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Billions of dollars are lost yearly to illegal fishing, with West Africa being one of the worst-affected regions. Commander, US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th/Flickr

Africa needs collaboration and support to tackle crime at sea

Crime on the ocean is not only about illegal fishing – it ranges from drug smuggling to human trafficking and modern-day slavery as well.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Banning child and forced marriages is gaining traction in Africa

The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
Refugees arrive in Germany. Michael Dalder/Reuters

Do refugees have a ‘right’ to hospitality?

Today's refugee crisis is not just about the movement of people. It is also about the human immobility that is baked into contemporary laws and politics. What, then, of the code of hospitality?
Due to the lack of reliable statistics surrounding human trafficking, there is no real scope of how large the problem really is, making it more difficult to police. Shutterstock

Human trafficking in South Africa: an elusive statistical nightmare

Human trafficking is a major source of misery around the world. The absence of reliable statistics to determine its enormity has led to inflated guesstimates that harm efforts to combat the scourge.
The case of Baby Gammy made the Australian public confront the often-disturbing reality of the international commercial surrogacy industry. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

2014: the year international surrogacy came to the fore

This year the international spotlight turned with full-force on cross-border commercial surrogacy. The reality of children being born this way and the potentially devastating consequences of babies being…
Avast there: a US Navy search and seizure team chasing suspected Somali pirates. US Navy

Africa’s plan to police violent seas is more hope than strategy

Maritime security is fundamental to economic development all over the world, from local to regional up to international levels. The sea-based trading system, developed mostly by states with maritime borders…
‘Susan’, a trafficked sex worker - one of a minority, research has suggested. Manchester Evening News/PA Wire

Only a minority of UK sex workers have been trafficked

The moral panic on the supposed prevalence of trafficking in the global sex industry rests on a lie: that the majority of sex workers are trafficked. In fact, the opposite is true. However, on the basis…
Responses to violence through human trafficking and slavery demand a multifaceted approach including governments, according to a new report. shutterstock

Cracking down on slavery and human trafficking in NSW

The NSW Community Relations Commission today released a report which found the NSW government is failing to adequately acknowledge or respond to reports of human trafficking and slavery. While many in…

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