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Macedonia arrests alleged 15 human traffickers

In Human Trafficking on June 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Macedonian police have arrested 15 alleged human traffickers, including a police officer, suspected of smuggling Arabs, Africans and south Asians into western Europe, a minister said Sunday.

They are suspected of running an international human trafficking ring, smuggling more than 250 immigrants from Greece to Serbia over the past six months, Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska told reporters.

The immigrants included nationals of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria and other Arab countries, the minister said.

They paid between 120 and 200 euros ($160 to 270) to get to Serbia and another 300 euros to enter European Union countries, she said.

The immigrants either sneaked into Serbia away from border crossings, or were hidden in car boots or managed to cross aboard buses and even cabs, Jankuloska said.

Source: Times of Oman

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Teenager exposes India’s ‘one month wives’ sex tourism

In Child Marriage, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced marriage, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 23, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Campaigners for Muslim women’s rights said while short term ‘contract marriages’ are illegal in India and forbidden in Islam, they are increasing in Hyderabad, in southern India, where wealthy foreigners, local agents and ‘Qazis’ – government-appointed Muslim priests – are exploiting poverty among the city’s Muslim families.

The victim, Nausheen Tobassum, revealed the scale of the problem when she escaped from her home last month after her parents pressurised her to consummate a forced marriage to a middle aged Sudanese man who had paid around £1,200 for her to be his ‘wife’ for four weeks.

She told police she had been taken by her aunt to a hotel where she and three other teenage girls were introduced to a Sudanese oil company executive. The ‘groom’, Usama Ibrahim Mohammed, 44 and married with two children in Khartoum, later arrived at her home where a Qazi performed a wedding ceremony.

According to Inspector Vijay Kumar he had paid 100,000 Rupees (around £1,200) to the girl’s aunt Mumtaz Begum, who in turn paid 70,000 Rupees to her parents, 5,000 Rupees to the Qazi, 5,000 Rupees to an Urdu translator and kept 20,000 Rupees herself. The wedding certificate came with a ‘Talaknama’ which fixed the terms of the divorce at the end of the groom’s holiday.

Source: Telegraph

Sudan will soon pass law to combat human trafficking: MP

In Human Trafficking on March 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

The Sudanese parliament expects to receive a draft bill from the cabinet soon containing an anti-human trafficking law, a legislator said today.

The Vice-Chairman of the parliamentary subcommittee on Legislation and Justice Tahani Tour al-Diba said that the national assembly will likely take up the bill in the next parliamentary session.

She revealed that the law punishes those involved with human trafficking with up to 20 years imprisonment.

Al-Diba made the remarks after meeting the Second Secretary at the U.S. embassy who is in charge of this dossier.

She went on to say that an entire article of the proposed law addresses the issue of cross-border crime.

Source: Sudan Tribune

Sudan: Minister of Justice Affirms Concern on Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

The Secretary-General of the Secretariat of Sudanese Working Abroad Dr. Karar Al-Tohami, said the numbers of foreigners in the national capital is estimated at 2.5 millions where 50% of them have no documents of residence.

He called upon all partners of police. security and concerned ministries and the civil society organizations to double efforts to contain this problem, indicating its negative social and economic repercussions over the cohesion of the social fabric because it is linked with the issues of theft and begging, fraud and drugs, sex and other crimes.

He pointed that the number of the human trafficking in the world reached to 900.000 victims, 90% of this number are women as sex workers. He said the illegal migration from Sudan to Libya, Yemen, Cairo, Greece, Lebanon and Israel is estimated at 600.000 persons during this year.

Source: Sudan Vision Daily

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

Israeli charged with trafficking African migrants

In Human Trafficking on March 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

An Israeli man has been charged with participation in a human trafficking ring that captured and tortured African migrants in Egypt’s neighboring Sinai desert, according to an indictment released Sunday.

