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Could Family Separation Increase Human Trafficking Risk for Immigrant Children?

Child trafficking can seem like a scourge far from U.S. borders, in countries riven by war, natural disasters or endemic poverty.

It happens in places like Haiti, where criminals preyed on orphaned children for illegal adoptions after the 2010 earthquakes, or in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where 40,000 children toil in lethal cobalt mines.

Fear of Deportation Exacts Toll on Children’s Mental Health

The torrent of headlines shows no signs of slowing:

More than 300,000 refugees from Central America and the Caribbean who’ve lived in the U.S. lawfully for years are suddenly stripped of their temporary protected status.

Immigration agents carry out high-profile raids of 7-Eleven stores, meatpacking plants, bakeries and other employers to root out workers in the country illegally.

Indigenous People: Human Trafficking’s Overlooked Casualties

Victims of human trafficking by definition are vulnerable and marginalized. Arguably, no one belongs to this exploited group in more disproportionate numbers than the world’s indigenous populations.

An estimated 370 million people –– 5 percent of the global population –– are indigenous. They’re members of distinct cultures and social and political systems who lived on their lands long before the first colonizers and settlers arrived.

How Global Sporting Events Can Encourage Human Trafficking

The 2018 Winter Olympics convene in Pyeongchang, South Korea this month. But the biennial assembly of the world’s greatest athletes may also feature a seamier gathering — of human traffickers and their victims.

What the Libyan Slave Trade Reveals About the Reality of Modern-Day Slavery

The Nigerians stand side by side in the dark as an unseen auctioneer reels off the price of their bondage: 400. 700. Sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars — or $880.

Suicides: A Global Health Crisis in Search of Solutions

In the United States, half of all people who kill themselves do it with a firearm. In Germany, Portugal, England and many other European nations, the most common suicide method is by hanging. And more Indians commit suicide by swallowing poison, specifically herbicides, than by any other means.

The Plight of Migrant Workers: Can Local Policies Solve a Global Scourge?

A dozen Pakistani men in a labor camp stuffed into one un-air-conditioned room in Bahrain, where summertime temperatures can average more than 100 degrees. Filipina maids toiling 12-hour days in Hong Kong with no guaranteed minimum wage.

The link between natural disasters, crises, and human trafficking

Hurricane Irma’s rampage through the eastern Caribbean all but decimated St. Martin, Barbuda, and several other islands. Patching back the region’s shattered infrastructure and ruined lives is sure to exact years of misery. That’s an ideal preying ground for human traffickers. Disasters — both natural and man-made — breed chaos, desperation, and displacement.

Understanding Ecosystems in the Philippines that Allow Human Trafficking to Thrive

Human trafficking is not a static phenomenon. Traffickers are consistently finding new and more efficient methods to exploit vulnerable populations across the globe. Even activists who have devoted their lives to understanding and fighting the practice of modern-day slavery can sometimes be surprised by the nature of this beast of a problem. Ask Annalisa Enrile, a professor with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck’s online MSW program who leads the school’s Philippines immersion program.

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