Date: 11-07-2002

THE HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGE OF GLOBALIZATION IN ASIA-PACIFIC-US: The Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children," runs Nov. 13-15 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The East-West Wire will file reports from the international conference.

HONOLULU -- Modern-day slavery victimizes 1 million people worldwide every year, according to a U.S. State Department report. Trafficking of human beings, especially women and children, is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the Asia-Pacific region.

High-level experts will gather in Honolulu next week to examine such slavery issues as sex tourism, Internet pornography and sweatshop labor in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as what governments can do to prevent it, at a conference co-sponsored by the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii Globalization Research Center.

Featured speakers include: More than 300 participants are expected at this first regional initiative leading to the World Summit on Trafficking in Persons to be held in Washington, D.C., next year.

For more information, check The Human Rights Challenge of Globalization in Asia-Pacific-U.S.

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