Trafficking trends Echoing one of our earlier posts, the Brazilian National Justice Secretary suggests that there is little evidence suggesting that human trafficking spikes around sporting events like next month’s World Cup. Nevertheless, this year’s largest sporting event is garnering attention as a potential magnet for trafficking, and last week the Vatican and an international association of nuns launched […]

Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news. Conflict and trafficking A resumption of hostilities in Kachin state in Burma has increased trafficking to China. Labor trafficking A study by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland finds that people are being sent to prison for acts committed while victims of forced labor for cannabis production. 76 […]

Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news. Organ trafficking A member of the Mexican drug cartel Knights Templar has been arrested on charges of kidnapping people, including children, and harvesting their organs. Children in Syria are also allegedly having organs taken from them. As a result of the grinding civil conflict, multiple […]

Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news. Sex trafficking and the Super Bowl A new study (pdf) from Arizona State University finds that the Super Bowl does not cause an increase in sex trafficking, a topic we have previously discussed. Labor trafficking Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines exposes rampant labor abuses on American […]

Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news. Child trafficking Al Jazeera investigates children working in mines in India. Child trafficking and child labor are increasingly common in Lebanon, where many of the victims are Syrian refugees who fled areas of armed conflict. Arrests are being made, but the lack of shelter and rehabilitation programs for […]

This week, 382 babies were rescued and 1,000 people arrested in a Chinese sting operation against four illegal adoption rings. In January, a Chinese doctor received a suspended death sentence after her conviction for abducting and selling seven babies between November 2011 and July 2013. At least 26 other cases have been linked to this doctor, and several other […]

Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news. U.S. News Legislation is being considered in Maine and Virginia to help trafficking victims. International News The Indian government is launching a new web portal to track cases of human trafficking around the country. Collecting accurate and comprehensive trafficking data has been problematic for the government […]

Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news. U.S. News The Department of Defense wants to use big data to find human traffickers through the new Memex research project. U.S. retail groups urge the State Department to keep Uzbekistan as Tier 3 in the 2014 TIP report due to continued use of forced […]

Image source: Wikimedia Commons                                                                         On February 7th, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that she had opened an […]

Our weekly links roundup of human trafficking in the news. U.S. News In the lead up to the Super Bowl there continues to be public statements, advertising campaigns, media attention, a House panel, and even an app about sex trafficking surrounding the event. However, as we previously discussed and others are reporting, there is little systematic evidence to support this, and perpetuating a Super Bowl sex trafficking myth […]