Walk Free Foundation has published the Global Slavery Index for 2013. It ranks 162 countries according to the number of individuals trafficked, married as children, and smuggled in and out of the country. Mauritania, Haiti, and Pakistan performed worst in the index, while three countries–the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Iceland–tied for the best performance this year.
Come to the Brown Bag Luncheon at Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N. Indiana Ave this Friday, November 15th at noon . The documentary Child Trafficking in Togo, United Emirates, and India will be shown and followed by discussion.
In May 2013, Stepanka Korytova met with the Global Leaders Network of the Indiana University Kelly School of Business to discusses the business of human trafficking. Watch it here!
Undocumented construction workers in Texas suffer from wage theft on a regular basis. Human trafficking, wage theft, and other forms of worker exploitation are closely related phenomena arising from similar economic pressures to increase profits.
Last month, Equality Now unveiled a new web-based project that seeks to put a face to sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women. The first featured story belongs to Alma, a Filipina waitress forced into prostitution to service U.S. nationals near a large U.S. Army base in Olongapo City.
The new Pope Benedict called Human Trafficking “the most extensive form of slavery in this 21st century” during his first Easter Mass message from Rome.
“Trafficking” is not a thing. It is not an event. You cannot point a finger at it or take photograph of it. “Trafficking” is a convenient, simple and useful label attached not to a single phenomenon but to a complex series of states and events that individually may or may not be harmful or wrong.
ILO (International Labour Office). Trafficking in Human Beings: New Approaches to combating the Problem. Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour. May 2003: 2+.