- April 22, 2013
With human trafficking on the rise in Europe, Germany's governing coalition has agreed to a long-disputed reform of the country's prostitution laws, SPIEGEL has learned. more... [ Forum ]
- March 29, 2013
The Sinai Peninsula has become a prison and grave for thousands of African refugees. They are kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured to death even after their families have paid hefty ransoms. But Egypt refuses to act. By Nicola Abé in North Sinai more... [ Forum ]
- May 21, 2010
Human trafficking, including stealing and selling children, is widespread in China. The police are almost powerless to stop it, and corruption facilitates the trade. Desperate parents are joining forces to search for their sons and daughters. But their efforts are usually unsuccessful. By Andreas Lorenz in Beijing more...
- August 20, 2009
In many Asian restaurants in Germany, Chinese cooks are exploited, miserably paid and lacking in almost any rights. In many cases, they are victims of systematic human trafficking. Now German authorities are cracking down on the restaurants and institutions that bring these workers to Europe as modern-day serfs. By Andreas Ulrich more...
- November 08, 2007
Sweden has drastically reduced human trafficking and prostitution by imposing a ban on the purchase of sexual services, the first of its kind worldwide. But many sex workers argue the ban robs them of their livelihood and makes them more vulnerable to violence. By André Anwar in Stockholm more...
- September 24, 2007
Word of the German government's slight relaxing of its asylum policy has gotten round in the Middle East. Human traffickers smuggled fivefold more Iraqis into Germany during the first six months of this year than the same period in 2006. By Andrea Brandt and Jürgen Dahlkamp more...
- August 07, 2006
Illegal immigrants have been working in German ice cream parlors for around a tenth of the average German wage. Authorities launched a nationwide raid on Sunday to smash a gang that smuggled in thousands of people from eastern Europe. The four suspected gang leaders have been arrested. more...
- November 28, 2005
The German sex industry is already gearing up for a busy World Cup next summer. So too are groups concerned with human trafficking and forced prostitution. A sex free-for-all, say many, could hurt the country's image. By Andreas Ulrich and Udo Ludwig more...
- February 22, 2005
With German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer on the hotseat for allegedly ignoring gaping holes in Germany's visa distribution policies, a major trial against a huge forced prostitution ring opens in eastern Germany. The pressure on Fischer is only likely to grow. more...
- January 28, 2005
The horror scene is, sadly, reality: A 25-day-old Cambodian baby is sold to a human trafficker for a pittance. Police manage to break up the sale at the border, but that, sadly, is the exception in a country where children have long been a major export product. Most wind up as forced workers or sex slaves. By Annette Langer more...