HEADLINES: Trafficking

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As new data is showing a rise in human trafficking around the world, including all over Europe, the European Union has “presented a five-year strategy this year to eradicate people-trafficking in Europe.” Britain, which marked Anti-Slavery Day this past Thursday, has seen a sharp increase in trafficking convictions over the past years, but the EU commissioner for internal affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom lamented that trafficking cases rarely get tried in court in Europe. France in particular has been criticized for not acting strongly enough against human trafficking.  [NYTimes]

Not only are trafficking victims getting younger and younger, but traffickers too are now of all ages. In Memphis, a petite 19-year old girl named Kala Bray is being called a “menacing pimp” after “being arrested for allegedly coercing two teen girls, 15 and 16 years old, into prostitution and pimping them out over the internet.” Bray used the notorious backpage.com site to traffic the two girls. She was sentenced last Thursday to serve 14 years in a federal prison with 5 years supervised release. [United States Department of Justice]

The US Department of Justice reported recently that “one of the nation’s largest poultry producers has been caught again illegally putting minors to work using grueling, hazardous equipment.” The poultry producer, House of Raeford, has been caught with similar infractions before. One of the teenagers found in a previous raid, said that “she started working the night shift four months after turning 15.” Poultry processing is one of the most dangerous factory settings to work in, especially for youth. North Carolina, where Raeford is located, has recently doubled the penalties for child-labor law violations, but, as in the case of house of Raeford, these violations are still all too common. Reid Maki, coordinator of the Child Labor Coalition, said, “I’m actually encouraged they found these young workers in the plant because it means they are looking there.”  [McClatchy]

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