In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 23, 2013 at 8:54 am
Natasha was abandoned to an orphanage by her parents shortly after she was born. Having grown up in an orphanage, Natasha followed the footsteps of many other orphans into a technical school where she was to learn baking. One day, the director of the school invited a young man to come and meet with the girls. He developed a close relationship with Natasha, and after about two months offered her a job in Moscow. He promised to take her away from Moldova and provide her with a better job than she could dream of. She agreed. When she reached Moscow, Natasha was locked in an apartment, and began to realize that the teacher from the technical school and her boyfriend had worked together to kidnap her and bring her to Moscow. That night, she entered the sex trade. As a forced prostitute, she was raped and brutally beaten when she tried to resist. The brothel owners would torture Natasha by burning her with lit cigarettes and cutting her with knives. Natasha still has those scars today…
One night, Natasha boldly and secretly called one of her own clients for help. He was a builder from Tajikistan who took an interest in rescuing Natasha—even while using her as a prostitute. He had been afraid that Natasha’s owners would kill him if he helped her. But he acted anyway. He paid for Natasha for the entire night, and then put on her a train back to Moldova.
Natasha entered the Beginning of Life Safehouse and there she received help to overcome her fear, sense of guilt, nervousness and a emotional withdrawal. The team offered Natasha sincere love, kindness, and caring. She is now studying to become a baker, and is beginning the hard road to full healing and integration.
Source: My Crazy Adoption
In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm
A 15-year-old Mexican mother has revealed how she was duped into parting with her baby by the child trafficking ring at the heart of an Irish adoption scandal.
Karla Zepeda was offered $755 for a two week photo shoot with her tiny baby girl when a woman was approaching mothers in her poor neighbourhood looking for babies to photograph in an anti-abortion ad campaign.
The teenager could barely believe her ears. Earning just $180 a month at a sandwich stand, the offer equated to riches beyond her wildest dreams.
Little did Karla know that her nine-month-old daughter, Camila, was wanted for more than photographic poses in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
(PATRICK COUNIHAN for IrishCentral Staff Writer)
In Human Trafficking on December 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Amidst widespread stories of coercion placed on women to give up their babies for adoptions, and even payments and abductions at the hands of brokers procuring adoptees for unwitting parents, more are looking to hire what’s known as an adoption searcher.Adoption searchers are specialized independent researchers working to track down the birth families of children adopted from other counties.In Ethiopia alone the number of children adopted into foreign families in the U.S., Canada, and Europe has risen from just a few hundred several years ago to several thousand last year.That increase has also brought stories of corruption, child trafficking, and fraud. Parents began to publicize the stories their adopted children told them when they learned English: that they had parents and families at home, who sometimes thought they were going to the U.S. to receive an education and then return.
(SOS Childrens Villages)
Increased International Adoption calls for the Use of “Searchers” to track Child Histories
In Human Trafficking on December 19, 2011 at 10:16 am
THE lives of 17 Jamaican children in the United States may today be in danger after they were adopted and shipped off to that country by a woman the local police believe may be part of a major human trafficking ring operating between both countries.Local police, with the help of US law enforcement officials, are currently trying to track down the children, aged between five and 16. Detectives believe that more than the 17 children could well have been victims of the illicit trade.The human trafficking scheme was uncovered last week after the woman — a 53-year-old resident of Pleasant District in Bog Walk, St Catherine — was arrested by the Flying Squad at the United States Embassy in Kingston where she had presented forged documents in an effort to secure a US visa for a 16-year-old girl whom she had recently adopted.
BUSTED! – Suspected human trafficker arrested