Archive for March 5th, 2022


“Slave” Tattoos, Electric Shock Devices, Plastic bracelets: Examples of Abuses Deployed by Human Traffickers to Control, Torture, and Brand Their Victims

© UNICEF/Juan Haro | Abdul, from Darfur, was forced to live in a house in Libya and work. He is now seeking asylum.
The plastic bracelets the women wore in a bar in Argentina indicated the number of men they had been forced to have sex with. In Thailand, men and children from Myanmar were exploited in the fishing industry: an electric shock device was used if they refused to work.
And a Chinese symbol for “slave” was tattooed on the ankle of a woman in the United States.

Over One Billion Obese People Globally, Health Crisis Must Be Reversed – WHO

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — On World Obesity Day, marked on Friday [4 March 2022], the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries to do more to reverse what is a preventable health crisis.


© UNICEF/Arimacs Wilander | A street vendor sells fried food from his stall in Jakarta, Indonesia.

According to recent data, more than one billion people worldwide are obese, including 650 million adults, 340 million adolescents and 39 million children.

With the numbers still increasing, WHO estimates that by 2025, approximately 167 million people will become less healthy because they are overweight or obese.

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Food Price Index Hit Record High in February

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Global food prices reached an all-time high in February, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Friday [4 March 2022].

Unsplash/Jo-Anne McArthur | Dairy cows in Taiwan.

The Food Price Index, which tracks the international prices of a items such as vegetable oils and dairy products, averaged 140.7 points last month, or nearly four per cent up from January.

This is also 24.1 per cent over the level a year earlier and 3.1 points higher than in February 2011.

“Concerns over crop conditions and adequate export availabilities explain only a part of the current global food price increases. A much bigger push for food price inflation comes from outside food production, particularly the energy, fertilizer and feed sectors,” said FAO economist Upali Galketi Aratchilage.

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