San Francisco is one of the major hubs of child trafficking in the United States.
On Friday, at a conference put on by the San Francisco Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT), nearly 200 people gathered to brainstorm about how to change that.
Minouche Kandel, a policy director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, said she hoped concrete recommendations would emerge on how to help victims and prevent trafficking. Kandel said most children trafficked in the U.S. are American citizens, with 60 percent having resided in foster care before being exploited by traffickers.
“They were in the foster care system, so these are children we have the responsibility for,” Kandel said. “They’re coming through our city agencies, and we need to look at what we can do to prevent them from being trafficked sexually.”
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In Amsterdam, Not For Sale works to build relationships with those in the Red Light District who could potentially come from an exploitative situation via outreach efforts, providing nutritional services, as well as health checks when applicable. Not For Sale has counted over 35 nationalities during their work in the area, with the overwhelming majority coming from economically distressed countries, situations of poverty and abuse.
To combat this, registration will be obligated for women who rent window brothels in the Red Light District. Prior to these stricter registration laws, city officials were unaware of how many different nationalities were present in the Red Light District.
The city will also be raising the age for women entering prostitution in order to protect young girls who may be victims of loverboys from working in Amsterdam. The current age is 18 years old, but will be raised to 21 years old in the new year. Brothel owners will also be held to stricter regulations, and focus is starting to shift towards those who purchase sex. A new clause in the regulations will hold buyers of sex accountable if they are caught with a victim of human trafficking.
Source: Not for Sale
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As Syria continues its descent deeper into civil war, the situation in the Arab nation continues to dominate headlines across the globe. While politicians debate the best course of action and issue warnings of escalated forms of warfare, human trafficking in the region has gone largely unreported.
Syria itself was recently ‘blacklisted’ by the US government, dropping from a Tier 2 (watch list) to Tier 3 country in the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). Generally speaking, a Tier 3 country ‘does not fully comply with the minimum standards [of human trafficking prevention, protection of victims and prosecution of traffickers] and [is] not making significant efforts to do so’. Specifically, Syria is a source country of girls who travel to neighboring Lebanon and are forced to work in prostitution. Within the country, dire economic situations had led to children engaged in forced labor and forced begging in the past. It is difficult to know now, amidst the hostilities, how street begging rings operate. However, where the unawareness of human trafficking is currently most detrimental lies in those who are trafficked into Syria.
The conflict-ridden country also happens to be a transit country for women and girls from Iraq, the Philippines, Indonesia and Ethiopia. In being a transit country, many are eventually trafficked into Lebanon and Jordan. However, those who stay are often found in debt bondage, working as house maids or in prostitution. According to the International Trade Union Confederation, even as the conflict has continued to rage, the amount of Filipino workers has not significantly decreased. The Manilla Times reported in April that the Philippines Government is trying to bring home as many as 9,000 Filipino women. Many are trapped inside cities that are under siege, such as Homs and Hama. With no formal government in place in Syria, the negotiation of rescuing Filipino nationals is a next to impossible task. As violence now spreads into parts of Lebanon, a deeper turn into turmoil could well see more foreign nationals in similar situations become ever more susceptible to trafficking across the region.
Source: Not for Sale
Recently, the 2012 Trafficking In Persons Report was published by the US State Department. South Africa, a country where Not For Sale actively works to assist victims of human trafficking and provide them with opportunities to create new futures, was rated as a ‘Tier 2′ country; a country whose government does not fully comply with the standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) but is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. In recent years, South Africa has moved up from the ‘Tier 2 Watch List’; meaning that the country’s efforts to address human trafficking have started to receive positive feedback.
The work of Not For Sale in South Africawas indirectly referenced in the 2012 report with regards to the establishment of a short-term Victim Assistance Center to provide victims of trafficking with placement, and the development of a rapid response team in the Western Cape, a process in which NFS played a significant role.
Let me take you into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. It’s a place where plants, animals and resources grow abundantly, and everything is lush and rich. Men and women (like you and me) have skills and crafts, but are hours away–by boat–from real marketplaces where they can sell them.
Since families are unable to make enough money to support themselves, they have to take the few options that come their way. Unethical middle men take advantage of the situation with low offers on their goods. In other cases, fathers have to leave home to work for logging companies that refuse to pay a fair wage. And children often migrate to Lima to make money but end up begging on the streets, or are trafficked in brothels.
Source: Not for Sale, Causes, REBBL