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Trafficking victims, some as young as 14, languish in Israeli jails

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on September 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

More than 20 Ethiopian women and girls, whom the state has officially recognized as victims of human trafficking, have spent the past 5 months incarcerated in Israeli prisons.

Refugees in Saharonim jail. For many trafficking victims, there is no end in sight. Photo by Eliyahu Hershkovitz

They were kidnapped from their homeland, beaten, raped, bound hand and foot, and dumped on Israeli soil. The more than 20 women and girls from Ethiopia whom the state has officially recognized as victims of human trafficking have been free from their abductors for the past five months – and they have spent that time incarcerated in Israeli prisons.

For many of them, there is still no end in sight.

Under Israeli law, the entire group should have been given treatment to help them through their ordeal and about half of them – girls aged 14 or 15, classified as unaccompanied minors – should have been placed in boarding schools. But the Education Ministry has refused to accept them, and they have remained in the Givon and Saharonim jails – both of which house adults, not other minors.

The adults were supposed to have been sent to Maagan, a shelter for female victims of trafficking run by the Social Affairs Ministry. This isn’t an option for the girls, because the shelter says it isn’t equipped to handle minors. But in any case, Maagan is already full. So the women have remained at Givon and Saharonim as well.

By law, trafficking victims are supposed to be held in jail only until an alternative can be found. And for minors, the law explicitly specifies a maximum limit of no more than 60 days. These girls have already been held for three months beyond that limit.

Source: Haaretz


Trafficking to come at a cost

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on May 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Jennifer Howard and Andrew Swan announce Tracia's law.

A new law that goes into effect today will allow Manitoba courts to sell off pimps’ cars and houses to award hefty damage settlements to their victims.

The Child Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Act is the first provincial law to target the property of pimps and human traffickers for the benefit of victims who are lured, recruited or even kidnapped as part of illegal trafficking rings.

The primary targets are pimps who lure aboriginal girls from the remote north as well as foster children under the care of family service agencies.

“This is another one of the ways we are using our provincial powers to attack those who prey on others and to protect public safety,” Attorney General Andrew Swan said.

The Selinger government sees the new law as a signal Manitoba is declaring it will not tolerate sex and labour rings operating within provincial boundaries.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

People implicated in human trafficking in Qatar will face 15 years in prison and a QR300,000 ($82,368) fine under a new anti-human trafficking law. The law passed on Monday brings under its purview forced labour, forcing women into prostitution, sexual exploitation, child abuse – including misuse of children for pornographic purposes and forcing them to beg-, kidnapping and taking someone from a foreign country into Qatar promising him or her money for the purpose of exploitation and enslaving someone. The law also applies to members of organised gangs that are involved in transferring victims from one country to another for the purpose of human trafficking and exploitation, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Tuesday. 
(Habib Toumi for

In Human Trafficking on October 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

Qatar imposes new anti-human trafficking law

A silver unmarked police car pulls into the parking lot of a two-story apartment complex off St. Johns Road late Wednesday afternoon, drawing attention of local residents. The three officers inside look for a burgundy four-door sedan in one of the complex’s garages. It isn’t there. The officers will have to come back later. It’s a typical situation for officers with the Digital Evidence Cybercrimes Unit, a group of civilian investigators and police officers with the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The group was looking to arrest the car’s owner without getting a warrant to enter his residence to save time. Unfortunately for them, the owner wasn’t home. They stopped by the next morning and found the suspect getting into his car on his way to work. Bingo. Officers arrested Michael Basom, 57, Thursday on suspicion of 29 counts of dealing and 10 counts of possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, aka child pornography.
Paul Suarez Columbian Staff Reporter)

In Human Trafficking on October 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

Cybercrime unit gets tough in U.S.A.

A number of organisations protested outside Parliament yesterday, urging the government to pass the Prevention and Combating in Trafficking in Persons Bill. The bill was tabled by the Justice Department in March last year and was first mentioned by the department in 2003. Organisations which help rescue and care for victims said it was unacceptable that the bill had not been passed into law yet. A handful of protesters gathered outside Parliament yesterday, some of them wearing tattered clothing and bound by chains to portray the human slave trade.
(Zara Nicholson for Cape Times)

In Human Trafficking on September 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

