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Sek Wannamethee, director general of the America and South Pacific Department, said the US recently released its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report which placed Thailand on the Tier 2 Watch List for the fourth consecutive year.

The release of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) revealed that Asia is home to some of the worst perpetrators of illegal human trafficking.

China has now joined the ranks of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and a handful of other countries as Tier 3 violators of human trafficking laws.

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-A major U.S. law enforcement operation, which saved over 100 minors from prostitution rings and arrested over 150, drew praise from a congressman known for toughening laws against sex trafficking.
WOBURN -- A man and a woman accused of using six massage parlors, including those in Bedford, Billerica and Wilmington as fronts for an "extensive human-trafficking ring,'' are the first suspects to be indicted under the state's new money-laundering law.

LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) - When you meet the author of a book, you put a face to the name, and a voice to the page. When fate tried to silence Theresa Flores, the author found a reason to speak up.

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A centuries-old cultural icon in Mexico has recently taken on a sinister criminal purpose that has penetrated the U.S.

By Pete Yost, Associated Press

Published Monday, July 29, 2013 | 9:18 a.m.

Updated Monday, July 29, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Declaring child prostitution a "persistent threat" in America, the FBI said Monday that authorities had rescued 105 young people and arrested 150 alleged pimps in a three-day sweep in 76 cities.

By Cindy Clayton
The Virginian-Pilot
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Operation Blessing International officials say they have launched an anti-human trafficking awareness campaign in Mexico.

The campaign, “1A1,” aims to educate youths 11 to 18 about the dangers of sex trafficking, forced labor and other related activities, according to a news release.

Dany, a 14-year-old fighter, whom activists say is the youngest fighter in the Khadraa brigade operating under the Free Syrian Army, chats with his fellow fighters in Deir al-Zor July 9, 2013. Picture taken July 9, 2013. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)
PHUKET: Few issues are more tragic and complex than human trafficking. Recent warnings by the US that Thailand faces relegation to Tier 3 status in the US Trafficking Persons Report for 2013 should serve as a wake-up call to all of the Thai government agencies that should be working together to bring human traffickers to justice, but are failing miserably.

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