Rappler's latest stories on trafficking
With Metro Manila's virus restrictions slowly easing, street pimps are wasting no time recouping losses from their COVID-induced slump
Prince Andrew is claimed to be stonewalling a US investigation into alleged sex trafficking of minors by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell
Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and coca leaves from which the drug is made, according to the United Nations. The United States is the largest consumer.
Law enforcers are also looking at complaints that the couple may also have victimized over 200 people from Capiz
In some cases parents discover they have no genetic link with children born to surrogates
'Traffickers did not shut down. They continue to harm people, finding ways to innovate and even capitalize on the chaos,' US ambassador-at-large on human trafficking John Richmond
'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento
The man, identified by Australian media as Cam Gillespie, is handed the death penalty by Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on June 10, according to a notice posted on the court website
'The Duke of York has on at least 3 occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the [US Department of Justice],' Prince Andrew's lawyers say in a statement
David Timothy Deakin is the first foreigner to be convicted for trafficking offenses through online proceedings, according to the International Justice Mission
The UN warns traffickers 'may become more active and prey on people who are even more vulnerable than before because they have lost their source of income due to measures to control the virus'
(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect
An hour-long chase ensues after a Korean national attempts to evade undercover cops who caught him pimping a woman in Angeles City
'One unintended consequence of [the lockdown] is that vulnerable children are being trapped with abusers and traffickers in their homes,' says the International Justice Mission
Philippine authorities urge communities to be 'extra' vigilant as online sex traffickers may be taking advantage of the lockdown
The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations
The district court in Bali's capital Denpasar says the two Thai women – a janitor and an operator of a motorcycle rental shop in Thailand – had shown remorse for their crimes and deserved leniency
However, there are fears that humans could come to blame pangolins for the outbreak, and seek revenge
Over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were also seized in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone, the report says
The 3 online traffickers are each sentenced to between 23 and 36 years in prison and ordered to pay P600,000 in damages
(UPDATED) The NBI says that some hotels are like ‘wet markets,’ with constant drop-off and pick-up of passengers by taxi drivers
The victims were found dead in a refrigeration trailer on October 23 last year
The defendant pleads guilty to 4 cases involving the trafficking of children for online sexual exploitation
Two Chinese men are arrested for allegedly running prostitution operations at the Golden Dragon Hotel in Barangay Bangkal in Makati
Matzneff never made any secret of his sexual preference for adolescent girls and boys and it did not stop him winning the Renaudot prize in 2013
Senator Risa Hontiveros says photos of trafficked women are being passed around in WeChat and Telegram chat groups, where there are 'menus of services, as though in a restaurant'
Some of the brightly colored birds showed signs of dehydration and stress, and some had lost part of their plumage having spent hours in the boxes, the wildlife service says
An estimated 60,000 children are currently trapped in sexual exploitation in the Philippines. From Manila, a group of foreign and local operatives are working to save them.
Police raids into child trafficking hubs discovered jewellery and large amounts of cash, as well as documents giving members of the network power of attorney over children, enabling them to be taken to Britain
Nine Chinese women are rescued from a room at ON Pool Villas during the sting operation. They are at the regional social welfare office as authorities coordinate with the immigration bureau.
Police rescue 5 children from the scene during the operation
The couple is facing death penalty charges for drug trafficking, although sentences are rarely carried out
Officials are now working to identify the victims after DNA samples were collected from families in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces in central Vietnam
Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe
The woman offers to livestream the sexual abuse of her own daughter to paying customers
Aside from 5 teenage victims, police have also rescued a 10-month-old, an 11-month-old, and two 2-year-old children who were possibly exploited by the traffickers
(3rd UPDATE) The OFW's lawyers hope this can play a significant role in removing her from death row in Indonesia for drug trafficking charges
Amending the Expanded Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act is among the 'top legislative priorities' of President Duterte, says Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles
Despite the scale of the pangolin trade, little is actually known about it, even among prosecutors and law enforcement officials in its key market: China
The agreement seeks to combat human trafficking and ensure the protection, rescue, and rehabilitation of victims
Reporters from India, Nepal, and Hong Kong investigate the pangolin trade in their countries
The pangolin trade in Indonesia has become so sophisticated that it reminds experts of the drug trade. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the country's wildlife protection law is not a deterrent to poachers.
If the SC does not hand down a ruling before October 28, the prosecution would be forced to wrap up its case against Veloso's recruiters without presenting her as witness
Demand for pangolins has penetrated even into villages deep in the Malaysian jungle. Near the Malaysia-Thai border, meanwhile, professional smugglers are hired to send the goods across the border.
Despite banning the trade in pangolins, business in Cameroon is still thriving in plain sight in some rural regions. In Nigeria, Chinese traders have taken over the market for pangolins.
His suicide on August 10 in a federal jail in Manhattan provided the latest jolt – but no final closure – to his disturbing story
The coroner's ruling comes days after Epstein was accused of trafficking minors for sex
Carpenter Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe is arrested in Sudan in 2016 on suspicion of being at the heart of one of the world's largest migrant trafficking networks
Judge Ramon Daomilas Jr orders the woman to pay fines and damages amounting to P1.5 million for trafficking at least 5 minors aged 6 to 17, among them her own daughter
Meanwhile, evangelical Senator Manny Pacquiao supports inclusion of plunder for crimes punishable under the proposed death penalty bill