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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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British court convicts Roma from Slovakia of human trafficking

THREE members of a Roma gang from Slovakia were found guilty of human trafficking in the UK, The Daily Express informed, adding that the verdict is expected on Friday, August 21.

The gang boss was Tibor Suchý who was put behind bars for ten years in December  2013. Roman Žiga, his brother Jozef, and Igor Boroš denied any participation in the lucrative business. However, judge Michael Topolski found them all guilty of human trafficking and promised long sentences.  

The gang lured young Roma from Slovakia to Great Britain, hoping to sell them as brides. They promised the women a better life, but in fact offered them for sale to people who are not citizens of any of the European-Union member states.

In early 2013, the gang brought at least four women form Slovakia to the UK and offered them to men, mostly from India and Pakistan. Tibor Suchý kept those women in the town of Gravesend until he found bridegrooms for them. Suchý, his wife Viktória Sanová and his brother-in-law René all entered guilty pleas before the trial started.

One of the victims was promised packages of fruit by the gang, but after arriving in Britain, was forced into prostitution and then sold to an Indian for 3000 pounds (€4,256). One of the women managed to flee, but the British police did not help her, and thus she was forced to turn to the Slovak police for assistance. The local police did not report her testimony to the specialist police team, prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones informed media.

The lucrative business was revealed after one Pakistani man raped his newly-wed wife so brutally that she almost bled to death and had to be hospitalised, the TASR newswire wrote on August 19.

(Reference: www.spectator.sme.sk)

There’s A Scary Connection Between Model Scouting And Human Trafficking

Model scouts travel the world chatting up beautiful young people as potential clients, letting them know about all the fabulous career opportunities the fashion industry could offer if they’d just pack up and head to New York, Paris or Milan. Not every wannabe model makes it, of course (not everyone’s a Cara Delevingne) but even a small shot at that kind of opportunity is enough for many young people to take the risk.

CEO of Ford Models, Katie Ford, was admittedly freaked out when she first realized that this scouting process was so strikingly similar to the M.O. of human traffickers — the people responsible for forcing almost 27 million people (mostly women under 18) to work as indentured servants, laborers or even sex slaves across the world. Again, the promise of a better life with way more opportunity lures the young, vulnerable and disenfranchised into a world they are not at all prepared for.

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Human trafficking gang sold women to immigrants desperate for a British visa

A COUPLE who trafficked vulnerable women into Britain and married them off to men desperate for a visa were jailed for a total of 16 years today.

The pair lured two Lithuanians to the UK with the promise of well-paid work, but instead forced them into tying the knot with a complete stranger.

They also exploited a third woman who had previously been trafficked into the Britain by another gang, forcing her into prostitution in London.

There may have been many more victims of the couple after text messages revealed them boasting of selling women for £2,500 each.

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7 ways to spot that someone is being trafficked

Warning signs:

1 -- A traveler is not dressed appropriately for their route of travel.

You might notice right away that a traveler has few or no personal items. Victims may be less well dressed than their companions. They may be wearing clothes that are the wrong size, or are not appropriate for the weather on their route of travel.

2 -- They have a tattoo with a bar code, the word "Daddy."

Many people have tattoos, so a tattoo in itself is obviously not an indicator, but traffickers or pimps feel they own their victims and a barcode tattoo, or a tattoo with "Daddy" or even a man's name could be a red flag that the person is a victim.

3 -- They can't provide details of their departure location, destination, or flight information.

Traffickers employ a number of tools to avoid raising suspicion about their crime and to keep victims enslaved. Some traffickers won't tell their victims where they are located, being taken, or even what job they will have.

Because victims don't have the means to get home or pay for things like food, they must rely on traffickers in order to get by, forcing them to stay in their situation.

4 -- Their communication seems scripted, or there are inconsistencies with their story

Sometimes traffickers will coach their victims to say certain things in public to avoid suspicion. A traveler whose story seems inconsistent or too scripted might be trying to hide the real reason for their travel and merely reciting what a trafficker has told them to say.

5 - They can't move freely in an airport or on a plane, or they are being controlled, closely watched or followed.

