Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news.
- Placemats in Sacramento’s Asian restaurants become anti-trafficking tools for raising awareness.
- Virginia legislators introduce multiple anti-human trafficking bills. Virginia is only one of two US states to still lack a comprehensive anti-trafficking statute. New Hampshire lawmakers also propose a bill to increase victims’ rights.
- January is human trafficking awareness month, and number of newspapers published awareness articles this week from Chicago to Philadelphia and Ohio. Airport workers in San Jose were also trained to detect signs of trafficking.
- A member of the Indiana’s Attorney General’s office argues that reducing the demand for prostitution is crucial to reducing sex trafficking.
- More Scots have responded to a proposed anti-trafficking bill than this year’s independence referendum.
- A new UN report finds that human trafficking from Pakistan is increasing, including via boat to Australia. Also this week, mining magnate and Walk Free Foundation creator Andrew Forrest announced a deal with the government of Pakistan’s Punjab state to exchange Australian coal conversion technology for anti-bonded labor legislation that could help 2.5 million workers.
- British MPs suggest taking frontline human trafficking powers away from the Home Office due to poor decisionmaking and data gathering efforts.
- ANZ Bank is under fire for loans to a Cambodian sugar plantation accused of using child labor.
- Staff from the Philippine Embassy and Overseas Labor Office were linked to a labor trafficking syndicate in Kuwait that allegedly operated there for the last two decades.
- A human trafficking workshop organized by the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) begun this week in Katmandu.
- Press articles also appeared trying to raise awareness of trafficking issues in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan and reported efforts by Bahamas police.
- A new report describes forced marriages in Trinidad and Tobago.
- The Philippine government and local charities widen effort to find and assist trafficking victims after Typhoon Haiyan.