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Who made your chocolate?

December 12, 2013 | by Social Media

About one billion people eat chocolate on a regular basis, and you’re probably one of them, but do you know the supply chain behind that chocolate goodness? The ingredients that go into chocolate, such as vanilla, soy beans and cocoa, are all products that are known for their use of slave labor during production. Though there is a dark side to some chocolate, there are many companies making a difference by selling Fair Trade alternatives.

Read more about what kind of labor goes into chocolate production, and what some companies are doing to help stop it.


Police say 24 children rescued from human trafficking scheme

October 31, 2013 | by Social Media

J.D. Gallop
Oct. 24 2013
Florida Today

Twenty-four children were rescued from a human trafficking ring in Palm Bay, Florida, where they were forced to sell cheap products door-to-door. The children were crammed into a work van with plywood partitions blocking the exit door and forced to work long hours. They were not given water and were told to use bushes if they needed to relieve themselves.  

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Oregon’s federal prosecutor promises more attention to labor trafficking in Oregon

October 18, 2013 | by Matt

Maxine Bernstein

October 15th, 2013

The Oregonian

It has been 6 years since Oregon adopted a law against labor trafficking, and yet not one case has been prosecuted. US Attorney Amanda Marshall, who brought attention to the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking in Oregon, has now pledged to focus her efforts on bringing labor trafficking to light by assigning an assistant federal prosecutor to the state Foreign-born Labor Trafficking Task Force. There are many challenges particular to pursuing foreign-born labor trafficking cases, most of them centered around the inherent mistrust victims bear towards local authorities. Unless a strategy is developed to dissolve this mistrust, it is likely that labor trafficking cases will continue to be misidentified and prosecuted as lesser labor offences.  To read the whole article, click here.

Promise of American Dream leads family into labor trafficking

July 25, 2013 | by Matt

July 22, 2013
Fox News

With aspirations and dreams of the American Dream, the D’Souza family packed up their lives and to the States from India. Misplaced trust in a family friend landed them in a exploitative situation that upon investigation was determined to be labor trafficking. The family’s wages earned from working in a restaurant were withheld to “repay debts.” The family was lucky enough to escape their situation and be paired with End Slavery Cincinnati and received services through their trafficking assistance program. Watch the Fox News broadcast, and read the full article by clicking here.

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Argentine forces crack down on massive slavery ring

June 13, 2013 | by Matt

Catherine E. Schoichet
June 12, 2013

Argentinian authorities, who have expressed a need for cracking down on human trafficking within the country, raided various sites on June 12 to enforce this statement. As a result of a two year investigation, over 70 locations in 10 different provinces were busted by authorities leading to the rescue of over 200 Colombian workers. In addition to this rescue, they were able to detain 23 people who are being accused of recruiting Colombian victims into human trafficking schemes. Those recruited were forced into providing labor services to pay off the acquired traveling debts. To read more about the Argentinian raids, click here.

Kizzy Kalu lured nurses to U.S. with promises of high pay, prosecutors say

June 11, 2013 | by Matt

Tom McGhee
The Denver Post
June 9, 2013

A women is one trial for labor trafficking, forced labor, and misused of visas and  money laundering in the US District Court of Denver. Kizzy Kalu is accused of luring nurses to the US with fraudulent promises of placing them in high-paying positions through helping to provide the workers with H-1B visas. Kalu’s former partner, who has worked a plea bargain with prosecutors, is a key component to this trial’s outcome. To read the full story of Kalu’s scheme, read the full article by clicking here.

Nepalese Protesters Demand End to Child Labor

June 5, 2013 | by Matt

Agence France-Presse
The Jakarta Globe
June 4, 2013

Even with heavy monsoon rains, about 100 individuals, including former child laborers took bravery marched through Nepal on June 4, 2013, calling for an end to child enslavement. This traditional practice in the Himalayan culture, is an unfortunate decision that impoverished families have to make, selling their daughters into lifelong bondage. This protest was motivated by the death of a 12-year old girl in late March. To read the full article, click here.

Human trafficking involves more than prostitution

April 9, 2013 | by Social Media

JoAnne Viviano
The Columbus Dispatch
March 23, 2013

HRRC is passionate about communicating a comprehensive message on human trafficking, so that through public awareness and mobilization modern-day slavery might be absolutely abolished. According to the International Labour Organization, 14.2 million people are exploited for labor in the world, compared to 4.5 million exploited for sex. JoAnne Viviano of the Columbus Dispatch describes why those 14.2 million slaves get lost in a discussion that centers on the sex trafficking of women. To read Vivano’s article and learn more about the injustice of labor trafficking, click here.

UN says human trafficking found in 118 countries

March 5, 2013 | by Social Media

Edith M. Lederer
Associated Press
February 13, 2013
Yahoo! News

The latest report by the United Nations describes in detail the global reality of modern day slavery. Of the 132 countries covered in this research, forced labor or sex was detected in 118, though a disappointing 16% of these countries did not record a single conviction for human trafficking in three years. Detected cases indicate that the vast majority of victims are women and girls in forced prostitution, though research continues to find that other forms of trafficking are vastly under-reported.  To learn more of the latest information on human trafficking, read the full article here.

Uzbekistan: Forced Labor Widespread in Cotton Harvest

February 5, 2013 | by Social Media

January 26, 2013
Human Rights Watch

The Uzbekistani Government annually forces over one million of the nation’s men, women, and children into labor slavery for the duration of the cotton harvest. These victims of labor trafficking are required to work 12-hour days in abusive conditions under the threat of beatings, taxes, fines, and the loss of employment or social benefits. Children as young as nine are removed from schools, and are forced to endure very real risks to their health and safety. For four years, the Uzbekistani government has refused to allow the International Labor Organization (ILO) to monitor the harvest, and has intimidated and arrested activists and journalists that seek to document the reality of slavery in Uzbekistan. Throughout these human rights violations, the United States remains both a key Uzbek ally and an important market for Uzbek cotton. To read the full article, click here.