Newsround 18/06/10

US Media Coverage of human trafficking admonished

Examining the role of the media in exposing human trafficking, UN Diplomats and researchers urged journalists not to dwell on the sensationalist and salacious details of sex trafficking when reporting on the fight against human trafficking. A senior fellow for Investigative Journalism says “when I met my first victim who was still in jeopardy, I realized that the preponderance of my victims were still alive, but could soon be dead if I didn’t do my reporting correctly.”

200 women rescued from Malate district Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – The Anti-human trafficking task force rescued at least 200 women from a bar on Thursday. The raid was conducted in response to the US State Department’s report on human trafficking in the Philippines -in the Tier 2 list of countries whose governments have failed to show improved efforts to curb human trafficking.

Not a single prosecution in Scotland

The lack of trafficking cases in Scotland has been slammed. More than 100 prosecutions have taken place in England and Wales but none in Scotland. Scotland programme director for Amnesty International, said “for as long as that continues we are in danger of being seen as an easy touch” (for traffickers). This is worrying as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow may in itself increase the threat of human trafficking into Scotland.

The economic power of human trafficking

Organized gangs have become a significant economic power says United Nations report. There are an estimated 140,000 victims of human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation in Europe alone, generating a gross annual income of US$3bn for their exploiters. When you think of the profit a single person can go on generating unlike a bullet or a drug, it’s no wonder human trafficking is biggest growing global crime.

Child Trafficking bill passed Canada

The Ottowa Senate has adopted a bill to ensure traffickers of children in Canada spend at least five years in jail. The current law imposes a maximum penalty of 14 years for human trafficking, regardless of the victim’s age, but there is no minimum. Human trafficking has been an offence in Canada for less than five years. “Traffickers need to know that Canada will not accept the exploitation and sale of our children and any attempts to do so will be met with stiff consequences.”


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