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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Nov 07 2000 - 09:48:42 EST


            House approves law against human trafficking, ...

OTC 10/7/00 5:26 AM

  WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (Kyodo) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday
overwhelmingly approved a sweeping anticrime bill targeting domestic abuse
and traffickers of women and children in the global sex trade.
    The Senate is expected to approve the legislation renewing the 1994
Violence Against Women Act next week. It cleared the House by a vote of
371-1.
    According to one congressional source, the bill targets the yakuza --
members of Japan's crime syndicates -- among other crime syndicates linked
to human trafficking.
    It reinforces punishments for traffickers, expands shelters for battered
women and stipulates that the United States help other countries legislate
bans on human trafficking.
    Under the bill, the State Department will compile reports on foreign
countries' efforts to combat the trade.
    The U.S.-based nongovernmental group Human Rights Watch released a
report last month focusing on the plight of Thai women forced into
prostitution in Japan. The report said the yakuza controls the trade and
accused the Japanese government of failing to take sufficient measures to
stop it.
    More than 700,000 women and children fall victim to traffickers every
year, according to the bill. Some are forced into prostitution and sexual
slavery. About 50,000 end up in the U.S.
                 2000 Kyodo News (c) Established 1945
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