Chinese authorities released information on Wednesday on the rescuing of 89 minors that had been victims of child trafficking. The youngest of the 89 victims was 10 days old while the oldest was 4 years of age.
In the country's latest crackdown on human trafficking, two separate operations occurred in both China and Vietnam.
The first operation took place on July 15 in Vietnam and resulted in the rescue of eight infants that were to be trafficked into China's southern regions of Guangdong and Guangxi. more >>
Mexican President Felipe Calderon is cracking down on human trafficking in his country by giving congress 180 days to approve a new law aimed at reforming how authorities handle cases now referred to as the “new form of slavery.”
Calderon announced the changes in Mexico’s constitution Wednesday, which requires an individual to be sent to prison during the trial period if accused of violating human trafficking laws.
The changes also guarantee anonymity for the victims in the case. more >>
Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, both held hostage and sexually assaulted in two of the nation’s most famous missing children’s cases, are becoming victims advocates by taking their stories to the media in the next few days.
Smart, who at 14 years old was kidnapped and held captive by homeless “street pastor” Brian Mitchell, has taken a job as an ABC news contributor. Her first broadcast assignment will be within the next two weeks, according to ABC. She will not be appearing on the 2-hour special the network is doing on Dugard.
ABC News' Diane Sawyer’s interview with Dugard airs this Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST. It will be Dugard’s first interview about her 18-year ordeal as a hostage to Nancy and Phillip Garrido. She was kidnapped while walking to school at the age of 11. Dugard was repeatedly raped during the 18 years, and gave birth to two daughters, now ages 13 and 17. more >>
Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher is firing back at “The Village Voice” today on Twitter, publicly questioning the publication’s facts and practices.
The Twitter war started early Thursday after the Voice published an article called “Real Men Get Their Facts Straight,” which criticizes the child prostitution statistics that Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore use in their "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign.
At issue, are the accurate numbers related to child prostitution and trafficking in the United States and who has the right figures. more >>
Christian humanitarian organization World Vision had some harsh words against the Obama administration soon after it released its latest report on the human trafficking epidemic Monday.
World Vision and other organizations had previously expressed concern about the risks of improperly implementing an automatic downgrade provision that would demote countries which have not made progress in combating human trafficking. Congress introduced the automatic downgrade provision when it reauthorized the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2008.
The concerns over the provision were expressed in a letter sent to the White House administration in March. Other than acknowledging the receipt of the letter, the concerns were ignored, say World Vision officials. more >>
An ex-porn star has a message for adult film star Kacey Jordan, who was tied to Charlie Sheen for her sexual services early this year. Jordan allegedly tried to kill herself on Monday.
Although some reports indicated that Jordan’s suicidal messages on Twitter were only a publicity stunt, Shelley Lubben is certain that she’s not only trying to get people’s attention but also desperately asking for help.
One of tweets reads: “i took a bunch of pills...drank a hotel size bottle of jack... stumbled to the bathroom to weigh myself.........86 lbs.” more >>