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Drug lab raids in Myanmar's meth capital met with artillery fire

Raids on jungle drug labs have been met with heavy artillery fire, Myanmar narcotics police said Thursday, in an area riddled with armed groups accused of pumping out much of the world's methamphetamine.

Australia pledges US$55 mn to fight human trafficking in SE Asia

Bangkok - Australia pledged US$55 million to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia on Thursday, vowing to tackle "modern slavery" ensnaring vulnerable populations across the region, from low-paid workers to underage brides and Rohingya refugees.

US adds Saudi Arabia, Cuba to blacklist on human trafficking

Washington - The United States on Thursday added Saudi Arabia and Cuba to its blacklist of countries that it says are not doing enough to fight human trafficking, a designation that could bring sanctions.

Man arrested in France for keeping white tiger cub

Marseille - Investigators in southeast France have seized a white tiger cub at the home of a suspected exotic animal trafficker, while pythons and endangered marsupials were found at his mother's house, a police source said Saturday.

Police in Canada free 43 Mexicans from near slavery

Montr - Forty-three Mexicans duped in immigration scams have been freed after being forced to work for almost nothing in Canadian hotels, police said Monday.The workers, mostly men, were lured to Canada by traffickers.

'Vast areas of impunity' for people trafficking: UN report

Vienna - A UN report has warned that "vast areas of impunity" remain globally for people traffickers, with victims subjected to crimes ranging from sexual exploitation to organ removal.

Life on the shelf: China's bachelors saving face, cash with Mekong brides

Fpo - Divorced, in his 40s and fearing a solitary future, Zhou Xinsen went online like thousands of other Chinese men to find an affordable and fast solution to bachelordom -- a Vietnamese bride.

The daring China rescues bringing Vietnam's trafficked girls home

Two girls sprint from a hair salon into a car that will lead them back to safety in Vietnam -- a snapshot of the daring rescues taking place each month to free women and girls from forced marriages or sex slavery in China.

Mothers of the Missing: Anguished search for Vietnam's kidnapped brides

Vietnam - Vu Thi Dinh spent weeks scouring the rugged Vietnamese borderland near China after her teenage daughter vanished with her best friend, clutching a photo of the round-faced girls now feared sold as child brides.

'Sold by my brother': the Mekong women pressed into marriage in China

Phnom Penh - Everyone did well from Nary's marriage to a Chinese man, except the young Cambodian bride herself, who returned home from the six-year ordeal destitute, humiliated and with little prospect of seeing her son again.

Mother Teresa charity shocked after India babies 'sold'

New Delhi - An Indian charity founded by Mother Teresa expressed outrage and regret Friday after a nun and an employee were arrested for allegedly selling infants for adoption for potentially thousands of dollars.

Myanmar downgraded in US trafficking report

Yangon - Myanmar is not doing enough to tackle human trafficking, according to a US State Department report that downgraded its ranking to the worst tier.

People smugglers make billions: UN report

Vienna - People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.

Airlines to step up fight against human trafficking

Sydney - Airlines are set to step up the fight against human trafficking, global industry body IATA said Monday as it released guidelines on how crews can act as "eyes and ears" to identify and report suspected cases.

CEO of shuttered sex classifieds site Backpage pleads guilty

Washington - The recently shuttered classified advertising website Backpage and its CEO have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges, the US Justice Department announced Thursday.

Backpage co-founders, executives indicted on prostitution charges

Washington - Two co-founders of Backpage and top executives of the classified advertising website have been indicted on charges of enabling prostitution and money laundering.

Thailand to scan eyes of workers in notorious seafood industry

Bangkok - Thailand is using optical scanning technology to keep track of who is working on its fishing boats, officials said Thursday, as the kingdom tries to curb slave labour and human trafficking that has riddled the low-paid industry.

Bangkok brothel raid sparks bribery, trafficking probe

Bangkok - Five Thai policemen and a human trafficking official are under investigation for allegedly receiving free services from a Bangkok massage parlour accused of coercing underage girls into the sex trade, authorities said Monday.

Police arrest Israeli organ smuggling 'mastermind'

Pristina - The Israeli ringleader of a global gang of organ traffickers has been arrested in Cyprus, Kosovan police said on Saturday.

'Kung fu nuns' on bikes swap maroon robes for lycra leggings

Kathmandu - About 200 "Kung fu nuns" kicked off a month-long journey from Nepal through India on Saturday, swapping their flowing maroon robes for lycra leggings to raise awareness about human trafficking and gender equality.

Nepal immigration officials trafficking women: report

Kathmandu - Immigration officials at Nepal's international airport are colluding with traffickers to illegally send Nepali women to the Gulf where they are often exploited and abused, said a parliamentary report released Tuesday.

Nearly 150 smuggled Central American migrants rescued in Mexico

Campeche - Nearly 150 Central Americans being smuggled to the United States were rescued Saturday in Mexico after traveling tightly packed in a poorly ventilated truck.

Seven Mexicans among 10 migrants dead in Texas truck

Mexico - Seven Mexicans were among the 10 migrants who suffocated in an overcrowded, sweltering truck smuggling them into the United States, Mexico said Wednesday, up from an initial figure of four.

Driver charged as death toll climbs among Texas truck migrants

Chicago - A survivor of a horror truck journey in which 10 migrants suffocated to death has told how travelers took turns breathing through a tiny hole in a desperate bid to stay alive, US investigators said on Monday.

Nine suspected migrants found dead in overheated Texas truck

San Antonio - Nine suspected migrants were found dead Sunday after being packed inside an overheated truck discovered in a Walmart parking lot in Texas, and 30 others were hospitalized in what police said appeared to be a "horrific" human trafficking crime.

Eight bodies found in truck in Texas parking lot

Washington - Eight people were found dead Sunday inside a truck in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas in what police said appeared to be "human trafficking crime.

US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, placing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders.

US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, listing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders.

'Girls as dessert': Thai sex scandal exposes grim tradition

Bangkok - When senior bureaucrats visited the remote Thai province where local official Boonyarit worked, the routine was often the same: welcome them with the finest food and drink and then bring out the teen girls, often referred to as "dessert".

Desperate Rohingya seek new escape routes from Bangladesh

Dhaka - In squalid camps in Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence and persecution in neighbouring Myanmar dream of a better life abroad -- and rely on increasingly high-tech trafficking networks to get them there.
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Children in an orphanage in central China. Many have been there since being rescued from human traffickers when much younger. This photo was taken in 2009.
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