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Human Trafficking Center

Monthly Human Trafficking Links: June

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Jun 2014

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by Dana Bruxvoort, Communications Coordinator

 

In case you missed any of the blogs and other news articles shared by the HTC this month, here’s our monthly round-up for June.

Associate Kate Castenson examined the UK’s Modern Slavery Bill, highlighting its strengths and flaws. Kate analyzed several aspects of the bill, including victim services, supply chain transparency concerns, asset recovery of suspected traffickers, and abuse of migrant domestic workers. Kate noted that the current weaknesses in the UK’s bill point to the need for more discussion globally on how to address human trafficking through legislation.

Senior associate Hyshyama Hamin discussed the issue of forced marriage, noting that forced marriages occur even in the United States. Hyshyama examined how service providers in the U.S. are often ill-equipped to respond effectively to forced marriage cases and poses several lessons the U.S. could learn from other countries’ responses to the issue.

HTC research fellow Andy Brienzo looked at organ trafficking — another often overlooked form of human trafficking. Organ trafficking is extremely lucrative and has become more widespread as medical procedures and biotechnologies have advanced.

Senior associate and former Director of Advocacy Ryan Beck Turner’s blog post on how not to talk about human trafficking was picked up by the Christian Science Monitor this month. Ryan gives several tips for how to get involved in anti-trafficking sensitively and appropriately, without sensationalizing the issue.

One of best ways to identify victims of human trafficking is for law enforcement to learn the right questions to ask when uncovering potential victims. One trafficking survivor is educating Canadian law enforcement on the most effective means of identifying trafficking situations.

Minors in immigration detention centers are often inadequately protected and subject to slave-like abuse, while adult migrants are often exploited for forced labor. This article from the Houston Chronicle notes the need for immigration reform – particularly the ceasing of humanitarian violations inflicted on migrants, both legal and illegal.

The arrest of a Kentucky restaurant owner alleged to have trafficked his workers evidences how labor trafficking can occur in unexpected circumstances and usually involves larger numbers of individuals than sex trafficking.

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