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Teen exposes human-trafficking syndicate in Vryheid

The teen says she was thrown into a room where a number of other young women were also being held against their will.

A teenage victim of human trafficking managed to escape the clutches of her ...

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How a social media post lured twins into alleged human trafficking syndicate in Johannesburg

Mpumalanga police have launched an investigation after a 19-year-old man and his twin sister‚ originally from Kroonstad in the Free State‚ were allegedly lured into a human trafficking syndicate ...

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UP police busted human trafficking gang in Lalitpur

Lucknow, Jun 13 (UNI) Lalitpur police has made a major breakthrough when they last night busted a gang involved in human trafficking and had rescued two of the minor girls, whom the accused were ...

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UN calls for airlines to fight against human trafficking

Airlines have been invited to play a greater role in tackling the growing problem of human trafficking.

In a special address at the IATA AGM in Cancun, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC) ...

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MSU student activist wins national Newman Award

BOZEMAN - A Montana State University student who has fought to shine a light on human trafficking in Montana has won a national award for inspiring public service.

Michael Hollinger, a junior from ...

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INTERPOL warning on human trafficking links to the fishing industry

LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued an alert to law enforcement on human trafficking for labour exploitation in the fisheries sector across Southeast Asia.

An increase in the number of cases in ...

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Man charged with human trafficking after report of woman being assaulted

Police have charged a 38-year-old man arrested in the south Belfast area as part of an investigation into human trafficking.

He has been charged with human trafficking and sexual offences and will ...

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European Resource Center

Today, June th 2017 at 10.00 am, at the Ministry of communications and transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina officially presented brochure/ comic "Stories from the Internet".

On this occasion, the partners signed a Letter of Intent, and the attendees were addressed by Ismir Jusko, Minister of communications and transport; H.E. Andrea Rauber Saxer, Ambassador of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo office of International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS.

An electronic version of the brochure in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language is available on the following websites: www.mkt.gov.ba, www.sigurnodijete.ba and www.eurcenter.net.

Brochures in English, German, Italian, French, Romansh, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian languages are available for download on www.thewebsters.ch. Downloading the Swiss and BiH version of the brochure will be possible for all of those who want to promote, use and/or distribute it, free of charge.

For download click here.

On May 31, 2017, a training on the topics of „Strengthening Penal Institutions and Laws in Middle and Eastern Europe“ and „European Directives and Best Practices for Human Rights Protection and Providing Assistance to Victims” within the „Regional Justice Sector Project“ has officially been opened.

Event has been organised by U.S Department of Justice / Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (US DOJ OPDAT), U.S. Department of State / Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affaires, and Ministry of Justice of Republic of Croatia.

Ms Beth Sreenan, on behalf of US DOJ OPDAT, welcomed and introduced distinguished guests, followed by opening speeches of Ms Julieta Valls Noyes, the ambassador of the USA in Croatia, and Mr Kristijan Turkalj, Secretary of State Ministry of Justice of Republic Croatia.

The main goal of the training is to introduce the participants to European standards for victims, and teach and accept them as a model in procedures of the best practices for human rights protection and providing assistance to the victims.

Participants are respected professionals from the region, representatives of relevant institutions and organizations active in the fight against human trafficking and providing protection to victims of trafficking, as well as International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS representative, Ms. Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo Office and Manager of the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and other Forms of Exploitation (EURC).

On May 25th. 2017, a two-day seminar: "Human trafficking: Development of e-learning module" officially started, within the regional project "Promoting a victim centered approach in trafficking casses in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina".

The main goal of this seminar, organised by the International Forum of Solidarity-EMMAUS, supported by the Dutch judicial academy and Netherlands Helsinki committee, in cooperation with the OSCE mission in BiH, CEST FBiH, CEST RS, and Association of Prosecutors of FBiH, is to educate and introduce judiciary to the module for distance learning, e-module. Due to the volume of work that judiciary is obliged by, there is a certain need for educations and conferences to be held online, where significantly more professionals will be able to attend, learn and expand knowledge, rather than to be unable to phisically be present at conferences, edications,trainings, etc.

Educators from the Netherlands judiciary academy and CEST's FBiH and RS, will present the values and advantages of the this learning method to their collegues from Association of Judges and Prosecutors of BiH, at this seminar in Konjic, on May 25th and 26th.

Young people who are homeless in Alaska are at high risk for human trafficking, but there are ways to prevent the problem.

Josh Louwerse is the youth engagement coordinator at Covenant House Alaska, Anchorage’s only homeless center for youth. He’s very aware and cautious of assumptions people make about where people are most at risk.

