The image of a child sex-trafficking victim that most of us carry in our minds is probably something like the blurry, black-and-white shot taken in 2003 of a 5-year-old girl in a shanty settlement called Svay Pak, just outside Phnom Penh. The girl’s name is Taevy. My organization, International Justice Mission, obtained the undercover footage while investigating the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia and collaborated with “Dateline NBC” to tell the story.
According to a recent broadcast from CNN’s “Freedom Project,” Cambodia is still ground zero for the child sex trade. The report described Svay Pak’s “big business” of selling prepubescent girls to foreign pedophiles for thousands of dollars.… Seguir leyendo »
When Russian President Vladimir Putin banned U.S. adoptions of his country’s orphans in December, he consigned thousands of children who might have had families to institutions where they are abused, neglected and all too frequently trafficked into sexual exploitation. The U.S. government now has a choice: It can pressure Russian authorities to end orphan trafficking by giving Russia the lowest possible ranking in the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons(TIP) report due out next month. Or it can reward Russia with an undeserved passing grade.
When Congress created the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2000, it authorized a global report on trafficking and slavery and a tiered ranking process that provides diplomats with an effective tool for encouraging foreign governments to rescue children, women and men in bondage and to punish traffickers and slave owners.… Seguir leyendo »