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Let Europe face up to human trafficking in 2018

Europe’s reception of children seeking refuge is particularly shameful

Last year came to an end with horrific images of slave labour markets in Libya, and a further UN Security Council resolution ...

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Big hit against sexual exploitation: criminal group dismantled in Spain and Romania

Spanish National Police and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised crime group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in ...

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Safeguarding victims of human trafficking and smuggling priority for international experts

DOHA, Qatar – International experts in human trafficking and migrant smuggling are calling for expanded cross-sector involvement in order to protect the world’s most vulnerable from the exploitation ...

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INTERPOL-led operation rescues 500 victims of human trafficking, leads to 40 arrests

COTONOU, Benin – Nearly 500 victims of human trafficking, including 236 minors, have been rescued following an INTERPOL operation carried out simultaneously across Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and ...

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MARKING THE EUROPEAN DAY OF FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The Association International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, is ...

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AI uses bitcoin trail to find and help sex-trafficking victims

After Kubiiki Pride’s 13-year-old daughter disappeared, it took 270 days for her mother to find her. When she did, it was as an escort available to be rented out on an online classified web site. Her ...

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Nurses and social workers trained to identify victims of human trafficking and slavery

Nurses, social workers and police officers are being trained to identify and help the victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Some 180 frontline public sector staff in London have attended ...

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Let Europe face up to human trafficking in 2018

Europe’s reception of children seeking refuge is particularly shameful

Last year came to an end with horrific images of slave labour markets in Libya, and a further UN Security Council resolution that both condemned human trafficking and expressed grave concern at the exploitation of children forcibly displaced by conflict.

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court described Libya as a marketplace for trafficking in human beings, and a situation that was dire and unacceptable.

And in November the bodies of 26 young Nigerian women were found floating in the Mediterranean – another tragic incident adding to the many left to die while seeking refuge in Europe.

The International Organisation of Migration has estimated that 80 per cent of Nigerian girls arriving in Italy may be victims of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Most originate from Edo state, in particular the impoverished surroundings of Benin City. Many arrive traumatised and brutalised, yet safety and even a humane and dignified reception in Europe is not guaranteed.

Even those who are victims of the crime of human trafficking may be subject to the now infamous Dublin transfer procedure. In one such case Swedish authorities initiated proceedings to transfer a 28-year-old Nigerian asylum seeker and her six-year-old daughter to Italy despite evidence that she had been repeatedly raped and assaulted by traffickers in Italy in the presence of her daughter.

It was only following the concerted action of a Scandinavian human rights lawyers’ group that further trauma, and a serious risk of re-trafficking, was prevented.

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Big hit against sexual exploitation: criminal group dismantled in Spain and Romania

Spanish National Police and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol and Eurojust, to dismantle an organised crime group involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in different EU Member States. In total, 11 individuals were arrested and 13 victims were safeguarded.

The investigation began in November 2015. The members of the criminal network recruited their victims in their country of origin using the Loverboy method, by a man who purported to be the victim’s boyfriend and promised her a better life. Once in Spain, the victims were forced into prostitution in Madrid, Ibiza and Asturias. During the course of the investigation, police officers unveiled that some of the victims were forced to undergo plastic surgery. Furthemore, the women had to pay a tax in return of being protected on the street. The organised group extended their activity to Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

The money earned through the sexual exploitation of these women was sent back to Romania in cash or through parcel services, where the organised crime group subsequently laundered it by buying properties or high-end vehicles.

Police officers carried out five house searches in Madrid, one in Asturias and six in Romania. As a result, two firearms, over EUR 10 000 in cash, and five vehicles were seized. In total, Operation Hunter resulted in the arrest of seven individuals in Spain and four in Romania. 13 Romanian victims were safeguarded.

Europol supported the investigation by facilitating the exchange of intelligence and analytical support, funding of an operational meeting and the deployment of an analyst to undertake on the spot checks during the action phase in Spain.

(Reference: www.europol.europa.eu)

Safeguarding victims of human trafficking and smuggling priority for international experts

DOHA, Qatar – International experts in human trafficking and migrant smuggling are calling for expanded cross-sector involvement in order to protect the world’s most vulnerable from the exploitation of organized crime groups.
 
With such groups constantly innovating in their pursuit for low-risk, high profit margins, discussions during the 5th edition of the INTERPOL Global Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants Conference will focus on the essential role both the public and private sector play in preventing, detecting, reporting, disrupting and ultimately prosecuting those responsible for crimes which have no borders, and no limits.
 
Participants will explore emerging trends such as trafficking for forced criminality including drug cultivation or pickpocketing. They will also focus on how the private sector is developing tools to help law enforcement in the disruption of trafficking and smuggling activities.
 
The two-day (6 and 7 December 2017) event, co-hosted by Qatar’s National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, has gathered more than 300 experts from law enforcement, the public and private sectors, non-governmental and international organizations from 90 countries.

