North Korea Acknowledges Labor Camps for the First Time

Originally posted by Yahoo News Digest on October 7, 2014— “North Korea publicly acknowledged the existence of its labor camps for the first time Tuesday, an admission that appeared to come in response to a highly critical U.N. human rights report earlier this year. Diplomats for the reclusive, impoverished country also told reporters that a … More North Korea Acknowledges Labor Camps for the First Time

U.S. States Boost Anti-Trafficking Laws But Slow to Help Sex, Labor Slaves

By Stella Dawson for Reuters on September 17, 2014— “A rising number of U.S. states have strengthened laws to combat human trafficking in the past year but programs to help victims of forced prostitution and labor are lagging behind, according to a report by an anti-slavery group on Wednesday. Thirty-nine of the 50 U.S. states … More U.S. States Boost Anti-Trafficking Laws But Slow to Help Sex, Labor Slaves

Human Rights International Film Festival

HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIETY IS A CO-ORGANIZER! March 28th to 30th @ SIFF SIFF and Human Rights Society has teamed up to present the inaugural Human Rights International Film Festival in Seattle. This travelling film festival is part of Human Rights Watch and will be hosted by SIFF. The weekend-long film festival features stories about human rights issues in Afghanistan, … More Human Rights International Film Festival

Forced Labor, Prostitution Continues at U.S./Mexico Border

Photo by Brooke Binkowski — A former victim of human trafficking plays guitar at the Tijuana shelter La Casa del Jardin. The girls, some of whom are only 13 or 14 years old, stay there until they are legal adults. By Brooke Binkowski on February 24, 2014— “A 19-year-old woman with a baby face covered … More Forced Labor, Prostitution Continues at U.S./Mexico Border

IRAN: Forgotten Children – Human Trafficking & Child Labor

By Hamid Yazdan Panah for Iranian.com on May 1, 2013— “There are many pressing humanitarian issues in the Middle East, but one that is often overlooked and under reported is the issue of child labor. Throughout the Middle East, and in fact much of the world, child labor is a critical issue involving exploitation, human … More IRAN: Forgotten Children – Human Trafficking & Child Labor

CONNECTICUT: Social Workers Say Demand Is Driving Supply in Human Trafficking

By Rachel Chinapen, New Haven Register, on January 30, 2014— “The first time Audrey Morrissey was picked up by a “John,” she got in the car to find a white male flashing his police badge in her face. Morrissey, then 16, wasn’t arrested. Instead, the officer requested a sexual favor in exchange for her freedom. … More CONNECTICUT: Social Workers Say Demand Is Driving Supply in Human Trafficking