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In the spotlight: the UK’s human rights and modern slavery record under review
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In the spotlight: the UK’s human rights and modern slavery record under review

04 November 2022 In our latest blog, Jo Baker, International Advocacy Manager, takes a look at the UN’s five-year human rights reviews, which will spotlight the UK in 2022. Image credit: Melinda Nagy, via Shutterstock. Every five years, the UK has a human rights health check at the United Nations, performed by other countries, and…

More Than Meets the Eye: The Immense Web of Human Trafficking and Its Vast Implications
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More Than Meets the Eye: The Immense Web of Human Trafficking and Its Vast Implications

“The existing social order is a swindle and its cherished beliefs mostly delusions.” – George Orwell  Human trafficking is an issue that takes many forms and typologies across the world and society. Traditionally, human trafficking is thought of as falling into one of two categories: sex trafficking, trafficking in persons for commercial sexual exploitation, or…

Human trafficking: ‘All-out assault’ on rights, safety and dignity, says UN chief
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Human trafficking: ‘All-out assault’ on rights, safety and dignity, says UN chief

Human trafficking is a horrific crime and “an all-out assault on people’s rights, safety and dignity,” Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, the eve of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Vancouver Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Child Sex Trafficking – Department of Justice
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Vancouver Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Child Sex Trafficking – Department of Justice

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Vancouver, Washington man was sentenced to federal prison today for facilitating and benefitting from the sex trafficking of multiple children. Keonte Desmond Scott, 24, was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release. According to court documents and trial testimony, in 2016, after he was released from prison, Scott…

Your Monday Briefing: A ‘Toothless’ Trip to Xinjiang – The New York Times
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Your Monday Briefing: A ‘Toothless’ Trip to Xinjiang – The New York Times

The U.N.’s top human rights official cozied up to Beijing on a trip to China. Good morning. We’re covering the U.N. human rights chief’s trip to China, India’s expanded protections for sex workers and Ukraine’s offensive in Kherson.  Police officers patrolling in Xinjiang last year.Thomas Peter/Reuters U.N.’s tempered criticism of China The United Nations’ top…

Springfield Rotary donation to help survivors of human trafficking – KEZI TV
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Springfield Rotary donation to help survivors of human trafficking – KEZI TV

  SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Thanks to a donation from a local rotary club, the Springfield Police Department can continue to help survivors of human trafficking. The Springfield Rotary Club 364 gave $1,000 to the CHETT Program. This is the last dispersal of funds to Springfield Police’s human trafficking survivors. The money will be used to…

Bangladesh and Costa Rica cooperate against migrant smuggling and human trafficking
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Bangladesh and Costa Rica cooperate against migrant smuggling and human trafficking

Vienna (Austria), 25 March 2022 – Globally, many migrants experience violence, exploitation, and abuse during and after their migratory journey. As elsewhere, smuggled migrants and people on the move in vulnerable situations face significant dangers and threats while transiting across borders in Central America or the Caribbean, trying to reach their final destination – the…

“Affected for life,” UNODC’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit and Danish Doc Production’s anti-human trafficking training film
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“Affected for life,” UNODC’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit and Danish Doc Production’s anti-human trafficking training film

  UNODC’s Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit together with Danish Doc Production has produced an anti-human trafficking training film, Affected for Life. The film was produced in the context of UNODC technical assistance, primarily for use in the delivery of training to criminal justice actors, but also to be shown more broadly as an…

GLO.ACT facilitates workshop on legislation and possible solutions to counter migrant smuggling in Kurdistan Region of Iraq
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GLO.ACT facilitates workshop on legislation and possible solutions to counter migrant smuggling in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Erbil, KRI – 23 March 2022 – Over the past nine months, the issue of migrant smuggling and how best to address this crime has gained momentum in Iraq. To support counterparts in Iraq UNODC, under the framework of the Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT-Asia and the Middle East),…