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Under crushing financial strain, Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems - and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade. (AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha) (The Associated Press)

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HOKSHE, Nepal -- Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems.

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DUBAI, 2 May 2013 (IRIN) - The army in Yemen has started a crackdown on illegal smuggling hideouts in the north where migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa are frequently held against their will and tortured by criminal gangs looking for ransom money.
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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.
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Police in Mallorca have arrested 25 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on suspicion of drug trafficking, trafficking in humans, extortion and running prostitution rings. It is alleged the gang planned to launder money from its criminal activities in Germany and Turkey by building a Formula One circuit on the Spanish island.

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Federal authorizes seized 14 7-Eleven stores in New York and Virginia, and indicted nine owners and managers, charging them with stealing identities and exploiting more than 50 illegal immigrants.
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The seafood industry always has been and always will be extremely controversial.

Thailand is currently facing some political pressure after a British-based non-profit, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), published a study Wednesday detailing cases of 15 Burmese people who work under slave-like conditions for a Thai fishing crew.

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The Kachin Womens Association Thailand (KWAT) launched a new report, Pushed to the Brink Conflict and human trafficking on the Kachin-China border, Wednesday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok.
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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – A trial is under way for a man from Highlands Ranch accused of human trafficking.
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ELYRIA, Ohio - A Lorain County couple is accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman to have sex for money.

Jeremy Mack, 37, of Elyria, and Ashley Onysko, 23, of Avon Lake, were charged with two counts of sex trafficking in a criminal complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court, said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland office, and Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

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