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Foreign Women Turning to Prostitution on Streets of London

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 24, 2013 at 9:16 am
A Soho doorway leads to a brothel (Reuters)

A Soho doorway leads to a brothel (Reuters)

A significant proportion said that they were from Romania and were sending money home to their children and families, according to a report by the Eaves for Women charity.

They were said to be soliciting men at the entrance to hotels in areas popular with tourists, such as Park Lane.

“This group of women tend to sell sex on the street in groups and are highly mobile. Some are transported by taxi and privately owned vans to on-street sites known as hotspots for street prostitution,” said the study, with prostitutes spotted leaving cash at makeshift drop sites.

Some prostitutes appeared to be as young as 14.

There were also accounts of “male minders” watching over the women. In one area of London there was a “Godfather-like” figure who controlled many of the Romanian women.

Source: IB Times

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In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

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Women sex trafficking other women: the problem is getting worse

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Ever since Cynthia Payne became famous for accepting Luncheon Vouchers in lieu of sexual services in the 1987 hit film Personal Services, the female pimp has been glamorised and made to seem benign. But women who trade in women can be as brutal and cruel as their male counterparts and their numbers across Europe are increasing.

Banjit* has horrific first-hand experience of being controlled by a female trafficker. Arriving in the UK from Thailand in 2005 to support her impoverished family by working in a brothel, she says: “I knew I would be provided with food and accommodation in the UK, and would have to repay £27,000 to a Thai woman, but I was unsure as to how much that actually was.”

On her arrival in the UK, Banjit was introduced to Atchara Nualpenyai, who housed her in a flat in east London before taking away her passport to stop her running away. She then told Banjit that she would be able to pay off the debt within two to three months by providing “services” to buyers such as anal sex and sex without a condom.

Source: Guardian

Human trafficking, the hidden trade

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on July 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm
No one knows how many girls and women are brought from city to city, province to province, to work at strip clubs, escort agencies and massage parlours around the country.

Theirs is a hidden trade and since most victims are too afraid to come forward, it will remain hidden.

Among the few cases in Montreal to be prosecuted since human trafficking became a crime in 2004 was that of Jacques Leonard-St. Vil, who in January 2007 brought a 17-year-old girl with him from Montreal to Mississauga, ostensibly to host promotional parties.

A month later, and under constant threat of violence, she was being sold for sex in clubs around the city six days a week.

Then, there was Michael Lennox Mark, who in 2008 pleaded guilty to trafficking a 17-year-old he had sold into street prostitution in Toronto. He also pleaded guilty to procuring three other girls.

China Vice Busts Human Trafficking Ring

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 30, 2012 at 9:15 am

Like a scene from the Asian version of Miami Vice, China vice cops raided a brothel posing as a beauty parlor in southwest China.

Eleven Vietnamese girls who were abducted and forced into prostitution in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region were rescued by the agents, police in Dongxing City, Guangxi, said Saturday.

The majority of trafficking occurs within China’s borders, around 600,000 workers migrate annually overseas, many of whom are recruited by false promises of employment and later coerced into prostitution or forced labor in numerous countries and territories worldwide, according to the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, or UNIAP. Well-organized international criminal syndicates and local gangs play key roles in both internal and cross-border trafficking. High recruitment fees, sometimes amounting to as much as $70,000, compound Chinese migrants’ vulnerability to debt bondage and other situations of trafficking.

 Source: Forbes

Darjeeling girl rescued from Delhi

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 9, 2012 at 10:18 am

A 14-year-old girl, who was missing from Darjeeling since November, 2011, was rescued by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from Munirka in south-west Delhi recently. This was a big break for the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the CBI, that was set up recently to collect, collate and analyze data on kidnappings and abductions from across the country.

According to an official, the AHTU received information about this girl and began investigations. During the course of investigations, the sleuths came to know that the girl, a resident of Darjeeling, was lured to Delhi by a young man who promised her a job there. Once in Delhi, he handed her over to others who abused her. The man who took her to Delhi and his associates also had plans to sell her to a brothel. A case has been lodged against the gang. The CBI began a search for the girl and traced her to Munirka in South West New Delhi. Sleuths have come to know that The man who took her to Delhi and his associates also had plans to sell her to a brothel.

