Posts tagged "human trafficking"

Horror Show Restaurant Owner Kept His Chef Enslaved For Three Years

File this under worst story this side of the Ganges: a Indian restaurant owner in Los Angeles was arrested yesterday for keeping his chef enslaved for three years, and forcing him to work 12-14 hour days without pay. Pardeep Kumar, who owns the standalone Tandoori Grill in Valencia (not to be confused with the many…
By: Beejoli Shah / March 27, 2015

Human Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban

Charges of human trafficking have been dropped against Saudi Arabian princess Meshael Alayban, 42, who lives in Orange County, California, due to lack of evidence. Alayban's maid said her Kenyan passport was taken away from her and she was forced into veritable slavery. The defense claimed the maid was just trying to shake down the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2013

Sex Trafficking Ring Busted In New Jersey

It is easy to think of sex trafficking as something that only happens far off in Asia or in the movie Taken. But human trafficking happens in America as well. This week, in Lakewood, New Jersey, Jose Cruz "Chato'' Romero-Flores, along with his girlfriend and four male associates, were arrested in a human trafficking bust,…
By: Mary Odell / July 21, 2013

New York Socialite Annie George On Trial For Keeping Slave

Slavery is alive and well and happening in upstate New York, if the story of Annie George (pictured)  and Valsamma Mathai is to be believed. Mathai, who worked for George in her 30,000 square foot Rexford, New York, mansion for 6-1/2 years, says she was forced to work 12-hour days and was not allowed to…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 8, 2013

President Demands Gov’t Contractors Beef Up Prevention Of Human Trafficking

President Obama issued an executive order today which will compel government contractors to assure they are not contributing to human trafficking, including sex trafficking, in the course of their work. Contractors will have to abolish trafficking-type practices like charging "recruitment fees" and being misleading about the jobs which are being filled. "We’re making clear that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 25, 2012

The Military’s Dirty Little Human Trafficking Secret

We tend to think of human trafficking as something that happens over there, a crime committed by someone else. But, as discussed in a piece in the current issue of The New Yorker, it turns out that human trafficking is part of the bedrock that keeps the U.S. military afloat in places like Afghanistan and…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 1, 2011

Watch A Clip From “Lindsay Lohan In India,” Her BBC Doc On Human Trafficking

OK, Lindsay Lohan's involvement in a BBC documentary about the trafficking of women and children is très random. But if "Lindsay Lohan In India" is how LiLo tries to rehabilitate her career -- especially over, say, "I Know Who Killed Me ... Again!" -- so be it. Human trafficking is definitely a worthy cause…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2010

Lucy Liu Turns The Lens On Sex Trafficking In New Doc

Hasn’t it been a while since we saw Lucy Liu do something fabulous? Turns out, it’s because she’s been busy producing and narrating a new documentary called “Red Light.” It's about human trafficking, which the Department of Justice says is the third most profitable criminal activity in the world. Now that Lucy’s promoting the…
By: Jessica Goldberg / November 12, 2009