People being trafficked into slavery are sometimes guarded in transit. A trafficker will try to ensure that the victim does not escape, or reach out to authorities for help.

6 - They are afraid to discuss themselves around others, deferring any attempts at conversation to someone who appears to be controlling them.

Fear and intimidation are two of the tools that traffickers use to control people in slavery. Traffickers often prevent victims from interacting with the public because the victim might say something that raises suspicions about their safety and freedom.

7 - Child trafficking

A child being trafficked for sexual exploitation may be dressed in a sexualized manner, or seem to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A child may appear to be malnourished and/or shows signs of physical or sexual abuse, such as bruises, scars, or cigarette burns.

(Reference: www.edition.cnn.com)

Woman charged over human trafficking in Belfast

A woman has been charged in connection with the trafficking of five people in Belfast last month.

The 38-year-old was arrested on Friday morning and has been changed with three human trafficking offences.

She is also charged with three counts of acting as an unlicensed gangmaster and one of money laundering by acquiring criminal property.

She is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on 3 September.

Zoltan Raffael, 39, was remanded in custody last week for the same investigation.

(Reference: www.bbc.com)

ETHIOPIAN POLICE DETAIN SEVEN SUSPECTED HUMAN TRAFFICKERS

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 5 (NNN-ENA) -- The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission says it has detained seven suspected human traffickers who were engaged in illicit human trafficking activities from abroad.

The suspects were extradited from Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania over the past three months in collaboration with the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), says the head of the Illegal Human Trafficking Crime Investigation Division with the Federal Police Commission, Deputy Commander Wondimu Chama.

The seven suspects have allegedly been trafficking Ethiopian citizens illegally by creating a network with traffickers inside the country. A total of 17 traffickers residing in Ethiopia were accordingly detained and brought to justice, he added.

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RI State Police Arrest 8 for Sex Trafficking, Solicitation of a Minor

Eight Rhode Island residents have been arrested for crimes allegedly exploiting children, as announced by the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force on Thursday.  

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On March 23,  the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit / ICAC Task Force received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding a possible sexual assault of a 14 year old juvenile female. The Rhode Island State Police, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Franklin Township (New Jersey) Police Department worked to located the victim in New Jersey on April 6. At the time the victim was located, Paul Monteiro, age 30, was arrested by HSI and charged federally with human trafficking. The prosecution of this arrest is being handled by the Providence office of the United States Attorney.

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2015 TIP report to be released next Monday

WASHINGTON, 22 July 2015 (NNT) – The U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby has revealed that the U.S. government is to release the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report next Monday, July 27, at 10 a.m. local time or at 9 p.m. Thai time.

The U.S. Secretary of State is expected to announce the report by himself as in the previous years. The TIP report places each country onto one of four tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”.

Tier 1 is the highest ranking, followed by Tier 2, Tier 2 with close monitoring, and Tier 3 in which Thailand has been ranked in the previous year. Basically, country ranked in Tier 3 will be reassessed within three months whether or not the U.S. government will impose any pressure or sanction measures on it. However, the U.S. government decided not to place any sanction measures on Thailand last year.

(Reference: www.news.thaivisa.com)

Cuban Busted In Human Trafficking Ring Sent Packing

Yoeldis Melian-Mastrapa, 29, is the latest removal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations officers from New Orleans, Louisiana to Ecuador.

News Americas, GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador , Thurs. July 23, 2015: A Cuban national linked to a human trafficking ring allegedly responsible for trafficking Cuban women to Ecuador and forcing them into prostitution has been sent packing.

Yoeldis Melian-Mastrapa, 29, is the latest removal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations officers from New Orleans, Louisiana to Ecuador.

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New visas remove stigma for slavery and human trafficking victims

Slavery and human trafficking victims will find work more easily while helping police with criminal investigations following changes to visa laws, advocates say.

The Immigration Department created a new visa category for trafficked people and their families this month that allows them to stay in Australia while they help police investigate and possibly prosecute alleged traffickers.

Victims' advocates have been calling for a separate visa category for years to remove the stigma attached to the old visas.

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