Special Report: Human Trafficking
“People on Blue Hill Avenue buy sex. But instead of arresting the women, you need to arrest those johns driving up and down the street. That’s what irks me. So you arrest women but you do nothing to the guys that’s buying the sex."
Cherie Jimenez, founder of anti-trafficking group EVA, said people have a very Hollywood version of the way things are.
The lack of guilty charges and hefty fines for men arrested for buying sex is replayed over and over in Massachusetts courts.
Follow Phillip Martin's journey as he uncovers the Underground Trade:
WGBH News reporter Phillip Martin, in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and the Ford Foundation, traveled in the U.S. and across Asia to explore the modern slave trade of human trafficking. Roll over the points on the map to see where he went, and click the links below to read or listen to his reports.
This series won the Gold Award for excellence in programming from the United Nations’ Department of Public Information and New York Festivals.
Cops busted an alleged prostitution ring that operated out of a massage parlor -- in Wellesley.
Pattaya is a “Wild West” of bars, massage parlors, brothels and strip clubs.
If you think slavery ended in 1865, think again. Human traffickers have picked up where Jim Crow left off.
Without ever knowing it, you’ve driven the same routes, passed the same landmarks and used the same rest stops as today’s human trafficking networks that operate from New York to New England.
Vietnam is losing its children. For years, girls and young women have been taken — kidnapped and trafficked across the border into Cambodia and southern China.
Individuals can take heroic steps to stop human trafficking, like the cab driver in Saigon who rescued 11- and 12-year-olds enslaved in garment factories.
Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand?
“It’s not because Pattaya has nice beaches. It’s because it has sex tourism.”
Phillip Martin travels to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to the home of a man whose 19-year old daughter was just rescued from a brothel in China. The neighbors don’t know it.
Profiles of the people in the U.S. and Asia who are working to end human trafficking where they live.