• September 30, 2016  

    African women seeking a better life in Europe face a long, perilous, often fatal journey across the Mediterranean. But when they do arrive, they confront yet another threatening prospect: conscription into sex slavery. Eighty percent of all Nigerian women who survive the trip to Italy end up coerced into prostitution by “Madams,” who are often former sex slaves themselves. Malcolm Brabant reports. Continue reading

  • September 3, 2015   BY  

    Should prostitution be legal? The answer may appear to be clear-cut, until you hear from a sex worker who says she has the right to earn a living as she chooses, and from an activist who says that legalizing sex work puts the most vulnerable at risk, including women, men and children who are being trafficked to satisfy demand. On this week’s Shortwave, an unsettled debate on the business of sex. Continue reading

  • January 12, 2015  

    In India, outrage over a fatal gang rape of a college student two years ago has helped bring about some protections for women who are the victims of sex trafficking, but getting police to enforce the law is still a challenge. In the first report in a two-part series, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro follows a human rights group that’s working to crack down on human trafficking and find victims. Continue reading

  • May 17, 2013  

    Defense Secretary Hagel said he’ll do everything necessary to fix the military’s sexual assault crisis, but offered no new solutions during a briefing at the Pentagon. Some members of Congress are advocating a solution that lies partly outside the command ranks. Margaret Warner talks with The Wall Street Journal’s Julian Barnes. Continue reading

  • October 17, 2012  

    The Philippines have become increasingly vulnerable to human traffickers, who lure women of all ages and circumstances into prostitution and other forms of forced labor. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how Cecilia Oebanda’s Visayan Forum Foundation has worked with law enforcement to prevent more women from falling prey. Continue reading

  • April 26, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court convicted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of contempt for refusing to pursue a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari. However, the ruling carried only a symbolic sentence, allowing Gilani to stay in power. In Afghanistan, three U.S troops were killed in a bombing. Continue reading

  • April 24, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, another three Secret Service agents lost their jobs as a result of the ongoing prostitution scandal ahead of President Obama’s Colombia trip. A total of nine have now been forced out and three have been cleared. Also, a Kofi Annan spokesman accused Syria’s government of subverting U.N. observers’ efforts. Continue reading

  • April 23, 2012  

    In other news Monday, a 12th member of the U.S. military is under investigation in the scandal involving Secret Service agents and U.S. troops who allegedly patronized prostitutes in Colombia, according to Pentagon officials. Also, two NATO servicemembers were killed in a Sunday bombing in Afghanistan. Continue reading

  • April 17, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan won support from President Obama for his handling of a scandal involving prostitution allegations and 11 agents visiting Colombia. Also, President Obama told Congress he wants to strengthen supervision of the oil market and increase penalties for illegal activities. Continue reading

  • April 16, 2012  

    The Secret Service sent 11 agents home after allegations of misconduct arose involving prostitutes at their hotel in Colombia ahead of President Obama’s trip to the Summit of the Americas. Margaret Warner discusses the allegations with former Secret Service chief Ralph Basham and The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler. Continue reading

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