Sunday marks the culmination of the football experience. But for a lot of young children, the Super Bowl marks the brutal time when they’re sold for sex.
Over 100,000 fans will be heading to Arlington, Texas, for the big game. There, hundreds of girls and women are expected to be trafficked into prostitution. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott noted that there is a “looming potential explosion of human trafficking around the Super Bowl.”
Texas authorities and advocacy groups are taking major steps to prevent children from becoming victimized and pimps from gaining business during the game. more >>
NEW DELHI (Compass Direct News) - Nearly two years after large-scale anti-Christian violence broke out in India’s Kandhamal district, Orissa state, a team working against human trafficking on Aug. 9 rescued a 16-year-old Christian girl – one of at least 60 people sold into slavery after being displaced by the 2008 attacks.
The recovery in Delhi of the girl represented the cracking of a network that has trafficked Christian girls and women from Orissa to the national capital, sources said.
“Human trafficking agents operating in the tribal belt of Orissa have targeted the Christian girls who are displaced by the Kandhamal communal violence – we have been receiving complaints of missing girls from Kandhamal after the violence broke out in 2008,” said attorney Lansinglu Rongmei, one of the rescue team members. “Roughly 60 girls are estimated missing and have been trafficked to different states.” more >>
The ninth of ten American volunteers who were jailed in Haiti on child abduction charges was freed and landed in Miami Monday night.
Charisa Coulter, 24, was released by Haitian judge Bernard Saint-Vil who ruled that there was no evidence to support charges of kidnapping and criminal association against her.
Now only Laura Silsby, the leader of the American Christian team, remains in the Port-au-Prince jail. The other eight American volunteers were released Feb. 17. more >>
A Haitian judge signed an order for release of one of two American volunteers in jail on child kidnapping charges. But an administrative problem has delayed her release.
Charisa Coulter will be allowed to return to the United States as soon as court administrators can find an official stamp to validate the judge’s order.
“I already signed the release order,” said Judge Bernard Sainvil, according to Reuters. “All that is left now is to seal it but they cannot find the official stamp.” more >>
A Haiti judge is expected to free the last two American volunteers suspected of child kidnapping.
Judge Bernard Saint-Vil said he would make his decision this week concerning Laura Silsby and Charis Coulter.
Last week, Saint-Vil released eight of the ten volunteers and held Silsby and Coulter for further questioning regarding their motive. Silsby is the leader of the team and said they had come to take Haitian orphans to an orphanage they were preparing in the Dominican Republic. more >>
Jim Allen, one of the eight American volunteers freed from jail in Haiti, said he believed the team had all the paperwork necessary to take Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
“We were told that all the documents required to get kids into the Dominican Republic she (team leader Laura Silsby) had,” said Allen to Anderson Cooper on CNN’s “AC360” Friday evening. “And on the Haitian side there were some documents that we needed to acquire and that was part of our goal also.”
When asked if he had seen the documents, Allen said he did see them when the children were being loaded onto the bus. The documents, said the American volunteer, were filled out as each child boarded the vehicle. more >>