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Iran busts two human trafficking rings‎

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on March 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Iran’s border guards have identified and dismantled two human trafficking rings at the ‎northwestern borders of the country, Iranian Border Guard Commander Brigadier ‎General Hossein Zolfaghari said on Saturday.‎

Ten human traffickers were also arrested, the Mehr News Agency quoted Zlofaghari ‎as saying.‎

Iranian guards also saved 17 Azerbaijani nationals at the snowy border of Maku, he said.‎

According to Zolfaghari, 10 drug traffickers were also killed during clashes with ‎Iranian border guards.‎

More than 137 kilograms of drugs and 5 Kalashnikov weapons were sized from ‎the traffickers, he added.‎

Source: Trend

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Pakistan, Iran to cooperate against human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on December 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Iran and Pakistan have agreed to cooperate against human trafficking and to exchange name of agents involved, IRNAreported.

It was decided in a meeting between Ala’eddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iranian Islamic Parliament, Majlis, and Pakistan’s Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Boroujerdi noted with satisfaction that cooperation between the two countries is on a positive note.

He suggested that Iran and Pakistan should also boost their trade ties and work closely to introduce barter trade system.

Source: Trend

U.S. Adds Syria to List of Nations Failing to Combat Human Trafficking

In Human Trafficking on June 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

While some governments are making significant strides to end modern-day slavery, the State Department on Tuesday singled out 17 others that it said were “treating victims as criminals or ignoring them entirely.”

In its 2012 report on human trafficking, the department addedSyria to the list of nations that could face American sanctions for not doing enough to combat forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. The report said the violence in Syria had weakened security and made it difficult to monitor anti-trafficking efforts.

The other countries that the report said were falling well short of standards and not making substantial efforts to improve conditions were Algeria, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

Source: New York Times

Human Trafficking Victims in Azerbaijan Mainly Taken out to Turkey and Iran

In Human Trafficking on April 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

In the first quarter of this year 39 criminal facts in connection with human trafficking were registered in Azerbaijan, the head of department for combating human trafficking of the Interior Ministry, Javad Shikhaliyev, told Trend on Friday.

During the reporting period 17 victims of trafficking were found, four criminal groups engaged in human trafficking neutralized, seven people brought to criminal responsibility for these crimes.

Shikhaliyev said in the first quarter of this year 13 human trafficking victims were taken out to Turkey, four – Iran.

Source: Turkish Weekly

International criminal: FIA nabs key human trafficking ring member

In Human Trafficking on February 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

A key member of an international human trafficking ring wanted in 15 cases has been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), The Express Tribune has learnt.

Ajib Gul, alias Raja Humayaun was not only in the FIA’s Red Book-2009 (which comprises particulars of high profile human smugglers) but also had a red warrant issued against him by Interpol on the Pakistan government’s request.

The FIA team nabbed Gul, a resident of Gujrat district, while he was trying to flee across the Azad Kashmir border to India, Gujranwala Circle FIA Deputy Director Gul Sanober confirmed while talking toThe Express Tribune.

Gul’s network extended to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Greece.

(International Herald Tribune)

FIA arrests key member of international human trafficking network

In Human Trafficking on December 31, 2011 at 8:21 am

Ali, a resident of district Gujrat, had managed to escape an earlier FIA raid in 2010 when many of his accomplices were arrested. Ali and his associates, with help of some other people, had attacked the FIA raiding party and escaped from the scene, FIA officials said.Due to the nature of the allegations against him, Ali’s name was also included in the Exit Control List (ECL), sources said.FIA record further revealed that the accused was wanted by the FIA Rawalpindi and Gujranwala Anti Human Trafficking Circles (AHTC).The alleged human trafficker had extorted millions from a number of people on the pretext of sending them abroad particularly to European countries via Pak-Iran-Turkey-Greece, the FIA officials said.

(Asad Kharal for Tribune)
FIA arrests key member of international human trafficking network

Female victims of sex trafficking are often detained and charged with prostitution. They generally spend six months incarcerated before their cases are heard. Photo Credit: Kamaran Najm/ Metrography
In many societies, maintaining family and personal honor is integral to upholding cultural norms.  The burden of upholding such honor codes weighs more heavily on women and girls.  In countries such as Iraq, programs designed to combat human trafficking must address severe cultural stigmas about honor in conjunction with protection and prosecution efforts. Vian* was 14-years old when her neighbor Ahmed, an 18-year old police officer, persuaded her to have a relationship with him by promising to marry her.  Their relationship only lasted a short period before Ahmed ended things, threatening Vian that he would kill her if she told anyone about them.  When Vian’s father became suspicious, he beat her and demanded to know if she was in a relationship.  Fearing for her safety, because the relationship, if discovered, would damage her family’s honor, Vian asked for Ahmed’s help in running away.   Ahmed tried to take Vian to Iran, but she escaped by taxi to another city to look for her friend’s house.  The taxi driver drove her to a brothel where Vian was forced into prostitution.  Several months later the police arrested and detained her and charged her with engaging in prostitution. Once in jail, Vian learned she was pregnant.
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Sherizaan Minwalla for Impact Blog)

In Human Trafficking on September 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

The Role of Honor Related Violence in Sex Trafficking

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