10,820 FREED WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN CHINA
In April last year China announced a new campaign against human trafficking. In the past nine months the Chinese police have freed 3,445 children and 7,365 women as reported by the Ministry of Public Security. 1,684 criminal gangs have been dismantled since the 28th of December; 19 of the 20 most-wanted abduction related criminals have been arrested. Police are intensifying their fight against abduction and human trafficking. The police are hoping to set up a special group for each abduction case and to build a DNA database to fight child trafficking.
TRAFFICKING, IT’S MORE LOCAL THAN YOU THINK
Many Americans still think trafficking is a purely international phenomenon, but human trafficking is on the rise in Portland, Oregon in the USA and according to the U.S Department of Justice, about 300,000 American children are trafficked for sexual exploitation. Cases in the county are divided equally between those concerning trafficking for sexual exploitation and trafficking for labour. US senator Ron Wyden proposed a bill to help sexual trafficking victims by providing more enforcement power against traffickers and by increasing funding for projects to establish shelters for victims and provide counselling, legal aid, education and job training.
TRAFFICKING RISES IN ZAMBIA
Reports of increased human trafficking cases are emerging in Zambia, which is considered to be a transit country for South Africa leading up to the 2010 World Cup. The immigration department’s public relations officer claims that it is hard to determine the number of actual opposed to suspected trafficked individuals because most claim to have come into the country with family. The immigration department has recorded a rise in foreigners from Somalia, Bangladesh, and Pakistan illegally entering Zambia. For the time being, no arrests have been made and no cases of trafficking have been confirmed due to lack of evidence.
AMERICAN SAMOA’S IMMIGRATION OFFICE UNDER INVESTIGATION
The U.S territory’s office of immigration has been raided looking for evidence of human trafficking into American Samoa. It is believed that victims from China, the Philippines and South Korea are being trafficked into the country through Samoa. Reports say that hundreds of victims were brought into American Samoa from May to December. Women have been found working in prostitution and men in restaurants, warehouses and stores. First hand accounts report being waived through by immigration officers upon entry to the territory, being given immigration documents and then paying them off through work and never seeing a salary.