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Accused global sex-trafficking ring busted with U.S., international arrests
"More than a dozen people have been arrested and accused of running an international sex-trafficking ring that held hundreds of Thai women trapped in debt bondage across the United States, authorities said on Wednesday.
The arrests could be a fatal blow to the criminal organization cited for luring victims from poor backgrounds in Bangkok to live as sex slaves, U.S. federal authorities said."
Reuters, October 5, 2016.

Mass 'migrant prison camp' grave found in Thailand
"Bangkok (AFP)—Authorities in Thailand uncovered a mass grave in an abandoned jungle camp Friday believed to contain the remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, a grisly find in a region notorious for people-smuggling routes."
AFP, May 01, 2015.

'They can all come': More than 300 slave fishermen rescued from Indonesian island
"The Burmese men were among hundreds of migrant workers revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been lured or tricked into leaving their countries and forced into catching fish for consumers around the world, including the United States. In response to the AP's findings, Indonesian government officials visited the island village of Benjina on Friday and found brutal conditions, down to an 'enforcer' paid to beat men up. They offered immediate evacuation."
Associated Press, April 04, 2015.

'Even worse than being in hell': About 4,000 fishermen, some enslaved, stranded on Indonesian islands: report
"The yearlong AP investigation used satellites to track seafood caught by the slaves from a large refrigerated cargo ship in Benjina to Thailand, where reporters watched it being unloaded onto dozens of trucks over four nights. The lorries were then followed to a number of processing plants, cold storage operations and the country's largest fish market. From there, U.S. Customs records were used to link the fish to the supply chains of some of America's largest supermarkets and retailers."
Associated Press, March 28, 2015.

Seafood caught by Myanmar slaves could be in U.S. food supply chain, investigation reveals
"BENJINA, Indonesia—The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.
Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave'caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States."
Associated Press, March 24, 2015.

Revealed: Asian slave labor producing prawns for markets in U.K., U.S.
"A six–month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco."
The Guardian, June 10, 2014.

  • Walmart, Tesco & Costco among retailers responding to revelations of slavery in prawn supply chains.
    "We asked those named in our investigation to comment on our finding of slavery in their supply chains. All said they condemned slavery and human trafficking for labour and conducted rigorous social audits. Some appeared already aware that slavery had been reported in the Thai fishing sector and said they were setting up programmes to try to tackle it."
    The Guardian, June 10, 2014.
  • Did Slave Labor Process Your Scampi?
    "A new briefing paper by the well–respected International Labor Rights Forum and the Warehouse Workers United (WWU) alleges serious labor abuses, including illegal use of underage workers, at the Thai shrimp producer Narong Seafood, at least until recently a major supplier of Walmart and a leading shrimp processor for the US market, according to a recent analysis by the consultancy Accenture for Humanity United."
    Mother Jones, June 17, 2013.
  • Trash Fish: It's Gross, Tainted by Slavery, and Possibly in Your Dog Food
    "BANGKOK—For years, it was a poorly kept secret. Thailand's fishing industry—a key supplier to the US—is entangled in barbaric slavery. Today, slave labor on Thai trawlers is no longer a secret. It's a worldwide scandal."
    Global Post, June 18, 2014.

Pakistani Girl, 11, Forced to Marry to Satisfy Uncle's Debt
"GRILAGAN, Pakistan—Eight months ago, 11–year–old Amna was married off to a man three times her age to settle a crime her uncle had committed."
Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2014.

Criminal gangs 'crippling children and forcing them to work as beggars'
"Most of the beggars were disabled children—many of them limbless or suffering from gruesome wounds—who had been stolen, abducted and even 'rented' from their hometowns and brought to Dongguan for this profitable 'business', Wang—who is himself physically disabled—was cited as saying.
'The more severely handicapped they are, the more valuable they are,' Wang said."
South China Morning Post, March 20, 2014.

Traffickers set a daily target for child beggars
"BANGALORE: Nine–year–old Mamata (name changed) dreaded returning home without Rs 200 in her tiny pocket after begging all day on the streets of Bangalore. Her mother and her companion had set the child a daily target of Rs 200 every time she was sent out to the streets.
Such stories unfolded after Bangalore police and the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) rescued over 300 children with help from NGOs in a day-long Operation Rakshana on December 2. The children had been pushed into begging."
The Times of India: Bangalore, December 16, 2011.

Bangladesh arrest uncovers evidence of children forced into begging
"The arrest of a senior gang member in Bangladesh has revealed details of how criminals abduct and maim children before putting them to work as beggars.
The existence of such practices has been reported frequently throughout south Asia, and featured in the Oscar–winning film Slumdog Millionaire, set in India. But details and hard evidence have been rare.
The case in Bangladesh was uncovered by human rights campaigners and a local television company late last year. On 28 December authorities arrested a suspected member of a gang based in the Kamrangirchar area of the capital, Dhaka."
The Guardian, January 9, 2011.

Report: 10,000 People in U.S. Work in Forced Labor
The Associated Press, September 24, 2004

Children as Barter in a Famished Land
The New York Times, March 8, 2002

Girl, 12, Kept Out of School as Servant in Irvine, Police Say
Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2002

Mental Bonds
Scientific American, March 11, 2002

Study Condemns Child Labor
Sun-Sentinel, April 13, 2002

'Chocolate Slaves' Carry Many Scars
Daily Telegraph, April 17, 2001

Forced Child Labor Turns Deadly in China's Needy School System
Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2001

Owed Justice: Thai Women Trafficked into Debt Bondage in Japan
Report from Human Rights Watch, September 2000.

Ghana :Juliana Dogbadzi: Sex Slavery
Washington Post, September 18, 2000

Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Pakistan
Report from Human Rights Watch, July 1995

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ORGANIZATIONS/AGENCIES
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Amnesty International
322 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 807-8400
www.amnesty.org

Anti–Slavery International
Thomas Clarkson House
The Stableyard, Broomgrove Road
London SW9 9HL England
Phone: 7501 8920
www.antislavery.org
ASI works to abolish "modern slavery," including bonded and forced labor, child labor and commercial sexual exploitation, immigrant trafficking, forced early marriage, and the chattel system.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
5042 Wilshire Blvd., #586
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (213) 385-5584
www.castla.org

Free the Slaves
1326 - 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 588-1865
Toll-free: 1-866-423-FREE
www.freetheslaves.net
FTC is a non-profit group dedicated to ending the practice of slavery and debt-bondage through supporting local anti-slavery organizations, increasing public awareness of contemporary slavery, educating consumers about non-slave-labor produced goods, and rehabilitation of former bonded-labor slaves.

International Legal Standards for Child Labor
Human Rights Watch - Children's Rights Division
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Phone: (212) 290-4700
www.hrw.org/news/2013/10/07/fewer-child-laborers-still-too-many
A resource page from Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division, contains international laws pertaining to child labor and forced/bonded labor, as well as the ILO's most recent convention report on the worst forms of child labor, and actions against "slavery conditions" in child labor and forced/bonded labor.

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