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Libya slavery scandal overshadows EU-Africa summit

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:19 AM

The summit comes just two weeks after US network CNN aired footage of black Africans sold as slaves in Libya, sparking outrage around the world

SUMMIT PREPS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) arrives to greet Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara (2L) and Guinea's President and African Union (AU) chairman Alpha Conde (2R) next to African Union (AU) Commission chairman Moussa Faki (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk during the 5th African Union - European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, on November 29, 2017. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

UN to discuss tougher response to Libya slave auctions – France

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:01 AM

The UN Security Council must take stronger measures, possibly including sanctions, to put a stop to slave auctions in Libya, France says

MIGRANTS. A picture taken on November 27, 2017 shows African migrants waiting outside in a courtyard at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli. Taha Jawashi/AFP

Thai general among officials jailed for human trafficking

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED The most senior government figure among the 62 people convicted on Wednesday is Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan who received 27 years for multiple human trafficking charges and other offenses

Thai policemen stand guard outside of a criminal court in Bangkok on July 19, 2017.  Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S. lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

Jun 28, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The release of the annual Trafficking in Persons Report appears to signal the Trump administration s closer embrace of human rights issues as an integral part of its foreign policy

2017 REPORT. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hosts the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery – study

May 31, 2016 - 10:55 AM

More than 45 million men women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery far more than previously thought with 2 3 in the Asia Pacific

RESCUE. Acehnese fishermen (L-in boat) help Rohingya migrants in their boat off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in East Aceh before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Photo by Januar/AFP

'Forced labor' for thousands of maids in Hong Kong – report

Mar 15, 2016 - 4:49 PM

The study by the Justice Centre estimates that one in 6 or 50 000 of Hong Kong s more than 300 000 migrant domestic workers – mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines – fall into the forced labor category

In this file photo, a foreign domestic helper reads a newspaper showing a report on the rights of immigrant workers as she sits beneath the HSBC building in the Central district of Hong Kong on October 2, 2011. Ed Jones/AFP

'Hellish' SE Asia trafficking trade will resume, Amnesty warns

Oct 21, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Amnesty says that crackdown and promises by regional governments to address the crisis have done little to dismantle criminal networks or persuade people against making the crossings

RESCUE. Acehnese fishermen (L-in boat) help Rohingya migrants in their boat off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in East Aceh before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Photo by Januar/AFP

US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking

Jul 28, 2015 - 12:15 AM

According to the International Labour Organization trafficking in persons represents a 150 billion a year industry This includes 99 billion for the sex industry alone

Big city mayors tackle slavery, climate change at Vatican

Jul 22, 2015 - 8:57 AM

Mayors from around the world testify to their efforts to fight forced labor and global warming

MAYORS AND THE POPE. A handout picture provided by Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis (C) speaking in the Synod Hall during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change in the Vatican, July 21, 2015. Osservatore Romano/Handout/EPA

Interfaith group: Mary Jane a victim of human trafficking

Apr 17, 2015 - 4:22 PM

Her pain is our pain Her family s pain is our pain a group of Christian churches says in appealing for a Filipina on Indonesia s death row

FILIPINO ON DEATH ROW. Filipino protesters are seen through a passing passenger's vehicle as they hold placards appealing the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, during a demonstration outside the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, on April 10, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

Pope Francis and a young girl’s question

Jan 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM

The young girl’s question highlights in a huge way the most difficult problem this country has not been able to solve – massive and extreme poverty

Roxas drops, 'Emergency' powers, Pope to shoppers | The wRap

Dec 11, 2014 - 7:28 PM

Mar Roxas’ not so winnable as his numbers drop President Aquino gets emergency powers to address the power shortage Pope Francis says boycott products made by modern day slaves

Pope to shoppers: Don't buy products made by modern-day slaves

Dec 11, 2014 - 7:31 AM

In an address for the New Year the Pope will say that despite the financial crisis consumers should think twice before buying items which may have been produced by exploiting others

DISCOUNT RUSH. Bargain hunters crowd a Walmart to take advantage of their so-called 'Black Friday' sales on Thanksgiving Day in Fairfax, Virginia USA, 27 November 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Asians trapped in Australia's abusive migrant marriages

Aug 01, 2014 - 2:22 PM

The women come to Australia under the promise of a happy marriage only to be exploited by their partners

AGAINST MODERN-DAY SLAVERY. Photo taken on June 13, 2014 shows case worker and former child bride Eman Sharobeem outside a girls college in Sydney where she spoke to students about domestic violence, slavery and women trafficking problems in Australia. Peter Parks/AFP

US to PH: Convict more labor traffickers

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:40 PM

The US State Department says the Philippines has failed to meet minimum standards to end modern day slavery

GLOBAL SCOURGE. The Philippines needs to convict more human traffickers, the US State Department says. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

140,000 modern slaves in PH – report

Oct 17, 2013 - 5:03 PM

In inaugural Global Slavery Index the Philippines ranks 98 globally but is at number 12 in Asia

OFW advocate is among US anti-trafficking heroes

Jun 20, 2013 - 8:26 PM

The US hails Susan Toots Ople for helping provide free legal assistance to trafficking survivors and reintegrate them into society

Dumaguete bikers ride against trafficking and slavery

May 05, 2013 - 4:58 PM

Some 300 cyclists paved the road to raise awareness against human trafficking in Dumaguete

NGO faked docs on 'doctorate' days - NBI

Nov 17, 2012 - 10:41 AM

In a historic case that pits a Philippine NGO against USAID witnesses tell NBI that Visayan Forum s multi awarded founder ordered them to doctor receipts on Saturdays their doctorate days The internationally acclaimed NGO refutes this claim

Trafficking law to cover more offenses

Nov 13, 2012 - 1:59 PM

Lawmakers agree to expand the Anti Trafficking Act of 2003 after a congressional bicameral conference committee hearing

Battle over Visayan Forum's 35 boxes

Nov 13, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Facing accusations of fraud Visayan Forum wants to regain custody of 35 boxes of allegedly faked receipts that the NBI will use against them in an unprecedented case initiated by USAID

Visayan Forum: From U.S. 'hero' to foe

Nov 10, 2012 - 1:41 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Relations turn sour between the closest of allies – Visayan Forum and USAID longtime partners against human trafficking – after investigators seized up to 35 000 documents allegedly faked by the internationally acclaimed NGO

UN expert to probe trafficking in PH

Nov 02, 2012 - 9:32 PM

A UN special rapporteur will check the Philippines progress in fighting human trafficking

Sparking rage vs modern-day slavery

Jun 17, 2012 - 12:23 AM

The International Labor Organization estimates there are now 20 9 million people living in modern slavery — almost twice as many people in the National Capital Region

PAYING TRIBUTE. Human trafficking survivors perform in a recent forum to thank groups that fight modern-day slavery.