Wednesday, March 30, 2011
This article (http://www.thegavoice.com/index.php/news/atlanta-news-menu/2328-atlanta-drag-personality-arrested-on-human-trafficking-charges) describes how in one instance, boys were lured to the offender's home for sex, but then not permitted to leave, and allegedly locked in a closet. Sigh, boys, too, are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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Check out this trafficking ring in Taiwan. The leader had a girlfriend involved, and not to be outdone, his stepson had both (not just one) of his wives participate in the movement of women from mainland China. For the record, the coverage of this story indicates that some of the women might not have been trafficked. Still, it's not the only instance of women participating in the forced prostitution of other women.
For instance, during our seminar yesterday on Human Trafficking Law, Professor Terry Coonan discussed the many women involved at "leadership" levels in the human trafficking ring that included Tallahassee in its grasp. I mean, I am all for more women CEOs, just not in criminal enterprises.
Monday, March 28, 2011
That said, the article is also interesting because it highlights this new state law in Georgia, where Atlanta has seen increasing amounts of trafficking in humans. Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, said that the new law "would allow victims to avoid being charged by testifying against a suspect." Okay. But, in terms of immigration law, victims of sex trafficking under age 18 are not required to testify against their traffickers. So, this law would actually be worse for young victims engaged in commercial sex. Also, what are these victims being "charged" with? Is the assumption here that in lieu of being charged with prostitution, they could instead testify against their trafficker? If a victim is engaging in prostitution due to force, fraud or coercion, then first, how is that a crime that the victim is committing? Is not a crime against them? If the prostituted persons are the victims, what exactly are they being "charged" with? Feel free to weigh in here! Comments welcome!
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This article highlights the fact that according to federal law, U.S. born children can also be considered victims of human trafficking, whether any movement occurs into or out of a particular state.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Prepare to be dazzled:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
This New York Times article given to me by a friend helps identify many of the difficult issues surrounding the population of chronic runaway youth:
Love to hear your thoughts on ideas for solutions, both large and small-scale, for how to prevent this kind of prostitution or trafficking from occurring in the first place, and how to best care for the victims involved.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
While natural disasters sadly may be an inevitable part of the world's future, the victimization of disaster victims by traffickers surely need not be.