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Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

By Mark A. Bonta / January 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Don’t go snooping around Mexico’s capital city of sex trafficking

In the lurid promotional video, a Fox News reporter and her team are confronted on the streets of Tenancingo, Mexico, by a cluster of local police SUVs. Leave, the police say, or you’re going to get lynched. Sadly, Fox reporter Lara Logan is only the latest of a string of journalists who have been threatened […]

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How a cafe in Nepal is rescuing women from prostitution and slavery

By Mark A. Bonta / October 8, 2019 / Comments Off on How a cafe in Nepal is rescuing women from prostitution and slavery

The Maiti Cafe is a coffee shop with a difference — and not just due to its altitude. A popular joint in Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, Maiti Cafe employs around a dozen former human-trafficking victims, and helps get them back on their feet and integrate into society. As of 2016, about 23,000 mostly rural women […]

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A ‘coyote’ speaks on migrant trafficking across the border

By Mark A. Bonta / August 28, 2019 / Comments Off on A ‘coyote’ speaks on migrant trafficking across the border

In a sometimes frighteningly candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, a Guatemalan national who calls himself Hugo talks about the role of traffickers — also known as coyotes — in moving individuals and families northward along the highly fraught route from Central America through Mexico to the United States.

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Cartels and traffickers prey on caravan

By Mark A. Bonta / November 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Cartels and traffickers prey on caravan

Women, men, children: Gone. According to Oaxaca human rights ombudsman Arturo Peimbert, around 100 members of the Central American migrant caravan never made it to Mexico City on their trek north, but instead were kidnapped in Veracruz. The kidnap victims were likely turned over to the Zetas, a fearsome cartel that controls human trafficking [source […]

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Trapped in Libya, refugees are trafficked and worse

By Heather Bourbeau / November 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Trapped in Libya, refugees are trafficked and worse

Thousands of migrants and refugees from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere are stranded in overcrowded Libyan facilities, and threatened by a tuberculosis outbreak and civil conflict across the country. According to Amnesty International, migrants and refugees in Libyan detention centers are routinely exposed to torture, extortion and rape. In addition, during recent fighting, some […]

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Trans trafficking victims neglected in Peru

By Mark A. Bonta / September 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Trans trafficking victims neglected in Peru

Peru needs to do more to protect transgender women from human trafficking. Often rejected by their families and communities, Peruvian transgender women who migrate to cities can be drawn into a web of exploitation, including forced labor and sexual exploitation, that can lead to imprisonment and disappearance. At present, the Peruvian government has provided little […]

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