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113 trafficking victims rescued from Thai brothel

ON Jan 12, officials from the Thai Department of Special Investigation (DSI) and armed military officers raided the “Victoria Secret” massage parlour in the Rama IX area of Bangkok. They rescued more than 100 women who had been forced into prostitution, including numerous trafficking victims who were under the age …

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“I thought my final moment had arrived. We were desperate. We were like chickens spinning on a rotisserie.” ~LUCIANO ALCOCER, who was among a group of immigrants smuggled from Chaparral, N.M., to Dallas on a 12-hour trip in an unventilated trailer in 2002. Two migrants died in the ordeal, and he …

Judge rejects pimping charges against escort services site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge rejected pimping charges Friday against the operators of a major international website advertising escort services that the state attorney general has called the “world’s top online brothel,” citing federal free speech laws. California Attorney General Kamala Harris had charged Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer …

Promises unmet as Thailand tries to reform shrimp industry

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Facing international pressure for failing to stop human trafficking in its seafood sector, Thailand promised almost a year ago to compensate victims of slavery and industry leaders vowed to bring all shrimp processing in-house. That hasn’t always happened. Instead, some formerly enslaved shrimp peelers have …