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Human trafficking: signs from children you could miss

Human trafficking: signs from children you could miss Human trafficking is happening everywhere, all around the world and locally in all types of communities. It includes sex trafficking, but human trafficking is also forced work and exploitation. According to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, all children under the age of 18 who are commercially sexually exploited are victims of sex trafficking. Unlike adults, there does not have to be “force, fraud, or coercion” under the law. The very age of the child makes them a victim. These are four indicators to be on the lookout for if children are being trafficked or targeted for trafficking.   Instantly in love  Traffickers are using social media and even online dating platforms to lure...

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ASEAN’s child sex trade is thriving

The number of children involved in prostitution living in Thailand ranges from 12,000 to the hundreds of thousands. The government, university researchers, and NGOs estimate that there are as many as 30,000 to 40,000 prostitutes under the age of 18, not including foreign migrants. Thailand’s Health System Research Institute estimates that children in prostitution made up 40 percent of all prostitutes in Thailand back in 2007.

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🔥 Australia Bushfire Disaster Appeal 🔥

Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. The fires, burning since September, have intensified over the past week. More than 1500 firefighters battle blazes across Australia, where most of the fires are uncontained. Firefighters struggling against the strong wind to secure nearby houses from bushfires. Twenty people have so far been killed - including three volunteer firefighters - and about six million hectares (60,000 sq km or 14.8 million acres) of bush, forest and parks have been burned. An estimated 500 MILLION Australian wildlife have died in the fires. Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia's east coast on Thursday amid advancing bushfires, as military ships and...

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Australia pledges A$80 million to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia

Vowing to tackle "modern slavery" ensnaring vulnerable populations across the region, from low-paid workers to underage brides and Rohingya refugees. The funding is part of a 10-year scheme that includes training for police and judges to probe criminal networks, Australia's foreign affairs minister Marise Payne said at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Bangkok. "The initiative will also support joint international investigations to help rescue victims and ensure traffickers are charged," she said. Rising demand for cheap labour, especially in the fishing and construction industries, has spurred trafficking networks across Southeast Asia where porous borders allow for the easy movement of people. China's thirst for brides from the Mekong region has also fuelled an illicit trade of...

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Human trafficking and slavery still happen in Australia. This comic explains how...

We might not want to believe it, but human trafficking and slavery happens in Australia. Slavery is not an historical artefact, but a tragic reality for millions of people around the world, including in Australia. Recently, the term “modern slavery” has been used to contrast contemporary forms of slavery from historical slavery such as that seen during the transatlantic slave trade. In practice, modern slavery is an umbrella term that is often used to describe human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices such as servitude, forced labour and forced marriage. But slavery is timeless. It has always been about the commodification of the body of a man, woman or child, the theft of liberty and sometimes life. Anti-Slavery Australia, at the University...

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