An online advertisement selling two black children for $0.42 sparked outrage and a police investigation.
The ad that read “blacks for sale” was posted on one of Latin America’s biggest online marketplaces, MercadoLivre.
Government officials asked MercadoLivre to turn over the user information on the person who posted the ad after more than 1,000 Brazilians complained. The online retailer complied and handed the information over to the Rio de Janeiro police. An investigation is underway.
The post was "an offence to the entire society,'' rights official Carlos Alberto Silva Junior told the AFP Friday.
Junior said Internet sites should do more to crack down on racist content.
"Incitement to discrimination or prejudice by race, color, ethnicity or religion'' is punishable by two to five years in jail and by a fine, he said.
More than 100 million Brazilians are of African descent. The country has the second largest black population next to Nigeria.
David Santos, the head of the civil-rights group Educafro claims the ad could have an unintended positive impact.
Santos told AFP "unconsciously this person has helped us debate with Brazilian society to make it aware that blacks have the same rights as whites.”
In 2012, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff instated a law that promises 50 percent of all university admissions go to public schools, with a priority given to blacks, mixed race, and indigenous teens.
A Chinese obstetrician admitted in court to stealing babies from a hospital in the Shaanxi province and selling them to human traffickers.
Zhang Shuxia, 55, who stood trial on Monday, admitted to convincing parents to sign over their children by claiming they had congenital disorders.
The formerly respected, soon-to-be retired doctor was indicted for selling seven babies, including a set of twins, from November of 2011 to July of 2013.
The traffickers allegedly sold the children to “couples” in central and eastern China.
Authorities rescued six of the stolen babies. One of the newborns, sold in April for just $165, later died.
The state-run Xinhua News agency said Zhang was reported when a mother suspected her child had been abducted at the Fuping County Maternal and Child Hospital.
Zhang reportedly took that baby home and sold him that very night to a man in a neighboring province for $3,600. That man sold the child for $9,900 to a villager in central China.
That baby was recovered and taken back to his real family in August.
The Beijing Times newspaper asked for a “fair punishment” for Zhang to deter other medical professionals from similar acts of corruption.
“It will inject the authoritativeness of law into professional ethics of doctors and will warn doctors not to take the wrong step that brings them lifelong regret,” the paper said.
An unidentified girl was taken from Somalia and smuggled into Great Britain to harvest and sell her organs, claims a new UK government report.
As bizarre as the incident sounds, it's likely not to be the only instance, according to child protection agencies.
"Traffickers are exploiting the demand for organs and the vulnerability of children. It's unlikely that a trafficker is going to take this risk and bring just one child into the UK. It is likely there was a group," Bharti Patel, of Ecpat UK, a child protection agency, told the The Telegraph.
The same government report says that human trafficking in Great Britain has risen by more than 50 percent since 2011.
The total number of children that were victims of slavery or sexual trafficking in the UK was 371 in 2012. The children were often brought into the country from Vietnam, Nigeria, China, Romania and Bangladesh.
The report also says 20 British girls suffered human trafficking within their own country.
Additionally, 786 women were victims of trafficking, while 400 men were trafficked for "paving or ground works" in the UK or in other countries.
The UK has one of the lowest conviction rates in Europe for human trafficking, says the Human Trafficking Foundation.
There are 30 million people enslaved across the globe and nearly half of them are in India, according to the Global Slavery Index 2013.
These slaves are trafficked into sexual servitude, forced manual labor, debt bondage and even some born into slavery.
The report was issued by Australian-based human rights group Walk Free, which surveyed 162 countries and discovered slavery in all of them.
The index defined slavery as the “possession or control of people to deny freedom and exploit them for profit or sex, usually through violence, coercion or deception.” This includes forced marriage, children abducted to serve in wars, and indentured servitude.
"Today some people are still being born into hereditary slavery, a staggering but harsh reality, particularly in parts of West Africa and South Asia," the report said. "Other victims are captured or kidnapped before being sold or kept for exploitation, whether through 'marriage', unpaid labor on fishing boats, or as domestic workers. Others are tricked and lured into situations they cannot escape, with false promises of a good job or an education."
There were 10 countries that accounted for three quarters of slavery in the world: India; China (2.9 million); Pakistan (2.1 million); Nigeria (701,000); Ethiopia (651,000); Russia (516,000); Thailand (473,000); Democratic Republic of Congo (462,000); Myanmar (384,000); and Bangladesh (343,000).
Countries like Great Britain and Finalnd have much lower rates, but researchers say they discovered those countries still grossly underestimate the problem of slavery there.
