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Desire to work abroad exploited by human traffickers

May 9, 2015 · 

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Buena Bernal Published 2:31 PM, May 07, 2015 Updated 2:31 PM, May 07, 2015 Migrant workers’ rights advocate Susan ‘Toots’ Ople explains that human trafficking almost always starts with illegal recruitment – the promise of overseas employment MANILA, Philippines – “Oy, maayo kay dia ka (Oy, it’s good you are here),” began one recruiter in […]

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ACT bucks national trend as child abuse report reveals big drop in cases.

May 8, 2015 ·  By (Primrose Riordan for Canberratimes.com.au)

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The ACT has bucked the national trend, recording significant drops in child protection and abuse cases, a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report reveals. The Institute found reductions in the number of children receiving child protection services, the number of child abuse investigations and the number of children eventually found to have been […]

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Lord Janner child sex abuse claims: Israeli schools remove plaques bearing Labour peer’s name.

May 8, 2015 ·  By (Joe Millis for ibtimes.co.uk)

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  Israeli organisations and schools have begun to remove plaques bearing the name of Lord Janner after prosecutors said they would not charge the peer for child sex offences because he had dementia. An Israeli nursery in the Galilee town of Ma’alot-Tarshiha took down the plague for the Lord Greville Janner Education Centre following allegations […]

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UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops

May 8, 2015 ·  By (Sandra Laville for The Guardian.com)

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Anders Kompass said to have passed confidential document to French authorities because of UN’s failure to stop abuse of children in Central African Republic A senior United Nations aid worker has been suspended for disclosing to prosecutors an internal report on the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Reuplic. […]

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Nepal quake survivors face threat from human traffickers supplying sex trade

May 8, 2015 ·  By (Jason Burke in Kathmandu for The Guardian.com)

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Criminal networks using cover of rescue effort to target poor rural communities in country from which an estimated 15,000 girls are trafficked a year, warn NGOs Tens of thousands of young women from regions devastated by the earthquake in Nepal are being targeted by human traffickers supplying a network of brothels across south Asia, campaigners in […]

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Human trafficking convictions: How has government fared?

May 8, 2015 ·  By (Buena Bernal for Rappler.com)

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Human trafficking convictions increase under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, but the number of convictions ‘remained low compared to the size of the problem’ MANILA, Philippines – For almost a month in mid-2005, a then 23-year-old Abbie* was “forced to work” every night as a prostitute in a bar in Malaysia. At least […]

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Adelaide Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson pleads not guilty to concealing child sex abuse.

May 7, 2015 ·  By (Dan Cox for ABC.Net.Au.)

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Adelaide’s Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has pleaded not guilty to concealing child sexual abuse allegations against a paedophile priest. Wilson was not in court today but he was represented by his lawyer, Simon Buchen. Police allege that between 2004 and 2006, Wilson concealed a child sexual abuse allegation that had been made against the late […]

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U.N.: C. Africa Armed Groups Vow to Free Thousands of Child soldiers

May 7, 2015 ·  By (Naharnet Newsdesk for News Yahoo.com.)

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Leaders of armed groups in strife-ravaged Central African Republic agreed Tuesday to release thousands of child soldiers and to end underage recruitment, UNICEF said. The United Nations children’s agency described the news as a “major step forward” in the country, where it estimates 6,000 to 10,000 children to be held by various armed factions. “The […]

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SWS: 36% of Filipinos identify themselves as ‘food-poor’

May 7, 2015 ·  By (MARA CEPEDA for Rappler.com.)

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            FOOD-POOR. Children wait for their turn to get food from a neighborhood feeding program. File photo by Rappler MANILA, Philippines – Around 7.9 million Filipino families consider themselves poor in terms of food, the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. This figure represents 36% of the […]

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Australia to Probe Exploitation of Migrant Labor

May 7, 2015 ·  By (Dunyanews.tv.)

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Agence France-Presse 11:51 AM | Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 SYDNEY, Australia – An Australian state government said Tuesday it would hold an inquiry into the exploitation of migrant workers after a television investigation revealed foreigners toiling in “slave labor” conditions. Using footage from secret cameras, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation found migrants were being grossly underpaid […]

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