Washington: Pimps who were arrested when picking up an undercover cop were convicted in Seattle. He was arrested last July when asking an undercover cop to work for him as a prostitute. Roosevelt Johnson, now a convict, traveled to Las Vegas with two other pimps and a child prostitute, even though he denies the allegation. The record also shows that he was arrested in Las Vegas with both men.
Texas: The state attorney general announced that the law enforcement effort would be strengthened to target human traffickers. According to the US state department report, more than 17500 people are trafficked into the country annually from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. 20 % of them are from Texas.
Canada: A film director uncovers the reality of human trafficking in Canada. She interviews traffickers and smugglers who transport people illegally from Seattle to Vancouver. The victims are often subject to sexual exploitation and physical abuse in the human cargo. A smuggler makes about $4000 per person’s body.
Idaho: Four massage parlors were busted for prostitution by the undercover cops. Four women were arrested for prostitution. The police said that they were working at different massage parlors with “no license, had several health code violation, and offered sex for cash.” However, the police has not found the evidence of human trafficking, yet.
Haiti: Agencies warn of human traffickers’ involvement during the adopt process. As the earthquake hit the country last week, people are rushing their adoption process to provide a safe environment for those children who lost their parents. Though it became possible to adopt a child with as little money as $150, a German based adoption agency warns people of the increased risk of child trafficking and the importance of obtaining documents and identification for the children prior to the adoption.
Guyana: The U.S. commissioner to Guyana says that child trafficking and forced labor are still rampant in the country despite of the anti-human trafficking legislations. Rather, the authorities are recognizing increasing trends of child trafficking. The children are often trafficked for illegal drug trade and prostitution.
Austria: The police arrested thirteen Bulgarian gang members. According to the report, eleven were from Kosovo, one from Bulgaria, and another one from Austria. The police also identified that this was the largest criminal group netted in several years. In addition, the police suspects that the syndicate moved more than 700 people from Kosovo and Albania and profited more than 2 million dollars from the crime.
Moldova: The police netted a human trafficking ring, which exploited Moldovan women and children in Russia for sexual services.
Iceland: Eight men were arrested for buying sex from the prostitution run by an alleged human trafficker. She was arrested on the charged of human trafficking last month, and she is currently under the police custody.
Myanmar: Meckon countries, including Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, will increase its anti-human trafficking task force in the region. The country representatives had a meeting with a UN representative to combat the crime, which victimized more than 9 millions in the year 2005 alone. While these countries claim that the human trafficking in the region declined, the UN representatives stated yesterday that the trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor still very much rampant in the region.
India: A woman who traveled to India witnesses the bonded slavery of Indian girls in brothels by the brothel owners. When she invited them over for dinner, the Indian girls were not able to come because they could not leave the premise more than 5 minutes. They, according to the report, would be subject to physical abuse if they take more than 5 minutes for running the errands. She also pointed the apathy of the law enforcement individuals towards the injustice going on in the brothels.
Israel: An Ethiopian and Eritrean men were indicted on the charges of human trafficking. They worked with the gangs in Egypt to kidnap workers from Africa and traffick them to Israel.
South Africa: A 45 years old sportsman was accused on the charges of human trafficking and molesting an 11 year old girl in November, 2009. He is currently out on bail with his domestic worker who was also accused on the charges of human trafficking.
Uganda: Human sacrifice persists to be a major problem in the country. In 2009, total 129 people were reportedly missing, which includes 15 children. Also, according to the report, 29 ritual murder cases were registered last year. However, this was a substantial decrease comparing to the statistics before. in 2008-2009, there was 8% increase in case of suspected ritual murder whereas the report showed 500% increase between 2007-2008.