By Guy Ryder, Special for CNN
Editor’s Note: Guy Ryder is the Director-General of the International Labour Organization. This week it is launching The Work in Freedom program, an initiative funded by the UK Department for International Development which aims to help 100,000 women and girls from Bangladesh, India and Nepal who are in forced labor in countries including Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and India.
The nationwide sweep that netted 150 pimps and rescued 105 child sex victims is welcome news to survivors who were controlled by pimps in their teens, and FOX 9 News spoke with two who broke free.
Playing cards showing details of missing children are displayed in Beijing, China. The State Department released a report Thursday indicating China, among others, as a hub of human trafficking.
The State Department's annual human trafficking report, the latest version of which was released Wednesday, is supposed to be an objective measure of which nations are the worst offenders when it comes to human slavery, and which are working hard to combat the problem.
By David Odongo
The Nairobian has unearthed a scheme where poor teenage girls are trafficked from villages in India and Nepal to Nairobi on a tourist visa, but are then being subjected to sexual slavery by rich Asian businessmen.
Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) launched a report concerning the “Conflict and human trafficking on the Kachin-China border” Wednesday at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Middle East and human trafficking were the central theme during dicussions this morning between Pope Francis and the UN General Assembly president Vuk Jeremic. Jeremic also met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Dominique Mamberti in the Apostolic Palace.
The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka has survived a censure motion over his comments that Japan's sex slaves served a necessary role during World War II.
Osaka council members rejected the non-binding motion against Toru Hashimoto after a major party reversed its earlier stance and helped vote it down.
The breakthrough comes when the case is likely to be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).