Global News 04/11/2010

US

Baseball is not a thing that I know much about, or have ever really paid much attention to. I remember playing it a few times in PE lessons at school and recall the teacher instructing me to “swing really hard in case I hit it”.

I feel that this teacher may have failed to provide me with the thorough grounding in the game which would have allowed me to fully appreciate it.

I am reliably informed, however, that a World Series has recently happened, and a team called the Giants won. Presumably they had a size advantage.

Anyway, one of these Giants, Jeremy Affeldt has committed to donating $100 to support victims of trafficking every time he makes/does/scores (delete as appropriate) a strikeout. He’s encouraging fans to donate to the anti-trafficking cause for each Affeldt strikeout.

It’s always great to hear about high-profile individuals using their fame or ball-hitting skills to help knock trafficking for a home-run (sigh).

China

Training courses. A great way to help new employees get to know one another and the company? An opportunity for existing employees to develop new skills or allow them to take on new duties? A chance to bring a whole team together to improve efficiency?

In Beijing, 100 trafficked women were forced into completing an appalling ‘training course’ in prostitution, before beginning work as sex slaves.

The gang suspects are now being held in custody. As is all to often the case, instead of being provided with support and rehabilitation, the women are also being held by authorities as they wait to hear whether they will be punished under China’s strict anti-prostitution laws.

India

Training police, airport staff, hotel workers and others to recognize potential indicators of human trafficking is key to stopping the trade. In this case, however, the indicator that something untoward might be happening was reasonably obvious.

A man has been arrested at an Indian airport after he was found to be carrying no less than 31 passports in addition to his own. Unsurprisingly, this aroused suspicion. The documents belonged to men and women who had fallen victim to a trafficking racket which operated between India and the US and Canada, via Guatemala.

Jamaica

Jamaica’s appearance in the STOP THE TRAFFIK global news roundup may raise a few eyebrows. A Jamaican businessman and his stepdaughter are being held under suspicion of running a human trafficking ring. Women and girls from across the Caribbean and Central America were recruited by the pair and forced into prostitution.

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