The indictment said the accused – a Bedouin from the Negev desert in southern Israel – extorted tens of thousands of dollars from Eritrean and Sudanese migrants in Israel whose relatives were being held by smugglers in Sinai.

The charge sheet said that over the past nine months, the suspect collected ransoms of up to $40,000 each for dozens of captives held by nomadic Bedouin tribesmen in the Sinai.

The Bedouin were supposed to smuggle them over the border into Israel. According to the indictment, the traffickers threatened to kill the captives or remove their kidneys for sale if their relatives in Israel didn’t pay up.

Some 50,000 Africans have entered Israel in recent years, fleeing conflict and poverty in search of safety and jobs in the relatively prosperous Jewish state. They need the smugglers’ help to navigate the rugged Sinai desert, reach Israel’s border and sneak across.

Source: Seattle Times

Trafficking in Organs Said to Rise in Egypt

In Human Trafficking on December 13, 2011 at 9:13 am

Egypt’s year of political upheaval has left a shortfall in some law enforcement, and that has been a boon for criminal organizations that traffic in human organs, a human-rights group says.On Monday, the Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions, a nonprofit international health and human-rights organization, is to release a new study that shines a spotlight an underground trade that world health experts say thrives here and affects thousands of African refugees in the country.The report, titled “Sudanese Victims of Organ Trafficking in Egypt,” includes video testimony of corroborating victims, as well as documentation of ultrasounds, and records from transplant centers where African refugees have been targeted by brokers. In addition to nearly 60 cases investigated by COFS, The Wall Street Journal also searched for refugee victims of organ traffickers.“Abuses include removing kidneys either by inducing consent, coercion or outright theft,” concludes the Washington-based organization, which tracks the world’s illegal-transplant industry. COFS’s Cairo-based researchers added: “In some cases, sex trafficking was associated with incidents of organ removal. The victims include men, women, and children.”

(JOEL MILLMAN And MATT BRADLEY for Wall Street Journal)
Trafficking in Organs Said to Rise in Egypt

The Sinai Desert is a traditional transit route for people from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and sub-Saharan Africa, escaping political turmoil, hunger and poverty and hoping to end up in Europe. “More than 30,000 people have fled to Israel, mostly from countries like Tunisia, Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan and others, since 2009. Out of which, around 10,000 died during the travel, and 3,000 have fallen prey to the brutal organ thefts. The documentation we have gathered at Habeshia contains some astounding figures,” says Zerai.
(World Council of Churches)

In Human Trafficking on November 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

WCC expresses concern over human trafficking in Sinai Desert

President Barack Obama announced Friday he is dispatching about 100 U.S. troops – mostly special operations forces – to central Africa to advise in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army – a guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities across several countries. The first U.S. troops arrived Wednesday. The LRA poses no known security threat to the United States, and a report from the Enough Project last year said that Kony no longer has complete and direct command and control over each LRA unit. But the group’s tactics have been widely condemned as vicious. Few are expected to object to Obama’s move to help regional security forces eliminate a group that has slaughtered thousands of civilians and routinely kidnaps children to be child soldiers and sex slaves.
(Jason Straziuso for AP via Huffington Post)

In Human Trafficking on October 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Uganda: U.S. Troops To Help Fight Lord Resistance Army

A new system of radio links has been developed to try to counter a rebel movement whose attacks have plagued vast areas of Central Africa. Funded by US charities, it will allow remote communities to warn each other. So far this year around 140 civilians have been killed and more than 600 abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army. All the incidents will now be displayed on the LRA Crisis Tracker website which can also be used by Congolese and Ugandan troops fighting the rebels. “Through these series of high frequency radios, communities can now be able to connect and communicate with one another, letting each other know where this rebel group is moving, being able to broadcast security reports, and then being able to defend themselves from LRA attacks,” Adam Fink of the US-based charity Invisible Children, which helps fund the operation, told the BBC.
(Martin Plaut for BBC News)

In Human Trafficking on October 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Uganda LRA rebel tracking technology unveiled

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