Child Pornography: Victims of Exploitation Struggle to Forget

Child Pornography: Victims of Exploitation Struggle to Forget

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2014

The roots of the scandal leading to the resignation of German parliamentarian Sebastian Edathy lie in Romania. In the village of Racsa, boys were filmed naked and the footage sold onward. The shame still haunts them. By Maximilian Popp in Racsa, Romania more... Comment ]

Sex Law Reform: Johns to be Prosecuted for Forced Prostitution

Sex Law Reform: Johns to be Prosecuted for Forced Prostitution

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 02, 2013

Germany's new coalition government, which is yet to come into office, has agreed to push through a reform of the controversial Prostitution Act in early 2014. For the first time in German history, johns will be prosecuted if they knowingly use the services of prostitutes forced to work in the sex trade. more... Comment ]

Daughters for Sale: India's Child Slavery Scourge

Daughters for Sale: India's Child Slavery Scourge

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

Millions of Indian children work as slaves in factories, brothels or in the homes of families. Out of poverty and desperation, parents sell their daughters, and human traffickers wait at train stations for runaways and scour for orphans in monsoon-ravaged villages. By Anne Backhaus more... Video | Comment ]

Sex Trade: Berlin Votes for Stricter Controls on Brothels

Sex Trade: Berlin Votes for Stricter Controls on Brothels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

Prostitution is legal in Germany, but many critics say this has failed to protect sex workers from exploitation. In a move to address the problem, lawmakers in Berlin voted on Thursday night to subject bordellos to tougher regulation. more... Comment ]

Unprotected: How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed

Unprotected: How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2013

When Germany legalized prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn't worked out that way, though. Exploitation and human trafficking remain significant problems. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Brothel Crackdown: Politicians Aim to Reform Prostitution Laws

Brothel Crackdown: Politicians Aim to Reform Prostitution Laws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

Imprisoned, Tortured, Killed: Human Trafficking Thrives on Sinai Peninsula

Imprisoned, Tortured, Killed: Human Trafficking Thrives on Sinai Peninsula

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

As Profitable as the Drug Trade: China's Child-Trafficking Epidemic

As Profitable as the Drug Trade: China's Child-Trafficking Epidemic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Slaving over the Wok: Chinese Restaurants Accused of Human Trafficking

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Criminalizing the Customers: Prostitution Ban Huge Success in Sweden

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...