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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


St. Paul, Ramsey County teaming up to crack down on sex trafficking

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on April 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Two different police departments made contact with sex trafficking victims and a suspect at two different times last July 7, and both times officers failed to identify the crime at hand. In the first encounter, Inver Grove Heights police cited the suspect with a traffic violation. In the second, St. Paul police responded to a home and left when they were told “simply a fight had occurred.”

It wasn’t until three months later that a concerned grandmother’s e-mail prompted police to more closely investigate the suspect, Otis D. Washington, his brother, the men’s two uncles and one of the suspect’s former girlfriends. Earlier this month, the five of them were charged in Ramsey County District Court with allegedly running a sex trafficking ring that spanned St. Paul to Ely and victimized at least 10 vulnerable girls and women, including the ones police encountered at 3:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. on July 7.

Source: Star Tribune

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

Masseuse arrested for soliciting sex with undercover officer

In Awareness, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on September 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Police arrested a Barstow masseuse for allegedly soliciting sex acts with an undercover officer, though detectives have not ruled out that the woman may, herself, be a victim of sex trafficking.

Lixia Wang, 44, was arrested Saturday after allegedly soliciting an officer with the Barstow Police Department Street Enforcement Team who posed as a customer. The team was investigating reports of prostitution at the Asia Massage parlor at 816 East Williams St.

During the investigation police seized a large amount of cash believed to be gains from illegal activity.

Officers are working with the U.S Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to determine Wang’s immigration status. Wang hardly spoke English, though she was cooperative with police, said Sgt. Mike Hunter. She was cite-released that night.

Prostitution arrests in Barstow are rare — even rarer are those tied with businesses, Hunter said.

Wang’s immigration status also makes this a unique situation and police are investigating the possibility she was brought to the U.S. as a sex slave.

Earlier this year several Barstow police officers participated in sex trafficking training organized by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

“There’s a lot of immigrants being brought over here and used in the sex trade,” Hunter said.

Source: Desert Dispatch

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

Ojiaka who had visited several police stations in Lagos and beyond spoke with THISDAY LAWYER last week on the brutish methods meted out to young children who involuntarily find themselves in police net. ‘These are cases that we see on a daily basis. Most of the time, they violate the rights of those children. This is one of the reasons why a lot of people don’t like reporting such cases to the police because people believe that when they report such matters of that nature to the police, the police might eventually turn them to be accused persons instead of treating them as victims. Most of the victims of child trafficking are treated as if they are criminals. I believe that the police are trained to do their work. Assuming they don’t know what their work entails, whenever people in authority tell them what they are supposed to do they should do. More training should be carried out in order for them to know what they need to carry out.’
(Yinka Olatunbosun for This Day Live)

In Human Trafficking on September 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

Child victims in Nigeria: Who will call the police?

After Mahila police stations, the state capital and 11 others districts of Uttar Pradesh have got one more specialised police station. Interestingly, this police station has come up after an initiative of the Centre, despite the fact that police and law & order are state subjects. Named as Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, it has now started functioning as a fullfledged police station in the city. Cases related to human trafficking and other atrocities such as child labour, bonded labour, forcing someone into sex trade and human trafficking by forging their documents would be looked into by this unit. “The landline number, which the unit has got, is 0522-2200838.”
(The Times of India)

In Human Trafficking on August 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Anti-human trafficking unit comes up

To check human trafficking from the district, the Gumla police have constituted an anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU) with the town police station in the district. To man the AHTU here, Gumla circle inspector of police, Amish Hussein, has been made the in-charge. Officers-in-charge (OCs) of all police stations, including women police stations of the district, will be a part of it, said Gumla SP Jatin Narwal. “We have handed over 30 girls and one boy to their parents after they were rescued by the police fromDelhi and other big cities, said Shambhu Singh, chairman, District Children Welfare Committee. “Recently, we got eight cases for tracing trafficked children,” said its member Bimla Devi. According to her, over 700 children are trafficked from the district every year. A a striking number of women are also taken by brokers to different placement agencies in Delhi, from where they are either sold to various places or they work as domestic helps in big houses, especially in Delhi.
(K.A. Gupta for Times of India)

In Human Trafficking on August 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Gumla (India) cops form unit against girl trafficking

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts told members of the San Antonio neighborhood that he expected at least one of two anti-prostitution proposals being explored for the area to become a reality soon. Dozens of members of the International Boulevardcommunity, often called the “Track” because of the prevalence of the sex trade there, marched between 17th and 23rd avenues in a show of unity against prostitution on Thursday night. “You know its really hard to walk past this with your daughter everyday on the way to school,” said Nelson. Its really hard to explain that to your kids. And there’s a concern that we know the pimps are out here trying to find girls all the time.”
(Amanda Stupi for KQED Bay Area News)

In Human Trafficking on August 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Oakland Community Marches Against Sex Trafficking

The province is investing $1 million in the fight against human trafficking, and the Hamilton Police Service has been awarded $159,900 from that pool of cash. Hamilton is one of seven police services that applied for the funding through the Proceeds of Crime grant program. The money will fund multiple projects to help police rescue victims, and investigate and charge criminals. It will beef up special investigations targeting the sex trade, education campaigns for potential victims and witnesses, surveillance and officer training.
(Stacey Escott for

In Human Trafficking on July 23, 2011 at 5:15 am

Province helps police tackle human trafficking crimes

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