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Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Canada: A Must for Drug Offences, But Not for Child Traffickers?

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2009 | 9:29 PM

Imani Nakpangi, Canada's first convicted child trafficker, forced two young girls, aged 15 and 18, into prostitution for a 26 month period. He sold them at a rate of $200 for 30 minutes, and $300 for an hour and is estimated to have made over $400,000. He kept them...

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Too Close to Home: Human Trafficking in Canada

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 5:22 PM

Human trafficking happens in the dark shadowy alleyways of vague far-away places where violence and exploitation are visible and rampant. Sure, maybe a few people are trafficked into Canada, but the real problem is in Southeast Asia... or Eastern Europe... or... South America. Not here.

At least, that's what...

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Free (If Not Entirely Fair) Elections In Cambodia

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2008 | 6:51 AM

Cambodia held its fourth parliamentary election on July 27th, 2008. As predicted Hun Sen's ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP) came out on top with approximately 60% of the votes in their favor. International observers were out in force to monitor the election and the general consensus was that while...

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Corporations And Human Rights Abuses In Burma

(7) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 8:43 AM

Working in the NGO community in Northern Thailand, you can't help but hear about the Burmese refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border. The camps are filled with hundreds of thousands of Burmese refugees who have nowhere to go and are unable to return home. It is easy to point the...

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Rock The Vote Cambodia: Hun Sen Again

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 8:43 AM

I woke up in Phnom Penh one morning a few weeks ago to a loudspeaker blasting high pitched Khmer music and the sound of a voice repeating the same phrases over and over. I immediately assumed it was a wedding since waking up in Cambodia to abusively loud screeching music...

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Rallying For Harm Reduction In Thailand

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 8:33 AM

A few months ago I went to a rally in support of harm reduction services outside a UNAIDS meeting in Chiang Mai. The rally was organized by the Thai Aids Treatment Action Group (TTAG)and the People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) network of Northern Thailand.

Harm reduction is an approach...

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The Public Health Consequences Of Thailand's War on Drugs

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2008 | 9:19 AM

Over the past six months I have been involved in a project addressing access to health care in the prison system in Northern Thailand. The initial focus of the project was HIV/AIDS and public health information and services in Chiang Mai Women's Prison. The community legal education aspect of the...

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Land Law And Forced Evictions in Cambodia

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2008 | 8:43 AM

In Cambodia today, more than 150,000 people are threatened with eviction. Forty-five percent of the country's entire landmass has been sold off - including the land around Angkor Wat, expansive forested areas, the colonial buildings of Phnom Penh and islands off the south coast.

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Cambodia: What Happens When Reality Meets Idealism

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2008 | 9:36 AM

I have been writing about the positive experiences that I have had and the personal development that I have enjoyed while working in Southeast Asia over the last year. In order to present a more balanced picture, I wanted to briefly discuss another side of it - the frustrations, the...

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Living With Human Trafficking In Cambodia

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2008 | 8:05 AM

Arriving back in Vancouver after spending three and a half months in Phnom Penh I was dazzled by how clean and functional it was. It is easy to slip back into the comforts of the Western world, and I would be remiss if I implied that the transition was tough...

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Channeling My Inner Idealist

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2008 | 8:21 AM

Leaving law school for a semester in the middle of my second year to go work for an NGO in Northern Thailand was easier than I thought it would be. At least it seems that way now, looking back on it, but at the time it was daunting. The vast...

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