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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 19, 2012 Taliban Gaining More Resources From Kidnapping
QUOTE: A campaign of high-profile kidnappings has provided the Pakistani Taliban and its allies with new resources, arming insurgents with millions of dollars, threatening foreign aid programs and galvanizing a sophisticated network of jihadi and criminal gangs whose reach spans the country. Wealthy industrialists, academics, Western aid workers and relatives of military officers have been targets in a spree that, since it started three years ago, has spread to every major city...
New York Times Oct 04, 2011 Tracking factory slaves across Asia
QUOTE: We traveled to Cambodia planning to tell the story of an escape from modern-day slave labor but what we found were tales of more women trapped in debt-bondage in Malaysia. In Cambodia, we found the women who had escaped, but we also learned about dozens of other workers stuck in similar circumstances, unable to get home unless they paid off their "debt" to a recruitment agency.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 21, 2011 Tradition forces girls into prostitution
QUOTE: Under the devdasi system, girls were dedicated to a life of sex work in the name of religion...Gradually, this gave way to a life of prostitution....It's an area of extreme poverty – so sending a daughter into the sex business is seen as a way for parents to unburden themselves of a child -and, it's lucrative.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 06, 2011 Spain Confronts Decades of Pain Over Lost Babies
QUOTE: Prodded by grieving parents, Spanish judges are investigating hundreds of charges that infants were abducted and sold for adoption over a 40-year period. What may have begun as political retaliation for leftist families during the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco appears to have mutated into a trafficking business in which doctors, nurses and even nuns colluded with criminal networks.
New York Times May 25, 2011 Irish Church's Forgotten Victims Take Case to U.N.
QUOTE: An estimated 30,000 women were sent to church-run laundries, where they were abused and worked for years with no pay... No one has taken responsibility for what happened in the laundries.
New York Times Apr 21, 2011 Your tomato’s possible ties to slavery
QUOTE: More than 1,200 victims of human trafficking picking tomatoes in Florida's fields… These slaves often work for 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week… Tomato pickers in Florida are paid less than two pennies for each pound of tomatoes they pick.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 18, 2011 Victims break chains of slavery
QUOTE: A vast network of workers who are lured from Bolivia to Argentina on empty promises… Most endure long and brutal journeys before being sent to work in clandestine clothing factories under oppressive conditions…
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 01, 2011 'Juju oaths' ensnare trafficking victims mind, body and soul
QUOTE: The head priest’s followers were filled with absolute fear, and that is exactly why Nigerians from this area… are being trafficked by the thousands, generating millions of dollars for their exploiters, who are able to maintain complete control of their victims through the juju oaths – body, mind and soul.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 08, 2011 Generations pay off debts through slavery
QUOTE: In India they are known as bonded laborers, bound to those who gave them or their forefathers an advance or a loan. Human rights advocates call them modern day slaves... Dozens of families are in the same predicament. They are all oblivious to the fact that bonded labor is illegal in India. The legislation has been in place for decades, but enforcement is lax.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 15, 2011 Bedouin Smugglers Abuse Africans Held for Ransom, Israel Group Says
QUOTE: About 1,000 African migrants trying to cross the Sinai Desert from Egypt into Israel have been systematically beaten, raped and held captive for ransom in the past year by the Bedouin smugglers they hired to help them make the journey, an Israeli advocacy organization said Tuesday.
New York Times Dec 17, 2010 U.S. must draw the line at pedophilia in Afghanistan
QUOTE: The president should inform our representatives in Afghanistan that although we shall continue to put up with much that we do not condone, there are limits to our accommodations. We shall neither finance nor protect a regime that refuses to act against large-scale sexual abuse of children.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 23, 2010 Ending the Slavery Blame-Game
QUOTE: how to parcel out blame to those directly involved in the capture and sale of human beings for immense economic gain. While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves played.
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Pakistan's Forgotten Plight: Modern-Day Slavery
QUOTE: will Clinton be able to press Islamabad's rulers to address a controversy involving rural poverty and modern-day slavery?
Time Magazine Sep 19, 2009 Some Chinese parents say their babies were stolen for adoption
QUOTE: [in China] some parents are beginning to come forward to tell harrowing stories of babies who were taken away by coercion, fraud or kidnapping -- sometimes by government officials who covered their tracks by pretending that the babies had been abandoned.
