California: A man was sentenced 19 and a half years in jail for pimping on a teenager. The 24 year old man met the teenager when she was 13 year old runaway. He forced her into prostitution by saying that if she loved him she would prostitute herself for him. Also, California against slavery is gathering signature for the state ballot to strengthen anti-human trafficking laws. The initiative will impose harsher criminal penalties on traffickers, protect the victims, and aid the district attorneys to prosecute traffickers.
Arizona: Police suspects the missing baby incident involves human trafficking. The 8 month old baby’s mother moved from Arizona to Florida with the baby to keep him away from his father. However, by the time she was on the bus to go to Florida, from San Antonio, Texas, the baby was missing and she was alone on the bus. She sold the baby to a couple in Texas, where the baby was murdered.
Oregon: The Senate passes the bill to raise the awareness of human trafficking. The bill will allow Polaris Project to include stickers bearing hotline number in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s routine mailing to restaurants, bars, and grocery stores.
Cuba: The US and Cuba are discussing a proposal on a new accord for migrants. The new agreement will allow the authorities to combat human trafficking more effectively through partnership.
Greece: A wanted trafficker was captured by the police. He has been on the interpol’s wanted list since 2005. He was involved in human trafficking from Pakistan and Greece since 1999.
UK: According to a report, the diplomats in several London based embassies use migrants as domestic slaves. They are being accused of deriving these people of food and basic needs. Some reports say that these migrants are subject to sexual abuse by their employers.
UAE: An Iraqi couple and an immigration official were sentenced for 10 years in jail. They were charged with trafficking Iraqi women including a 14 year old girl. The immigration official accepted bribe and had sex with two prostitutes. In Dubai, the country’s major brothel building was torn down and replaced by the family restaurant. As the government see the urgency to combat sex trafficking in the brothels, this was a part of the efforts to crackdown human trafficking in the country.
India: A landlord was arrested for trafficking boys in the age between 11 and 14 for labor exploitation. According to the report, he used the boys to maintain his farm and cattle. Police rescued 5 boys so far, but the raid will continue to find more boys in the area.
Australia: A woman charged for prostituting a 12 year old girl. She was also previously charged with having sex with 17 year old boy. According to the report, this was the third arrest that police made in the area regarding child prostitution charges.
Pakistan: 95 percent of truck drivers engage in sexual activities with boys during their rest time. The boys are in the age between 13-22 year old. Their primary reason is poverty.
South Korea: North Korean women become victims of human trafficking after fleeing their country. They flee to China or other South Asian countries hoping to get to South Korea eventually. But, they often face sex trafficking and abuses before arriving in South Korea.
Cambodia: A couple who enslaved an 11 year old girl as domestic servant were sentenced 10 years in prison. The girl’s grandmother who sold her to the couple was also sentenced 5 years in prison. The court also awarded $4788 for compensation.