The majority of candy to be handed out this year is chocolate. But did you know that despite generating over $110 billion a year, the chocolate industry has a century-long history of forced and child labor?
Author: HTS Staff
Given that most states failed the report card, it is imperative that state and national policy makers do more to protect foster youth from the threat of being trafficked. However, they will likely do nothing without you telling them that this issue is important to you.
More needs to be done to protect foster care youth from trafficking and exploitation. This blog presents several recommendations for states, as well as for national policy and child welfare agencies.
The results from this state-by-state report card indicate that, despite evidence that the foster care system and trafficking are intricately linked, states have yet to take adequate steps to protect youth in the foster care system.
Human Trafficking Search recently published a state-by-state report card examining the link between foster care and human trafficking across states. This blog examines which states did best and which were graded worst.
Human Trafficking Search recently published a state-by-state report card examining the link between foster care and human trafficking across states and grading states on their foster care and anti-trafficking provisions. This blog is the first of a blog series to summarize the publication.
Publication of the Month: 25 Keys to Unlock the Financial Chains of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
This United Nations University report, 25 Keys to Unlock the Financial Chains of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, puts forth 25 concrete proposals for strengthened action in, with and by the financial sector to break the financial bonds of modern slavery.
The Mara Salvatrucha, better known by their acronym MS-13, is one of the largest and most violent transnational criminal organizations in the world. Their motto is “Kill, Rape, Control.” Since the 1980s, MS-13 members have typically engaged in a wide range of violent and criminal activity including, drug distribution, murder, rape, prostitution, robbery, home invasions, immigration offenses, kidnapping, carjacking/auto thefts, and vandalism. More recently there has been a rise in MS-13 engaging in human trafficking.
The report is the first joint report of its kind to explore human trafficking in the sub-region.
There were some surprising changes in this year’s Department of State Trafficking in Person Report (TIP). China was downgraded to Tier 3—the worst designation a country can receive. Despite backlash from the human rights community, Malaysia was upgraded from the Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 2. Finally, Burma and Iraq were removed from the Child Solider Prevention Act which lists governments guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers.
In the United States the minimum age for marriage is 18, but in most states child marriage is legal with a parent’s consent. Girls as young as 12 in Virginia, 13 in New Hampshire and 14 in Alabama are able to legally wed with a parent’s signature.
In many developing countries, the practice of child marriage is illegal—yet it still thrives. One in three girls is married before reaching age 18 and one in nine is married under the age of 15. Despite laws against it, child marriage remains widespread in part because of poverty, traditions and insecurity.
Researchers announced findings from the largest-ever combined sample of homeless youth in the United States and Canada, revealing that nearly one-fifth are victims of human trafficking, including those trafficked for sex, labor, or both.
Although the Justice for Chattel Slavery and Anti-trafficking movements have yet to work together on eradicating slavery and the historical imprint of slavery in our society, there is a stark connection between the two movements in the US.
During the antebellum period, slaves built and were sold to fund some of the United States’ most prestigious universities. It was not until the 2000’s that these institutions began to acknowledge and come to terms with this part of their past.
Did you know that just being at school can be a risk factor for children being trafficked? Over the next two weeks, we partner with a number of organizations and experts to keep you informed about the best ways to keep your children safe from human trafficking.
We invite you to explore our new film database. It includes dramas, documentaries, news investigations, feature-length, and short films. We hope that these resources prove useful, enlightening, and inspiring.