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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trafficked fishermen appeal case dismissal

Cambodian plaintiffs in a Thai human trafficking case have appealed a provincial court’s judgment dismissing charges against two suspects.

The 11 Cambodian plaintiffs were rescued last year after allegedly having spent months working up to 22 hours a day on a Thai fishing boat.

Ranong Provincial Court threw the case out in March against skipper Ruengchai Pewngam and fishing dock owner Somchai Jettanapornsamran, arguing that the victims were aware that they were going to work on a fishing boat, and that they could have resisted their captors.

Nishkhan Usayapant, case manager of Human Rights and Development Foundation’s Anti-Trafficking Project, said the plaintiffs filed an appeal on Thursday.

“The plaintiffs realised that they were deceived into working on a boat only when they were already on the boat, being told they were being transported to the fish processing factory,” she said. “They had no choice but to stay and work on the boat involuntarily.”

Moreover, the appeal argues they were allowed to leave the boat only when someone replaced them and that their documents were seized when returning to shore.

So Vandy, deputy chief of the National Police’s Anti-Human Trafficking Department, said that the Thai government was seeking extradition of Cambodian broker Em Samnang, who allegedly trafficked the workers.

“Cambodia has the arrest warrant. We [will] try to find him,” he said.

(Reference: www.phnompenhpost.com)

Six child labourers rescued

Kota: Six child labourers were on Tuesday rescued from Dhabas in Dabi mining area of Bundi district while two other siblings, forced to engage in bonded labour were reunited with the family.

Six child labourers were rescued from the Dhabas in Dabi mining area of the district, told Kaniz Fatima, circle in-charge, anti-human trafficking cell, Bundi. The children were forced to work under unhygienic and filthy conditions over hours and were paid very less, she said adding one of the rescued children is from Madhya Pradesh while other are from Rajasthan.

Similarly, in another case, an 11-year old girl Pooja and her eight-year-old brother Santosh were reunited with their mother, the CI said. The siblings were forced to work as bonded labourers by a woman identified as Suman Sharma (60), a resident of Keshoraipatan town of the district. The brother was on July 22 rescued from Ramganj Balaji area after he had managed to flee from his employee Sharma's home.

(Reference: www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

Europol: 107 arrested in Europe-wide human trafficking probe

The European Union’s Law Enforcement Agency,Europol, on Monday said 107 people have been arrested as part of a Europe-wide investigation into human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

“In an operation led by Austrian police and involving law enforcement agencies from 22 EU states and third parties, investigators targeted organised crime groups trafficking vulnerable individuals for the purpose of sexual exploitation,’’ Europol said in a statement.

According to the statement, the nationalities of the victims and suspects indicate the prevalence in the EU of trafficking networks from Nigeria, South America and Eastern Europe.

However, the investigation was vast in scale. “More than 125,000 people in over 4,000 locations, among them red-light districts, brothels and massage parlours, were checked during its course,’’ it said.

Europol said that “special attention” was paid to online advertisements featuring victims of sexual exploitation.

(Reference: www.herald.ng)

Council of Europe calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve protection of child victims of trafficking

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) welcomes the legislative changes that have been made since the publication of its first report on Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2013. The introduction of the criminal offence of human trafficking in the criminal codes of the Republika Srpska, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Brčko District ensures that human trafficking is criminalised consistently throughout the country. GRETA also commends the introduction of legal provisions concerning the non-punishment of victims of trafficking for offences committed as a result of being trafficked, as well as the establishment of the right of victims to be granted a recovery and reflection period pursuant to the new Law on Foreigners.

The enlargement of the composition of the four Regional Monitoring Teams co-ordinating anti-trafficking activities by including labour inspectors and staff of mental health centres and day centres for children is another positive development noted by GRETA, along with the adoption of the 2016-2019 National Action Plan against Trafficking in Human Beings.

However, despite the progress achieved, a number of issues continue to give rise to concern. The majority of identified victims of human trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been children. GRETA urges the authorities to strengthen their efforts to prevent child trafficking, including by strengthening the role and capacity of social work centres to play a proactive role in alerting other relevant authorities to possible cases of human trafficking and exploitation.

