(MINNEAPOLIS) ICE/HSI REPORT: St. Paul shows support for northland victims of human trafficking during there awareness campaign #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.11: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents across the country will come together Jan. 11, to show solidarity for victims of human trafficking, while pushing to educate the communities it supports on the various signs and forms of the crime.

#AceDailyNews ICE/HSI News Report: Agency asks for community support in efforts educate community during awareness campaign

In recognition of this important topic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign hosts the Wear Blue Day to encourage participants to dress in blue attire and post photos on social media using the hashtag #WearBlueDay, to show support for trafficking victims, raise awareness and provide prevention information about this crime.

“HSI St. Paul special agents remain vigilant in their efforts to combat human trafficking and all other crimes of exploitation and victimization,” said HSI St. Paul Acting Special Agent in Charge Jamie Holt.

Human trafficking is a crime that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to lure innocent and vulnerable victims into forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

HSI also partners with the DHS Blue Campaign to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. The campaign works closely with all DHS components, including HSI, to develop training and educational resources as a means of reducing victimization in vulnerable populations.

In fiscal year 2021, HSI human trafficking arrests across the country increased nearly 30%, from to 2,360 from 1,746 in the previous year, with 728 victims identified and assisted.

Due to fear and intimidation by their traffickers, language barriers, and sometimes anxiety about law enforcement, many victims will not seek help even when given the opportunity in a public setting. Community members can help, and even potentially save lives, by being vigilant and recognizing some of the common indicators to identify possible human trafficking including:

  • Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends, community organizations, or houses of worship?
  • Has a child stopped attending school?
  • Has the person had a sudden or dramatic change in behavior?
  • Is a juvenile engaged in commercial sex acts?
  • Is the person disoriented or confused, or showing signs of mental or physical abuse?
  • Does the person have bruises in various stages of healing?
  • Is the person fearful, timid, or submissive?
  • Does the person show signs of having been denied food, water, sleep, or medical care?
  • Is the person often in the company of someone to whom he or she defers? Or someone who seems to be in control of the situation, e.g., where they go or who they talk to?
  • Does the person appear to be coached on what to say?
  • Is the person living in unsuitable conditions?
  • Does the person lack personal possessions and appear not to have a stable living situation?
  • Does the person have freedom of movement? Can the person freely leave where they live? Are there unreasonable security measures?

If someone believes trafficking may be occurring, they should not approach the potential suspect or victim(s). For the safety of all concerned, suspicious activity should first be reported to local law enforcement. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online at ICE tipline, or by phone at 866-347-2423.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of DHS, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Jan.11: 2022:

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(TEXAS) Justice Dept Court Report: Three more individuals have been indicted and additional charges have been filed in a human trafficking conspiracy involving young runaway girls on the “Bissonnet Track” in southwest Houston #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Published: Dec.19: Law enforcement arrested Chantel Deshay Collins, 28, Houston, and Asia Monae Hailey, 21, Galveston, Wednesday. They are expected to appear for an initial appearance Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Andrew Edison. Michael Gonzalez, 21, Houston, is currently in the Harris County (Texas) jail on other charges and is expected to be transferred to federal court to answer these charges by the end of the week.

#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston; Houston Police Department; and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation as part of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance.

Three more individuals charged with sex trafficking young runaway girls in Houston-area human trafficking conspiracy

Also charged are Clarence Chambers, 29, Javon Opoku, 20, Damarquis McGee, 23, Jerreck Hilliard, Vanessa Sillabi, 21, and Andres Portillo, 20. They are expected to appear on the new charges in the superseding indictment Dec. 23 before Judge Edison.

The defendants are charged with trafficking young runaway girls on what it known as the “Blade” or the Bissonnet Track in southwest Houston. This is an area near Southwest 59 Freeway and Bissonnet Street in Houston where traffickers commonly place their victims, according to the charges.

In addition to the sex trafficking allegations, the superseding indictment includes new charges against many for kidnapping, sexual exploitation of a child, attempted obstruction of justice and attempted coercion/enticement of a child.

According to the superseding indictment, the defendants worked to recruit underage teenage girls and forced them to engage in sex acts for money in cars and hotels around the Blade. They allegedly passed around or reassigned victims amongst one another, taught each other “the pimp game” and required the young girls to walk the Blade and sell their bodies. They also kept the proceeds, according to the charges.

The superseding indictment further alleges if any of the girls wanted to switch between pimps, they would have to pay an exit fee or get “beat out” to do so. In one instance, a minor girl had allegedly wandered onto a rival pimp’s territory. The charges allege she was kidnapped and raped as a consequence.

Some of those charged also required daily quotas each night from their victims, according to the charges. The superseding indictment further alleges if the girls failed to meet their daily quotas, they were severely punished through beatings and humiliation. In some cases, pimps allegedly instructed other females to carry out these beatings as punishment. At other times, some defendants worked with the pimps to help harbor, manage, maintain, transport or collect sex trafficking proceeds from the minor victims, according to the charges.

If convicted, they all could face up to life in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Bennett and Kate Suh are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Dec.19: 2021:

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(SPRING HILL, Tenn.) ICE/HSI/FBI REPORT: An undercover investigation, aimed at addressing human trafficking in middle Tennessee, resulted in the arrest of 18 men accused of seeking illicit sex from minors #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.13: Beginning on July 8, 2021, the operation focused on identifying and recovering potential human trafficking victims as well as identifying those seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors. Law enforcement placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex cases.

