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'Brand new, recently stolen': Inside Tijuana's sex tourism trade of young childrenKristina DavisSan Diego Union-TribuneOct. 27, 2017http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-mexico-sex-tourism-20171019-story.html
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Sold for $7, child slave lifts lid on life as Indian maidAnuradha NagarajReutersOct. 24, 2017https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-slavery-children/sold-for-7-child-slave-lifts-lid-on-life-as-indian-maid-idUSKBN1CT1ODChild labor in India
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100 years of bondageThais Lazzeri Repórter Brasil Oct. 19, 2017http://reporterbrasil.org.br/servidao-por-divida/Generations of indebted and subordinated workers in the Amazon region cut straw for brooms.
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The Track: How sex trafficking has taken hold of Bourbon StreetKevin LittenThe Times-PicyuneOct. 18, 2017http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/the_track_how_sex_trafficking.htmlSex trafficking in New Orleans' French Quarter. The first in a three-part series produced after a yearlong investigation.
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Africa's European DreamBenjamin ZandSBSOct. 17, 2017http://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/story/africas-european-dream
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Slaves on our Streets: Exploitation rife in London's car washes, Eleanor RoseThe Evening StandardOct. 11, 2017http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/slaves-on-our-streets-hand-car-wash-exploitation-london-undocumented-workers-a7994151.htmlThe death of Romanian cleaner at Bethnal Green auto shop exposes abuse of migrant workers at heart of British capital
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Indian child brides sold in 'package deals' to men from Gulf statesRoli SrivastavaThomson Reuters FoundationOct. 10, 2017https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-trafficking-marriage/indian-child-brides-sold-in-package-deals-to-men-from-gulf-states-idUSKBN1CF1F7An investigation of "contract marriages."
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They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plantsAmy Julia Harris and Shoshana WalterReveal, The Center for Investigative Reporting Oct. 4, 2017https://www.revealnews.org/article/they-thought-they-were-going-to-rehab-they-ended-up-in-chicken-plants/Some US judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry.
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Student/TraffickedElroi Yee, Ian Yee, Lim May Lee and Samantha ChowMalaysian group R.AGE August, 2017http://rage.com.my/student-trafficking-trade/R.AGE infiltrated an international human trafficking ring which uses private colleges in Malaysia to exploit young Bangladeshis.
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You survive prostitution, beating, and starvation – to fight for damages yourselfMilica StojanovićCenter for Investigative Journalism of Serbia 27-Jul-17https://www.cins.rs/english/news/article/you-survive-prostitution-beating-and-starvation-to-fight-for-damages-yourselfVictims of human trafficking are forced to pass two sets of court proceedings so as to claim their rights. This can take years and causes additional trauma, while the outcome is uncertain, so most victims decide not to claim damages 
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Human Trafficking from Bangladesh: Kingpins remain unpunishedReaz Ahmad and Jamil MahmudThe Daily Star30-Jul-17http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/human-trafficking-bangladesh-kingpins-remain-unpunished-1440769In the last five years, as many as 2,733 people have been rescued from the clutches of human traffickers in Cox's Bazar. And 242 cases were filed against some 1,355 people over the incidents. However, not a single one has been disposed of.
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I slept on the floor in a flat near Harrods': stories of modern slaveryAnnie Kelly and Kate HodalThe Guardian29-Jul-17https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/29/slept-floor-flat-near-harrods-stories-modern-slaveryMore than 200 years since it was abolished, slavery is rife all over the world. People who have escaped describe their ordealSee related articles by Kelly: https://muckrack.com/annie-kelly/articles
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They kept us as slaves: AP reveals claims against churchMitch Weiss, Holbrook Mohr And Peter PrengamanAssociated Press24-Jul-17https://apnews.com/52dc4fbe2fb64cec98740ad1e62b2115Reporting on the Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil.
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'My Captor Asked If I Was Still A Virgin. I Said Yes, And Then He Tried To Rape Me'Rossalyn WarrenElle6-Jul-17http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/longform/a36785/moroccan-teen-girl-fleeing-slavery/One 18-year-old's journey from poverty, to slavery and eventually traumatic escape as a refugee
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Human traffickers trap women into domestic servitude Fred de Sam LazaroPBS19-Jun-17https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/human-traffickers-trap-women-domestic-servitudeMore than three million women are forced into servitude as domestic workers every year
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Human trafficking in the marijuana industryNBC29-Jun-17https://kobi5.com/news/human-trafficking-in-the-marijuana-industry-55961/
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Slave Husbands Of Hong Kong: The Men Who Marry Into ServitudeSylvia YuSouth China Morning Post21-May-17http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2094868/slave-husbands-hong-kong-men-who-marry-servitudeVulnerable men from India and Pakistan are being tricked into arranged marriages and trafficked to Hong Kong where they work as bonded labourers and indentured servants for their in-laws, too afraid or ashamed to speak out
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Trafficked into slavery: The dark side of Addis Ababa's growthTom Gardner
Thomson Reuters Foundation
16-May-17http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-trafficking-economy/trafficked-into-slavery-the-dark-side-of-addis-ababas-growth-idUSKCN18C0O1The promise of education prompts an Ethiopian girl to take the fateful decision to leave home, but she ends up in domestic servitude.
