May 21, 2008
The Saipan Tribune is reporting that the US Department of Justice considers the CNMI a hotspot for human trafficking. Incidences of human trafficking almost doubled for the calendar year 2007. The paper reports:
Fifty victims of human trafficking sought assistance from Karidat’s Guma Esperansa House of Hope for CY 2007, up from the 28 reported in the previous year.
Compared with other U.S. territories, this figure is far way up, with American Samoa Hawaii and Guam recording less than 10 put together.
According to research, the U.S. Department of Justice itself considers the CNMI a hotspot for human trafficking due to its close proximity to many Asian countries and its lax immigration system.
Samantha Vardaman, director of programs for Shared Hope International is visiting the islands to study and gather data on human trafficking in the CNMI. Shared Hope International is a program that "rescues and restores victims of sex-trafficking.
Guma Esperansa is a non-profit agency that provides shelter for women of domestic violence and human trafficking. For mor information see the sidebar.
Here are some other posts on human trafficking in the CNMI:
Human Trafficking in the CNMI
Putting an End to Human Trafficking
Not Old News!
Human Trafficking Sentences
CNMI – A Back Door to Trafficking
Human Trafficker Sentenced
May 21, 2008