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Funds to help fight human trafficking

Bangkok - Australia pledged US$55 million to fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia on Thursday, vowing to tackle "modern slavery" ensnaring vulnerable populations across the region, from low-paid workers to underage brides and Rohingya refugees.

Global taskforce tackles cybersex child trafficking in the Philippines

The tip-off came from the FBI: details of an arrest in the United States, the accused’s social media profiles, and a host of photographs showing young Filipina girls engaged in sex acts.

UK and Aussie police help Philippines fight child sex abuse

KUALA LUMPUR: British and Australian police are supporting the Philippines’ first centre to combat the online sexual abuse of children, as the country becomes a global hotspot for the growing crime.

Pope denounces 'scourge' of human trafficking and slavery

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged governments on Sunday to take decisive action against the $150 billion-a-year human trafficking business and the plight of millions of modern-day slaves.

Asian countries urged to follow Thailand on fishing pledge

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian countries have been urged to sign up to international standards on working conditions in the fishing industries after Thailand became the first in the region to make such a pledge.

UK businesses slow to tackle slavery under landmark law

LONDON: Businesses in Britain are failing to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains, with many slow to take action under a landmark law, a survey of company managers showed on Monday.

Philippines urges tougher global action on cybersex child trafficking

MANILA: The Philippines’ fight to end cybersex trafficking needs other countries to get tougher with sexual predators who pay to watch children being abused over webcams, a Filipina senator said.

Uzbekistan pulls students, teachers, nurses from cotton fields - sources

TASHKENT (Reuters) - Uzbekistan has abruptly recalled thousands of school children, college students and healthcare workers from cotton fields, halting a practice condemned abroad as forced labour, government officials and other sources told Reuters on Friday.

Global leaders commit to eradicating modern slavery

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Global business tycoons and politicians from 48 countries committed to ending human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery on Friday at a landmark gathering of high-profile leaders in the Australian city of Perth.

Sex robots: perverted or practical in fight against sex trafficking?

BARCELONA: In the hilly outskirts of sunny Barcelona, Spanish scientist Sergi Santos looks proudly over what appears to be five busty women in tiny shorts and tank tops perched around his living room.