It is estimated that one victim of human trafficking is found in Scotland every four days. Fortunately, members of the Scottish Parliament are overcoming party divisions and banding together to address this issue. Labour MSP Jenny Marra, recently proposed a new bill seeking to establish “an anti-human trafficking strategy, the special treatment of related crime in the justice system and support for survivors.” The bill has received immense support from inside and outside Parliament; Marra is confident of its success.
Photographer Lisa Kristine travels the world to capture images of vulnerable indigenous people. But in her new series titled Enslaved, Kristine visits different countries to document the slave trade. Among others, she travels to Nepal and Ghana, with Free the Slaves, an anti-slavery nonprofit organization. Kristine recalls that they could not “spend any more than 10 minutes in one spot to photograph – in case a supervisor or slave owner saw them.” Despite the time restraints, Kristine took some amazing photographs!
The Ethiopian government is taking several measures to outlaw the trafficking of young men and women from Ethiopia, into different countries as domestic servants. Police and immigration officials were assigned to the borders to enhance security on roads leading to neighboring nations, such as Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa.In addition, the government is investigating 430 registered agencies that are allegedly involved in the trafficking process. They hope to reduce the illegal transportation and exploitation of their citizens by engaging other agencies and ministries to enforce existing laws that ban trafficking.
The Indian government’s Union Home Ministry recently launched a new portal to streamline cases of human trafficking across the country. The portal will not only provide information on relevant legislation and UN Conventions, but it will also include statistics, details and stories on trafficking victims. The aim is to create a tool to enable collaborative efforts between federal and states’ officials, NGOs and other stakeholders. The website will also serve as an informant alert system to aid in the tracking and rescue of victims.
Arizona is starting its preparations early for next year’s Super Bowl which will take place in Glendale, AZ. A representative from the U.S. State Department recently visited to provide insight on ways the state can combat human trafficking. Luis Cdebaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, met with Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix to organize a Human Trafficking Task Force. An important strategy, Cdebaca said, is reducing the demand by appealing to men in the state to take a stand against sexual exploitation.
In 1981, Mauritania became the last country in the world to abolish slavery. But since then, the government has not been able to determine the extent of trafficking that would help them address the issue. Usually anti-slavery charities throughout the country work exclusively on eradicating slavery. However, a recent United Nations envoy visit yielded progressive results. Mauritania agreed to adopt “a roadmap for eradicating the trade” by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The envoy called for better law enforcement and in response, the President of Mauritania is forming a special tribunal to prosecute aggressors involved in human trafficking.