VICTIM OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS ON U.S. SOIL COMING TO SPEAK IN D.C. NEXT WEEK

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Subject: VICTIM OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS ON U.S. SOIL COMING TO SPEAK IN D.C. NEXT WEEK
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue May 11 1999 - 14:56:01 EDT


>
>VICTIM OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS ON U.S. SOIL COMING TO
>SPEAK IN D.C. NEXT WEEK
>
>Representing himself and other victims of international human trafficking
>operations on U.S. soil, "Naja" will be visiting Washington, D.C. next week
>to help release a new report on slavery conditions on the Commonwealth of
>the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory. The report, being
>produced by the Global Survival Network, covers forced prostitution, sweat
>shop labor, and domestic servitude in CNMI, and is based on an eight-month
>research project, including undercover investigations in Asia and the CNMI.
>GSN documented the ongoing trafficking of thousands of men and women from
>China, Russia, Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries
>to CNMI for forced labor. Gross governmental negligence and complicity was
>also uncovered, from Saipan to Washington.
>
>GSN will send out a description of this report to listserv participants
>before its official release. The report, which will be a focus of an ABC
>20/20 piece airing this month, was finished last week.
>
>"Naja", who was trafficked from Bangladesh, has been both a victim and
>observer of labor and human rights abuses in CNMI. He and Steve Galster of
>GSN will talk about organized and corporate crime activity in CNMI, which
>has created victims of tens of thousands of citizens, who, like Naja, went
>to the CNMI because they thought is was "America" and because they assumed
>they would earn a decent salary. Not only is payment often withheld, the
>type of work people end up performing in CNMI is far from what they were
>promised. "Naja" is currently an underground advocate for many
>trafficking victims who are currently trapped on CNMI with no way home.
>
>Prior to his appearance on television and in a press conference, Naja will
>be available to meet interested activists and researchers. He is coming to
>Washington to appeal for Congressional action on trafficking as it relates
>to CNMI. Please indicate your interest to meet Naja, either collectively
>as a group, or individually, by contacting Steve Galster at Global Survival
>Network:
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> Tel: 202-265-5426
> email: gcrg@igc.org
>
>Please also indicate the time when you can meet. Dates we are currently
>working with are May 18 and 19. Based on your input, we will pick a time
>that meets most schedules. Thank you.
>


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