In the Birmingham area of the UK, a team of six investigators has rescued 82 victims of human trafficking so far this year. But the investigators are not part of the police force – they belong to the West Midlands branch of Hope for Justice, an anti-trafficking charity that specializes in rescue, advocacy and restoration.
Operation Northern Spotlight, a initiative targeting human trafficking involving 40 police agencies, recovers 20 victims, most under the age of 19.
Last week the FBI, partnering with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, released their results from Operation Cross Country, a nationwide sweep to rescue victims and arrest pimps.
Michel Chikwanine, who was abducted into the army at age 5, has written a graphic novel to teach kids about child soldiers.
A Kenyan man is extradited to the U.S. and receives life in prison for producing child pornography.
The Leicester council has introduced a mandatory measure that would require taxi drivers to take a sexual exploitation awareness course to learn to spot warning signs of child sexual exploitation, but some drivers have concerns.
Many pimps demonstrate that a victim is their property by branding them with a tattoo. Jennifer Kempton, a trafficking survivor who was branded three times by her exploiters, started Survivor’s Ink, an organization that helps trafficking victims debrand their bodies.
In India’s Ganges Delta, a group of islands called the Sundarbans are experiencing the devastating effects of rising sea levels. This has made the area a prime target for traffickers, who lure in desperate people with promises of work in the city.
Amit Ramchandani, a 32 year-old Edmonton man, has just received a 5 year prison sentence for sexually exploiting two pre-teens.
The Storm Makers, a new documentary about Cambodians seeking work abroad, shows how many of them are tricked and sold into slavery instead. Watch this clip on how a trafficker recruits his victims.