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Al Jazeera Interviews Controversial Gambian “People-Mover”

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Al Jazeera recently interviewed Gambian Mohammed Lamine Janneh, known as L-Boy, on his business of helping people enter Europe the “backway” (Al Jazeera). The “backway” refers to the popular and dangerous route of traveling through the Sahara to the Mediterranean and finally to Europe. An estimated 181,000 Africans took this route in 2016 to flee […]

International Sex-trafficking Ring Bust

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US authorities have charged 21 people across America, including 10 Thai nationals, for their involvement with an international sex-trafficking ring. Gregory Brooker, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, claims the bust “required years of hard work” (Reuters). Thai and US citizens running the ring lured Thai victims with promises of visas and the […]

Technology Helps India Fight Human Trafficking

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Technology is playing a vital role in cracking down criminals involved in human trafficking. Actor Ashton Kutcher’s company Thorn partners with technology companies like Google, Pinterest, Facebook and others to help identify and rescue human trafficking victims and possibly catch predators. Thorn creates tech tools specifically geared to helping the authorities fight against human trafficking […]

The Super Bowl and Human Trafficking

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The Super Bowl is the largest sex trafficking event in the United States. Large sporting events attract massive crowds, which often bring problems associated with human trafficking (Fox 26). A 2016 Carnegie Mellon study examined online sex worker during large sporting events. The researchers found there is an increase in sexually suggestive classified ads on […]

ISIS Sells Sex Slaves through Telegram and WhatsApp

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The Islamic State is selling captive Yazidi girls and women as sex slaves through the smartphone apps Telegram and WhatsApp (AP). Through encrypted conversations, IS militants post photographs of girls as young as 12 years old and reveal their personal information to potential buyers (AP). Every slave sold is registered to an owner in IS’s […]

India’s Highest Court: Simplify Compensating Rape Victims

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The Supreme Court of India issued a directive to all of its constituent states to increase compensation to individuals who suffered from sexual assault to ensure distribution of crucial aid for rehabilitation. In response to the negative prevailing attitudes towards victims of rape, Justices M.Y. Eqbal and Arun Mishra proclaimed that, “All the states and […]