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SIPA's great action this morning: Multiple persons detained

By order of the Prosecutor's Office, police officials of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) began with the arrests and raids in the operation codenamed "Twins" and "Pismo".

Activities are implemented in coordination, at the same time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Germany and Austria.

Cases with investigation lead by prosecutor of the Special Department for Organized Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption of the BiH Prosecutor's Office, are the result of several months of international investigation on the detection and prosecution of persons suspected of organized crime, international trafficking, international recruitment for prostitution and money laundering.

"We collected the evidence that the group of suspects from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia exploited the difficult situation of victims from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Ukraine, mostly girls younger, which are exploited for sexual services in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria and Germany.

The collected evidences also show that the suspects were committing crimes continuously for at least two years. So far we identified more victims, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Ukraine, among whom were victims younger than 22, "said a statement from the Prosecutor's Office.

According to the gathered evidence, suspected of committing these crimes realized illegal profits that are measured in hundreds of thousands of euros.

In action in Bosnia and Herzegovina,  in Sarajevo area more people were arrested or detained, and in in Serbia three suspects are detained.

Prosecution and SIPA, together with partners from the European Union (EU) demonstrated competence to combat the most complex forms of crime.

The suspects will, within the legal deadline, be handed over to the assigned prosecutor who will question the suspects and thereafter decide on further activities in accordance with the law.

1,300 Nigerian citizens in Europe are victims of human trafficking – EU

The Ambassador of the European Union to Nigeria, Richard Young, said on Tuesday that 1,300 registered Nigerian citizens in the EU are victims of Human Trafficking.

Young said this at the EU Anti-Trafficking Day in collaboration with the NAPTIP and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

He said that every 18th of October was set aside to mark the day and that it is hard to find the actual number of those affected by the scourge.

Young said: “We have to remind ourselves always what is ‘trafficking’, this is the slavery of modern times and if not slavery itself; and is always hard to find numbers of those who are affected by the scourge.

Read more: 1,300 Nigerian citizens in Europe are victims of human trafficking – EU

How many people are victims of human trafficking

More than 20 million people living today around the world have been trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labour and other activities across the world, generating a profit of €117 billion a year. On the occasion of the EU’s Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October, the European Parliament published an infographic about this very lucrative crime that affect also Europe. According to the  infographic in 2012 EU countries reported 11,000 registered, identified and presumed victims of human trafficking. Women and girls comprise 95% of victims trafficked for sexual exploitation, while men comprise 70% of registered victims of labour exploitation.


Majority of North Africa Migrants 'Trafficked or Exploited'

More than two in three migrants making the treacherous journey to Europe by boat from North Africa have become victims of trafficking or exploitation, a study has found.

A survey conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found that more than 70 percent of those questioned showed strong indicators of having been trafficked or otherwise exploited for profit, The Guardian reported.

Just under half (49 percent) of those polled had been held in a location against their will, mostly in Libya.

Half had worked without pay, with some naming this as the only way to escape captivity or secure a place on a boat.

Overall, the IOM has collected data from 9,000 migrants over ten months.

A separate, parallel survey conducted among migrants who traveled by land over the eastern Mediterranean route to Europe exposed the vast difference in danger levels between the two.

Just 14 percent of migrants on this overland journey reported signs of human trafficking and exploitation. About 6 percent reported being held against their will, and 7 percent said they worked without pay.

Since the EU signed a deal with Turkey aimed at reducing refugee arrivals, the numbers using the Eastern Mediterranean route have fallen sharply, but many still make the dangerous sea crossing from North Africa.


Human trafficking report says Poland a ‘transit country’

Poland’s interior ministry has released a report showing that 115 people, including 41 foreigners and 10 children, secured the status of “victims” in human trafficking investigations last year.

As reported by Radio Poland online, the report said the victims “were sexually abused and forced into slave labour”. It also said that Poland is a “transit country” through which victims from Eastern Europe and Asia are transported to Europe and other destination countries where victim will be trafficked.

“The victims of human trafficking in Poland are mostly young people with primary education and unemployed,” said the report. “They are used for sex, or forced labour, forced to commit crimes, to beg, and to fraudulently obtain loans and social benefits.”


The scourge of trafficking

The Spanish police, in cooperation with Europol, last week arrested the members of a trafficking ring that forced young women from Nigeria into prostitution.

The trafficking of human beings destined for prostitution is as old as mankind. During war, famine or any kind of crisis, women and children are stolen or kidnapped and then taken to far off or nearby destinations to be sold as sex slaves.

It’s happened everywhere – on every continent and in every society, regardless of its level of civilisation.

Prostitution is part of the lucrative “businesses” of organised crime, just like smuggling drugs and cigarettes and human trafficking. During the last two years, trafficking in the Balkans and in Italy has become increasingly lucrative – more so than drugs smuggling.