Los Angeles Times Sep 01, 2009 Case Shows Limits of Sex Offender Alert Programs
QUOTE: the case of Phillip Garrido, the California man accused of kidnapping a young girl and holding her captive for 18 years, is reigniting a debate about the usefulness of the government-managed lists and whether they might create a false sense of public safety.
New York Times Jul 16, 2009 On Speedboats, Legal Again, Albania’s Illicit Sex Trade Could Flare
QUOTE: the Albanian government three years ago barred all Albanian citizens from using speedboats, the favored transportation used by traffickers to get people out of the country. But the ban prompted loud protests from fishermen and people in the tourism industry, and in May it was reversed. Law enforcement and human rights officials are concerned that as a result, human trafficking may explode anew...
New York Times Jul 12, 2009 Africa's bitter cycle of child slavery
QUOTE: For generations, Ghana and other West African nations have served as a hub for child trafficking and slavery. An estimated 200,000 children in West and Central Africa perform unpaid labor.
Los Angeles Times May 17, 2009 After a Sensational Crime, a Trial Marked by Quiet
QUOTE: ...[the] French are essentially unable to follow the courtroom drama [of a high profile murder case] because of a law that bans the public and the media from trials that involve minors.
New York Times Jan 09, 2009 Government fights slave labor in Brazil
QUOTE: A recruiter known as a "gato," or cat, plumbs the slums and other poor areas of the vast country and gets people to agree to jobs in distant places. Once separated from home and family, workers are vulnerable to all sorts of abuses, such as being told they owe money for transportation, food, housing and other services. "This is known as debt bondage, which also fits official definitions of slavery,"...
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 17, 2008 Israelis Uneasy Over Prisoner Release: Critics say the deal, which they see as lopsided, could embolden Hezbollah.
QUOTE: "Anyone that kidnaps an Israeli will now know that Israel is willing to pay an extremely high price, totally out of proportion with what the other side will pay"
Christian Science Monitor Mar 10, 2008 A Desperate Search For Stolen Children: Lax Protections Leave Chinese Vulnerable To Human Trafficking
QUOTE: [A Chinese farmer's] year-long search for his son has turned into an odyssey through the ill-defined world of human trafficking, an underground system that has helped fuel China's economic might and flourished in the absence of protections against forced labor.
Washington Post Feb 28, 2008 Burma's allure places travelers in ethical dilemma: Activists say tourist dollars support the military junta, but many Burmese say they need the income.
QUOTE: But for those willing to overlook all this to experience Burma's charm, coming here also presents an ethical dilemma: Do you heed human rights activists' pleas to stay away to keep tourist dollars from a military junta's coffers or listen to some Burmese who say that income is a vital source for the country's impoverished.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 03, 2007 From Stand in Long Island Slavery Case, a Snapshot of a Hidden U.S. Problem
QUOTE: The law is probably best known for its focus on prostitution and child-sex traffickers; yet in the last few years, in a few highly publicized cases like the Sabhnanis’, federal and state task forces set up to deal with sex trafficking have also begun to focus on the exploitation of domestic workers.
New York Times Nov 08, 2007 Congratulations on the Book Award, and Welcome to the Scrutiny
QUOTE: In the essay Ms. Enright tried to work through a cacophony of complicated emotions toward the girl’s parents, including reluctant voyeurism, distaste and pity. But newspapers here and in Britain picked out a sentence in which Ms. Enright said that she “disliked the McCanns earlier than most people” and ignored what she wrote afterward: that she was ashamed of the impulse and, in the end, rejected it.
New York Times Nov 04, 2007 The Orphans Who Didn’t Need Saving
QUOTE: But the scandal involving the French charity, Zoé’s Ark, is tangled in an even more complicated web, a modern one of apparently good intentions gone awry and of the perceived exploitation of the suffering of vulnerable people, and a profound cultural misunderstanding.
New York Times Oct 20, 2007 Divided Korea Paralyzes Families Torn Apart Long Ago
QUOTE: About 500 South Korean soldiers captured during the war are thought to be alive in the North, with 480 civilians, mostly fishermen, who were kidnapped in the years since, according to the South Korean government. It is unclear how many of the estimated 80,000 civilians who were taken to North Korea during the war may still be alive.
