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Monday, July 18, 2011

Modern Slavery News Round-Up

How to End Modern-Day Slavery, 3 Voices
It seems impossible. Human trafficking cases, blind promises of freedom, forced prostitution rings — these aspects of modern-day slavery come to light all too often. Estimates of the number of slaves worldwide range from about 10 million to 30 million. Approximately 100,000 victims are in the United States, working as slaves inside homes, in agricultural fields, in the sex industry and other places, according to the U.S. Department of State’s 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report. That’s millions of women, children and men struggling to escape captivity. That’s millions of people wondering what it means or what it would take to be free again. But what about solutions - How can we end modern-day slavery? Three experts weigh in what businesses, governments, the public and individuals must do.

18 Years for Sex Ring Boss Convicted of Human Trafficking

Troy Bonaparte, a 46 year old Chicago man has finally been brought to justice after running an operation that forced women into prostitution. He was convicted of involuntary servitude and trafficking in persons for forced labor and pandering and was just sentenced to18 years in prison. Bonaparte is the first person convicted in Cook County under updated laws against human trafficking. Bonaparte would keep all of the money earned in the prostitution and threaten to beat or kill the women if they tried to disobey him, prosecutors said. He would rent motel rooms in the city and suburbs and force women to prostitute themselves to between 5 and 25 men a day.

Georgia Passes Sex Trafficking Law with Heavy Penalties
Georgia has passed one of the nation's toughest laws on human sex trafficking, giving victims advocates greater hope that other states will follow suit. The intent of the law is to impose tougher penalties on criminals and provide more treatment options for victims. The new law is the result of a four-year battle that sought to satisfy religious conservatives who argued the changes could in essence legalize prostitution, and children’s advocates who maintain a safety valve was needed for victims forced into the sex trade.

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