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Tag Archives: Human Trafficking

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 […]

Workers’ Rights Groups Prepared to Protest Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement

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Workers’ rights groups denounced the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would remove tariffs between the US, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam, and other Pacific countries (BBC). TPP opponents criticize the US Department for upgrading Malaysia from Tier 3 to Tier 2 on this year’s Trafficking in Persons report, despite the discovery of mass […]

Refugee or Migrant: What’s in a Name?

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Thousands of migrants and refugees have fled wars and persecution in the Middle East and North Africa to look for safety in Europe, resulting in what German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls the “worst migration crisis since World War Two” (Reuters). The terms “migrant” and “refugee” denote different legal rights (Guardian). Governments of destination countries can […]

Austria and Hungary Implement Border Checks in Response to Refugee Deaths

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Over the weekend, Austrian and Hungarian authorities arrested five people smugglers allegedly responsible for the deaths of 71 people, including eight women and four children (BBC). Officials suspect the 71 people suffocated in a food truck on the border between Austria and Hungary after being abandoned by the people they had paid for passage to […]

EU Gets Tough on Migrant Smugglers

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Twice this year, migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea brandished their weapons when Frontex, the European Union (EU) border agency, attempted to seize their boats (EU Observer 1). In response, Fabrice Leggeri, the Executive Director of Frontex, recently called for military protection for the agency’s border guards. The efforts to seize and destroy the boats […]

Countries Downgraded in 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report

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Last week, the U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report. Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela were downgraded to Tier 3 countries which, “fail to comply with the most basic international requirements to prevent trafficking and protect victims” within their borders (Guardian). The downgrade opens these countries up to cuts in aid. They could also […]