Posted by: BPSOS | August 6, 2009

Key Briefs & Reports: Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Invites Interns to Attend a Roundtable on Trafficking in Persons

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Tuesday, August 6, 2009: Luis CdeBaca, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State invited a select group of interns in the Washington, DC metro area to attend a roundtable on trafficking in persons. The discussion on human trafficking drew a wide range of responses from the participants. They were all interested in stopping what has been described as “modern-day slavery”. Tracey Le, an intern with BPSOS, led a discussion on a case involving 15 Vietnamese women who were trafficked to Malaysia to work at Sony plants. These women mortgaged their homes and farms to scrape up enough money to pay the broker fees to sign contracts guaranteeing 3 years of employment at set wages. However, Sony breached that contract and let the women go—even though they still had 20 months left on their contract. These women have been locked in a holding facility run by JR Holdings since then. Sony has refused to honor the contracts the women signed with them.

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