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Multiple faces of human trafficking

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00
The writer is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University

The US State Department has released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report concerning the global phenomenon of human trafficking and the resulting conditions of forced labour, which are described as modern-day slavery.

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Saudi Arab has barred 46 Bangladesh agencies from sending Hajj pilgrims this year pending an investigation on their alleged link to human trafficking, a Bangladeshi official said, reports UNB.

"The Saudi authorities have served show cause notices to the agencies on alleged human trafficking following an investigation report," Deputy Secretary of Religion Affairs Ministry Zahangir Alam told the news agency Monday.

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The United States government says Ghanaian women are being forced into prostitution and forced labour in foreign countries, particularly in the Middle East.

According to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, Ghanaian women migrating to the Middle East to work are forced into prostitution upon their arrival.

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Saudi princess 'enslaved' Kenyan

Saturday, 13 July 2013 11:41

A woman described as a Saudi princess has been arrested in California and accused of human trafficking.

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Gulf states are failing to meet international minimum standards to eliminate human trafficking, particularly forced labour, according to the US Department of State’s annual review.

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are still among the worst countries and are not making any significant efforts to improve, the Trafficking in Persons Report 2013 says.

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A Department of Homeland Security investigation has raised concerns that diplomats from Saudi Arabia are bringing that country’s practices of human rights abuse and trafficking to the United States. The investigation comes after two Philippine women were removed Tuesday from a McLean, Virginia, house belonging to the armed forces of the Islamic monarchy.

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May 2, 2013: Shown here is the McLean, Va., home owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, which was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials on a report of human trafficking.

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The women, who are Philippine nationals, left the home with federal authorities early Wednesday, said Brandon Montgomery, a spokesman for DHS and ICE.

The women did not appear to be injured and did not suffer sexual abuse, Montgomery said.

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Last week, Jackie Bensen from News4 in Washington broke the story of a possible human-trafficking case at a Saudi diplomatic compound in McLean, Virginia.

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A University of Canterbury (UC) law researcher is looking into the dark world of transplant tourism and organ trafficking.

UC masters student Rachel Walsh is investigating the aspects of illegally moving organs around the world.

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