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European governments oblivious to forced labour conditions, says report

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on July 4, 2013 at 9:22 am
Workers pick strawberries near Freiburg. Germany is among the countries implicated in a new report on forced labour. Photograph: Rothermel/AP

Workers pick strawberries near Freiburg. Germany is among the countries implicated in a new report on forced labour. Photograph: Rothermel/AP

Governments across Europe are in a state of confusion and denial over the extent of forced labour within their own borders, contributing to hundreds of thousands of people remaining trapped in exploited, unpaid and dangerous working conditions, according to a new report.

In a study of the presence and extent of forced labour in nine European countries, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) concludes that the continued failure to recognise and address deficiencies in the regulation of the labour market is leading to the entrapment of up to 880,000 people in the worst forms of exploitation.

The foundation carried out extensive investigations into forced labour conditions in France, GermanyItalyIrelandLatvia, the Netherlands,PolandSpain and Sweden.

“What surprised us all was how easily we found examples of forced labour in all the nine countries we chose to focus on,” says Nick Clark, senior research fellow at London Metropolitan University and the lead author of the JRF report, “Detecting and Tackling Forced Labour in Europe“.

Source: The Guardian

Nigerians arrested in Spain accused of sex-trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

According to the El Pais Spanish newspaper, police on Sunday said they had broken up a major sex-trafficking ring that would bring in Nigerian women via the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar and put them to work as prostitutes in Malaga and Barcelona.

The investigation began when a woman filed a complaint in the French city of Nantes. Six people, all Nigerian nationals, have been in arrested in Spain.

According to police, the traffickers would comb the streets of Benin City, Nigeria, meeting women with the offer of bringing them to Europe and promising them jobs and housing.

Source: Euro Weekly News

EU opens new probe into human organ trafficking in Kosovo

In Human Trafficking, Organ Trafficking on May 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

On Tuesday, the EU mission (EULEX Kosovo) in the capital Pristina said eight more people are also being investigated for among others the criminal offences of organized crime, trafficking in persons, grievous bodily harm and abusing authorities, in the case of illegal organ trade.

The EU mission said the new probe “is based upon investigations carried out in the Medicus case, as well as further findings during the trial phase.”

Earlier on Monday, an EU-led court in Kosovo jailed two urologists at the Medicus Clinic, director Lufti Dervishi and his son Arban for terms of eight and seven years and three months respectively for “organized crime and human trafficking.”

Three other defendants were sentenced to between one to three years for causing grievous bodily harm when around 30 illegal kidneys were taken out at the clinic in 2008.

The donors, who were from countries such as Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey, arrived to Pristina believing that they would be paid the promised 15,000 euros for their organs.

The mainly Israeli recipients however paid up to 100,000 euros for the organs.

Source: PRESS TV

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

More people become victims of human trafficking, most of them are from Bulgaria, Romania

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on April 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Forced labour, prostitutions and trade in organs – the number of the victims of human trafficking in the European Union has seriously increased, comments German Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.

Meanwhile, the number of criminals convicted of the crime is decreasing.

The European Commission criticised that Germany faced lapses in the fight against traffickers.

More and more people in the European Union are exploited for prostitution and forced labour. These are the results of the first broad study on human trafficking in the 27-member bloc.

Source: FOCUS Information Agency

Euronews on the Frontline: Child trafficking: widespread and unpunished

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on December 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm


Nigerian Sex Trafficking Victims Abandoned

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on December 1, 2012 at 8:57 am

For many Nigerian victims of sex trafficking, coming home is as hard as the trip.  In Edo State, sometimes the same kind of so-called “magic” that binds victims to traffickers is used to set them free.

After five years of sex work on the streets in Italy, Patience Ken had paid $40,000 to her madam, essentially buying her freedom.  Before she could make any money of her own, she was arrested and thrown into a Roman jail.

Months later, she was handcuffed and brought to the airport.  From there, she was shipped back to Nigeria.  After she landed, they told her she was free.  She fainted.

“They said I am free, so there I got faint,” she recalled.  “I got faint because what am I going to do?   Where am I going to start from?  There is no money.  I am stranded.  No clothes.  Only the clothes that I am putting on.  Only the shoes that I am putting on.”

Ken sold her mobile phone to pay for her trip back to her village in Edo State, where most Nigerian sex trafficking victims in Europe originate.  When she arrived, her family was not happy to see another mouth to feed.

Neighbors whispered: “Had she been a prostitute?  Why then did she have no money?”

Source: Voice of America

Europe-wide op targets W. African human trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on November 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

In Germany, the BKA and 90 local police authorities in 12 German states took part in the raid. Checks were also conducted at German airports.

Authorities in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland joined Germany in conducting checks of brothels, while Spanish and Italian authorities provided support services. The United Kingdom also provided intelligence support and looked further into transit routes.

Europol said that more than 468 West Africans, consisting mainly of women, were checked in the countries involved. The investigation is still ongoing, Europol added.

In its statement, Europol describes an international network of human traffickers, woman forced into prostitution, and people who play supporting roles by laundering money or providing passports or forged documents.

“After being recruited in their home countries, the victims are smuggled to Europe and sent to brothels with forged identity documents,” the statement read. “Perpetrators use voodoo, which is also practiced in West Africa, as a means of exerting pressure on their victims, to intimidate them or break their resistance.”

Source: DW

In Spain, Women Enslaved by a Boom in Brothel Tourism

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

A prostitute waits for customers on a road in La Jonquera, on the border with France and Spain on December 11, 2011. More Photos »

She had expected a job in a hotel. But when Valentina arrived here two months ago from Romania, the man who helped her get here — a man she had considered her boyfriend — made it clear that the job was on the side of the road.

He threatened to beat her and to kill her children if she did not comply. And so she stood near a roundabout recently, her hair in a greasy ponytail, charging $40 for intercourse, $27 for oral sex.

“For me, life is finished,” she said later that evening, tears running down her face. “I will never forget that I have done this.”

While the rest of Spain’s economy may be struggling, experts say that prostitution — almost all of it involving the ruthless trafficking of foreign women — is booming, exploding into public view in small towns and big cities. The police recently rescued a 19-year-old Romanian woman from traffickers who had tattooed on her wrist a bar code and the amount she still owed them: more than $2,500.

Source: New York Times

Human trafficking linked to wrecked yacht off N.S.

In Human Trafficking on March 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Survivors of a yacht that was crippled by heavy seas off Nova Scotia Tuesday are claiming refugee status and the incident, which claimed one life and left three people missing, is being treated as a possible attempt to smuggle Eastern Europeans into Canada.

“There is an enormous and unnecessary risk involved with the act of human smuggling,” said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews in a statement. “Our government’s message is clear to those contemplating a human smuggling operation – don’t do it.”

Maj. Paule Poulin, a spokeswoman for the Halifax search and rescue coordination centre, confirmed the sailors are “foreign nationals” but did not specify which country or countries they are from.

Pulchny said that “based upon the accents [of those rescued], the crew believes they are from Europe.”

Source: Vancouver Sun

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