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Africa’s new slave tradeEmma Graham-HarrisonThe Guardian13-May-17https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/may/13/modern-slavery-african-migrants-libyaThousands who dream of a better life in Europe face horrors of modern slavery on way across the Sahara to Libya
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Big child webcam sex bust reveals rising abuse Martha Mendoza and Jim GomezAssociated Press10-May-17https://apnews.com/74b81f79e9024124a1cfe43a0ce9eec2The arrest of David Timothy Deakin in the Philippines has revealed one of the darkest corners of the Internet, where pedophiles in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia pay overseas facilitators to sexually abuse children, even babies.
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Humans for SaleSam PolingBBCMay, 2017http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-scotland-39876290/what-happens-when-people-fall-victim-to-human-trafficking"She travels to eastern Europe to track down victims sold to Glasgow gangs for sex and witnesses the grinding poverty which is putting people at the mercy of those cashing in on human misery."
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Pimping and Trafficking in Traditional Gold Mining Sites - Kedougou, a Cartel in GestationFatou NdiayeSud Quotidien (Senegal)31-Mar-17http://www.sudonline.sn/kedougou-un-cartel-en-gestation_a_34217.htmlIn French.
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Trafficked and enslaved: the teenagers tending UK cannabis farmsAmelia GentlemanThe Guardian25-Mar-17https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/25/trafficked-enslaved-teenagers-tending-uk-cannabis-farms-vietnameseTwo child cannabis slaves agreed to talk to the Guardian on the condition that their real names were not printed; both remain terrified of the organised gangs who controlled them.
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The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked GirlBen TaubThe New YorkerMar-17https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/10/the-desperate-journey-of-a-trafficked-girlEvery year, thousands of teen-agers from one city in Nigeria risk death and endure forced labor and sex work on the long route to Europe.https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-reporters-path-to-uncovering-human-trafficking
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Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farmingLorenzo Tondo and Annie KellyThe Guardian11-Marhttps://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/12/slavery-sicily-farming-raped-beaten-exploited-romanian-women"Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous abuse."
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Sold OutMorgan Smith, Neena Satija and Edgar WaltersThe Texas Tribune1-Febhttps://apps.texastribune.org/sold-out/A series. Following a six-month investigation, our reporters revealed how state leaders’ indifference and incompetence failed these child victims on multiple levels — and how Texas’ child welfare system has become a de facto pipeline that helps feed the state’s underground sex trade.
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Fraud, exploitation, bloods and tears of fishingProducer | Li Xueli Reporter | Li Xueli, Zheng Han Wen, Jiang Yiting Reporter, Tempo MagazineJan. 9, 2017https://www.twreporter.org/topics/far-sea-fishing-investigative-reportHow men from Java are lured into exploitation on fishing boats.Winner of 2017 SOPA award. "This is a deeply reported and groundbreaking piece of work, highlighting modern day slavery at an institutional level."
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Beyond Shame and SilenceAnuj ChopraAgence France PressJan. 8, 2017https://correspondent.afp.com/behind-shame-and-silenceA report exposing the practice of "bacha bazi", or institutionalised child sex slavery, and its detrimental effects on security in war-torn Afghanistan.The story of getting the story. https://correspondent.afp.com/their-silent-screams
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Fruits of their laborNick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Saiful HasamA cross-border media collaboration involving Utusan Malaysia, Melbourne-based The Age newspaper and Australia Broadcasting Corporation.Novemberhttp://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2016/fruit-picking-investigation/Uncovering the underworld of illegal workers and human exploitation in Australia’s horticulture sector.

Malaysian journalist Saiful Hasam posed as an illegal worker in Australia.
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Children trafficked to UK lost in systemFatima ManjiChannel 4Nov. 14, 2016https://www.channel4.com/news/children-trafficked-to-uk-lost-in-systemReporting on children who go missing every year from the care system after seeking asylum or being trafficked.
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Refugee Boom and Bust: A Global Gold RushMalia Politzer and Emily KassieHuffington PostDec. 23, 2016http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/21st-century-gold-rush-how-refugee-crisis-changing-world-economyAn investigation profiling the people behind the global network of companies, criminals, and bureaucrats getting rich off refugees heading to Europe. See interviews with the reporters. http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/refugee-boom-and-bust-global-gold-rush#quicktabs-project_contentWon both a National Magazine Award and and an award from the Overseas Press Club. 
