By Natalie Paddon The Hamilton Spectator Thu., Jan. 24, 2019 She can't stop fidgeting, strapped into the airplane seat. At 26, she does her best to look composed, despite the sweat on her brow. She's smiling, talking, shifting back and forth to get comfortable. Maybe she'll order a sandwich. Normally, she'd be drunk by now, but it was early this morning when they checked out of the resort — too early to pound back 10 drinks as usual — and she wants to be sober to face what's about to happen. Article Continued Below The tension is unbearable. This flight from St. Lucia feels so long — even worse than when she travelled to Indonesia a few years ago for a eight-week internship after she graduated university. All she wants to do is get off the aircraft in Toronto and get this over with. The Jig is Up It's 9:40 p.m. on July 4, 2015. She feels so obvious. Her eyes dart back and forth as she shuffles through Pearson airport and pulls down … [Read more...] about A Hamilton woman’s journey from St. Lucia to prison
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Popular actor Nawat “Pong” Kulrattanarak, sitting at a corner table, speaks up: “Let’s not make auspicious events unfortunate by serving shark fin”. This strong message was delivered with the aim of trying to change the behaviour of the target audience – the wedding industry. This recent campaign was launched in response to a finding by WildAid, a lead campaigner against wildlife consumption in Thailand, that shark fin soup is most often served in wedding receptions. This is one of the campaigns following the trend of social behaviour change communication (SBCC) in an effort to reduce the demand for vulnerable species. Thais can expect to see more and more SBCC in the near future. The launch of www.changewildlifeconsumers.org at the conference as a new SBCC resource. Gayle Burgess, behavioural change coordinator for TRAFFIC, noted that the traditional approach to stopping wildlife trafficking and trade has been by … [Read more...] about SPECIAL REPORT: Changing the behaviour of society can help end wildlife trafficking
SAN DIEGO: The judge has called the court into session, and the accused enter in single file: seven men and two women, undocumented migrants captured the day before and now facing one of the mass immigration hearings that began this week in California. The group hearings have become a near-necessity as President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy against illegal immigration has led to an overwhelming number of cases. Other states bordering Mexico have employed this legal model since 2005, but California had resisted, only acquiescing when the caseload became unmanageable. The defendants, seated side by side, are wearing the clothes they were arrested in. Their faces reflect the deep fatigue of people who have not slept or eaten well, coupled with the weary resignation of those who know that, after all their struggles to reach the US, they are about to be deported. Their lawyers were able to meet with them only hours before the hearing – in a room in the courthouse basement … [Read more...] about California, pressed by US, begins mass immigration hearings
LONDON - For Filipina teenager Ruby, a Facebook message offering a job in a cyber cafe across the country seemed too good to be true. It was. Days later, the 16-year-old orphan was dragged in front of a webcam by her new employers and forced to perform sex acts for clients - becoming another captive in the growing global slave trade to be lured, trapped and abused through technology. "It was like a bomb exploded ... I had been totally fooled," Ruby, now 21, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation at the back of an empty church in Tagaytay city in the Philippines. "I felt degraded and disgusted - I blamed myself," she said. "I was forced to do things you could not imagine a 16-year-old having to endure." Webcam slavery: tech turns Filipino families into cybersex child traffickers Modern technology - be it mundane messaging apps or complex cryptocurrencies - is fuelling the modern-day slave trade by enabling traffickers to ensnare more victims, expand their illicit empires, and outfox law … [Read more...] about News Chasing shadows: can technology save the slaves it snared?
Katie Ford on why we should talk about human trafficking New York City-based Ford Models is famous for launching the careers of Dovima and Dorian Leigh, instrumental in putting a face to the ’60s swingers like Jean Shrimpton, and solidifying the ’80s supers Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington — among many other game-changing moves like elevating the Filipina model to a global stage with 2005 Ford Supermodel of the World Charo Ronquillo and, last year, signing the first transgender model Andreja Pejic. Founders Eileen and Gerard Ford also helped transform how modeling agencies work today. When they started in 1946, models weren’t being paid; their daughter Katie compares it to how the broker system works today. But the Fords thought it was natural to protect their talents — which turned out to be a good business move on both ends and has been the standard ever since. Katie took over the business in 1995 and guided models from … [Read more...] about Katie Ford on why we should talk about human trafficking