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INTERPOL-led operation rescues 500 victims of human trafficking, leads to 40 arrests

COTONOU, Benin – Nearly 500 victims of human trafficking, including 236 minors, have been rescued following an INTERPOL operation carried out simultaneously across Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

In total, 40 suspected traffickers were arrested and will now face prosecution for offences including human trafficking, forced labour and child exploitation. They are accused of forcing victims to engage in activities ranging from begging to prostitution, with little to no regard for working conditions or human life.

Read more: INTERPOL-led operation rescues 500 victims of human trafficking, leads to 40 arrests

MARKING THE EUROPEAN DAY OF FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The Association International Forum of Solidarity - EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, is marking this year’s European Day of Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.

In order to raise awareness of the general public concerning the trafficking in human beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as of the prevention of this phenomenon, especially among children and adolescents, on October 18th, 2017 at 11:00 am, in the building of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, hall 3 / II, (address: Trg BiH 1, Sarajevo), a press conference will be held in order to reflect the current situation and activities, and inter-sectoral cooperation of relevant institutions and organizations in the field of combating trafficking in human beings.

The speakers at the Press conference will be representatives of the Ministry of Security/Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, the Task Force for the fight against trafficking in human beings, and the Cantonal Center for Social Work Sarajevo. The representatives of the association IFS-EMMAUS will also address to the attendees and present activities in this area. The public attention will be drawn to the problem of unaccompanied minors, as especially vulnerable category and potential victim of trafficking in human beings category, who in increasing numbers, through the immigration waves, is arriving to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the problem of abuse and violence against children in the digital environment.

Also, a letter was sent to all Ministries of education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as to the primary and secondary schools, with an invitation to join the initiative and to mark the European Day Against Human Trafficking, to hold a themed lessons on trafficking in human beings, to give public announcement and/or similar activities.

AI uses bitcoin trail to find and help sex-trafficking victims

After Kubiiki Pride’s 13-year-old daughter disappeared, it took 270 days for her mother to find her. When she did, it was as an escort available to be rented out on an online classified web site. Her daughter had been drugged and beaten into compliance by a sex trafficker.

To find her, Pride had to trawl through hundreds of advertisements on Backpage.com, a site that in 2012, the last date for which stats are available, was hosting more than 70 per cent of the US market for online sex ads. When it comes to identifying signs of human trafficking in online sex adverts, the task for police is often no easier. Thousands of sex- related classifieds are posted every week. Some are legal posts. Other people, like Pride’s daughter, are forced to do it. Working out which ads involve foul play is a laborious task.

However, the task is being automated using a strange alliance of artificial intelligence and bitcoin.

“The internet has facilitated a lot of methods that traffickers can take advantage of. They can easily reach big audiences and generate a lot of content without having to reveal themselves,” says Rebecca Portnoff at the University of California, Berkeley.

But a new tool developed by Portnoff and her colleagues can ferret traffickers out. It uses machine learning to spot common patterns in suspicious ads, and then uses publicly available information from the payment method used to pay for them – bitcoin – to help identify who placed them.

Read more: AI uses bitcoin trail to find and help sex-trafficking victims

Nurses and social workers trained to identify victims of human trafficking and slavery

Nurses, social workers and police officers are being trained to identify and help the victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Some 180 frontline public sector staff in London have attended training sessions over the past two months designed to show them how to pick up clues.

They will be expected to return to their organisations and train colleagues — including A&E receptionists and police first responders.

There are common health concerns experienced by trafficked people, in particular in maternity units, yet staff reported feeling ill-equipped to help.

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Bihac BiH: 11 Turkish citizens discovered during an illegal border crossing

The officials of the Border Police Unit Izacic today prevented 11 Turkish citizens from illegally crossing the state border from BiH to Croatia. They were discovered in the Bihac area. In accordance with the Law on Foreigners, they were processed and handed over to the members of the Service for Foreigners' Affairs for further actions, announced BPBiH (Border police of BiH).

(Reference: www.avaz.ba)

Macedonia / Dilaver Bojku: The king of prostitution organized auctions of girls in their home village

On Monday evening, in front of his tavern in the Macedonian Strugi, on the beach Avka blu, a bullet in the head killed Dilaver Bojku, also known for his nickname Leku.

Boyku was a famous criminal whom Lawrence Butler, the US ambassador to the southernmost republic of ex-Yugoslavia, called "the most famous citizen of Macedonia".

Leku, who dealt with illegal prostitution, was the subject of an investigation by the US FBI and Interpol, and he took care of his "jobs" from the village of Velest.

Read more: Macedonia / Dilaver Bojku: The king of prostitution organized auctions of girls in their home...

Search for a woman from photograph that deeply disturbed citizens of Sarajevo: She is holding a suspicious tissue over baby’s mouth and nose

Abuse and exploitation of children for begging is nothing new, and people who do this for life are playing on the account of sympathy of other people. People will always show pity when a child is involved, specially one in arms of a mother, and will give some change, thinking they are doing the right thing.

Experts, however, are warning citizens for years now, that they are doing the exact opposite thing.

Read more: Search for a woman from photograph that deeply disturbed citizens of Sarajevo: She is holding a...

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