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Yangon maid four months tortureSwe WinBurmaNet NewsSept. 20, 2016http://www.myanmar-now.org/my/news/i/?id=210cf56f-009a-4f2e-ab77-b11ed38117dcSlave girls found in a tailor shop. See article in Columbia Journalism Review about the reporting and the afertmath. https://www.cjr.org/the_feature/myanmar_burma_teen_slaves.php
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For India’s stolen children, a journey into slaveryKane Cunico, Kim Wong, and Tamal MukherjeeChannelNewsAsia 14-Jul-16http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/for-india-s-stolen-children-a-journey-into-slavery-7915944In a country where S$400 can buy you a child worker, activists are frustrated as growing middle class demand for domestic workers fuel the trade in child trafficking
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Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan policeAnuj ChopraAgence France Press16-Jun-16https://www.yahoo.com/news/taliban-honey-trap-boys-kill-afghan-police-034032649.htmlThe Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults told AFP.Bureau chief Anuj Chopra and the team of journalists, photographers and video reporters won the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) award for "Excellence in Human Rights Reporting"
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How child sexual abuse became a family business in the PhilippinesOliver HolmesThe Guardian30-May-16https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/31/live-streaming-child-sex-abuse-family-business-philippinesTens of thousands of children believed to be victims of live-streaming abuse, some of it being carried out by their own parentsWinner of the award for best investigative article on child trafficking from the Human Trafficking Foundation fo the UK.
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India's Stolen GenerationTamal Mukherjee (Producer)ChannelNewsAsia26-May-16http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/catch-up-tv/insight/india-s-stolen-generation-7828104Global Awareness Award at the World Media Festivals 2017
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The Gangsters on England’s DoorstepFelicity LawrenceThe Guardian11-May-16
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/11/gangsters-on-our-doorstep
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/11/gangsters-on-our-doorstep
In the bleak flatlands of East Anglia, migrant workers are controlled by criminal gangs, and some are forced to commit crimes to pay off their debts. An interview with Lawrence: https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2017/aug/05/felicity-lawrence-investigative-journalism-special-correspondentOrwell prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils
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Dozens of Syrians forced into sexual slavery in derelict Lebanese houseKareem Shaheen The Guardian30-Apr-16https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/30/syrians-forced-sexual-slavery-lebanonVictims were tortured and only left house for abortions and treatment for venereal diseases in case that has shocked countryWinner of award from the Human Trafficking Foundation in the UK.
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Pirates of the Mediterranean SeaHamoud Almahmoud, Delphine Reuter, with Catalin Prisacariu, Giampaolo Musumeci, Frédéric Loore, Jean-Yves Tistaert, Nikolia Apostolou and Safak TimurArab Reporters for Investigative Journalism 6-Mar-16http://en.arij.net/report/pirates-of-the-mediterranean-sea/Over a period of four months, a team of nine journalists spread across six countries pooled their resources to investigate the people who profited from selling migrants and refugees journeys from Turkey to the European Union in 2014 and 2015
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Vicious Circle: Albanian Victims Struggle to Escape Shadow of Sex TradeLindita Cela 
Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence
25-Jan-16http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/vicious-circle-albanian-victims-struggle-to-escape-shadow-of-sex-trade-12-15-2015“Abused by gangsters, disowned by their families and let down by the state, women who were trafficked as sex slaves face an uphill battle to build new lives.”
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The CageVirgil Grandfield Eighteen BridgesWinter 2015http://www.magazine-awards.com/index.php?tmpl=util_pdf_force_inline&file=http://www.magazine-awards.com//multimedia/nmafawards_assets/assets/files/awards/10/17948_31.pdfA labour trafficking scandal Indonesia. Article about author and interview. http://www.mastheadonline.com/blogs/?blogId=1307Winner of Canada’ 2016 Canadian National Magazine Award for Investigative Reporting
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Tricked And Indebted On Land, Abused Or Abandoned At SeaIan UrbinaThe New York TimesNov. 9, 2015https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/09/world/asia/philippines-fishing-ships-illegal-manning-agencies.html?_r=0Illegal “manning agencies” trick villagers in the Philippines with false promises of high wages and send them to ships notorious for poor safety and labor records.How it was done. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/10/insider/human-trafficking-at-sea-reporters-notebook.html
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The vanished: the Filipino domestic workers who disappear behind closed doorsAnnie Kelly and Hazel ThompsonThe GuardianOct. 24, 2015https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/oct/24/the-vanished-filipino-domestic-workers-working-abroadJudged best investigative article dealing with trafficking or domestic servitude by the UK Human Trafficking Foundation.
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Sea slavesIan UrbinaThe New York Times27-Jul-05https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html?_r=0Men who have fled servitude on fishing boats recount beatings and worse as nets are cast for the catch that will become pet food and livestock feed.Reporters Notebook: https://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/2015/07/27/rats-waves-forced-labor-a-reporters-life-on-the-lawless-ocean/?action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article
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Seafood from SlaveryEsther Htusan, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell and Martha MendozaAssociated Press24-Mar-15https://www.ap.org/explore/seafood-from-slaves/This presentation includes subsequent follow-ups. Also see Irina Projct article: http://www.theirinaproject.org/blogs-and-news/investigating-accountability-in-trafficking-lessons-from-an-award-winning-seriesFor this investigation, AP has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
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