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U.S. gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report

Washington - The United States recognized Cuba's efforts to combat forced sexual servitude, giving it better marks Monday on its annual report on human trafficking.

US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking

Washington - Washington accused Russia and Thailand of failing to tackle human trafficking, while praising progress in Malaysia and Cuba, in a report on a global scourge decried as "modern slavery.

Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking

Bangkok - Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the plight of desperate Myanmar and Bangladesh migrants stranded at sea triggered an international outcry over the grim trade.

Thai defamation trial opens for journalists over trafficking report

Bangkok - Two journalists, including an Australian editor, went on trial in Thailand Tuesday over a report they published implicating the navy in human trafficking, as the United Nations urged the junta-ruled nation to drop the case.

Obama accepts Malaysia slavery in order to seal TPP deal

Washington - The Obama administration is set to remove Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders despite the existence of pervasive forced labor and sex slavery in the Southeast Asian nation.

Police arrest 15 in Bosnia-France human trafficking ring

Sarajevo - Bosnian and French police arrested Tuesday 15 members of a human trafficking ring that forced women and children to beg and steal in cities across France, Bosnian authorities said.

Malaysia bids sombre farewell to nameless Rohingya dead

Alor Setar - Malaysian authorities on Monday held a sombre mass funeral for 21 suspected ethnic Rohingya found in human-trafficking graves last month, with fellow Muslims praying for the unidentified victims to find a place in heaven.

Spanish police dismantle voodoo-linked sex trafficking ring

Madrid - Spanish police said Monday they had dismantled a trafficking ring they said used voodoo rituals -- including animal sacrifice -- to force Nigerian women into prostitution in Spain.

Senior Thai army officer wanted in migrant trafficking probe

Bangkok - A Thai court has issued an arrest warrant for a high-ranking army officer over human trafficking, police said Tuesday, making him the first military figure in junta-ruled Thailand to be implicated in the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Banglade...

Rohingya migrants raped at Thai-Malaysia border camps: Report

Kuala Lumpur - Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human-trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors, assaults that left at least two of them pregnant, a Malaysian media report said.

Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya to island

Dhaka - Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human-trafficking crisis.

Malaysia missed clues on trafficking, villagers say

Wilayah Persekutuan - Malaysia's government has expressed shock at finding human-trafficking camps and graves near the Thai border, but for local villagers like Sani Hashim the human clues were right there in plain sight.

Mass graves and human-trafficking camps found in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities have found mass graves thought to contain the bodies of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants near suspected human-trafficking camps. The camps are in the far north of Malaysia near its border with Thailand.

Mass graves of suspected migrants found in Malaysia

Wilayah Persekutuan - Malaysia said Sunday it had found mass graves feared to contain the bodies of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants at the centre of a regional human-trafficking crisis.

Fishermen wept as they rescued starving migrants off Indonesia

Indonesia - Fisherman Muchtar Ali broke down in tears when he set eyes on the overcrowded boat carrying desperate, starving Rohingya off the coast of Indonesia before going to the rescue of a vessel that has become emblematic of Asia's human-trafficking crisis.

Niger's desert is as deadly as the Mediterranean sea for migrants

Men and women coming from West and East African countries traveling through Niger's vast desert wastelands to reach Northern Africa and eventually Europe are dying in numbers equal to those who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.

800 migrants rescued off Indonesia as pressure grows for solution

About 800 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants were rescued off Indonesia on Friday, as Myanmar undermined calls for a coordinated response to Southeast Asia's human-trafficking crisis by threatening to boycott a planned summit.

Organised crime muscling in on migrant trafficking

Paris - The profits are huge, the risks limited and the demand virtually inexhaustible: trafficking illegal migrants to Europe is increasingly becoming the domain of organised crime groups attracted by the multi-billion-dollar pay-off, experts say.

European ministers hold talks on stemming tide of migrants

Lorient - Defence ministers from five EU countries will meet Sunday for talks on a military campaign to stop human trafficking and reinforce the region's defences against the flow of migrants from North Africa.

Thailand calls for Malaysia, Myanmar help in halting trafficking

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief Friday called for Malaysia and Myanmar's help in stamping out the region's thriving human trafficking trade following the discovery of remains from dozens of migrants.
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