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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.

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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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New App: Human trafficking victims can now speak-up fearlessly

According to statistics from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, over 100,000 fall victim to human traffickers annually.

Duane Dunston, cyber-security professor, has developed a new app, You Have a Voice. He said the app will help human trafficking victims tell their story in their native language.

He added that the app will protect the confidentiality of the victims, and also enable them to speak about their ordeals without shame.

Citing that most victims are afraid to speak to police officers, because of fear or shame.

He also added that the arrest rate will increase, because the police will get unhindered information that will be useful in tracking down offenders.

In a phone interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation Prof. Dunston said: "Cops I've spoken with keep talking about the language barrier, whether it's because the victims don't speak English or don't want to speak to police due to a lack of trust."

According to statistics from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, over 100,000 fall victim to human traffickers annually.

(Reference: www.pulse.ng)

The escort database that combats human trafficking

A tool that will automatically trawl the internet for escort ads and sort them into a searchable database could be a transformative new weapon in the fight against human trafficking.

The idea is just one use for a cloud-based analytics tool known as Domain-specific Insight Graphs (DIG), built by Pedro Szekely and Craig Knoblock of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Information Sciences Institute (ISI).

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Fighting Human Trafficking With High Tech, Big Data

Human trafficking is a huge problem, morally, economically and legally. One reason it’s so hard to fight it is that it’s a hidden crime. Largely gone are the days when prostitutes hang out on darkened streets. Instead, a girl or woman is pimped out via the internet. Even more difficult, traffickers often use the Deep Web:

Read more: Fighting Human Trafficking With High Tech, Big Data

Council of Ministry of B&H: Confirmed amendment on Criminal Code of B&H

At the special session, The Council of Ministers confirmed Proposal to the Law on Amendments to the Criminal Code of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reported Fena.

The aim of this Proposal is to harmonize criminal legislation in BiH with International law and comply with the recommendations of GRECO, MONEYVAL Committee and the FATF, the international body whose task is to monitor the measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, said the Council of Ministers.

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MSPs back new law to tackle human trafficking

A NEW law to tackle human trafficking, with better protection for its victims and tougher penalties for those convicted of the crime, has been backed by the Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood supported the general principles of the legislation, which creates a specific offence of human trafficking for the first time and increases the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment.

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More than 50 Thai police punished over human trafficking links

More than 50 Thai police officers have been punished over suspected links to human trafficking networks, the country's police chief said on Thursday, after the prime minister ordered a probe into the discovery of trafficking camps near the Malaysian border.

Thirty-three bodies, believed to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, have been found in shallow graves over the past week in the southern province of Songkhla. Some of the bodies were found at a suspected human trafficking camp hidden deep in the jungle.

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Advanced Training for trial monitoring of criminal offence of Trafficking in Human Beings

Within the project "Balkans (Against Crime of Trafficking) Now!", at hotel “Grand” in Sarajevo, IFS-EMMAUS held on 17th and 18th April 2015 Advanced Training for trial monitoring of criminal offence of Trafficking in Human Beings for twenty one student of the Department Criminology, Faculty of Criminology and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo, who monitoring trials for a year at different courts in BiH. The aim of the Training was to expand theoretical and practical knowledge on the criminal offence and prosecution of the criminal offence of Trafficking in Human Beings, and expressing previously acquired knowledge and experience through collective coordination.

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Expert meeting "Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings: Interviewing Techniques, Including Interviewing Children"

Expert meeting entitled "Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings: Interviewing Techniques, Including Interviewing Children" was held on the 16th and 17th of April 2015 at the hotel "Hollywood" in Ilidza, Sarajevo, within the project "Promoting a Victim Centered Approach in Trafficking Cases in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina". The Project, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, is implementing with aim to strengthen the capacity of the judiciary and prosecutors' offices in the areas of investigation, prosecution and trial of cases of trafficking in human beings in accordance with the standards of the European Union, with particular emphasis on the treatment of victims and victim witnesses in court proceedings.

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Thailand: 26 bodies exhumed from mass grave at suspected human trafficking camp

Dozens of police and volunteers have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle, police said on Saturday.

The digging site, in Sadao district in Songkhla province, yielded five bodies on Friday and 21 more on Saturday, all believed to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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11 people detained for human trafficking in Turkey’s northwest

Eleven people allegedly operating human trafficking activities have been detained in Turkey’s northwest, Doğan News Agency has reported.

The Gendarmerie detained 11 people for organizing trafficking activities for individuals who have crossed the border to Turkey illegally and aim to reach Europe. Cell phones, money in various currencies, unregistered guns and a notebook, in which money collected from the fugitives was noted down, were seized during the raids on the suspects’ homes.

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