ASK3

REPORT

News Flash

The Red Cross warns against the violence of Croatian border guards against migrants

The Red Cross warns against the violence of Croatian border guards against migrants trying to enter the country from neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, AP reports.

The International Federation of ...

Readmore

Germans unimpressed with Merkel's rebellious anti-migrant minister Seehofer, poll shows

Angela Merkel’s rebellious interior minister has failed to impress Germans with his hardline stance on migration, according to new polling likely to reinforce the chancellor’s position.  

A ...

Readmore

‘New Balkan Route’ for Migrants, Refugees Causes Alarm

A growing number of migrants and refugees using the new Balkan route through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia to reach the EU raising concerns of a humanitarian and security crisis. Security and human ...

Readmore

Cop accused of sex crimes against human trafficking victims

Officer was investigating an Eastern European gang that brought women to Israel for prostitution; is suspended from force

A police officer was arrested Wednesday after he was found to have had ...

Readmore

Italian parents under house arrest for forcing 9-year-old into prostitution

The parents of a nine-year-old girl have been placed under house arrest for forcing their daughter into prostitution, police in the southern Italian region of Sicily said on Monday.

Two men aged 63 ...

Readmore

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 ...

Readmore

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 ...

Readmore

European Resource Center

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.

The meeting of the National Coordinators for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

The meeting of the National Coordinators for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, entitled "Strengthening the Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings in Crisis Situations in the Western Balkans", organized by IOM (International Organization for Migration) was held on October 6, 2017 at the Avala Hotel in Budva, Montenegro. Moderator of the meeting, Philip Ishola (IOM), after the welcome to the participants,  in the introductory words, outlined the objectives of this meeting, presenting the current national situation on CT (legal framework, policy, challenges) and expectations from project participants (tour de table) . At the meeting, the research was contextualized, where the project parameters, methodology, limitations encountered in these surveys (early findings) were presented, and early findings were presented in detail, where human impact, factors related to the three main domains: risks - trends - vulnerabilities, as well as factors within these three domains, were analysed.

Read more: The meeting of the National Coordinators for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

Conference within the project „Exchanging Counter Trafficking Crisis in the Western Balkans“

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) organised a two-day Conference within the project „Enhancing Counter Trafficking Crisis in the Western Balkans“, taking place in hotel Avaria in Budva, Montenegro on September 19-20, 2017. The main goal of the Conference was presenting good practices and exchange of experiences on culturally sensitive protection/treatment of victims of trafficking in human beings in mixed migration flows.

On the first day of the Conference, the participants, amongst whom Amela Efendic on behalf of the International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS, were introduced, approaches and experiences were exchanged (tour de table) and activities of the Project were presented by the project coordinator.

Following that, two presentations were held, one on victim centred approach, rights and needs of the victim of trafficking in human beings and other, on the topic of awareness of the impact of the trauma on the victim's attitude towards support and support providers.

Read more: Conference within the project „Exchanging Counter Trafficking Crisis in the Western Balkans“

WORLD CONGRESS: CHILD DIGNITY IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

Convened by the Centre for Child Protection, Pontifical Gregorian University
Piazza della Pilotta 4 – Rome
3 – 6 October 2017


The World Congress on „Child Dignity in the Digital World“, hosted by The Centre for Child Protection of the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University, one of the leading global institutions dedicated to the fight against sexual abuse of children and adolescents will begin on 3rd October 2017, in Rome.

Read more: WORLD CONGRESS: CHILD DIGNITY IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

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.

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

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...

30th July - World Day against Trafficking in Human Persons

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery—a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it's happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.

Every year, millions of children, women and men fall into the hands of traffickers, lured by fake promises and deceit. Human trafficking has become a global multi-billion-dollar enterprise, affecting nearly every country in the world.

Today, there are millions of people whose liberty, dignity and essential human rights have been stolen. They are coerced into sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, forced begging and stealing, and even compelled to "sell" skin and organs.

Read more: 30th July - World Day against Trafficking in Human Persons

Newsletter

Newsletter Subscription

Subscribe

Subscribe to our newsletter.
Receive

facebook-aecenter

contact-us3