Human Trafficking Update

Reports to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline and BeFree Textline, has identified 1,300 potential victims from Latin America in cantina-related cases in 20 U.S. states and Puerto Rico (157 cases in Texas, 13 in New Jersey and 9 in Illinois.)  Victims are deceived with false promises of a better life, then forced to engage in commercial sex—while their traffickers go largely unnoticed.  While federal law enforcement has prosecuted several of these cases in Houston, much more work is needed to end this kind of trafficking.

Is this a U. S. accepted way of Human Trafficking?

Around 700 foreign men work in a unique Hawaii fishing fleet without visas, thanks to a federal loophole written specifically for their ship owners .U.S. fishing boats that are crewed by undocumented foreign fisherman were docked at Pier 38 in Honolulu. In Hawaii, federal contractors paid to monitor catches said they are troubled by what they’ve seen while living weeks at a time at sea with the men.  Forest O’Neill, who coordinates the boat observers in Honolulu states. “It’s a shock. How is this even legal? How is this possible? … They are like floating prisons.”  Click here to read more.