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France: behind the scenes in the war on Romanian gangs

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

They arrive early in the morning in front of the Paris Opera, one of the busiest tourist spots in the French capital. But the 20 Roma children brought from Romania are not there to see the sights.

Armed with a notebook bearing the logo of a charity for the deaf and mute, they attempt to persuade passers-by to give them donations. But the charity doesn’t exist, and the children aren’t deaf or mute. The scam works quite well – some tourists give as much as 10 or 20 euros in notes. But the girls don’t keep the money long.

The gang leaders are just a few yards away, keeping a discreet eye on operations. Every half hour, they gather the money collected by the children.

Meanwhile, other groups of children are taken to the very centre of Paris, where they split up along the main boulevards. They walk beside the cafes, snatching iPhones that tourists have left on the outside tables. Again, they use the fake petition as a decoy. One second is enough to distract the unsuspecting tourist, before both phone and children disappear in a flash…

Using a hidden camera, we found the stolen smartphones for sale at a market in a suburb in the east of Paris. A woman offers us the very latest model, normally sold at 800 euros, for 250 euros. It’s a lucrative business – according to the police, a child can steal as many as five iPhones a day.

Source: France24


Woman Tells Her Story of Sex Trafficking and Incest

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

“I am a survivor of almost 14 years of incest, about three, almost four years, of sex trafficking and I’m also the daughter of a sex offender and my pimp was my dad,” Rose said.

Rose says her father Zenon Anastassiou began sexually molesting her when she was a toddler. She says he told her it was a cultural thing and it gradually escalated into rape by the time she was 13. Anastassiou pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with another child and assault against that child in 1987. Though Rose never brought charges against her father, she says her childhood was plagued by abuse and emotional extortion.

She says his message was clear:  “You want to live in this house? You like the clothes that you get to wear? … Well, if you tell or you stop having sex with me that’s all just going to go away.”

Just short of 16, Rose says she mustered up the courage to hold a knife to her father and tell him to stop.

“He laughed. He literally laughed in my face and he said I’ve been waiting for this day.”

That’s when he allegedly began selling her to other men, using provocative and naked pictures he took of her. The torture allegedly lasted until she was 19 when she got married. Decades later, stories like hers continue to repeat themselves in Florida, a state that’s become a hub for child sex trafficking.

Source: NBC Miami

The darker side of tourism

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm
An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking each year. (Stephen Cairns/Getty)

An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking each year. (Stephen Cairns/Getty)

An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of trafficking each year, and the travel industry – which criminals often use to move and enslave their victims – has become increasingly involved in trying to do something about it. Travellers can play their part, too, by being aware of suspicious activity and supporting companies that have taken a stand against sex tourism and child exploitation.

To date, more than 1,000 travel and hospitality companies in 42 countries have signed The Code, a set of principles to combat child trafficking and abuse that was launched in 1998 by Ecpat (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) in Sweden. Travellers can find a list of companies that have signed on the website and they can use Ecpat letters and postcards to encourage other businesses to join too.

Source: BBC

Does the Legalisation of Sex Work increase Trafficking?

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on April 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Please click here to join the debate!

Source: Research Project Korea


In Awareness, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

Not For Sale is sponsoring an innovative new training program in New Delhi, India, which will fully prepare vulnerable people and survivors of modern-day slavery to work with our local enterprise partner Open Hand.

Not For Sale is working with Open Hand to develop an on-the-job training program in order to provide survivors of exploitation with competitive and dignified employment alternatives.

News that Not For Sale is expanding its scope to help fight modern-day slavery in India coincides with its fifth anniversary this week.

In 2012, Not For Sale seeks to sponsor the training of 100 individuals, 30-40% of who are survivors of exploitation or severely at risk to eventually be employed at Open Hand’s manufacturing unit in New Delhi.

Although the number of women working in India is increasingly rapidly, women in low skilled jobs often continue to face discrimination or abuse. The Not For Sale training program at Open Hand will be supporting and engaging women from local shelters and vocational programs that are ready to return to the workforce following rehabilitation.

(Not for Sale)

New human trafficking legislation plan in Northern Ireland

In Human Trafficking on February 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

Since last April, 26 potential victims of human trafficking in Northern Ireland had been identified by the PSNI.

The victims hail from a number of countries including Ghana, China, Slovakia and Zimbabwe.

Mr Ford pledged his commitment in doing all he can to tackle what he described as a “wicked crime.”

Detective Superintendent Philip Marshall of the Organised Crime Branch said the figures are just “the tip of the iceberg”.

“Nobody knows the true extent of this crime.


Nightlight International Jewelry Sale

In Human Trafficking, Social Justice on February 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Beautiful jewelry, amazing prices, and for a great cause! Help women rescued from sex slavery to become self-sufficient by supporting Nightlight International.

Nightlight International Jewelry Sale

Groups battle sex trafficking in Atlanta

In Human Trafficking on January 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

On average, 100 adolescent girls are sexually exploited for money in Georgia on a typical night, according to a report by the Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based research, marketing and communications firm. The data reveal that 7,200 men pay for sex with adolescent females in Georgia each month and the largest concentration of men — 42 percent — seeking to pay for sex with adolescent females in Georgia is in the north metro area, outside the Perimeter. Twenty-six percent come from inside the Perimeter and 23 percent from the south metro area outside the Perimeter. Nine percent are from the immediate vicinity of the Hartsfield-JacksonInternational Airport.

(Gracie Bonds Staples for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Groups battle sex trafficking in Atlanta

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Jesse Eaves gives us a TVPRA update. Keep up the great work and make sure to call Congress

Important TVPRA update!!

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