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Letter: Human trafficking victims need immigration reform

In Human Trafficking on July 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

I was a victim of human trafficking. I was offered a better life in the United States. I came when I was 10, and I was forced to work all day and I did not attend school. I was in a house in Newark along with 22 other girls who were in the same position as me. We were all under age and when we finally got rescued in 2007, we found out that all our documents were not legal; we were threatened to be deported.

As a young girl who grew up here and makes this country my home, it was hard to hear that now I have to start all over and cannot pursue my education as an immigration attorney. What frustrates me the most is that when I tell people about what happened to me, all they focus on is the fact that I came here illegally.

Well I am a immigrant, a hard working one too; no I am not taking all the jobs, I’m not on welfare, I’ve never been to jail, I am now a student at a university. There are many immigrants like myself that came to the United States for different reasons and have to live in the shadows simply because our immigration system is broken. We need immigration reform now.

Source: M Live

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7-Eleven Shops Raided By Homeland Security In Human Smuggling Probe

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security raided as many as 15 7-Eleven shops in New York and Virginia early Monday morning, according to multiple reports.

Nine store owners and managers have been arrested on charges of harboring and hiring undocumented immigrants, The New York Times reports. The store owners also stand accused of wire fraud and using fake Social Security numbers to pay their workers. An additional 40 7-Eleven franchises are being investigated in some form, the NYT reports.

Federal authorities said that the raids are a part of an investigation into human smuggling, identity theft and money laundering, according to the AP. The respective store owners allegedly helped smuggle the workers into the U.S. from Pakistan.

A majority of the simultaneous raids happened in Suffolk County, Long Island, according to PIX 11 News. The owners of the raided stores will be charged with harboring undocumented immigrants and not paying the minimum wage to their employees.

Source: Huffington Post

Asylum and anti-human trafficking programs could be crushed by federal suit, argue attorneys

In Human Trafficking on June 28, 2013 at 11:39 am
An immigrant father seeks advice on submitting an application for his son for a deportation reprieve at a legal clinic on Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals. (Ben Torres)

An immigrant father seeks advice on submitting an application for his son for a deportation reprieve at a legal clinic on Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals. (Ben Torres)

The D.C. immigration debate just steamed up with an 82-15 vote to advance discussion on the Senate floor of the super-sized Senate Bill 744. Politicos will wrangle on border security measures from airport checks at places like DFW International to a citizenship pathway for many of the estimated 11 million persons in the U.S. unlawfully. This is the largest makeover of the nation’s complex immigration system since 1986.

Meantime, in the Dallas federal courthouse, immigration advocacy groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs for the U.S. government defendants in a civil suit brought by ten deportation officers last year. At issue are young immigrants up for deportation reprieves–a group that potentially might comprise 15 percent of the nation’s foreign-born without proper papers.

Source: The Scoop Blog

Ghana: Immigration Officers Trained On Combating Smuggling, Human Trafficking

In Human Trafficking on June 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

In its bid to improve upon its tactics in combating smuggling and human trafficking at the borders, the Ghana Immigration Service, in partnership with the Thematic Programme on Migration and Asylum, has trained 61 Immigration Officers on specific combat areas.

The programme on migration and asylum is European Union sponsored and aims at combating the menace of smuggling of migrants and other forms of irregular migration.

The six-day training programme took place in Bolgatanga, in Upper East Region.

Most the officers who benefited from the programme were those at the borders in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions, including an international trainee from Burkina Faso.

Source: All Africa

TRAPPED FOREVER IN SEX SLAVERY, EH? CANADA IS THE WORLD’S LATEST PORTAL OF HUMAN TRAFFIC

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Johns pay somewhere between $100 and $150 for an hour-long “girlfriend experience.” If they are lucky, the girls will get a 10 percent cut of the profits.

Johns pay somewhere between $100 and $150 for an hour-long “girlfriend experience.” If they are lucky, the girls will get a 10 percent cut of the profits.

From the Chinese head tax in the days of the British Columbian gold rush (look it up, it’s fucked) right down to the Filipino chap who holds an architecture degree from back home but now flips your cheeseburger for minimum wage in Montreal, Canada has a long and illustrious history of fucking Asian immigrants right in the ass upon their arrival to the Great White North. In no industry does this happen more literally than in prostitution, and right now women are pouring into Canada from all over Asia like, um, the choicest and most delicate plum wine being dumped into a scummy beer barrel at a logging camp in the Yukon.

