Spain– police have broken up a human-trafficking ring for male prostitution, the first case of its kind. The alleged victims were given stimulant drugs to make them available for sex 24 hours a day.
U.S.– in another unusual case, a bondsman has been arrested in an unusual charge of forced labor after he was accused of forcing a woman do sexual favours and work in exchange for bail. The victim was in the detention center as a result of a driving offense.
Nepal– a 27 year old woman from Nepal has been arrested for running a trafficking network from Delhi, luring young girls with the promise of jobs, sending them on forged passports to supply a placement agency in Kuwait.
U.K.- the coalition government stand accused of sending the “wrong signal” to human traffickers across the world after opting out of endorsing an EU directive to co-ordinate European efforts to combat the trade in sex slaves.
Malaysia– 24 Indian nationals, believed to be victims of a human-trafficking racket, have been rescued from a locked terrace in a house in Malaysia after being forced to work in a factory. Two Pakistani men were arrested.
Australia– it used to be Australia’s sex industry that drew the focus on human trafficking but now it is forced labour in construction, hospitality and agriculture. It is estimated that more than 1,000 victims are brought to Australia each year. Has the global financial crisis has made international forced labor more of an issue?