Further, GRETA calls on the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve the identification of victims of trafficking and the provision of adequate assistance to them, regardless of the victims’ co-operation with the investigating and prosecuting authorities. As regards in particular child victims of trafficking, the report highlights the need for ensuring long-term monitoring of their reintegration and a proper risk assessment before returning children to their parents.

GRETA also urges the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to adopt measures to facilitate and guarantee access to compensation for victims of trafficking from the perpetrators or the State. In addition, the report underlines the need to set up a comprehensive statistical system on measures to protect and promote the rights of victims of trafficking.

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings entered into force in Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2008.  This report is the second assessment of the implementation of the Convention by this member country.

(Reference: www.coe.int)

Thai ex-model charged with human trafficking after selling 16-year-old for sex

'She was involved in the division of funds for the purchase of sexual services,' says Major General Suntiyit Tavorn

A former Thai underwear model has been charged with human trafficking after she allegedly sent undercover police officers photos of a 16-year-old girl she claimed was a prostitute.

Alisa Jaidee, 32, was arrested at Suvaranbumi Airport in Bangkok earlier this week and accused of selling the teenager for sex online.

The legal age of consent in Thailand is 18 years old.

She had allegedly sent dozens of other images of young women to undercover police who were posing as paedophiles.

Investigators said the ex-Maxim model had arranged for the teenager to have sex with the policeman for 15,000 baht (£342) using the messaging app, Line.

She then planned to give the girl 7,000 baht (£160) and keep 8,000 baht (£183) for herself, police said.

Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Suntiyit Tavorn told The Sun that Jaidee had been “uncooperative” and had tried to throw away her phone at one point.

The investigation “had found that the accused had a clear role in the activity” he said, adding: “She was involved in the division of funds for the purchase of sexual services.”

She has now been charged with “procuring a girl aged under 18 for a sex service and promoting an underage girl’s lewd act for payment or other benefits”, he said.

(Reference: www.independent.co.uk)

Workers rescued from Thai boats in Malaysia

The Cambodian embassy in Malaysia has repatriated 14 Cambodian fishermen who fled a Thai boat and are believed to be human trafficking victims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

In a statement released yesterday, the ministry said the 14 fishermen fled their Thai fishing vessel when the boat docked in Malaysia’s Sarawak state.

Aged between 19 and 44, the victims are from Kampong Thom province’s Sandan district.

“All of them were cheated by brokers to work on the fishing boat when they made the move to Thailand in 2016,” the statement said. “They returned home by air on Sunday.”

Dy Thehoya, programme officer for the Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ efforts in urging embassies abroad to assist and rescue Cambodian workers must continue.

“We assume the conditions of the workers on the Thai boats were akin to slavery,” Mr Thehoya said. “But I have rarely seen Thai owners who were involved in human trafficking imprisoned for their crimes.”

He added that the Foreign Affairs Ministry should pressure Thai authorities to crack down on these types of criminals.

(Reference: www.khmertimeskh.com)

Large Criminal Network For Human Trafficking Dismantled in Specialized International Operation

A large-scale joint investigation, led by the Spanish National Police  in cooperation with the Bulgarian police, and supported by Europol and Eurojust has resulted in the dismantlement of an international organised crime group involved in trafficking young Bulgarian women to Spain for the purpose of sexual exploitation. As a result of the investigation, 34 individuals were arrested (26 in Spain and 8 in Bulgaria) and 13 victims of sexual exploitation safeguarded, reported Europol.

A joint investigation by the Spanish National Police and the Bulgarian Police, with the support of Europol and Eurojust, has led to the dismantlement of a criminal network of Bulgarian origin involved in human trafficking. The network aimed at taking control of the prostitution industry in the Malaga cities of Torremolinos and Marbella (Spain).

In a coordinated law enforcement action, 34 suspects were arrested (26 in Spain and 8 in Bulgaria) and 13 victims of sexual exploitation safeguarded. In total, 36 searches were carried out (21 in Málaga, Spain, and 15 in Bulgaria) that resulted in the seizure of EUR 50 000 in cash, 12 luxury watches and a significant amount of drugs.  Judicial authorities also ordered the seizure of 6 properties and 18 vehicles, some of them luxury ones, as well as the freezing of numerous bank accounts.

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