One might think that in the 21st century, a wealthy liberal democracy would be able to squash its tendency to subjugate newcomers fresh off the boat. But unfortunately for a nation that prides itself on once having been a safe haven for African slaves, the rhetoric of social progress doesn’t hold up against reality—Canada has become a major transit point for a booming $10 billion a year human-trafficking industry.

The Mounties (Canada’s horsey-riding version of the FBI) have made conservative estimates that around 2,000 women and girls are illegally trafficked into Canada each year, but the reality is probably closer to around 10,000. From countryside rice patties to inner-city slums and then all the way to the freshly vacuumed arrival lounge of the Vancouver airport, traffickers use a deftly engineered system of exploitation to covertly import Asian girls into the North American sex market.

Source: VICE

Chilean authorities thwart human trafficking operation

In Human Trafficking on March 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm
Santiago District Attorney Emiliano Arias presents evidence in court. Photo by Fiscalia de Chile

Santiago District Attorney Emiliano Arias presents evidence in court. Photo by Fiscalia de Chile

Santiago courts found three men guilty of smuggling 16 Haitian citizens into Chile Thursday, releasing them on probation.

The immigrants were being sold for US$1,000 each for “services.”

Chilean authorities first discovered the operation when Ramírez approached a PDI officer and offered a bribe of US$400 per immigrant to allow the Haitians to illegally cross the Chilean border. The officer then alerted her superiors and was asked to work undercover and accept the bribe in order for authorities to uncover the entire operation.

Source: Santiago Times

ICE Director delivers keynote address to anti-human trafficking symposium

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton delivered a keynote address to the Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium at Georgetown University, Wednesday.

The event brought government, academic, not for profit and business leaders together to help reimagine the ongoing fight against human trafficking. Other keynote speakers included actress Mira Sorvino, a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Human Trafficking and Tony West, acting associate attorney general.

“It’s fitting for us to meet during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to discuss the crime of human trafficking,” said Morton. “The grim reality is that human trafficking and sexual exploitation are a very real part of the modern world… To defeat human trafficking we must attack it relentlessly. There is no other way. There is no other answer. It is simply one of the great wrongs of our time. And attack it we will.”

In his address, Morton discussed ICE’s recent successes combatting human trafficking, including this January’s conclusion of Operation Dark Night, an investigation that uncovered an organized prostitution ring operating throughout the southeast United States.

Source: Imperial Valley News

BSF to strengthen borders to monitor illegal migration, human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on December 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Border Security Force has identified specific spots along Bangladesh and Pakistan borders used for illegal migration and human trafficking and deployed additional manpower and special surveillance equipment at these places, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Mapping of Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders is being carried out to identify the spots vulnerable to crimes like illegal migration, human trafficking and smuggling, Minister of State Home Mullappally Ramachandran said in written reply.

He said BSF has been able to map and identify 86 border posts along Pakistan and Bangladesh boundaries, which are vulnerable to illegal migration, while there are 32 spots prone to human trafficking, 57 vulnerable to smuggling of fake currencies, 55 vulnerable to smuggling of drugs and 23 spots prone to cattle smuggling.

Source: IBN Live

Trial exposes corruption within U.S. Border Patrol

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

The trial here of two former U.S. Border Patrol agents accused of human trafficking is focusing renewed attention to corruption in the agency.

Federal prosecutors have charged brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal with conspiracy, human smuggling, bribery and witness tampering, among other offenses.

The case is not without irony, since Raul Villarreal was one of the spokesmen for the Border Patrol in San Diego and frequently warned about the dangers of immigrant trafficking.

The indictment says Raul became the leader of a band of traffickers that operated up until 2008 and collected payments of up to $12,000 per immigrant.

“They decided to make the border work for them. Instead of defending the border, they decided to profit from it,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Salel said in his opening statement at the trial.

Source: Fox News

Alert immigration personnel bust child trafficking ring

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Alert immigration personnel in Livingstone have rescued 7 children about to be trafficked to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

All the seven children, five of them boys, did not have documentation.

The Immigration Department in Livingstone has since arrested five Congolese who were with the children.

Immigration Department spokesperson Justine Siame said the Congolese nationals comprising two females and three males were picked from Hams Guest House in Livingstone. They have been charged with human trafficking.

According to Department of State statistics, approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims are annually trafficked across international borders worldwide.

Source: Lusaka Times

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