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Amnesty asks Mauritania's presidential candidates to end slavery

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Remnants of traditional slavery are a major issue in Mauritania, a deeply conservative, predominantly Muslim state although it was officially abolished in 1981

Kanye West sparks new outrage in calling slavery 'choice'

May 02, 2018 - 9:17 AM

'You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,' says the rapper

CONTROVERSIAL RAPPER. Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. File photo by Timothy Clary/AFP PHOTO

Moon calls for 'heartfelt' Japan apology for WWII sex slavery

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In calls for a 'heartfelt apology;' from Japan to the victims of wartime sex slavery, condemns a 2015 agreement as a 'wrongful' solution

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. Protestors sit next ot the statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japan rally near the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Europe-Africa summit aims for evacuation of 3,800 migrants risking abuse

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:33 AM

A top African Union official says there could be as many as 700,000 Africans stranded in Libya, where many have suffered atrocities and even been sold into slavery

A migrant holds his head as he stands in a packed room at the Tariq Al-Matar detention centre on the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli on November 27, 2017. Photo by Taha Jawashi/AFP

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

Libya to probe 'slave auction' footage

Nov 19, 2017 - 11:15 PM

The Libyan Government of National Accord says it will investigate allegations that migrants are being sold to North African buyers

Salah Abu-Raguigah (C), Head of the department of African affaires in the Libyan Foreign Ministry in the National Accord Government, delivers a statement to the press in the presense of African ambassadors to Libya on November 19, 2017, in Tripoli. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA

African Union calls for Libya 'slave market' probe

Nov 18, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400

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

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

Jun 26, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Bacha bazi is not seen as homosexuality in Afghanistan s gender segregated society – instead the possession of young boys decked out as pretty women symbolizes power and primacy

BACHA. In this photograph taken on May 23, 2017, Afghan former bacha Aimal, now in his 30s and who works as a youth activist, takes part in an interview with AFP at a house in Kabul. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

WATCH: 'Slave' Eudocia is 'Cosiang' to her family in Tarlac

May 21, 2017 - 8:11 AM

Rappler s Lian Buan visits the grave of Eudocia Pulido the subject of the controversial story penned by Filipino American journalist Alex Tizon and meets the relatives she left behind

Slave story of Pulitzer Prize-winning FilAm writer sparks online debate

May 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Filipino American author Alex Tizon shares a haunting story of slavery within his own family drawing mixed reactions online

Screenshot from The Atlantic's June 2017 issue.

Maudy Ayunda, pendidikan, dan agama untuk hapuskan perbudakan modern

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Data Global Slavery Index menunjukkan sekitar 736 100 orang Indonesia atau 0 28 persen dari total populasi dunia hidup dalam perbudakan modern

ANTI PERBUDAKAN. Aktris Maudy Ayunda (kiri) dan pemimpin Global Freedom Network Andrew Forrest (kanan) saat deklarasi anti perbudakan di Kantor Wapres RI, Jakarta, pada 14 Maret 2017. Foto oleh Rika Kurniawati/Rappler

Japan recalls envoy to South Korea over new 'comfort woman' statue

Jan 06, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Besides the recall of ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine Japan is ordering home its consul general in Busan and suspending discussions over a Japan South Korea currency swap

PROTEST. This picture taken on January 2, 2017 shows a statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, outside the Japanese consulate in Busan. File photo by Yonhap/STR/AFP

Obama opens new African American Museum amid racial strife

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

African American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story It is central to the American story says US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

Lawmaker: Investigate atrocities during PH-US War, WWII, Martial Law

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:15 PM

House Resolution 339 also seeks to commend President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that the Philippines would pursue an independent foreign policy

FORM COMMISSIONS. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque files HR Number 339. Photo of PH-US War from Wikipedia, Filipino comfort women by Ted Aljibe/AFP, photo of Martial Law victims by Rappler

Pope extends stamp on Church with new ministry for human development

Aug 31, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is part of Pope Francis efforts to focus on the most vulnerable sectors

Pope Francis salutes during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square on August 31, 2016 at the Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Bacha bazi: Afghan subculture of child sex slaves

Jun 19, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Bacha bazi is not widely seen as homosexual behavior popularly demonized as a deviant sexual act prohibited in Islam and is largely accepted as a cultural practice

In this photograph taken on April 28, 2016, Afghan police commander Seddiqullah, 30, (L) sits alongside his subordinates as he speaks during an interview at a checkpoint in Tarin Kot, capital of southern Uruzgan province. Seddiqullah voiced concern about Taliban insider attacks carried out by child sex slaves. Photo by Rateb Noori/ AFP

How Andrea and her sisters escaped from prostitution

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:40 PM

A child prostitute shares her story of survival and escape

PH making 'strong efforts' vs slavery – report

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:07 AM

In the 2016 Global Slavery Index the Philippines ranks 13th in the Asia Pacific region with an estimated 401 000 of its citizens trapped in modern slavery

MODERN SLAVES. According to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, 45.8 million people are trapped in modern slavery, with two thirds in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo from the Walk Free Foundation

Over 700,000 trapped in slavery in Indonesia – report

May 31, 2016 - 2:29 PM

Modern slavery exists in 167 countries with people being enslaved through human trafficking forced labor debt bondage forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation

SLAVERY. Myanmar fishing industry workers alleged to have been working under slave labor conditions arrive back to Myanmar from Indonesia. File photo from EPA