New York Times Oct 13, 2007 Military junta forces villagers to march
QUOTE: Nilar Thein -- a key leader in the Myanmar-based group '88 Generation -- said residents of Shwe Pyi Thar village carried pro-regime placards after junta officials on Friday demanded at least one person from each household march in the government's rally. Junta officials also approached local factories and demanded they provide 50 workers.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 24, 2007 Germans Drop Bid for Extraditions In CIA Case: 13 Agency Operatives Charged in Kidnapping
QUOTE: German authorities confirmed Sunday that they have dropped their efforts to seek the extradition of 13 CIA operatives charged in the kidnapping of a German citizen in the Balkans four years ago. German Justice Ministry officials said they would not formally press the U.S. government to hand over the agents after U.S. officials made clear in recent weeks that they would not cooperate.
Washington Post Sep 23, 2007 Human Trafficking Evokes Outrage, Little Evidence: U.S. Estimates Thousands of Victims, But Efforts to Find Them Fall Short
QUOTE: Congress passed a law, triggering a little-noticed worldwide war on human trafficking that began at the end of the Clinton administration and is now a top Bush administration priority. As part of the fight, President Bush has blanketed the nation with 42 Justice Department task forces and spent more than $150 million -- all to find and help the estimated hundreds of thousands of victims of forced prostitution or labor in the United States. But the government couldn't find them.
Washington Post Sep 19, 2007 Did CIA kidnap vacationer? It's a state secret. At issue is whether the White House has the power to keep an alleged victim from seeking redress in US courts.
QUOTE: At issue in El-Masri v. US is the government's use of the so-called state-secrets privilege. The judicial doctrine provides that some legal cases must be dismissed if the central evidence in the court battle would require disclosure of national security secrets. The Bush administration is using the same doctrine to block a string of legal challenges to other secret terror-war tactics, including warrantless electronic surveillance in the US.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 03, 2007 Freed Koreans Are Contrite Amid Growing Criticism
QUOTE: They face a nation relieved that the volunteers had been freed, but also increasingly angry at their decision to travel to Afghanistan despite government warnings, and at what many here consider overzealous proselytizing by South Korean churches.
New York Times Jul 13, 2007 How best to win US hostages' release? The case of three captives in Colombia, held since 2003, tests the Bush administration's 'no negotiation' policy.
QUOTE: [Gene and Lynn Stansell’s] son is one of three American hostages held by a narco-terrorist group in the Colombian jungle and the Stansells say they believe the US government's refusal to negotiate with the group is the reason that the three have been held for more than four years.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 03, 2007 Class-Action Firms Extend Reach to Global Rights Cases
QUOTE: The class-action bar is going global. Until recently, international human rights cases in American courts were brought mainly by public interest lawyers more interested in calling attention to abuses and in establishing universal legal standards than in a potential payday. ....The prominent plaintiffs’ firms, their critics say, are in it for the money.
New York Times Feb 21, 2007 New fight, old foe: Slavery. Some 27 million men, women, and children are in unpaid servitude, the UN says – 200,000 of them in the US.
QUOTE: While slavery takes different forms today, the impact remains devastating to lives around the globe, according to UN and US government statistics. An estimated 300,000 children have been forced to serve as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts. Each year, human trafficking for sexual servitude or forced labor moves 800,000 people across international borders, including some 17,500 foreigners trafficked into the United States.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 01, 2007 Germans Charge 13 CIA Operatives
QUOTE: The CIA's clandestine program of abducting suspected terrorists and taking them to secret sites for interrogation unraveled further on Wednesday as German prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 13 agency operatives in the kidnapping of a German citizen in the Balkans in December 2003. The case is the second in which European prosecutors have filed charges against CIA employees involved in counterterrorism operations. Italian prosecutors have charged 25 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force officer with kidnapping a radical cleric on a Milan street in 2003...
Washington Post Dec 23, 2006 The Slaves in Our Midst
QUOTE: The State Department gets fingered because so many of today's human traffickers and slavers are diplomats, flaunting U.S. and local laws, under the protective shield of the department's interpretation of diplomatic immunity....egregious labor exploitation by diplomats in Washington.
Washington Post Oct 28, 2006 Taking Terror Fight to N. Africa Leads U.S. to Unlikely Alliances
QUOTE: quandaries facing the United States as it extends its fight against Islamic terrorism to remote parts of the globe. In its search for allies in an unstable region, the U.S. government reached out to Libya -- then still officially designated a state sponsor of terrorism -- and to other countries it has condemned for abusing human rights.
