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Monday, November 21, 2011

Modern Slavery News Round-Up

Using DNA to combat trafficking of children
KUALA LUMPUR: The global trafficking of children for illicit adoption, prostitution, forced labour or recruitment of minors as child soldiers is a serious problem of international concern.
According to the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime's (UNODC), an estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year, with children being 20 per cent of the human trafficking victims. Since understanding law enforcement alone cannot combat this crime, a scientist from Spain's University of Granada suggested in 2004 a unique programme to combat human trafficking by using DNA-Prokids (www.dna-prokids.org).

Gangs Enter New Territory With Sex Trafficking
The MS-13 gang got its start among immigrants from El Salvador in the 1980s. Since then, the gang has built operations in 42 states, mostly out West and in the Northeastern United States, where members typically deal in drugs and weapons. But in Fairfax County, Va., one of the wealthiest places in the country, authorities have brought five cases in the past year that focus on gang members who have pushed women, sometimes very young women, into prostitution.

Study Documents Scope of Area Human Trafficking and Reveals Urgent Need for Services to Survivors
On Wednesday, November 9th at 11 a.m. in the University Club on the north campus of Hofstra University, a press conference will be held to release a groundbreaking study on human trafficking in the New York City metropolitan area, and to announce the opening of a new safe house for survivors.

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