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Human Trafficking Course for Officers

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on June 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Florida officials are fighting for freedom.

”The Florida Police Chief’s are committed to do what it takes to end human trafficking in our state,” said Walter McNeil.

In a new training course, officers will be taught how to spot human trafficking victims.

”Thank you for taking this online training to learn more about human trafficking so you can stop this horrific crime from occurring in our state,” said Pam Bondi.

In 2011, Florida had more than 3,900 reports of human trafficking. The volume makes Florida the third most trafficked state.

“We’re going to continue everything we can as we told you we’re partnering up with the business community, attacking with new legislation and on an educational front,” said Bondi.

New recruits have been trained to spot trafficking since 2006. Now every officer will be trained.

Source: WJHG


Victims of child trafficking ‘let down by criminal justice system’

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

Vulnerable children abused by gangs were not given the necessary support when reporting their crimes, a damning report by the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) concluded.

The report into child sexual exploitation and localised grooming found that allegations stemming from a 2011 report in The Times, which included “controversial” details relating to the ethnicity of many of the offenders, were not fully acted upon by police and local authorities, allowing gangs of men to continue to abuse vulnerable children.

The majority of the cases involved men of Asian or British Asian origin grooming and abusing young white teenage girls, many of whom were under local authority care, with the scale of such abuses only becoming apparent following Operation Retriever, a Derbyshire Constabulary investigation which saw nine men jailed in November 2010 for 70 offences against girls under 18, ranging from rape and false imprisonment to sexual activity with a child.

Source: Police Professional

Only 3% convicted in Chhattisgarh for human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on May 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Even as the Chhattisgarh Police joins hands with the UNICEF to open dedicated anti-human trafficking cells in eight notorious districts of the state, it has a poor record of sending the perpetrators of such crimes to jails, as it’s conviction rate remains less than an abysmally low of three percent.

Sheer figures, if one goes by the conviction rate, suggest that of the 215 people arrested in human trafficking cases in the past five years, only 5 persons went to jail for their crimes while the others managed to go scot free, without any punishment whatsoever. Though officials attribute the reasons for the high acquittals to the loop holes in the law and various other factors, there is no denying that such low convictions can hardly act as a deterrent to those who make a kill by trafficking humans.

Admitting that the conviction rate was low, between two to three percent, PN Tewari, OSD CID said this was not unusual and the nationwide trend was similar. “Since in majority of cases relatives and known people are involved in human trafficking, victims become hostile at later stages, making convictions difficult”, he said.

Source: Times of India

Nine Kerala cops suspended in human trafficking case

In Human Trafficking on May 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

The investigation revealed that the officials had helped Lissy, who is known as Leena Basheer and Aswathi abroad, in trafficking poor women with the offer of jobs. Lissy had allegedly trafficked about 125 women from Kerala and neighbouring states in this manner.

The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) has also gone into the wealth of the main accused in the case and has recommended a detailed investigation against 19 officials, who included SPs, DySPs and circle inspectors. The VACB has found major irregularities in the financial assets of most of these officials. It found that these officers had made money unaccountable for by investing it in real estate in other people’s names.

The human trafficking incident incident first came to light after Somarajan, Assistant Commandant with the Immigration Wing of Nedumbasserry airport, conducted an inquiry and filed a report against Ajeeb, civil police officer for having links with travel agents.

Source: Khaleej Times

Human Rights Watch: Sex workers in China subject to frequent police abuse, including torture

In Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on May 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

Police in China frequently beat, torture and arbitrarily detain suspected sex workers, often with little or no evidence that they engaged in prostitution, a rights group said Tuesday in a report that called on the government to discipline abusive officers.

Officers sometimes detain women only on the basis of their carrying condoms, thus deterring their use among sex workers and increasing the risk of spreading HIV, New York-based Human Rights Watch said. It also condemned forced HIV testing of sex workers by public health agencies and the disclosure of the results to third parties.

The government officially views prostitution as an “ugly social phenomenon” and the solicitation, sale and purchase of sex in China are illegal. However, despite frequent government crackdowns, prostitution remains rampant and sexual services are openly offered in massage parlors, karaoke bars and nightclubs.

