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CAST at the United Nations

In advance of the first anniversary of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (July 30), the United Nations invited CAST to a high-level meeting to discuss best practices. In a video-message, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon noted CAST’s valuable contributions. CAST Legal and Policy Director Stephanie Richard addressed the General Assembly regarding the need for legal services in rebuilding survivors’ lives.

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'We were trapped inside': Pakistan factory fires kill at least 261

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By NBC News staff and wire reports

Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET: KARACHI, Pakistan -- At least 261 people burned to death as separate fires swept through two factories in Pakistan, police and government officials said Wednesday, raising questions about industrial safety in the country.

Flames raced through a garment factory in the teeming commercial capital of Karachi, killing 236 people. Weeping relatives in hospitals and morgues heaped criticism on the... [more]

 
 

Freedom Here & Now: Ending Modern Slavery

Remarks
Luis CdeBaca
Ambassador-at-Large, Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Minneapolis, MN
May 8, 2012

Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you, Marilyn, for that generous introduction. I spend a lot of time working to bring more and more businesses into the anti-trafficking movement. And when I talk about what corporations can do to get involved, I invariably point to Marilyn not just as a leader, but essentially as the pioneer... [more]

 
 

Agricultural Slavery Film

In 2010, CAST collaborated with Loyola Marymount University Animation Professor Jose Garcia Moreno and students at the Monterey Institute of Technology in Mexico to create a series of animated short films that raise awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery.

 
 

Jessica a Short Film

In 2010, CAST collaborated with Loyola Marymount University Animation Professor Jose Garcia Moreno and students at the Monterey Institute of Technology in Mexico to create a series of animated short films that raise awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery.

 
 

Small Planet

In 2010, CAST collaborated with Loyola Marymount University Animation Professor Jose Garcia Moreno and students at the Monterey Institute of Technology in Mexico to create a series of animated short films that raise awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery.

 
 

Maria a Short Film

In 2010, CAST collaborated with Loyola Marymount University Animation Professor Jose Garcia Moreno and students at the Monterey Institute of Technology in Mexico to create a series of animated short films that raise awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery

 
 

My Female Faith Hero: Catholic Sisters

By Tony Blair, printed in Huffington Post
Former Prime Minister of Britain

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Each year the Tony Blair Faith Foundation runs a blog series, "My Female Faith Hero," to highlight inspirational women of faith around UN International Women's Day. Tony Blair's reflection is part of this series. Read more faith hero stories at www.tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/myfemalefaithhero

One of the striking features of innovative interfaith work is the very high proportion of women and... [more]

 
 

China arrests 600 in huge child trafficking bust

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Chinese police have busted two huge child trafficking rings that spanned 10 provinces, arresting more than 600 suspects and rescuing 178 children, the government said Wednesday.

Child abductions and trafficking are rife in China, despite repeated police crackdowns -- a problem that many experts blame on the nation's strict "one-child" policy and lax regulations on adoption.

The public security ministry said in a statement that police in the southwestern province... [more]

 
 

Police Arrest Thousands, Rescue 20 Minors in Juarez Trafficking Raid

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Four hotspots indentified for human trafficking

Bangladesh: The police have identified four regions in the country as hotspots for human trafficking as the despicable crime against humanity posed a serious problem for the nation. On the basis of cases and allegations lodged with different police stations across the country relating to human trafficking, police have identified Satkhira, Jessore, Sylhet and Chittagong regions as the safe routes for the traffickers. Human trafficking through the routes has been increasing alarmingly as those routes... [more]

 
 

Driven by Globalization, Today’s Slave Trade Thrives at Home and Abroad

The legacy of slavery in America is inextricably bound with the history of the nation. And the State Department has finally acknowledged that, even today, people continue to be bought and sold as property.

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More Men Are Victims of Trafficking in Eastern Europe

Inter-Press Service ran a report today, via The Helsinki Times, highlighting the rising number of men who are falling victim to human trafficking in Eastern Europe. The report points out that there is a lack of awareness that men fall victim to traffickers—and a lack of service providers who specialize in assisting these male victims. A spokesperson from the International Organisation for Migration says:

“The public perception is that human trafficking victims are all vulnerable females... [more]

 
 

Pope Praises Nuns' Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Non-profit Catholic news agency ZENIT reported last week that the Pope officially praised Catholic nuns' work against human trafficking. The Pope sent a telegram to be presented at a four-day conference held in Rome, focusing on "what various congregations of women religious are doing to oppose human trafficking." The conference was organized by the International Union of Superiors General, and the International Organization of Migration.

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Call Hershey to Demand End to Child Labor

Add your voice to the campaign to Hershey Call-In Day! International Labor Rights Forum reports:

 For years, chocolate companies have known about abusive child labor in the cocoa industry in West Africa. As a result of the constant pressure, major chocolate companies like M&M/Mars and Cadbury have recently agreed to stronger labor and environmental standards in the production of the cocoa they use. But one iconic US brand is... [more]

 
 

MTV Fights Human Trafficking with Anime?

MTV's EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign, which works in conjuction with USAID to raise awareness of global human trafficking issues, released a short format anime movie illustrating the human trafficking epidemic across Asia. The film has been shown on MTV stations across South East Asia, and China, and features the voice of Zhang Hanyu, who, Reuters reports, "won the equivalent of an Oscar at the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan... [more]

 
 

The Epoch Times: "Human Trafficking in Europe Outweighs Drug Smuggling"

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