Investigation finds hundreds of workers confined to American fishing boats

An investigation by the Associated Press found that around 700 undocumented men from Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations are working dangerous fishing jobs on American boats where they are confined for years. They found instances of human trafficking, tuberculosis, insufficient food supplies and 20-hour work days on many of the boats. Some of the…

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Asian slave labor producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK

Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers, the Guardian can reveal. A six-month investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held…

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Extra Extra Monday: NSA spying on smart phone data, America’s underground adoption market, troubled group homes

The Child Exchange | Reuters“Inside America’s underground market for adopted children” Privacy Scandal: NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data | Der Spiegel“The United States’ National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is capable of accessing user data from smart phones from all leading manufacturers. Top secret NSA documents that SPIEGEL has seen explicitly note that the…

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Multi-country collaboration shows Canadians’ role in Cuba’s child sex market

Canadians are travelling to Cuba in surprising numbers to sexually exploit young people trapped in the socialist country’s underground sex tourism industry, a joint investigation by the Toronto Star and El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister publication of the Miami Herald, has found. Havana’s conspicuous scenes of street-level prostitution are the public face of a…

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Extra Extra Monday: Hospital wealth and worsening care conditions, congressional travel on foreign tabs and airline animal deaths

The San Antonio Express-NewsEagle Ford pay is high, but work can be fatal“Since 2009, at least 11 employees working for drilling companies and spinoff industries in Eagle Ford Shale counties have suffered horrific deaths that could have been prevented, according to OSHA investigations obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.” WisconsinWatchNew state law conceals records…

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An Inhumane Trade: human trafficking

A joint effort between the Union-Tribune and the International Center for Journalists, which provided funding from the Ford Foundation and the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation, examines Tenancingo, a village within the state of Tlaxcala, the state that generates as much as 80 percent of all Mexican sex traffickers: “The perpetrators include multigenerational families,…

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