Washington Post Sep 05, 2006 The Lost Children of Haiti
QUOTE: Today, tens of thousands of Haitian children live lives of modern-day bondage...They frequently end up cruelly overworked, physically or sexually abused, and without access to education.
New York Times May 10, 2006 Crime Brings Venezuelans Into Streets: Large Protests Over Soaring Homicide Rate Create Political Challenge for Chavez
QUOTE: ...gives Venezuela a solid claim to the dubious title of the world's capital of violent crime....Many of the protesters have suggested that Chavez has divided Venezuelan society with his frequent criticism of the country's upper class, rhetoric they say has incited lower classes to violence against the wealthy.
Washington Post Mar 12, 2006 Stealing Babies for Adoption: With U.S. Couples Eager to Adopt, Some Infants Are Abducted and Sold in China
QUOTE: The foreign adoption program has matched Chinese babies with foreign families eager for them, while delivering crucial funding to orphanages in this country. But it has also spawned a tragic irony, transforming once-unwanted Chinese girls into valuable commodities worth stealing.
Washington Post Feb 25, 2006 Killing in France Seen as 'Wake-Up Call': Anti-Semitism Blamed in Kidnapping, Torture of 23-Year-Old Salesman
QUOTE: Many have cited the torture and reports that the gang's suspected leader was later arrested in a Muslim neighborhood in Ivory Coast, in West Africa. In a country that experienced a surge in anti-Semitic attacks, most of them blamed on Muslims, in the first years of the current Palestinian uprising against Israel, top politicians have rallied to publicly condemn the crime.
Washington Post Dec 15, 2005 In a Shift, Anti-Prostitution Effort Targets Pimps and Johns
QUOTE: ...a shift in how the government and the public respond to the sex industry....an unlikely coalition of evangelicals, feminists, liberal activists and conservative human rights advocates are pushing the issue. They are trying to reframe the way people talk about prostitutes, calling them "survivors" and signing off e-mails with the slogan "Abolition!"
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 Italy Seeks Extradition Of 22 CIA Operatives
QUOTE: Italian prosecutors on Friday formally requested the extradition of 22 U.S. citizens believed to be CIA operatives on charges that they seized an Egyptian Islamic cleric off a Milan street in early 2003 and flew him to Cairo, where he later said he was tortured.
Washington Post Jun 30, 2005 Milan Snatch: Extraordinary rendition comes back to bite the Bush administration.
QUOTE: But since launching its war on terror, the administration of George W. Bush has expanded the practice to "extraordinary rendition," which includes kidnappings of foreign suspects so they can be turned over to authoritarian allies like Egypt for interrogation sessions that likely involve torture.
Slate Jun 03, 2005 Kidnapped Relatives of Slain Chechen Leader Come Home
QUOTE: ...seven relatives of the Russian region's former leader, Aslan Maskhadov, returned to their home village...Human rights groups charged that their kidnapping was part of a pattern of Kremlin-backed Chechen forces targeting the relatives of known separatists.
Washington Post Oct 19, 2004 'New Stage' of Fear For Chechen Women: Russian Forces Suspected in Abductions
QUOTE: ...as Chechen guerrillas increasingly recruit female suicide bombers... Russian forces are sweeping through Chechnya abducting women from their homes as well...
Washington Post Mar 06, 2003 New Kidnapping Law May Snare Battered Women
QUOTE: Children's advocates are praising a new law intended to lower the risk of international parental kidnappings. However, the itemized risk factors for illegal flight are also common among battered women preparing to leave their abusers.
Women's eNews Feb 20, 2003 Asia's sex trade is 'slavery'
QUOTE: A United Nations official has described the trafficking of women and children across Asia as "the largest slave trade in history".
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Jun 15, 2002 State's Blind Eye on Sexual Slavery
QUOTE: ...it was the massive brutality of the growing sex trafficking nightmare that moved Congress to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000....With the diplomats at State unwilling to honestly confront foreign countries with the truth, the Office to Combat Trafficking has become the Office to Obscure Trafficking.
Free the Slaves Jan 31, 2002 Does Germany Condone Kidnapping?
QUOTE: ...Germans are kidnapping American children and, with the help of German courts, refusing to allow their American parents ever to see them again.
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