Federal initiative targets human trafficking in Midwest
Western Missouri and Kansas will be the home base for a new team of six federal enforcement teams targeting human trafficking in the United States, according to a report in the Kansas City Star.
The Anti-Trafficking Coordination team, based in Kansas City, will streamline criminal investigations and prosecution of violators of federal slavery laws.
More prosecutors and federal agents from the FBI and Department of Homeland security will handle human trafficking cases.
Similar teams will operate in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, El Paso, Texas and Memphis, Tenn.
UN urges businesses to help in fight against human trafficking
A new United Nation initiative to help fight human trafficking is being introduced in Asia.
Noeleen Heyzer, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, presented the campaign, Voice of America reports.
“The scope and magnitude of human trafficking in fact is so huge that unless we change the way we do business, not as business as usual, but a different way of doing business we’re not going to be able to address this serious transnational crime,” she said.
Victims of human trafficking in Asia include women and children forced into sex trade and laborers working with little to no pay.
Human trafficking and the use of forced labor accumulate $32 billion annually worldwide, nearly one third of it in Asia, according to the United Nations.