Labor Day 2017

September 4, 2017, Orlando, FL Life in Southeast Asia was hard for Lucas* and his family. Low wages and poverty drove him to the United States with hopes of giving his family a better future. He left his wife and son to pursue the American dream. A company promised Lucas a work permit and Visa, […]

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Central Florida a Focus of Battle Against Human Trafficking

ORLANDO, Florida – A judicial district in Central Florida is second in the number of child sexual-exploitation and slavery cases in the United States. “The problem in Central Florida is serious,” Michael Masto, Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the investigation of child slavery and trafficking cases at the Tampa office of U.S. Immigration and […]

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Sharp rise in human trafficking in Sindh

KARACHI – Sindh has recorded a sharp increase in reported cases of human trafficking since the beginning of the year, and the trend could continue unless the authorities take action to contain it, say activists. Some 190 cases have been reported in the province in the first two months of 2012, according to Zia Ahmed Awan, chairperson […]

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Embassy staff part of Human Trafficking Cartel

An international human trafficking ring is working with employees of some embassies in Kenya to recruit unsuspecting Kenyans into forced labour in the Middle East. The cartel lures Kenyans by placing advertisements of well-paying job opportunities in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait in local newspapers. Desperate young men and women, some […]

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Noble Brews: Coffee with a Cause

  OrlandoSentinel.com Heather McPherson, FOOD Fair trade offers a feel-good vibe about many things we eat and drink. Simply put, it refers to items that are purchased from farmers “who are justly compensated,” according to Fair Trade USA, a leading certifier of these products. The approach ensures farmers are paid fair prices, workers operate in […]

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“Think Fair” – Apple becomes the world’s first Fair Trade tech company – who’s next?

By Tom Foremski | January 15, 2012, 11:33pm PST For the first time, Apple has disclosed the identity of 156 suppliers, and said it will become the first tech company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA). This means that the FLA will investigate Apple suppliers and issue regular reports on their labor practices. “We’re […]

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Charges Dropped in Human Trafficking Case

By Karen Voyles Staff writer Gainesville Sun At the request of federal prosecutors, all criminal charges have been dismissed against three people indicted in July 2010 on human trafficking charges alleging they forced dozens of Haitian nationals to work on Alachua County farms. A related federal civil case against an area farm owner is scheduled […]

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Woman Caught Transporting Illegal Immigrants

By: Jeff Butera HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – A Saturday evening traffic stop led to a 21-year-old woman facing possible human smuggling charges, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Kathleen Roberson, 21, of Phenix, Alabama was pulled over by a Hillsborough County deputy near Progress Boulevard and Falkenburg Road […]

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Fair Trade in Central Florida

The Fair Trade Project is working to Promote Fair Trade Certified as a consumer option and to cultivate Fair Trade Towns and Universities campaignsin the Central Florida region. We are currently working on Fair Trade Towns campaigns for Orlando and Winter Park.  We are also gauging interest in a Fair Trade Universities campaign for Rollins […]

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AP: Changes Ahead for Foreign Exchange Program

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS    Published: January 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM ET Associated Press Writer Mitch Weiss contributed to this report from Charlotte, N.C. JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. State Department is proposing what it calls “significant and controversial” changes to a foreign exchange program that has been exploited by unscrupulous labor brokers and […]

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