NFS News Archive June, 2008

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Forced Labor forgotten in Anti-Trafficking Law

My trip to Paraguay has ended, and after my conversation with local experts, they express their legal challenges in order to fight human trafficking: Slavery and human trafficking is also forced labor. The law in Paraguay does not recognize that smuggling people into other countries for forced labor is human trafficking. The law focuses only […]

Do you want to hear your fortune?

“Come and hear your fortune!” is what you read in a sign, without knowing that the fortune tellers may be trying to recruit you for forced sexual exploitation. Lourdes Barbosa, a former governmental officer in Paraguay, explains that fortune tellers may tell their clients that they will have a travel opportunity accompanied with good economical […]

Aftercare of Freedom

Yesterday I presented at a conference in Asuncion, Paraguay in front of a group of people that all together represented more than 80 non-profits and governmental organizations. A newspaper, ABC, writes an article about my talk: restoring people’s life is about them being able to re-imagine their own identity – especially if that identity has […]

Easier to Trade People than CDs

During my visit to the Brazil-Paraguay-Argentina tri-border area, I met Fr. Nilo who helped me understand the trafficking of Paraguayan women into Brazil for sexual exploitation. Paraguay’s border city, Ciudad del Este, is quickly improving economically. Due to their trade agreements with Asian countries, the items are much cheaper to purchase in Paraguay compared to […]

A Victory for Children by Children in Paraguay

In Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, a group of homeless children were recruited to work at a shopping mall to help the customers carry their bags and to also clean the bathrooms, the floors, and parking lots of the mall. They were promised compensation from the shopping mall but what they got were only the tips […]

Beyond the Glamour of Rescue

We love the story of a heroic abolitionist who rescues children from bondage. That’s the easiest part of an anti-slavery movement to “package,” frankly. But what comes after the rescue? Kru Nam, our Thai abolitionist partner, represents the challenge in sharp relief. She has rescued over 125 children from one form or another of captivity. […]


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