Source: Washington Post

US offers ‘T’ visa for victims of human trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Pablo arrived in the United States using an H2B visa. Having paid his recruiter a substantial amount of money, he was told that he would be employed by a hotel in Nevada. Upon his arrival, he found out that there was no work for him in a hotel. Instead, he was forced against his will to work in various households as a housekeeper for minimal pay. His recruiter kept his passport with the visa that eventually expired.

After one year without legal status, Pablo left his housekeeping job without his recruiter’s knowledge. He found a job as a live-in caregiver and worked 24/7 without leave. This time he was paid a reasonable salary for his services.

Since he is undocumented, Pablo would like to legalize his stay by applying for a working visa. Obtaining a visa as a caregiver could take several years. Being in unlawful status, it may also be impossible to get a nonimmigrant working visa. Pablo has heard about the case of a Filipino woman getting something called a “T” visa, which is given to victims of human trafficking. He wants to apply for the same visa.

Pablo was told that he fits the profile of a trafficking victim. But when he was informed that part of the requirement is that he assists law enforcement agencies in prosecuting his recruiter and employer, he had second thoughts about filing for the T visa. According to Pablo, he could not in conscience assist in persecuting the person who helped him enter the United States. He said that despite paying the recruiter money, he still feels that he owes this person a debt of gratitude.

Source: Global Nation

Mpls. Police Stepping Up Efforts To Thwart Sex Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on January 25, 2013 at 12:25 pm

On Wednesday, the Minneapolis City Council got their first report on the latest efforts to stop child sex trafficking in the city.

“We expect this to be the first of a series of progress reports,” said Susan Segal, Minneapolis City Attorney.

The city has partnered with other organizations and agencies to put a stop to child prostitution. Police say that over the last year they’ve used a different approach to combating sex trafficking and it’s led to promising results.

Minneapolis reports that since February 2011, 19 defendants have been charged; including 14 for felony sex trafficking, four for hiring a minor for prostitution and one for manufacture of child pornography. Also, 18 juvenile females have been rescued in the process.

Source: MN CBS Local

Sensitising cops to combat human trafficking

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 12, 2013 at 9:53 am
Commissioner of Police Shailesh Kumar Yadav speaking at the workshop on “combating trafficking in human beings” in the city on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy

Commissioner of Police Shailesh Kumar Yadav speaking at the workshop on “combating trafficking in human beings” in the city on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy

City Police personnel would be sensitised to host of aspects connected with human trafficking, issues relating to it and the ways to combat the crime at a two-day workshop on “combating trafficking in human beings” that commenced here on Tuesday.

In addition to law enforcers also attached with the Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), representatives of non-governmental organisations are also taking part in the workshop that is being conducted by the Crime Branch CID, Chennai.

Recent trends in trafficking, prevention of trafficking of women and children, concept and dimension of human trafficking, sexual violence against children and women, child rights and child in need of care and protection, Juvenile Justice Act, investigation techniques, rescue process and post rescue process and rehabilitation besides significance of Child Welfare Committees and AHTUs constitute the range of topics to be covered during the course of the programme.

Source: The Hindu

Cops to fight trafficking by the book

In Human Trafficking on January 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Police are handing out a manual to officers on how to combat human trafficking.

The anti-trafficking manual, which was sponsored by the US government, was published last week by the Human Rights and Development Foundation (HRDF) and the Royal Thai Police.

Thailand has been on the US government’s Tier 2 Watch List in the Trafficking in Persons Report for the past two years.

The US will review the status again in February. If Thailand makes the Tier 2 list for a third time, it will be automatically downgraded to Tier 3 _ the lowest classification _ which could mean that non-tariff sanctions are imposed.

Pol Gen Chatchawal Suksomjit, a police force adviser, said the annual trafficking report should serve as a wake-up call for law enforcement agencies.

The launch of the anti-trafficking guidebook was intended to help improve their efficiency in tackling the problem.

Source: Bangkok Post

Training Helps Professionals Identify Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on January 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Dozens of social workers and law enforcement personnel around Kansas recently completed training designed to further understanding of human trafficking, which is a modern form of human slavery.

Classes were held in Wichita, Topeka and Hays. Social workers from the Kansas Department for Children and Families and Kansas Highway Patrol officers gained new insights from nationally renowned expert Dottie Laster.

Toni Schuckman, Wichita regional assistant director for the Department For Children and Families, said “everyone walked out with something new and a broader understanding of the problem.”

Source: KMUW

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