Bangladesh Bill seeks death for human trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

Home Minister Sahara Khatun has placed a bill in the Bangladesh parliament seeking capital punishment for human trafficking.

The bill styled Human Trafficking (Prevention and Control) Bill 2012, which was earlier approved by the cabinet, redefined human trafficking as an offence. 
If anyone forces any individual to engage in sexual exploitation, labour or confines anywhere in the name of shelter through threat, taking advantage of one’s vulnerability or any other means will be considered as human trafficking, officials of the home ministry said yesterday.

Setting up of brothels and running the sex trade with the trafficked persons will also be considered as crime, punishable with maximum seven years imprisonment and 20,000 taka financial penalty.

The bill was sent to the parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny. 

Under the proposed law, a trafficker can be awarded death sentence or life imprisonment with a fine of 500,000 taka for trafficking.

Under the proposed law, the dispute has to be settled within 180 days and the victim can lodge an appeal within 30 days of the judgment.

The law also says that if any Bangladeshi becomes victim abroad, the government will take steps through foreign ministry or missions to bring the individual back and the government has to set up adequate number of shelters across country to rehabilitate the victims.

(Mizan Rahman for Gulf Times)

Fighting Back, One Brothel Raid at a Time

In Human Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

The three unmarked police cars ahead of us pulled up in front of the brothel, and the police and prosecutor ran in. Somaly and I followed and watched as police with assault rifles confiscated cellphones from the brothel manager, a middle-aged woman, and her male partner, so that they couldn’t call for reinforcements.We quickly found five girls and one young woman, three Cambodians and three Vietnamese. The youngest turned out to be a seventh grader trafficked from Vietnam three months earlier, making her about 12 years old.The anti-trafficking police found 10 rooms equipped with beds and full of discarded condoms in the trash; the rooms all locked with padlocks from the outside, presumably to incarcerate girls inside. Several other young girls Somaly had photographed in her earlier visit couldn’t be found, despite a frantic search of all the locked rooms. “They’re probably kept at another house in town, but we don’t know where it is,” Somaly said.Soon the mood turned ugly. The brothel-owning family had strong military connections, and the man was wearing the uniform of a senior military officer. Someone inside the brothel must have called in reinforcements, and seven armed soldiers soon arrived to order the police and prosecutor to release the military officer. The prosecutor responded with courage and integrity. He declared that the military officer would have to be taken to the police station. “If you want to stop me, you can shoot me if you dare,” he told the soldiers.The soldiers backed down, but, in the end, the army officer was not charged. The woman, who had more day-to-day involvement in managing the girls, is expected to be prosecuted, and the brothel presumably will now be out of operation. The girls were placed in a shelter run by Somaly, and they are receiving plenty of love from other girls previously extricated from sexual slavery.

(Nicholas Kristof for New York Times)

Fighting Back, One Brothel Raid at a Time

Brothel owner charged over human trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

A TIP-OFF to the Salvation Army uncovered their ”abhorrent situation”. Three young women, allegedly lured to Australia from Thailand on the promise of student visas, had been allegedly held against their will to work as sex slaves in a western Sydney brothel.

Yesterday, the Australian Federal Police announced they had arrested the 42-year-old Chinese-Cambodian owner of the Diamonds 4 Ever brothel in Guildford and charged him with human trafficking offences.

The three women, believed to be under 18, claim they were told they were travelling to Australia on student visas but, once here, their passports were allegedly confiscated and they say were taken to the brothel and forced to work as prostitutes.

The brothel’s website boasts of ”dream ladies” and an excellent reputation for luxurious, prestigious services.

Seoul asks for help to stem sex slavery

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on February 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

THE South Korean government is working with Australian police to crack down on organised-crime gangs bringing women here as sex slaves.

The Koreans have met top foreign affairs and immigration officials, along with the Australian Federal Police, to discuss better ways to put a stop to Korean women working in the Australian sex industry. They are particularly concerned about ”debt bondage or trafficking” scams.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that a meeting ”late last year discussed a range of bilateral issues”.

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A senior Korean official told The Sun-Herald the sex trade was ”a very significant issue” for them and that several investigations were in progress into Korean syndicates operating in Australia.

(Ilya Gridneff for The Sydney Morning Herald)

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