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Monday, July 25, 2011

Modern Slavery News Round-Up

Argentine President Decrees Ban on Media Sex Ads
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez announced that advertisements promoting sexual services will be prohibited and an office established to monitor the ban. Specific regulations including penalties are being implemented by the country's Justice and Human Rights Ministry. The decree goes into effect this Friday.

21 Human Trafficking Victims Rescued

Police in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines, rescued 21 human trafficking victims in two operations on Friday. The victims were being transported from the Philippines to Malaysia. The victims were transferred to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for assistance. The Friday operations bring the total number of trafficking victims rescued in Tawi-Tawi up to 39 for July.

ASEAN Convention on Human Trafficking Sought
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a two-day meeting of experts last week to advance the creation of a regional human trafficking convention. The meeting followed a joint statement signed in May in which ASEAN leaders agreed to strengthen regional and international cooperation to prevent and combat human trafficking, enhance capacity-building to address human trafficking, and to consider immediately the establishment of an ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons.

Myanmar Steps Up Efforts Against Human Trafficking
Myanmar authorities have formed 26 special police squads focusing on cross-border human trafficking. The squads have found 30 of the country's 300 townships serve as trafficking hotbeds. There have been 348 trafficking victims repatriated to Myanmar since the start of the efforts; 183 from China, 14 from Thailand and Malaysia, 10 from Indonesia and 7 from Timor-Leste. In addition to enforcement, the efforts have included preventative education in border areas, and support such as vocational training for repatriated victims.

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