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Gaps in data hindering child trafficking fight

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on December 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

The UK must immediately introduce an independent Anti-Trafficking Commissioner to improve Government responses weakened by a lack of data on child trafficking, ECPAT UK said in its latest evidence submission to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

A comprehensive and ongoing audit of UK responses to child trafficking must also be undertaken to prevent further escalation of the issues and protect vulnerable children.

Many separated children who are trafficked continue to be failed by the systems designed to protect them, despite the existence of key policies and legislation to protect the rights of all children in the UK, regardless of their immigration status or country of origin.

According to ECPAT UK, an Anti-Trafficking Commissioner would play a central role in assessing the effectiveness of these Government interventions, helping to inform improved responses to child trafficking.

Source: ECPAT

92 Children in China Rescued From Trafficking Ring

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on October 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

A total of 92 children have been rescued from a child trafficking gang in China during a massive police sting operation.

Chinese state run television showed police in one of 11 locations entering a building where children and infants were being held.

The children and two women were recovered and are receiving treatment in child welfare centers.

Police said more than 300 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

China’s draconian one-child per family policy has contributed to a rise in child trafficking. If families have a second, illegal child, they will be heavily fined or worse. Traffickers buy and sell the babies to couples who cannot have their own children. Boys are especially sought after.

Government officials have said people who buy or sell children would receive harsh punishments.

Source: The Epoch Times

US Lawmakers Introduce Child Sex-Trafficking Bill

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm


U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill to strengthen federal laws against child sex trafficking, a proposal that has broad bipartisan support and will be considered after members of Congress return from an August recess.

Earlier this week, the FBI announced the rescue of more than 100 sexually exploited children as a result of a nationwide sweep of sex traffickers. The FBI said the operation yielded 150 arrests, primarily of pimps — those who profit from the illegal enterprise.

Members of Congress say arresting and prosecuting pimps is not enough, that those who pay to have sex with children must also face federal penalties.

“We have a Trafficking Victims Protection Act that prosecutes the trafficker — the guy that brings those girls throughout the United States. But the consumer, the buyer, is not prosecuted on the federal level,” said Republican Congressman Ted Poe during a news conference at the Capitol.

The End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013 mandates that those who seek sex with children will be prosecuted under federal law, which comes into play when there is trafficking activity across more than one state.


Human trafficking and south-east Asian women: it’s not all about sex work

In Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm

The way that the issue of women and the global trafficking industry is framed lags behind the reality, says Cathy Zimmerman, a global trafficking researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“I think the word trafficking still means sex trafficking for many funders and the public at large, largely to do with the exposure of the brutality and enslavement of women by sex traffickers within the past few decades,” she says.

“When we at the school first started looking at this issue, we focused exclusively on sex trafficking, largely because nobody was identifying or assisting people trafficked for other purposes, but now this is shifting. There is a growing realisation that labour trafficking is a much wider, more subtle phenomenon, and, in terms of numbers, an extensive problem affecting women from all over the world.”

In response to this shift in emphasis, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have launched a £9.75m anti-trafficking initiativeaimed at helping to prevent 100,000 south-east Asian women from being trafficked into forced labour in the garment industry and as domestic workers.

The Guardian

Child sex trafficking victims surpass 400 in Portland area, new study shows

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

At least 469 children in the Portland area have been exploited in commercial sex trafficking during the last four years, half of whom have gang connections, some of Oregon’s top public officials reported Monday.

“My office has 12 open cases against pimps, and we recently indicted a john on federal charges,” said Amanda Marshall, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, at a downtown news conference. “Still, for every indictment, there are dozens of cases we cannot bring because the child who was trafficked is back on the street.”

Marshall was joined in the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon,state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill. They were talking about the work ofPortland State University professor Christopher Carey and Lena Teplitsky, a master’s degree student in public health.

The two collected data between September 2012 and June 2013 to quantify the prevalence of commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Their study showed that the average age of victims referred to the state Department of Human Services child welfare office and the Sexual Assault Resource Center was 15 at the time they were first exploited.

Oregon Live

Capital becomes hub for traffickers

In Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Last year on Eid, Hina (13) went missing from Nizamuddin Basti. This Eid too Hina’s parents may not meet their daughter. The police did not manage to trace her and neither was the complaint sent to the anti-human trafficking unit. On Friday, Hina called her parents and said she is in Mumbai. Immediately, a lady snatched the phone and said Hina was on duty and had no time to talk.

Hina’s story is reminiscent of a thousand other such cases in Delhi. People are trafficked not just for sex trade but also for labour and to be employed as live-in maids. Delhi receives people from the northeast states, West Bengal, Nepal, Bangladesh and Jharkhand. Meerut and Mewat, which are close to Delhi are infamous for being “rearing points” for trafficked girls, according to anti-trafficking experts.

A recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC), titled ‘Current Status of Victim Service Providers and Criminal Justice Actors in India 2013’ documents how Delhi is one of the emerging hubs and transit points for trafficking. The report also highlights how girls are often kept in remote locations in the NCR, especially by people from tribes like Bedia, Nat and Kanjar, who sell them once they attain puberty.

Rwanda: Police – Time Is Up for Human Traffickers

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 7, 2013 at 6:12 am

Police are closing in on leaders of a Kigali-based racket of human traffickers whose activities threaten to turn the country into a source of girls and young women sold into sex slavery in neighbouring countries and the Middle East.

Details of this racket and names of the ring-leaders emerged last week after police interviewed six young women recently rescued from sex-slavery in neighbouring Uganda.

Security agencies have categorised as “very serious crime” the problem of human trafficking in the region.

Police say they are in possession of the names of the perpetrators whose arrest will be carried out any time this week. “We already have some names and will possibly have some arrested [this week]. We plan to close investigations into that case by next week (read this week),” Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesman Theos Badege told the Sunday Times in an exclusive interview.

Source: All Africa

Child Trafficking

In Child Trafficking on July 15, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Liberia: Over 50 Trafficked Children Rescued From Liberia, Guinea, S/Leone

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Cross border child trafficking is reportedly widespread in the Mano River Union (MRU) basin, and rights organization in the region have called on governments of the four MRU countries to act to halt the menace.

The MRU is made of Liberia, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone–nations that have been plagued by violent and destructive conflicts over the last two decades.

“As we speak, we have rescued over 50 children from child traffickers. These children are currently being kept in safe condition in Freetown. They are from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. We are working to see how to reunite them with their parents,” the Executive Director of the Defense for Children International Liberia (DCI-Liberia), Mr. Foday Kawah, stated in Monrovia following his return from Sierra Leone.

Source: All Africa

Nigeria: Child Traffickers Apprehended in Plateau, Six Girls Rescued

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The Plateau State government said it apprehended a male child trafficker and his female accomplice in Lagos State, just as it rescued six out of the 16 female children the culprit allegedly took to Lagos.

The state’s Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Barrister Olivia Dazyam, who briefed journalists in Jos, said the accused who were in the business of trafficking children from the age of eight to 15 years from Lemoro in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State were arrested with the joint effort of the police and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Barrister Dazyam said the six girls recovered from Lagos are presently undergoing rehabilitation and counselling, adding, “Despite the domestication of the Child Rights Law in 2005, child abuses, exploitation, and violation are still rampant.” She added that other social vices bedevilling the state include sexual abuses and cases of missing children.

Source: All Africa

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