Topic: human trafficking

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Screening tool helps identify sexually exploited children

It can be challenging for health care providers to identify young victims of sexual trafficking due to its hidden nature, poor understanding by law enforcement and other service providers, and psychological factors experienced by victims. But a new study co-authored by two…

Ebola causing trauma among children, families in Sierra Leone

Children and families in Sierra Leone are coping with “massive trauma” because of the Ebola epidemic, according to Theresa Betancourt of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Betancourt was quoted in a December 22, 2014 Huffington Post article about an Ebola-fighting colleague…

Roma in Europe face prejudice, exclusion, hate crimes

The Roma in Europe are increasingly subject to racism, social exclusion, trafficking, and violence, in spite of efforts by European Union institutions to uphold Roma human rights, according to a new article by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health’s FXB Center…

Globalization's permanent underclass

[ Spring 2013 ] The medieval system of bonded labor traps millions of workers worldwide for life. In a thatched hut in Bihar, India, amid agricultural fields and brick kilns where his children and grandchildren toiled away, an elderly man with shaking hands prepared…

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon extremely vulnerable

A new report released by Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights on January 13, 2014 documents the dire conditions faced by Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Released in conjunction with a United Nations-sponsored donor conference on Syria taking place in…

Stemming child exploitation

A new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) program aims to help the millions of children around the world who are sexually exploited, serving as child soldiers, or toiling in virtual slavery. HSPH’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights…

Forced prostitution raises risk of HIV/AIDS infection

Women in India who are forced into prostitution or sex trafficking are almost three times more likely to be HIV-infected than those who joined the industry voluntarily, according to Kathleen Wirth, ScD ’11, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard…