Trafficking in Persons Report 2010

July 12, 2010

Last month the U.S. State Department released the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stated:
The 10th annual Trafficking in Persons Report outlines the continuing challenges across the globe, including in the United States. The Report, for the first time, includes a ranking of the United States based on the same standards to which we hold other countries. The United States takes its first-ever ranking not as a reprieve but as a responsibility to strengthen global efforts against modern slavery, including those within America. This human rights abuse is universal, and no one should claim immunity from its reach or from the responsibility to confront it.

This year’s report highlights several key trends, including the suffering of women and children in involuntary domestic servitude, the challenges and successes in identifying and protecting victims, and the need to include anti-trafficking policies in our response to natural disasters, as was evident in the aftermath of this year’s earthquake in Haiti.

Ending this global scourge is an important policy priority for the United States. This fluid phenomenon continues to affect cultures, communities, and countries spanning the globe. Through partnerships, we can confront it head-on and lift its victims from slavery to freedom.
The CNMI was included in the report:
In the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), forced labor and forced prostitution have at times been such high-profile issues that a Federal Labor Ombudsman, with an office established within DOI by Congress, operates in the Commonwealth. This office has documented labor abuses as well as numerous claims of foreign women forced into prostitution. Traffickers have been prosecuted for forcing Chinese women into prostitution in a karaoke bar as well as forcing Filipinos to labor and into commercial sexual exploitation. Labor trafficking was also of concern because temporary workers exceed the number of U.S. citizens in the 176 square mile Commonwealth. CNMI enacted its Anti-Trafficking Act in 2005 and has a DOJ funded task force on the largest island, Saipan. In 2008, the most recent year for which data is available, the NGO working on the task force assisted 14 human trafficking victims. CNMI is currently transitioning from independent control of immigration and labor enforcement to federal law and DHS assumed immigration and border control during the reporting period. During the reporting period, DOI requested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation send additional federal investigators to the CNMI to handle the expanding caseload.
More recent information reveals that there are about 700 victims of fraud and trafficking in the CNMI right now. They are mostly Chinese who were trafficked to the CNMI before the federal takeover in November 2009.   Most of these foreigners were brought into the CNMI after paying traffickers between $4,000 and $20,000 in China for entry as a tourist for purposes of education with the promise of landing jobs in the United States, usually in Guam as part of the military build-up. These scams began in late 2008, with the numbers growing to nearly 100 per week in the summer of 2009 with the additional false promise that if the non-citizens were present on November 28, 2009, the federal government would grant them amnesty and work authorization for anywhere in the United States.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are any other US Territories included in the report? Is this another first for the CNMI?

Wendy said...

Yes, other territories such as Guam and American Samoa were included. Follow the link to read the entire report online.

Anonymous said...

These scams began in late 2008, with the numbers growing to nearly 100 per week in the summer of 2009 with the additional false promise that if the non-citizens were present on November 28, 2009, the federal government would grant them amnesty and work authorization for anywhere in the United States.

So in addition to the devastating effect on the CNMI economy, the enactment of the CNRA on May 8, 2008 resulted in a huge spike in human trafficking for the CNMI.

“Federalization: You asked for it; you got it.”

Wendy said...

Anonymous 7:12

Sure, you truth bender and logic twister, and with your way of thinking federalization also was responsible for the world-wide depression, the swine flu, every crime in the world, every natural disaster and your brain freezing.

Actually, crooked opportunists were responsible for that and the broke n CNMI labor and immigration system.

Anonymous said...

Wendy

You forgot to mention the Philippines: One of the biggest players in international human smuggling.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 7:43 The Philippines was not the focus of this post. There are dozens of countries involved in trafficking. Read the report!

Anonymous said...

Human trafficking has been a violation of federal law in the CNMI for decades.

Where is the federal enforcement? Why are there so few federal agents in the CNMI?

This is where the focus should have been all along. Not counter-productive tilting at immigration and status windmills, with their grave negative economic repercussions.

Anonymous said...

There is another scam in the CNMI, the marriage scam. Chinese are coming in under the waiver program as tourist or students but they ended marrying locals for a certain fee not less than $5,000.00They will pay again after they get their green cards. With the federalization in effect, they will go to TSL but they will be advised that they can not stay here whilst waiting for their papers approved however, these people would not leave because they already paid theie alleged "husband" or "wife" as the case maybe. They will hide from the authorities either with the help of theur alleged "spouse" or their friends. What puzzled me is how do they manage to convince the mayor to marry them? This kind of scam should be stop because these women will resort to prostitution to survive.

Anonymous said...

There is no waiver currently for chinese students. Desperate Chinese, Bangladesh, Filipino, and others may resort to marriage to remain in the CNMI or as a springboard to the mainland. Some are fraudulent, others are real marriages. I'm sure that USCIS is investigating many "red flag" marriages and holding interviews on almost all green card applications. Also, if a tourist from any country marries a u.s. citizen, they are not required to leave while the papers are processing.

Anonymous said...

Is it the Mayor or the Governor who is marrying them? Or a judge? Fly-by-night minister?

Anonymous said...

What if the couple is married abroad? Do you want to santion the Chinese minister or priest?

Captain said...

In the past,(prior to the Feds) to be married in the NMI by the Mayor, you needed to get a marriage app. from the Mayors office, from there it had to be approved by the NMI immigration.
The couple had to personally go to the Imm. office and present Passports,the necessary paperwork from the Foreigners' country etc, all copies went to the AG office in Saipan.
It then went back to the Mayors office and then a date and time that he was available was set up to do a simple "ceremony" and for the couple and two witness to sign the license, it is then sent to Saipan Records and recorded. A fee is also charged for each certified copy of the Marriage contract.
The whole process takes less than 7 working days for approval.
It takes about 1 week for the "register office" after the "ceremony" to get the "stamped" certificate back
The actual "Marriage Certificate" is the original form that is filled in by hand and only stamped by a NMI stamp ink stamp.

The first time I saw this "paper" it looked like a High School project paper. (but I believe a High School student would have done a more professional looking paper)

Point being that it is not the Mayor's office or Church doing the screening.
It is the incompetent NMI Immigration and AG office that certifies that the couple are legitimate.
That is another reason that the Feds are here.

If married in a church the couple is required to have two weeks of counseling with the Priest or Minister prior to the Marriage ceremony.
This is besides the mentioned process.

Anonymous said...

The feds are actually here because if a foreign spouse was married, she would have no rights to citizenship in the CNMI system. IR permits that were revoked after a 10-20 year marriage with no voting rights or rights to remain in the CNMI was the problem. If someone is really a scammer, a two week religous class is nothing. Neither is an AG or USCIS interview. I can't understand why people keep talking about scam marriages, the USCIS has trained interviewers and people are getting caught.

The reason that Club Jama and other strip clubs kept tabs on their dancers 24/7 is because the dancers would legitimately get married to locals if they didn't. Many dancers due to tough economic conditions came to the CNMI but did not want to dance forever, and many did marry (and are still married) to locals and now have legitimate jobs.

Anonymous said...

Marriages for green cards has been going on in the CNMI for a long time. This is only a drop in the bucket compared to the Baby scams. Many come here just to conceive or deliver a baby. You could even buy you Room, Board, and nurse online via a few web sites. How could these stay in business as long as they did? Organized crime is rampant in the CNMI and many politicians and law enforcement are in it deep. The cost of this was not cheap. The same old story, I want a green card and will do anything for it, strip, dance, whore, have babies, ask for improved status (which is the big thing now but for a mass of 20 thousand contract workers), anything but apply and fulfill all the requirements to get it. Most contract workers, tourists, illegals and just trying to scam a free ticket to the states. Hopefully, congress and the feds will drag their feet long enough that nothing will be passed in time and we can send you all back to where you came from. The truth hurts doesn't it.

Wendy said...

Anonymous 8:43

You said, "The same old story, I want a green card and will do anything for it, strip, dance, whore, have babies, ask for improved status (which is the big thing now but for a mass of 20 thousand contract workers), anything but apply and fulfill all the requirements to get it. Most contract workers, tourists, illegals and just trying to scam a free ticket to the states. Hopefully, congress and the feds will drag their feet long enough that nothing will be passed in time and we can send you all back to where you came from. The truth hurts doesn't it."

If this is what you really believe I feel very sorry for you. First, most of the workers are men in the CNMI and very few females out of the total population of foreign workers work in clubs or "whore." Having a baby is a human right and most people do not have babies "to get a green card." Most of the foreign works cannot apply for a green cards because they do not qualify right now.

Most contract workers are not trying to "scam" a free ticket to the United States. Most contract workers are working and that is why many have been in the CNMI for decades serving people like you. You better hope that all the workers are not "sent home" because your economy relies on about 16,000 foreigners to fill essential jobs. If every foreign nurse, engineer, skilled professional, hotel and tourism-related foreign worker leaves you can kiss the CNMI economy and quality of life goodbye. If I were you I would worry about the poison remarks and attitude from people like you because "if the Congress doesn't act soon" many of the foreign workers will be leaving to places that have a pathway to citizenship and treat them with appreciation, dignity and respect. If that happens the CNMI will suffer greatly.

Captain said...

BTW, JFYI, to all of the Nurses,medical professions, (clerical and all others) construction, maintenance etc. Kaiser Permenete (Kaiser Hospitals)has over 3060 job opening in the US. A lot in California, some in Hawaii and through out the mainland.
Go on to their website under Kaiser Hospitals, or Kaiser Permenente. Do it when you have much time.
I spent about 1 hour today and skipping along got past Californis and got into Hawaii and some of the of the Southern States.
I know for a fact that Hawaii hires from the Phil. as My Daughter and two grandaughters are nurses in this place and work with many from the Phil.
All of you hospital workers, negotiate a good contract or move on.

Captain said...

BTW, JFYI, to all of the Nurses,medical professions, (clerical and all others) construction, maintenance etc. Kaiser Permenete (Kaiser Hospitals)has over 3060 job opening in the US. A lot in California, some in Hawaii and through out the mainland.
Go on to their website under Kaiser Hospitals, or Kaiser Permenente. Do it when you have much time.
I spent about 1 hour today and skipping along got past Californis and got into Hawaii and some of the of the Southern States.
I know for a fact that Hawaii hires from the Phil. as My Daughter and two grandaughters are nurses in this place and work with many from the Phil.
All of you hospital workers, negotiate a good contract or move on.

Wendy said...

Good advice Captain

Almost every U.S. hospital has Filipina nurses, physical therapists and other medical personnel. One of our nephews is a physical therapist and one niece is a nurse. They make great pay and have excellent benefits. Both have applied for green cards too. There is no reason for anyone who is licensed to work in the conditions in Rota and Tinian with the terrible (or no) pay.

Anonymous said...

Physical Therapy is in demand due to the U.S. now requiring a master's degree for new graduates. Nursing is not in demand. Hawaii prevailing wages for an inexperienced nurse is $58,000/yr and $64,000/yr with 2 years experience. Out of the 130 current h1b labor certifications for Hawaii, none are for nursing positions. In 2009, 130 h1b visas were issued for registered nursed nationwide. Immigrant visas for nurses have a priority date (date that applications are currently being processed) of 2005 and has been unchanged for the last 5 years. The last of those visas were processed in 2007.

Anonymous said...

Nursing jobs in US:http://www.nursing-jobs.us/