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Haiti has a large number of children who live outside their parents homes and serve in deplorable situations. These children in Haiti are known as Restavec.
A report from the United Nations states that “Restavec” in Creole means “staying with” and is a term used for children who are sent to live with other families as slaves. The move often lands Restavec in a situation of unpaid domestic service where they are deprived of their most basic right.
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The United States has upgraded Uzbekistan and lowered Belarus in its annual human-trafficking report, which ranks 188 countries on their efforts in combating the sex trade and other exploitative labor.
Uzbekistan, which rights groups accuse of entrenched exploitation of workers in its cotton industry, was lifted from the lowest ranking -- "Tier 3" -- to the "Tier 2 Watch List," citing steps taken by Tashkent to prevent child labor during the cotton harvest.
Belarus, meanwhile, was downgraded from the Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 3 due to Washington's assessment that it had failed to make efforts to comply with the "minimum standards" for battling human trafficking in 2014.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Rep. Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, will chair a committee made up of more than 20 individuals from law enforcement, political, child well-being, and public safety groups designed to stop human trafficking in the state of Missouri.
"The task force is crucial to ensuring that Missouri is at the forefront of the war on human trafficking," Haahr said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my fellow task force members to organize and augment our state's efforts to prevent these heinous crimes from occurring within our borders."
Free the Slaves Executive Director Maurice Middleberg remembers there was skepticism that polio might one day be fully eradicated in developing countries. But 30 years ago, Rotary International began a global child vaccination campaign that is now close to achieving what once seemed like an impossible dream.
Maurice told Washington's Rotary luncheon this week that the same kind of success can be possible in the global fight to end human trafficking.
"If you know the cause of the disease you can begin to kill it," Maurice said. "That is really what we are trying to do" with slavery.
Hundreds of young people are being abused and exploited within the travelling sales industry in the US. In a report published on Thursday, entitled Knocking at Your Door, the anti-trafficking charity Polaris describes how unemployed young people are targeted by recruiters who promise them an enjoyable job involving travel and high profits.
Once part of a travelling team selling goods door to door, however, they become vulnerable to serious abuse. Victims' earnings areoften confiscated, leaving them dependent on their manager for transport and accommodation. Workers who try to leave face being abandoned hundreds of miles from home.
On 6 February a Belarusian businessman received 5 years in prison for enslaving a group of Vietnamese whom he had earlier agreed to deliver to the European Union. Meanwhile, the Belarusian government has defined fighting human trafficking as one of its priorities both domestically and internationally, where it feels it has been successful.
The recent US report on trafficking, however, downgraded Belarus' performance in combating the problem due to its abusive legislation and a lack of open access to information on the issue.