What is more, a considerable part of the revenue from these activities is directed to finance terrorism all over the world.

Read more: The scourge of trafficking

Global index: Risk of modern slavery in 115 countries

Sixty percent of countries at high risk of using slaves, with 46 million people worldwide engaged in forced labour

Almost 60 percent of countries are at high risk of using slave labour in their supply chains, according to a new global index launched on Thursday, which ranked North Korea as having the worst record of slave labour in the world.

By assessing incidents of human trafficking or slavery, national laws and the quality of law enforcement across 198 countries, risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft found that 115 countries were at high or extreme risk of using slaves.

"Few countries in the world are actually immune to modern slavery," said Alex Channer, lead analyst for human rights research at Verisk Maplecroft.

Nearly 46 million people around the world are living as slaves, forced to work in factories, mines and farms, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation.

Modern slavery has become a catch-all term to describe human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, sex trafficking, forced marriage and other slave-like exploitation.

Channer said Verisk Maplecroft's index aims to help businesses identify countries most at risk of inolvement with slave labour.

The issue has received increasing attention in recent years with exposes in sectors as diverse as fishing, mining and textiles.

Last year, Britain passed an anti-slavery law requiring companies with a turnover of £36m ($47 million) or more to report what they are doing to eradicate slavery from their supply chains.

After North Korea, the report ranked South Sudan, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the world's largest producers of cobalt, which is used in electronics, as countries with the most slave labour.

Heavyweight exporters India and China were at "extreme risk" of using slaves in their supply chains, along with the DRC and Ivory Coast, a leading cocoa bean producer, the report said.

The European Union had a "medium risk" of using slaves, while Britain, Germany, Denmark and Finland were the only four major European economies that had a low risk of slave labour.

"In general, most countries have moderate to excellent legal frameworks. But where they vary is in how effective they are at actually implementing those laws," said Channer.


Is slavery in your supply chain? Check out this report

International companies face a high risk that slavery is part of their supply chains, particularly if they are in garment-making, farming or mining industries, a political risk consultancy warned on Thursday.

Verisk Maplecroft said businesses had a "high" or "extreme" risk of association with slavery in their supply chains in 115 countries, with China and India among the emerging economies where it was most likely.

Even the European Union as a whole was rated as holding a "medium risk" as a result of the flood of refugees into the bloc heightening the chance of migrants and refugees being exploited.

"When countries with the most advanced legislation struggle to completely eradicate slavery, it reveals the challenges governments in less developed regions face," Alex Channer, principal human rights analyst, said in a news release accompanying a Verisk Maplecroft report.

Almost 21 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor, according to the International Labour Organization. Modern slavery can take different forms, including debt bondage and trafficking. Women and children are particularly vulnerable, as are migrant workers.

Without precautions, multinational companies with complex supply chains risk unknowingly using forced labor. Last year, food and beverages giant Nestle went public with the news that it had found forced labor in its shrimp supply chain in Thailand.

Read more: Is slavery in your supply chain? Check out this report

Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe 'at crisis level'

UN says 80% of the Nigerian women who came to Italy by boat in the first half of 2016 will be trafficked into prostitution

The trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat is reaching “crisis” levels, with traffickers using migrant reception centres as holding pens for women who are then collected and forced into prostitution across Europe, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) warns.

About 3,600 Nigerian women arrived by boat into Italy in the first six months of this year, almost double the number who were registered in the same time period last year, according to the IOM.

More than 80% of these women will be trafficked into prostitution in Italy and across Europe, it says.

“What we have seen this year is a crisis, it is absolutely unprecedented and is the most significant increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy for 10 years,” said Simona Moscarelli, anti-trafficking expert at the IOM.

Read more: Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe 'at crisis level'

Time for EU to deliver on promises to end human trafficking, says EESC

The EU has been urged to take "strong action" against human trafficking, in particular to protect children, young people, women and vulnerable people.

That was the message from Gabriele Bischoff, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) workers' group.

Her message was time to coincide with the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on Saturday.

She said, "Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery which we cannot tolerate or ignore. It's time for action to deliver on our promises and for action to implement the strategy for the eradication of trafficking in human beings.

"This strategy cannot be applied without active support from civil society, which often has direct contact with the victims. Victim support associations need financial resources, as do the public services which have to deal with this unacceptable reality".

The plight of refugees, in particular children, deserves special attention, she said.

In 2015, there were almost 90,000 unaccompanied minors among EU asylum seekers and, according to Europol, an estimated 10,000 children have gone missing since the refugee crisis began.

Bischoff said, "We, therefore, need to be particularly vigilant in detecting victims and protecting young people from the risk of human trafficking and exploitation."

Read more: Time for EU to deliver on promises to end human trafficking, says EESC


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