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‘Slavery’ spotters to be posted at British airports to fight human trafficking

Anti-slavery teams are to be deployed at British airports in a bid to identify potential victims of human trafficking, the government announced Friday. Border Force units will be tasked with spotting potential victims of so-called modern slavery, collecting intelligence on trafficking victims and disrupting organised crime gangs. The first specialist…

Pope Francis condemns the mistreatment of immigrants

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on countries to protect migrants, condemning the treatment of refugees as mere “pawns on the chessboard of humanity”. Countries should cooperate on “the broad adoption of policies and rules aimed at protecting and promoting the human person”, he said in a message for the World…

DA drops charges against Saudi princess in human trafficking case

US prosecutors have dropped human trafficking charges against a Saudi princess accused of holding a Kenyan housekeeper against her will, officials said Friday. Meshael Alayban, one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud, had been due to enter a plea in court to the…

Saudi princess charged with human trafficking in California

A Saudi Arabian princess was arrested Wednesday and charged with human trafficking in Santa Ana, California for allegedly holding up to five women against their will and forcing them to work for several families in an Orange County condominium complex. According to CBS News, police arrested 42-year-old Meshael Alayban, one…

Texas teen accused of drugging and pimping 15-year-old classmate

Police in Irving, Texas, charged a 17-year-old boy with plying a 15-year-old girl with marijuana, alcohol and Xanax and making her have sex with adult men for money and drugs from April 29 to May 2, the Dallas Morning News reported on Tuesday. Authorities told the newspaper that Travis Lekas…

California law turns up heat on labor conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new California law will force retailers and manufacturers to disclose from 2012 how they guard against slavery and human trafficking throughout their supply chains, ratcheting up scrutiny over some of the largest U.S. corporations. From January 1, about 3,200 major companies doing business or based…

Report: Human trafficking victims increasingly treated as criminal aliens

The victims of human trafficking have virtually nobody to speak for them, no means of justice, outside of government intervention — but even that is uncertain, according to a new report. An 18-month study by Scotland’s Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that more and more, trafficked humans are…

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