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Human Trafficking Center

October Human Trafficking News


Oct 2014



by Victoria Robertson, HTC associate

HTC Associate Beth Harrell wrote on the ramifications of and reasons for Malaysia’s downgrade from Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 3 ranking in the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

Associate Sarah Davis reported on the 2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws produced by Washington, D.C.-based NGO Polaris. The report revealed that though Colorado has significantly improved its legal framework to combat trafficking, it ranks among the worst in offering victim assistance, services and protection.

Associate Victoria Robertson provided a summary of the first Colorado Human Trafficking Council meeting. The 28-member Council will work to collaboratively accomplish tasks established by its mandate, including reporting and creating uniform standards to be used by service providers when working to combat human trafficking.

Jenni Hankel, HTC Associate Director of Research, discussed the increasing attention given to human trafficking in Iraq and Syria since the ISIS conflict began. Jenni emphasized that trafficking is not a new phenomenon in this region nor is it solely impacted by the terrorist group. By understanding other factors that contribute to trafficking in these areas, activists can begin to formulate appropriate, context-specific solutions.

Jillian Janflone provided a recap of the Human Trafficking Legislative Town Hall Event that took place on September 23rd. At the Town Hall panelists discussed the recently passed Colorado House Bill 14-1273, as well as general issues surrounding human trafficking in the state.

This article discusses child labor in American agriculture – most of which is legally sanctioned. This issue was brought to light earlier this year, with reports of children being exploited for labor in U.S. tobacco fields.

The Ethical Trading Initiative discussed the Modern Slavery Bill undertaken in the UK. This Bill mandates a reporting requirement for businesses that could potentially help combat human trafficking.

In an article published on October 18th, The Economist describes the act of selling captive women as concubines, recently practiced by fighters of the Islamic State (IS).

A story presented by CNN’s John D. Sutter describes slavery in Mauritania. It’s estimated that 10 to 20 percent of Mauritania’s population lives in slavery today.

The Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 Peace Prize to Kailash Satyarthi, who has worked for decades to end bonded labor in India, and to Malala Yousafzai, whose activism on behalf of girls’ education has inspired millions around the world.

A troubling report from the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center shows victims and survivors of trafficking do not receive legally-mandated restitution in US federal courts.

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