AURORA HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVE: HARNESSING PAIN TO POWER

Source: https://auroraprize.com/en/aurora/article/finalists/12975/-

A victim of brutal gang rape at only 15, Sunitha Krishnan has transcended from a victim of sexual assault to a strong human rights advocate, helping thousands of victims of sex trafficking and sexual violence – women and children as young as 3 years old – find the courage to carry on with renewed hope and dignity.

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ABC NEWS: AP News Guide: Bill to fight online sex trafficking

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER, ABC NEWS

A 1996 law that shields online services from being liable for what their users do would be weakened by a sex-trafficking bill awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature.

The law is what allows Facebook, Google and other leading companies to provide communications services. A company that hosts blogs doesn’t have to worry about being sued for defamation, Read more

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INFO MIGRANTS: Labor trafficking of migrants on the rise, Council of Europe

By: ANSA, http://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/8474/labor-trafficking-of-migrants-on-the-rise-council-of-europe

The number of trafficking victims forced into quasi slave labor is growing, according to anti-trafficking experts. A new report states that labor exploitation is a key factor driving migrant smuggling in several European countries . Read more

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BBC: Funding boost for human trafficking support groups

By: BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-43611683

Charities which support victims of human trafficking are to receive more than £3m from the Scottish government.

Migrant Help and the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (Tara) will share the funds over three years, as part of efforts to improve services.

The announcement follows new figures showing a marked rise in reports to police in Scotland of suspected human trafficking.

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REUTERS: Human trafficking on the rise in Afghanistan despite new laws

By Jared Ferrie, BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

One year after Afghanistan strengthened human trafficking laws to prohibit the use of boys for sexual entertainment, there is little enforcement and trafficking is on the rise, experts say.

“Bacha bazi” – in which young boys are abducted by commanders who force them to dance and sexually abuse them – was explicitly prohibited for the first time in the updated anti-trafficking and smuggling law, enacted in January 2017. Read more

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