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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 ...

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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 ...

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‘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 ...

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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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21 people 'rescued' in human trafficking probes in Northern Ireland

In two separate operations, 16 alleged victims of labour exploitation were removed from an agricultural setting in south Armagh while five others thought to have been trafficked were located in the Greater Belfast area.

In south Armagh, police searched premises in Newtownhamilton last Friday and have spent the days since working with partner agencies to identify the individuals who may have been trafficked.

Read more: 21 people 'rescued' in human trafficking probes in Northern Ireland

INTERVIEW-Naila's story: How a New York girl escaped forced marriage

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Naila Amin was a child bride. As evenings closed in, she would curl up on the floor waiting for the beatings and rape to begin. Only one thing saved her, that she was a ward of New York State.

Today Naila, 25, dreams of opening a home to provide a safe haven for teenagers in the United States trying to escape forced marriage. No one should live through the hell she suffered, she says.

Naila spoke to the Thomson Reuters Foundation from New York. This is her story, told in her own words:

"People always ask, 'How were you forced to marry someone you did not want to marry?' Sometimes your parents don't have to put a gun to your head. They say one word and you feel compelled to sacrifice your whole life.

That is how it happened for me.

Read more: INTERVIEW-Naila's story: How a New York girl escaped forced marriage

Human Rights Council adopts resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

  • Resolution recognises child, early and forced marriage as a violation of human rights and calls for strengthened efforts to prevent and eliminate this harmful practice and support married girls
  • Over 85 countries co-sponsored the resolution, including countries with high rates of child marriage
  • Important call to action as States prepare to adopt and implement the Sustainable Development Goals and target 5.3 on child marriage

Read more: Human Rights Council adopts resolution to end child, early and forced marriage

'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water

Many SoBe Lifewater customers feared for the well-being of the company's factory workers this week, after apparently desperate pleas started appearing under bottle caps.

The messages were stamped in the font usually reserved for 'best before' dates on packaging, leading people to think an employee had gone rogue on the production line.

Confusion flooded the Facebook page for SoBe, which is owned by PepsiCo.

Read more: 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water

Police ask for public’s help to end human trafficking in Cambridgeshire

Police are asking for the public’s help to put an end to human trafficking in Cambridgeshire.

Human trafficking, also referred to as modern-day slavery, is happening right across the world and recent investigations have shown that it’s happening in Cambridgeshire too.

Most people would not recognise human trafficking if they saw it, therefore police are urging people to make themselves familiar with the signs.

There are 30 million slaves today, more than at any other time in history.

Read more: Police ask for public’s help to end human trafficking in Cambridgeshire

Defiance college students develop software to save human trafficking victims

DEFIANCE, OH- A professor at Defiance College says that thousands of women and children become victims of human trafficking each year. He and several of his students created a software program to help save some of those victims. They demonstrated their prototype in front an audience today. The software is designed to trace human trafficking ads on the internet by using photos.

Read more: Defiance college students develop software to save human trafficking victims

Police arrest 15 in Bosnia-France human trafficking ring

Sarajevo (AFP) - Bosnian and French police arrested Tuesday 15 members of a human trafficking ring that forced women and children to beg and steal in cities across France, Bosnian authorities said.

Seven suspects were arrested in Bosnia and eight in France, the police said.

Authorities discovered several children in a house in central Bosnia belonging to the syndicate, police spokeswoman Kristina Jozic told AFP.

It was unclear whether the children, who were taken into care, had been abducted or were the children of women exploited by the traffickers.

"It was not possible to determine the identity of the children, nor of their parents," Jozic said.

The traffickers are suspected of recruiting women and organising their trips to France since 2012.

The women and children involved were subject to blackmail, threats and physical and psychological abuse, police said in a statement.

"Once there, they were forced to steal in the street and give up the money. In some cases, children were also victims," police said.

Investigators estimate that the traffickers made more than two million euros on the operation ($2.2 million), and laundered the proceeds through property and luxury car purchases in Bosnia.

Bosnia, one of the poorest countries in Europe which hopes to join the European Union, is one of the main routes for human, drug and weapons trafficking into the EU.

(Reference: www.news.yahoo.com)

Dorchester man sentenced in human trafficking of 15-year-old girl

A Dorchester man was sentenced to five to seven years in state prison Thursday for human trafficking and other offenses after he admitted to exploiting a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors said.

Dominic “Haze” Toledo, 24, pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking, rape of a child, deriving support from prostitution, and inducing a minor into prostitution, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.

Read more: Dorchester man sentenced in human trafficking of 15-year-old girl

70 human trafficking victims in prison

Up to 70 victims of human trafficking and slave labour have ended up in Irish prisons.

That's according to Migrant Rights Centre Ireland which wants the government to urgently investigate the cases.

A council of Europe investigation team arrives in Ireland today to review our efforts to combat human trafficking.

Grainne O'Toole of the Migrant Rights Centre says traffickers often force victims to carry out criminal activities.

(Reference: www.todayfm.com)

Two charged over human trafficking offences

A man and a woman have been charged in connection with an investigation into human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Police say they found eight women during raids on seven properties, which included Heron Street, Heron Cross, Stoke-on-Trent.

The pair are due to appear before Magistrates' Court today, Friday, May 22, at 9.45am.

The 49-year-old man, Krzysztof Jakubiak , of James Hall Street, Nantwich, is facing one count of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, one count of money laundering and 14 counts of controlling women for prostitution.

The 37-year-old woman, Marlena Soska, of Badger Avenue, Crewe, has been charged with one count of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and 14 counts of controlling women for prostitution.

The pair were arrested in Cheshire on Wednesday, May 20, following a series of warrants that were executed at properties in Stoke, Nantwich, Crewe, London, Bristol, and Preston.

The operation, led by Detective Inspector David Browne of Cheshire Police, involved a number of different agencies and other police forces across the UK Including The Met, Avon and Somerset Police, Staffordshire Police and Lancashire Police along with the National Crime Agency.

(Reference: www.stokesentinel.co.uk)

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