Protesters in South Africa urge passing of human trafficking bill

On the day that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided her apartment, the seven-year nightmare Laila had lived as a victim of human trafficking should have been over. She had been forced into an arranged marriage in her home country, India, to a man who took her against her will to London and then to the United States. All the while, he kept her in a form of forced servitude – using her for labor and sex – and preventing her from having contact with the outside world. Some days, he’d leave and lock her in an apartment without a crumb of food. When he was home, he’d rape and beat her – yanking her hair and slamming her head against a wall. So in 2004, when ICE agents showed up in the early morning, Laila prayed for help. She watched as the man was arrested and later charged with operating a human smuggling ring. But, Laila, who was pregnant at the time and who didn’t yet speak English, was alone and still afraid. She was right to feel that way; her nightmare was far from over. Shortly after her husband’s arrest, Laila was issued a notice of deportation and ordered to appear in immigration court. The end result, she feared, was that she would be sent back to her home in India, a community that had turned a blind eye to her plight from the beginning. Her goal was to stay in the United States. “(I) never (had) any problem with the police, never (went) to court,” Laila says. “Nobody is with me. I don’t have money for a lawyer.” Laila is a pseudonym. The Register is not printing her real name because she is a victim of a sex crime who still fears for her safety. But her story is worth retelling, in part, because she represents a surprisingly large segment of immigrants who for years have lived in deportation limbo. In 2007, the last year for which there are official estimates, as many as 17,500 people were brought into the United States as human trafficking victims, according to the Department of Justice. Most were used for forced labor or forced sex or both. And those crime victims have been treated in the same manner as illegal immigrants, people who can be forced to return to countries and circumstances that often helped launch their sad journeys. But that may be changing. Under the new immigration strategy being pursued by the Obama administration – one that will target illegal immigrant criminals for deportation while leaving others alone as a lower priority – human trafficking victims like Laila might get a shot at stable, productive lives.
(YVETTE CABRERA for The Orange County Register)

In Human Trafficking on September 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hope for human trafficking victims in U.S.A.

Child brides are common in many Middle Eastern and Asian countries. Public opinion is more inclined to see these arrangements as sex slavery, since by definition of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, minors under 18 are not able to give consent to sexual relations.   The idea of slavery is conveyed by Jeff’s journals and tapes which were seized after a raid of the Texas facility based on a 2008 tip about children being forced into marriages and sexual activity with older men.  In the recording, Jeffs spoke of his 14-year-old bride whom he married in January 2004 and ”informed [her parents] of their girl belonging to me.” The night after the “wedding”, the girl and another wife were taken for a drive in the wilderness and given training on their sexual duties, with the session taped by Jeffs.
(Holly Craw for Sex Trafficking Examiner)

In Human Trafficking on August 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Warren Jeffs: Child sex slavery documented on taped instructions to teen girls

Washington’s a top destination for traffickers dealing in forced labor and sex crimes.  New legislation goes into effect today that will strengthen the state’s current human trafficking law. The new law provides clarity and updates the state’s original human trafficking law which was enacted in 2002.  Now, the definition of the crime is expanded to include the harvest and sale of human organs.  It also broadens the scope of the law to make it possible to go after people who intimidate victims with threats of violence.
(Monica Spain for KPLU 88.5 NPR)

In Human Trafficking on August 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Washington strengthens human trafficking law

The 13-year-old girl ran away from her Salem home in October 2009 and made her way to Portland with a friend. There they met Davis, who put them up in a motel and bought them clothes, condoms and high-heel shoes. Davis, now 22, nicknamed his 13-year-old victim “Diamond,” according to court records. He paid $225 to advertise her as an escort in Exotic magazine. Soon, according to the government, he pressured her into having intercourse with her first customer. “After she refused to do it again,” prosecutors alleged in a trial brief, “he beat her into submission.” Davis drove the girl to Washington, California and Nevada so she could work as a prostitute. He carried a gun as she walked the streets and supplied her with cocaine and marijuana, according to the trial brief. The girl suffered through an odyssey of beatings and arrests. She turned tricks for a total of at least $60,000, all of which went to Davis, prosecutors alleged.
(Bryan Denson for The Oregonian)

In Human Trafficking on August 1, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Teen sex trafficking victim confronts her pimp in Portland courtroom

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Two men accused of running a prostitution ring in Newport News have been indicted by a federal grand jury. 25-year-old Roberto A. Darden, of Newport News and 37-year-old Ujima Crudup, Hampton, Va were allegedly involved in the sex trafficking of children and the production of child pornography. “These men are accused of taking advantage of a vulnerable teen and blackmailing her into prostitution,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. The indictment says Darden and Crudup received money in exchange for sex acts performed by a 13-year-old girl. The defendants took the victim to hotels around Hampton Roads giving her alcohol and illegal drugs. MacBride said they then videotaped the victim as she engaged in sex acts.
(Wavy News)

In Human Trafficking on August 1, 2011 at 5:10 am

Men Indicted on Sex Trafficking Charges: 13-year-old forced into prostitution

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