Human Trafficking
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Indian pastor gunned down as persecution increases

International | Christians say more frequent, violent attacks accompany the rise of Hindu nationalism
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 7/25/17, 03:13 pm

Persecution of Christians continues to increase and become more violent in officially secular India. Experts and Christians accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of failing to ensure the religious freedom guaranteed under the country’s constitution.

“Every day it is increasing, day by day,” said the Rev. Sandeep Kumar, who pastors a small church in northern India.

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China tries to deflect U.S. criticism of human rights record

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/27/17, 10:31 am

China rebuffed criticism of its human rights record today in anticipation of the United States’ designating it as one of the world’s worst spots for human trafficking. The U.S. State Department is expected to release later Tuesday a report on human trafficking that downgrades China to the lowest “Tier 3” category, which includes North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Syria. Tier 3 countries can be penalized with sanctions or barred from participating in U.S. cultural exchange programs.

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Australia to adopt pedophile travel ban

by Leigh Jones
Posted 5/30/17, 02:15 pm

Australian officials plan to revoke the passports of about 20,000 pedophiles in an attempt to stem the flow of predators traveling to Southeast Asian countries to abuse children. Sex trafficking and exploitation is a serious problem in the region, and so-called sex tourism is a booming business. Australian government officials say nearly 800 registered sex offenders traveled overseas last year, with about half going to Southest Asian destinations. Regional governments have appealed to Australia to do more to address the demand for children.

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