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

CHILE: 152 Victims of Human Trafficking Rescued Since 2011

By Carolina Contreras for Infosurhoy.com on November 4, 2013— “One hundred fifty-two victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation have been rescued in the Andean nation since 2011. Chile’s sound economy is being exploited by organized crime to encourage foreigners to travel to the country with the promise of a better job. But … More CHILE: 152 Victims of Human Trafficking Rescued Since 2011

LEXINGTON: Subway Owners Arrested After Human Trafficking Investigation

Originally osted by LEX18.com on November 20, 2013— “Employees at several Lexington Subway restaurants were arrested Tuesday following a lengthy investigation into human trafficking allegations. Court documents released Wednesday shed new light on the arrests of Amrutlal Patel and his wife, Dakshaben Patel, at their Ellerslie Park Boulevard home Tuesday morning. LEX 18 was on … More LEXINGTON: Subway Owners Arrested After Human Trafficking Investigation

Consumerism Supports Sex Trafficking, Forced Labor

By John Putnam on November 12, 2013— “Even now, it’s hard to grasp the fact that millions of people are enslaved around the world, including in Texas and Oklahoma. It shocks me to the think that one human being could enslave another through sex trafficking or forced labor. Since first learning about the issue in … More Consumerism Supports Sex Trafficking, Forced Labor

SCOTLAND: Women Asked to Assist with Police Crackdown on Human Trafficking in Nail Bars

By Annie Brown on October 26, 2013— “With many Vietnamese and Chinese-owned shops staffed by victims of trafficking or illegal immigrants, police say the customers themselves can help detect and tackle the problem. Scotland’s women can play a vital role in a police crackdown on human trafficking in nail bars, a leading officer has said. … More SCOTLAND: Women Asked to Assist with Police Crackdown on Human Trafficking in Nail Bars

In Third World Countries, Slave Maids Cost the Price of a Smart Phone

By Susan V. Ople, Special for CN, on August 9, 2013— “If you ask young people what they could get for U.S. $200 or less, their answers would probably include a tablet, a smart phone, or a designer bag. Not on the list, a foreign maid – unless you live in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, … More In Third World Countries, Slave Maids Cost the Price of a Smart Phone

USA: The Hidden Indentured Class—Local Labor Trafficking

By Rachel Cernansky on October 23, 2013— “Anna and her husband were supposed to be in the U.S. on their honeymoon. They arrived at Los Angeles International Airport in the spring of 2007 and found Daniel waiting for them with a sign bearing their names. Daniel was an acquaintance, someone Anna’s father-in-law—who lived in Houston—knew … More USA: The Hidden Indentured Class—Local Labor Trafficking