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

AP wins first Pulitzer for Public Service for story on slaves in Indonesia

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Indonesia was only one among other Southeast countries where the slavery in the seafood industry transpired

SLAVERY. AP wins a Pulitzer for its series on slavery in the seafood industry. Photo from

'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

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

Feb 02, 2016 - 8:19 PM

In a report dated December 8 Japan says the forceful taking away of comfort women by its WWII military and government authorities could not be confirmed in its fact finding study

COMFORT WOMEN. A former South Korean so-called 'comfort woman' Gil Won-Ok (aged 88), forced to serve for the Japanese Imperial Army as sex slave during World War II, attends as supporters hold a satirical picture of US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the weekly rally against the Japanese government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 29 April 2015. Photo by Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

Many children ‘born as slaves,’ think it’s OK

Nov 07, 2015 - 10:54 PM

Describing slaves in the 21st century an ILO official says: ‘There are no chains They are walking around freely But very often psychologically they re chained to someone or something ’

MODERN-DAY SLAVERY. Young boys remove fish from nets in a fishing village on Lake Volta, Ghana on March 21, 2007. Many are given or sold by poor parents to fishermen in hopes they would get schooling or apprenticeship in fishing, but the children often end up as modern-day slaves. Photo by Tugela Ridley/EPA

'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

LA bakery of Filipina and husband closed over labor violation claims

Aug 13, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Former workers accuse Ana and Goncalo Moitinho de Almeida of paying them only 2 an hour The couple says the allegations are a ploy to extort damages and to hasten the workers permanent residency application

US human trafficking report notes 'indiscriminate' offloading in PH

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:13 AM

Immigration Chief Siegfred Mison admits the matter of offloading – deferred departure – is really a judgment call but adds that the bureau will do its work without fear or favor

Philippine citizens lining up at immigration counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, May 5, 2011. Jay Directo/AFP

US human trafficking report backs Sereno-led court reform

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Some 52 volunteer courts are involved in the judicial experiment of the continuous trial system but the 2015 TIP report recommends the expansion of the system Courts need additional budget for this

'APPRECIATE INSTITUTIONS.' Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno says Filipinos must appreciate institutions, and plan long-term to build a modern nation.

US to PH: Punish officials linked to human trafficking

Jul 28, 2015 - 10:03 AM

The Philippines remains under the Tier 2 ranking of the US Trafficking in Persons TIP report – it does not fully comply with minimum standards to eliminate trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so

GLOBAL SCOURGE. A Palace official says the Philippines is doing its part to curb human trafficking despite a US report challenging the government to do so. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Generic Image from Shutterstock

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

Denying 'comfort women' stains Japan honor: ex-deputy PM

Jun 09, 2015 - 6:31 PM

Yohei Kono: Not accepting facts denying what has undoubtedly happened or saying it was all right to do it because others did it this kind of behavior is a stain on the honor of Japan and its people

COMFORT WOMEN. A former South Korean so-called 'comfort woman' Gil Won-Ok (aged 88), forced to serve for the Japanese Imperial Army as sex slave during World War II, attends as supporters hold a satirical picture of US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the weekly rally against the Japanese government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 29 April 2015. Photo by Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

Aquino orders report on WWII 'comfort women'

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:04 PM

They are our mothers our sisters our aunts It is really incumbent upon our government to take care of our own the Philippine president says

COMFORT WOMEN. Viictims of abuse of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and their supporters stage a picket outside the Philippine presidential palace during the meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Benigno Aquino III in July 2013. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Mass 'migrant prison camp' grave found in Thailand

May 01, 2015 - 9:09 PM

The ruling junta says it has taken significant steps to combat trafficking since June when the United States dumped Thailand to the bottom of its list of countries accused of failing to tackle modern day slavery

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

Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as 6

Jan 30, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Police discovers 120 children some of them sick underweight and traumatized during the most recent raids on bangle making and other workshops as part of a city wide crackdown on child slavery

Child labor image from Shutterstock

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

Sex slavery pushes Iraq ISIS victims to suicide – Amnesty

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:02 AM

The Islamic State jihadist group targets women and girls from Iraq s Yazidi religious minority

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

PH efforts vs modern slavery best in Asia – report

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:40 PM

The country is vulnerable to modern slavery because of government corruption and limited employment opportunities that drive workers abroad says the report

Thailand promotes prawn industry to counter slavery row

Oct 26, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Accused of slavery and torture in its fisheries sector Thailand goes on a charm offensive in Paris pushing its prawn industry

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

Japan rejects UN watchdog's call on 'comfort women'

Jul 25, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Japan said it was not obligated to do so

NO APOLOGY. Japan rejects call to take responsibility for its use of so-called

Korean 'comfort women' invited to papal mass in Seoul

Jul 01, 2014 - 10:47 AM

The invitation comes at a time when relations between Japan and South Korea are a low ebb over Tokyo s recent allegations that there was no evidence to corroborate the testimony of so called comfort women

SEEKING JUSTICE. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' (yellow vests), and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japan government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 07 May 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

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

Japan tells China to stop 'comfort women' heritage bid

Jun 11, 2014 - 7:36 PM

Beijing won t withdraw its bid for UNESCO to include in the Memory of the World register information on how Japanese troops raped thousands in Nanjing when it invaded China in 1937

DEMAND. Former ‘comfort women’ and their relatives gather to stage a standing demonstration near the Diet, or parliament, in Tokyo in this file photo from June 2, 2014. They demand that Japan formally atone for forcing women into sexual slavery in its wartime military brothels. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP