Colorado: Denver Grand Jury indicted four people for trafficking a child and forcing her into prostitution. Two of them were arrested after responding to the internet ads and engaged in separate acts of prostitution with the minor victim, and the other two were arrested for targeting a teenager to become part of the prostitution ring in Denver. They face numerous charges including pimping, pandering, human trafficking, and kidnapping.
Maryland: A local family was accused of mistreating two housekeepers. One of them said that she was never paid her monthly wages by the family. She said that the family told her that she could live on a house that they were going to sell as a real estate agent. The house was empty and didn’t even have a phone line. The woman had to walk four miles or more to get to the store and was not able to call anyone in order to let them know what was going on. Prosecutors however refused to press criminal charges against the family because it does not meet the elements of human trafficking.
Ohio: Authorities are investigating multimillion dollar human trafficking scheme out of nail salons. Many victims from South Asia are trafficked and forced to work as indentured servants in exchange of passage to the U.S. at nail salons. Many of the victims make a little or no money working at nail salons for two years, and they are required to live in one premise.
Missouri: 55 year old Andrew Cole pleaded guilty to taking part in 14 state human trafficking operation. He admitted that he played a role to racketeering conspiracy involving illegal immigrations. He also admitted that he lied to the immigrants from Dominican Republic about the conditions and wages to work at hotels in Kansas City.
New Jersey: The West African man who forced migrants into labor of braiding hairs receives 26 month jail sentence. According to the report, he admitted to visa fraud by coaching the victims to pose as his wife or children to enter from Togo to Ghana.
UK: A study says that 12,000 sex slaves are smuggled into UK from abroad. The two year study shows that the trafficked women are from China, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe. They are under thousands pounds of debts and are controlled by the threats of violence to family members back home.
Cambodia: A new report suggests that judges’ poor understanding of human trafficking law often re-victimizes the victims. The report further stated that the application of the law has been inconsistent at best and incorrect at worst. According to the report, the court is not well prepared to deal with underage victims.
Malaysia: Migrant workers from Cambodia were deported after being exploited and detained in Malaysia and Thailand for a few months. Sixteen migrants were forced to work on fishing vessels in Thailand without payment. One victim said to the reporter that an agent lured him to work in Thailand with a promise of a good job in factory or construction sites. He also paid the agent $32 to secure his job position. But, he was drugged and found himself to be on the Thai fishing boat when he was awake. He also had endure labor exploitation under very poor condition on a Thai fishing boat.
Japan: Child victims of social networking site increased 10 percent this year comparing to the same period last year. According to the report, more than 600 children were victimized by the social network and non-daiting sites, and vast majority of them were girls. Also, most of them were in the age of 16, and 30 percent of the victims were under the age of 14. Their primary access to the sites, according to the report, was through cell phones.