"They've been allocating resources against this crime according to the tiny handful of cases that they've been aware of," said Kevin Bales, lead researcher and professor at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at Hull University. "Our estimates are telling them that the numbers of people in slavery - whether it's in Great Britain or Finland or wherever - in these richer countries actually tends to be about six to 10 times higher than they think it is."
Walk Free CEO Nick Grono said the annual index is meant to provide governments and activists with a baseline for the fight against slavery.
"This kind of data hasn't been out there before," Grono told Reuters. "It's a multi-year effort, and next year we'll have a much better picture of where slavery is and what changes there are. If you can't measure it, you can't devise policy to address it."
A state department officer was fired from his post in Georgetown, Guyana, after he was accused of exchanging visas for sex and money, participating in a massive human trafficking operation and carousing with drug lords, The Daily Caller reported.
The official issued visas to dozens of Guyanese women in exchange for sex, as well as sold visas to drug dealers for as little as $15,000 a piece, The Guyana Observer News reported.
Other executives and tourists have claimed their visa applications were being held up. Last week, the state department acknowledged a probe was launched as the result of “allegations of improprieties relating to a consular officer formerly assigned to Georgetown, Guyana.”
The Daily Caller indentified the target of that prode at Edy Zohar Rodrigues Duran of Falls Church, Va.
The agency France Presse reported last week that Duran “had negotiated to sell visas for as much as $40,000, using a popular restaurant and bar in Georgetown, the capital of this former British colony, to seal the deals.”
The restaurant-bar was apparently a popular hangout for drug lords in Georgetown.
“The Hibiscus was Duran’s main meeting place,” Benschop told TheDC. “There are others he would frequent, but the Hibiscus was an almost daily call.”
Duran was fired from his post in June, Mark Benschop and Julia Johnson, two Guyanese journalists, told TheDC.
The investigation into his actions is still ongoing, and it is not clear if authorities plan to charge him with any crime.
The seafood industry always has been and always will be extremely controversial.
Thailand is currently facing some political pressure after a British-based non-profit, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), published a study Wednesday detailing cases of 15 Burmese people who work under slave-like conditions for a Thai fishing crew. The report reiterates the beatings and abuse of these workers, and how they are forced to work 20 hours a day for barely any pay.
Thailand does not have a glowing rating in the U.S. Trafficking in Persons (TIP), as the country is rated at Tier 2 (out of three) in the severity of its trafficking crimes. Since this report, non-governmental agencies are attempting to put pressure on the U.S. to rate Thailand as Tier 3, but because it just so happens that the U.S. is Thailand’s biggest purchaser of seafood, that probably won't happen.
Tier 3 would be a dangerous rating as it would label Thailand as one of the world’s worst offenders for human trafficking, and would likely destabilize trade. Threatening one of Thailand’s biggest industries could mean increased poverty conditions for families of fishermen and a more unstable global climate.
Nevertheless, the human trafficking conditions must be continually addressed. Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry was able to meet with Thailand’s deputy prime minister Surapong Tovichak Chaikul, who promised to reform the industry.
So far, the U.S. has not indicated its intentions to change the rating of the country.
A teenage girl in the UK was allegedly raped 90 times in one weekend, according to a new report investigating sex slavery.
The report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) contains evidence from the girl, 16 at the time, who says was taken into sexual slavery and raped by 90 men. Despite being “deeply traumatized” the girl gave evidence to the committee. She did not come from a background that put her at risk, but rather befriended girls who were vulnerable to abuse.
Andrew Wallis, working group chairman at the CSJ, told the committee the girl “is now safe,” according to the Sunday Times.
The CSJ, an independent think-tank set up by British conservative politician Iain Duncan Smith, is critical of the government for its “inadequate response” to the human slave trade.
Christian Guy, managing director at CSJ said “authorities are either failing to understand the nature of this abuse or turning a blind eye to its existence. Our once great nation of abolitionists is a shameful shadow of its former self.”
The report makes 80 recommendations, including the appointment of an independent anti-slavery commissioner, after uncovering the “shocking underworld” where more than 1,000 children and adults were trafficked into or within Britain from 2011 to 2012. British females trafficked in the sex trade made up almost one half of all UK slavery victims.
The report said those numbers are only “a pale reflection of the true size of the problem. British and foreign victims have been enslaved and forced into the sex trade, a life of crime, or domestic labor.
“We have been alarmed to learn that British children being trafficked within the country are often viewed as somehow being complicit in their exploitation. This is absurd and unacceptable.” Guy said. “Elements of control in these cases can be subtle and difficult to identify; this control frequently takes the form of sexual and other forms of violence, physical or emotional abuse, threats of violence towards family members or threats of public shaming.”
Source: Daily Mail