“I think far too often things get labeled…’Oh well, that just happens there,’ or ‘This happens there.’ But this is an issue that’s happening in the whole city and the state.

Essentially what we see from a neighborhood or a street is the low hanging fruit,” people who it’s more obvious to find and identity, Louwerse said. “But there’s so much more that’s going on that’s much more sophisticated, that’s going on out of sight.”

Read more: Preventing human trafficking of homeless youth by building connections

On the day May 11, 2017 an assembly "Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration" organised by the IOM, was held at the hotel Holiday in Sarajevo. On behalf of IFS-EMMAUS, Ms Amela Efendić, the head of Sarajevo office, attended the meeting. The aims of global compact on migration assembley are: to adress all aspects of international migration, to make an important contribution to global goverments and in hands coordination on international migration, to present framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility, to set out a range of actionable commitments as well as means of implementation, to be guided by the 2030 agenda for substainable developments and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and finally, to be informed by the Declaration of the 2013 high level Dialog on International Migration and Development.

One of the guiding documents at this meeting was the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a resolution adopted on the September 19. 2016 by the General Assembley, which adresses the question of large movements of Refugees and Migrants.

Humans for Sale shows how victims are recruited by organised crime gangs before being sold to potential grooms

VICTIMS of human trafficking have been sold to Asian crime groups in Glasgow, a BBC documentary has revealed.

Humans For Sale reports that people are now the second most lucrative criminal commodity after drugs, with labour and sexual exploitation the most common reasons for trafficking to Scotland.

Investigative journalist Sam Poling went undercover to expose the ruthless tactics used in the supply chain.

The documentary, to be broadcast at 9pm on Wednesday on BBC One Scotland, found many of the women trafficked are forced into sham marriages with men seeking to apply for residency in the UK.

Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, said Scotland is being specifically targeted by third country nationals, mainly men from Pakistan and India.

Angelika Molnar, who runs Europol’s human trafficking unit, told the BBC the victims are recruited by organised crime gangs before being sold to potential grooms.

Speaking about one recent case she investigated, she said: “The victims are lured with false promises of a well-paid job in Scotland and it’s only upon arrival that they are told there is no work available and they have to be engaged in marriages with Pakistani men.

“After the marriage, they are kept under control by the traffickers and are exploited as domestic service by the husband, but also raped and sexually exploited by fellow nationals of the traffickers.”

Poling travelled across eastern Europe to track down victims sold to Glasgow gangs for sex, and discovered that one Slovakian girl has been trafficked to the city three times.

The reporter also examined Scottish marriage records to look for red flags indicating sham marriages, such as young eastern European brides, older Asian grooms, and the same addresses being used for multiple marriages yet with little sign of them living there.

Dozens of such suspicious marriages were found in Scotland.

Seventy of them wee registered in Glasgow, and a third of those were in the Govanhill district.

Forty per cent of those who married there just over five years ago – the cut-off for being granted a passport – are now divorced.

Jim Laird, the former head of trafficking services at the charity Migrant Help, told the BBC: “There’s a high number of victims from the Govanhill area and that’s because there’s a clear link between eastern European crime gangs, who have human trafficking as one of the things they do, and links with organised Asian crime gangs in Glasgow.

“So the eastern European crime gangs will provide the victims, and the Asian crime gangs here will provide the accommodation, which is why there is quite a lot of it in Govanhill.”

The documentary reports 150 people were recorded as official victims of trafficking in Scotland last year, however Mr Laird believes the number of victims in Scotland alone actually runs into thousands.

He said: “There’s no prosecution because people are too frightened to be witnesses in trials, they’re worried about their own personal safety, but they’re also worried about their family’s safety back at home.

“Some of them quite frankly are embarrassed because they’ve been conned. They’ve been sold a dream, believed it and came here, and when they found out what has happened to them, they just want to disappear as quietly as possible and go back to their own country.”

Poling also secretly filmed a man from eastern Europe illegally selling organs.

At a meeting in London, he told the undercover journalist one of the organs was a kidney belonging to a woman he claimed was his wife.

(Reference: www.thescottishsun.co.uk)

Microsoft is challenging people around the world to embrace “digital civility” and to treat each other with respect and dignity online. It may sound simple, but new Microsoft research shows people are concerned about the tone of online interactions and worry that risks will increase in the future.

The research prompted the creation of Digital Civility Index, a newly announced measure of people’s safety online and exposure to risks.

A study has been conducted in 14 countries, gauging the attitudes and perceptions of teens (ages 13-17) and adults (ages 18-74) about the state of digital civility today.

More than 3,000 people are trafficked into the UK every year, with the majority coming from Albania. Reeta Chakrabarti has spoken to some of the victims.

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