Latest Forced labor News

Italy cracks gang forcing Nigerian women into prostitution

Nov. 22, 2021 09:53 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian customs police on Monday dismantled a Nigerian organized crime syndicate that forced dozens of young women into prostitution and begging on the streets of Italy and then smuggled out millions of euros in ill-gained revenues to Nigeria, with cash hidden in suitcase...

Philippine church leader charged with child sex trafficking

Nov. 19, 2021 06:42 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader of a Philippines-based church was charged with having sex with women and underage girls who faced threats of abuse and “eternal damnation” unless they catered to the self-proclaimed “son of God,” federal prosecutors announced Thursday. ...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Nov. 17, 2021 13:43 PM EST

Charlotte Observer. Nov. 16, 2021. Editorial: North Carolina will finally get a budget — but it’s not a good one More than two years after a standoff between Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers left North Carolina without a...

Over 100 arrested in Florida human trafficking investigation

Oct. 28, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — More than 100 people have been arrested in a Florida human trafficking investigation that focused on victims who might be forced into prostitution, a sheriff said Thursday. The arrests were the culmination of a six-day undercover operation that...

Eight members of religious group charged with child abuse

Oct. 27, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors allege eight people connected to a Kansas-based organization conspired to provide unpaid child labor to businesses across the country and physically abused them for years. The organization, formerly known as the United Nation...

US blocks tomato imports from Mexican farm over labor abuses

Oct. 21, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States ordered a halt Thursday to imports of tomatoes from a Mexican farming company and its subsidiaries for what officials said was abusive treatment of workers that amounts to forced labor. Customs and Border Protection issued an order...

US bars disposable gloves from Malaysia over forced labor

Oct. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government ordered a halt Wednesday to imports of disposable gloves from a Malaysian company and its subsidiaries after determining they rely on forced labor. Customs and Border Protection issued an order to stop any inbound shipments from...

Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" says third officer...

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

Sep. 22, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal grand jury in Tampa formally charged Bladimir Moreno, Christina Gamez and...

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

Sep. 18, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to...