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The Global Epidemic: Human Trafficking with Martina E. Vandenberg

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Daniel Mainwaring

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🗓️ 18 January 2024

⏱️ 33 minutes

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A 2022 report from the International Labor Organization estimated that 50 million people were trapped in modern slavery with 28 million engaged in forced labor. Some of the most well-documented and egregious cases include Uighurs detained in Chinese work camps, and, and North Korean prisoners. But forced labor is a global epidemic present even in the US, Europe, and Australia. In this episode, I speak with attorney Martina E Vandenberg founder and President of The Human Trafficking Legal Center. Martina has testified before senators and worked with Human Rights Watch in a 20-year career that has taken her to Bosnia, Ukraine, and elsewhere as she has worked to tackle the scourge of enforced labor and human trafficking. Guest: Martina E Vandenburg Human Trafficking Legal Center Music: Pixabay

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In this episode, forced labor of Uyghurs in the Shinshong region and


Uyghurs transported across China to be held in forced labor is one of the most serious human rights issues of our time.


I speak with attorney Martina Vandenberg, founder and president of the Human Trafficking Legal


Center, an entity that uses strategic litigation to assist the victims


of these abuses.


But these types of crimes don't just occur in developing nations or totalitarian states.


An American diplomat and her Australian diplomat husband


who trafficked domestic workers from Ethiopia


and the wife would go to work and the husband who was retired would stay home and rape the domestic worker.


It is a debasement of our common humanity.


I'm talking about the injustice, the outrage of human trafficking, which must be called


by its true name modern slavery. The International Labour Organization estimates that tens of millions of people are being held in forced labour around the world.


That's an extraordinary and horrifying number.


In what parts of the world are the majority of these abuses occurring?


The ILO's numbers are estimates,


and so it's very difficult to know exactly how many people are held in forced labor around the globe,


but the ILO partnered with Walk Free, and their estimate is that the largest number of people held in forced labor are in India.


But this is not a problem isolated to one country.


We see forced labor all over the globe.


Forced labor of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region


and Uyigers transported across China to be held in forced labor


is one of the most serious human rights issues of our time. What's happening now to the Uyghurs


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