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Indonesia Arrests Eight in Major Human Trafficking Bust

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Indonesian authorities arrested eight suspects for their involvement in a human trafficking ring (Reuters). Police identified the event as the country’s largest human trafficking bust with 1,200 victims. The victims went abroad to become domestic workers in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Syria (Morocco World News). The promise of high-paying jobs lured those trafficked who […]

Event puts spotlight on trafficking

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To honor Human Trafficking Awareness Week, UCF’s student group Knights for Social Justice hosted a panel discussion today. The event brought together an array of community leaders who presented diverse ideas on the issue of human trafficking in Central Florida and around the world. Notably, they highlighted the threat of trafficking faced by young people […]

NGO Helps Survivors Design Anti-Trafficking Software

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A software company based in California is drawing on survivor’s personal experiences to create anti-human-trafficking technology (Reuters). The non-governmental organization AnnieCannons is helping trafficking victims get back on their feet by teaching them to code (HuffPost). When modern slaves are freed, they are often left with little to no money, education, and/or formal job training […]

Artificial Intelligence Helps Locate Victims of Sex Trafficking

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Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence program that uses crowdsourced photos of hotel rooms to aid in locating sex trafficking victims (Reuters). Traffickers often bring their victims to hotels, take a picture of them in the room, and post it on the dark web as an advertisement (Reuters). The new development, called Hotels-50K, uses the […]

Trafficking Reforms in Thai Fishing Industries

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Thailand’s fishing industry is undergoing promising changes after years of international condemnation of “slavery, trafficking and violence on fishing boats and at onshore processing facilities” (Reuters 1). Following a threat from the European Union to ban Thai fishing exports, and scrutiny from the U.S. State Department, Thailand has toughened its related laws, penalties, and oversight […]

China’s Gender Imbalance Fuels Sex Trafficking in Region

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The growing gender imbalance in China’s population is fueling a sex trafficking scheme in the region, according to increased reports of kidnapped women and forced marriages (Economist). Decades of the One-Child Policy and a cultural preference for sons have caused the nation to suffer from a shortage of marrying-age women (Vice). Some Chinese men have […]