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Madagascar’s human trafficking victims are showing up with missing organs

Would you like to read 3,000 words about women from economically disastrous Madagascar taking exploitative jobs in the Middle East that often leave them in physical danger? You really should, but if not, we read Aaron Ross’s piece in the Nation so you don’t have to. 

A kidnapping scheme so big it involves Egyptian soldiers, Sudanese police, and Eritrean diplomats

CAIRO – Berhan left at night so he did not have to explain. His children were asleep — sick with the flu. He expected to find work in Sudan, something better than the conscription he faced at home.

Feds investigating a Saudi compound in Virginia for possible human trafficking

Immigration officials are investigating a possible case of human trafficking at a home in McLean, Va., owned by the Saudi government, according to various media sources.

India: Facebook sold my baby!

NEW DELHI — When police in the north Indian state of Punjab announced the arrest of a grandfather for allegedly selling his infant grandson on Facebook, the news immediately went viral. But the real story is hidden behind the headline: The buying and selling of children is shockingly commonplace in India.

Sex slaves are unceremoniously dumped back in Nigeria

After enduring five years of sexual servitude in Italy, Patience Ken was deported and unceremoniously dumped back in Nigeria. Penniless, she sold her cell phone to pay for the journey from Nigeria’s financial capital, Lagos, to her village in Edo State. She had been lured to Europe with the promise of a good job. It was a horrific ordeal. And when she arrived back home, her family was not happy to see her.

Juju trafficking: one Nigerian woman's prostitution ordeal

BENIN CITY, Nigeria — After enduring gunfire, starvation and the sex trade, Amaka Chinye summons the strength to overcome her oppressors.

Nigerian shamans and traffickers use juju magic to force women into prostitution

Across Europe, tens of thousands of Nigerian women are bonded to sexual servitude — not with chains, but via juju, an ancient form of West African magic, according to the Nigerian authorities.

Delegates laud Obama's commitment to end human trafficking

In his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama announced an Executive Order to coordinate efforts in the government to work toward ending human trafficking, which he referred to as "modern slavery."
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US President Barack Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting on September 25, 2012 in New York City. (Mario Tama/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — In a wild week of foreign policy here and all the posturing and the drama that comes with it amid the hype of a presidential campaign, there was at least one tangible action taken that deserves some time in the spotlight.

That is, President Obama's Executive Order to coordinate efforts in the government to work toward ending "the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking," or as he referred to it, "modern slavery."

Obama presented the idea in his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, a call to action that was very much in the spirit of President Clinton's gathering of leaders in business, government and philanthropy to try to get them working together and inspiring each other to be change agents for the world's most intractable problems. Obama highlighted the estimated 20 million people who are trapped in prostitution rings, in lives as child soldiers or as indentured laborers in copper mines and on South China Sea's fishing boats.

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Nuns fight Super Bowl sex trafficking

"No one wants human trafficking in their town," Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Ann Oestreich said in a statement. "These activities happen in the dark. What we are attempting to do is to shine a light on sex trafficking and reduce opportunities for it to happen."
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