1. modern slavery

    CA, TX, NY, FL Top Trafficking List

    Image #: 22330633    A police officer stands while holding handcuffs during a police crackdown action on prostitution in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, September 12, 2012 . China should remove criminal and administrative penalties against sex workers which often lead to serious police abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 14, 2013. The abuses include torture, beatings, physical assaults, fines and arbitrary detentions of up to two years, as well as a failure to investigate crimes against sex workers by clients, bosses and state agents, according to the report. Prostitution is not permitted under Chinese law, although the industry has boomed since the country launched economic reforms in 1978.   REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: CRIME LAW)        REUTERS /STRINGER/CHINA /LANDOV

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    The states with the most reported human-trafficking cases are California, Texas, Florida, and New York, according to a new report from the Polaris Project. The organization analyzed data from five years of reports to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, which has so far received more than 72,000 calls, emails, and online tips. Forty-one percent of those cases involved U.S. citizens, but of foreign victims, the majority came from Mexico, China, and the Philippines. Another interesting statistic revealed an underserved group: Of those identified as being sex trafficked, 85 percent were women, and men comprised 40 percent of labor cases.

    Read it at The Polaris Project