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European Resource Center

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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Today, 16 of February, 2017, Emmaus Europe collective held a meeting in Paris, on  the topic of migration and trafficking in human beings issue.

Emmaus International's blog about migration and the discussion about the use of this digital tool and its impact was presented to the Emmaus collective.

One of the topics of the discussion was the awareness raising and way of adressing the scourge of human trafficking. Amela Efendic, head of IFS-EMMAUS office in Sarajevo, and manager of the European Resource Center (EURC) presented the activities of the EURC, which will promote the work of Emmaus movement in the area of migrations and prevention of trafficking in human beings.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time when “we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others.”

Here are five facts you should know about modern-day slavery:

  1. Human trafficking, also referred to as trafficking in persons or modern slavery, describes the act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. There are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In fact, there are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 21 million in bondage across the globe.
  2. For most of human history slaves were expensive, the average cost being around the equivalent of $40,000. Today, the average slave costs around $90. A 2003 study in the Netherlands found that, on average, a single sex slave earned her pimp at least $250,000 a year. Trafficking in persons is estimated to be one of the top-grossing criminal industries in the world (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking), with traffickers profiting an estimated $32 billion every year.
  3. Human trafficking disproportionately affects communities of color. Including here in the United States, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that over 77 percent of trafficking victims in the United States are people of color. According to a report by the FBI, confirmed sex trafficking victims were more likely to be white (26 percent) or black (40 percent), compared to labor trafficking victims, who were more likely to be Hispanic (63 percent) or Asian (17 percent). Four-fifths of victims in confirmed sex trafficking incidents were identified as U.S. citizens (83 percent), while most confirmed labor trafficking victims were identified as undocumented aliens (67 percent) or qualified aliens (28 percent).
  4. Traffic of children in Asia assumes a more significant proportion of overall trafficking than in other regions of the world. Younger children are found in the sex industry as customers seek to avoid AIDS, and much Asian sex tourism features children and minors of both sexes. In India, children are maimed to be more effective beggars. In China, babies are trafficked for adoptions abroad, with boys commanding more than girls. In Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the Philippines, children are trafficked as child soldiers.
  5. Most trafficking in teens is for sex slavery. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. According to Shared Hope International, children exploited through prostitution report they typically are given a quota by their trafficker/pimp of 10 to 15 buyers per night, though some service providers report girls having been sold to as many as 45 buyers in a night at peak demand times, such as during a sports event or convention. Utilizing a conservative estimate, a domestic minor sex trafficking victim who is rented for sex acts with five different men per night, for five nights per week, for an average of five years, would be raped by 6,000 buyers during the course of her victimization through prostitution.

(Reference: www.blog.acton.org)

On 22 January 2007, Abbé Pierre, the founder of the Emmaus Movement, left us “to go on a long journey”, as he used to say. A decade has passed since his death and the date represents a chance to showcase Abbé Pierre’s spiritual legacy, which is alive and well in the Emmaus groups, while continuing to champion social justice and solidarity on all fronts and in all areas.

A large number of events are planned throughout Europe, particularly in France, where the Emmaus Movement was founded. Emmaus France is organizing an event on 22 January 2017 in Paris with the aim being to convey the Emmaus Movement’s values and champion its campaigns. The day will kick off with a civil society meeting attended by economists, sociologists and non-profits.  A massive campaigning and celebratory event will be held in the afternoon with lots of surprises (including a soup kitchen run by the Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx, flashmob, campaign march, Article 13 themed event, workshops and brass bands). The day will also mark the start of a year packed with events and campaigns to continue Abbé Pierre’s work to create a more humane and fairer world.

Download the programme (in French)

On 13th and 14th December 2016 in Sarajevo, Hotel „Hills“, was held two-day manifestation organized by Unicef and European Union entitled „Do not neglect anyone – Integration of children's rights in programmes of development cooperation“ regarding launching regional Project “Protecting children from violence and promoting social inclusion of children with disabilities” and the technical workshop on Child Right’s Toolkit, within which International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) is included in the Project as partner of Unicef in realization of activities on the prevention of violence against children. During manifestation it was discussed how to help social threatened categories, children with disabilities in learning, physical disabled children, children from minority groups, children who are victims of violencce, through development strategies and intersectoral coordination in regional projects.

International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) on the event presented Ms. Ajla Omerbegović.

On 14th and 15th December 2016 in Hotel „Bristol“, Sarajevo, is being held Workshop entitled „Detecting, collecting and processing information regarding criminal offence Trafficking in Human Beings“, organized by Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovinay in cooperation with Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX).

Focus of the Workshop is detecting of criminal offences trafficking in human beings, collecting and processing information. Also, the Workshop is focused on protection of potential victims of trafficking in human beings in the phase of investigation and other relevant activities that may led to increased number indictments regarding to this type of criminal.

During the Workshop, participants will have an opportunity to present their problems that are faced in practice, as well as exchanging experiences with participants. Also, during direct contact of participants, there will be an opportunity for eventually new forms of cooperation.

International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) on the Workshop will present Mrs. Amela Efendić.

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