A weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news.
- January is the US national slavery and human trafficking prevention month.
- The 2013-2017 Federal Strategic Action Plan on services for victims of human trafficking was released this week.
- Are sporting events linked to spikes in sex trafficking? Arrest reports raise doubts.
- Governor Jan Brewer calls for new human trafficking laws in Arizona.
- Several anti-trafficking bills are making their way through the Wisconsin legislature including a bill that protects victims from being prosecuted.
- The Department of Defense raises awareness of human trafficking through training and cooperation with other US agencies.
- Colorado branch of the FBI raises awareness of human trafficking and reports increased activity by its Rocky Mountain Innocents Lost Task Force.
- Human trafficking prosecutions in San Diego rise from 9 to 40 from 2009 to 2012.
- Cleveland nonprofit maps sex trafficking across Ohio and Kentucky using online ads.
- Zimbabwean migrants to South Africa continue to be at risk of abuse and exploitation.
- Manny Pacquiao and other legislators urge the Philippine government to be proactive in stopping human trafficking in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
- One third of Myanmar’s trafficking cases occur in Shan State.
- The Nigerian government partners with the Netherlands, Italy, and international organizations to fight human trafficking between their two countries.
- Child brides continue in South Asia despite government efforts, says Red Cross senior representative.
- Micronesia’s leaders quibble with US TIP report ranking.
- Social enterprises like those sponsored by Not for Sale help combat human trafficking
- In Serbia, women account for 43%, children 42% of human trafficking victims according to GRETA.
- UAE organizations downplay the extent of labor trafficking in the country, but recognize constraints in inspectors.
- Sabah’s young job seekers are warned about risks of labor trafficking when looking for jobs overseas (Borneo).
- 23 children were recently released from armed groups in the Central African Republic.
- The lure of a better life in China through marriage or greater job opportunities is a risk for young Cambodian girls.