Commercial surrogacy was banned in Cambodia in 2016 but high demand from wealthy Chinese people pushes the practice into illegal markets. In efforts to disband illicit agencies, Cambodian police are arresting the surrogates themselves—mainly low-income women unaware of the…

Thailand’s billion dollar fishing industry is rife with human rights violators who maintain horrific on-board conditions, withhold wages, and engage in human trafficking of foreign workers who may not know their rights. After threats of sanctions from the EU and the US…

The effects of China’s 1-child policy of 1979 continue to reverberate: There will be 30 million more Chinese men than women by 2020. The situation has led to a flourishing “bride trafficking” market that saw 1,281 women rescued and repatriated to their home countries by…

Can data help end the global scourge of human trafficking and slavery? A new study by Renata Conrad and Andrew Trapp at Worcester Polytechnic Institute suggests it can—and highlights promising possibilities.   Among other benefits, the researchers say that data and…

Alika Kinan was 18 when she was trafficked—stripped of travel documents and forced to work in a brothel in Argentina for nearly 20 years before being rescued. In 2016, she became the first Argentine woman to successfully sue her traffickers and the state.

Pakistan police have stepped up efforts to stop illegal organ trading following the recent discovery of 24 people held by force in a locked apartment waiting to be operated on at a nearby clinic.   Although illegal organ trafficking had slowed in recent years, officials say…

As part of continuing coverage meant to shine a light on human trafficking, correspondent Ellen Wulfhorst debunks 5 common myths. Human trafficking, which can be found in any country and victimize nearly anyone, doesn’t always involve sex, she clarifies, adding that forced…

Reports that political influence biased the US State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons report prompted criticism from US senators, who set a hearing for Thursday to review the charges.

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act will come into force on July 31, but to Irina DoCarmo it doesn’t go far enough to ensure victims are believed and supported. When women come to the police, “the strong message is: you are an illegal immigrant first and a human being last; not…

Having removed Cuba and Malaysia from the worst tier of offenders in its annual Trafficking in Persons report, the US State Department is under fire from anti-trafficking groups concerned about “transparent” political motivations of the 2015 rankings. Among those…