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Human Trafficking For Sex In The U.S.

January 9, 2009
She testifies in federal court how a group of immigrants duped her into coming to the U.S., forced her to sell herself and kept her captive.
By Scott Glover
Los Angeles Times
January 9, 2009
When Sandra agreed to make the perilous trek from her native Guatemala to the United States in 2006, she said, she was lured by the prospect of a job as a housekeeper that would enable her to send money to her impoverished family back home.

Her father had a hernia that prevented him from working, and money was so tight that she and her 12 siblings sometimes didn’t have shoes or enough to eat, the young woman testified Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles.

But not long after Sandra was delivered to L.A. by human-smuggling “coyotes,” she learned that the job awaiting her had nothing to do with cleaning houses.

Instead, she said, she was told that she would have to “lay with men.”

“Did you understand you were going to be working as a prostitute?” asked Assistant U.S. Atty. Cheryl Murphy.

“I did not know what that word was,” Sandra responded through a Spanish-language translator. “Now I do.”

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Vietnam’s Government Going Into Wife Selling Business?
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Asian Human Trafficking, Torture and Sex Trade

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-sext
raffic9-2009jan09,0,133445.story

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Vietnam’s Government Going Into Wife Selling Business?

January 8, 2009

Vietnam says it is planning to set up an official matchmaking agency to arrange marriages between Vietnamese women and foreign men.

The authorities say they want to regulate the sector, which they say is currently run by illegal groups.

Police have targeted events in recent years where dozens of women from poor backgrounds, seeking a better life, are paraded before potential suitors.

The men are often on short “marriage holidays” from South Korea and Taiwan.

BBC

Correspondents say that overseas marriage is seen by some women in Vietnam as a route out of poverty and the practice is widespread in some rural areas.

But many women fall foul of unscrupulous brokers and are sold into prostitution, while others are forced into marriages they do not want.

Vietnamese officials have now been told to make plans for a state-controlled matchmaking firm based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Read the rest from the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7817818.stm

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Human Trafficking For Sex In The U.S.