#AceDailyNews reports HSI investigation results in multiple human trafficking related charges in more than two-day operation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking Unit, Spring Hill Police Department, FBI and the office of the 22nd Judicial District Attorney General.

Individuals charged and booked into the Maury County (Tennessee) Jail include:

  • Georgie George, 25, of Clarksville, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Marvin Sparkman, 29, of Columbia, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Steven McCanless, 26, of Culleoka, Tennessee, charged with the solicitation of a minor.
  • Ketankumar Patel, 53, of Columbia, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Ivan Ashley, 49, of Dania, Florida, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • David Christopher May, 26, of Fayetteville, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Andrew Myung Kim, 38, of Franklin, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Bryce Lawson, 24, of Charles, Louisiana, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Jeremiah McSpaddin, 36, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Brian Mitchell, 50, of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Nabi Rahman, 33, of Nashville, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Patrick Harris, 32, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Matthew Brewer, 47, of Centerville, Tennessee, charged with solicitation of a minor.
  • Suleiman Musa Osman, 38, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Juan Gabriel Hernandez Eufracio, 36, of Huntsville, Alabama, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Pablo Godines Cervantes, 51, of Columbia, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Haojie Wang, 32, of Brentwood, Tennessee, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.
  • Luis Diaz-Mendez, 27, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, charged with patronizing prostitution from a minor.

The investigation remains ongoing with additional charges pending:

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.13: 2021:

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(ERWIN, Tenn.) TBI REPORT: Over a two-day period beginning June 9th, as part of an undercover investigation aimed at addressing human trafficking in East Tennessee, authorities placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to prostitution and commercial sex cases.

#AceNewsReport – June.12: A two-day undercover operation by special agents with the TBI Human Trafficking Unit, the Erwin Police Department, the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Jonesborough Police Department, and the office of 1st District Attorney General Ken Baldwin has resulted in the arrest of several men accused of seeking illicit sex from minors.

TBI Agents have arrested & charged seven men in Erwin Human Trafficking Operation: The focus of the operation was to identify individuals seeking to engage in commercial sex acts with minors and as a result of the operation, authorities arrested seven men and booked them into the Unicoi County Jail’

Mark Daniel Higgins (DOB 1/31/62), Asheville, NC: Solicitation of a Minor by Electronic Means, Solicitation of a Minor

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  • Jeffrey Lynn Rhoney (DOB 5/8/60), Arden, NC: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts), Solicitation of a Minor
  • Steven Charles Mayes (DOB 12/19/73), Morristown: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act, Solicitation of a Minor
  • Benjamin Bouchot Moreno (DOB 6/15/70), Asheville, NC: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act (2 counts), Solicitation of a Minor(2 counts)
  • Jose Raul Delgado Andrade (DOB 6/5/80), Johnson City: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act, Solicitation of a Minor
  • Alberto Vazquez Gonzalez (DOB 4/1/75), Bristol, VA: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act, Solicitation of a Minor
  • Randall Dale Staton (DOB 9/5/66), Bakersville, NC: Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act, Solicitation of a Minor

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.12: 2021:

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(UNION CITY, Tenn.) ICE/HSI/TBI REPORT: A two-day joint undercover operation, aimed at individuals seeking commercial sex acts with minors, resulted in the arrest of five Tennessee and Kentucky residents.

#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Human Trafficking Unit, Tennessee Human Trafficking Task Force, Obion County Sheriff’s Office, Union City Police Department and the 27th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

‘ICE Joint human trafficking operation results in 5 arrests of traffickers use diverse forms of force, fraud and coercion to control and exploit their victims,” said HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Jerry C. Templet, Jr. “Early recognition of human trafficking can help save victims’ lives’

Our agents work with local, state and federal law enforcement partners to aggressively investigate human trafficking cases, assist the victims and arrest the perpetrators: As a result of our efforts, human trafficking arrests for HSI Nashville, which covers the entire states of Tennessee and Kentucky, increased approximately 23% for fiscal year 2020 from the previous year.”

The five men were booked into the Obion County Jail in Union City on state charges, where a $10,000 bond was set for each. They are:

  • Lewis R. Harris, 52, of Memphis, Tennessee, charged with two counts of trafficking for commercial sex act and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor;
  • Kevin L. Jackson, 31, of Paducah, Kentucky, charged with two counts of trafficking for commercial sex act;
  • Abraham M. Labastida, 28, of Murray, Kentucky, charged with two counts of trafficking for commercial sex act;
  • Shannon L. Palmer, 44, of Union City, Tennessee, charged with two counts of trafficking for commercial sex act; and
  • Eddie R. Robbins, 54, of Paris, Tennessee, charged with two counts of trafficking for commercial sex act, introduction of contraband into a penal institution and possession with the intent to manufacture, deliver or sell a schedule VI drug.

Suspicious activity can be submitted online at ice.gov/tipline, by phone at 866-DHS-2-ICE or by contacting your local HSI office.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.11: 2021:

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: ‘ Police arrest 93 people in one year for offenses ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:June.08: Myanmar police have arrested 93 people for human trafficking offenses this year, AFP said.

However, no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where the persecuted Rohingya people have fled in droves. Most Myanmar victims were sold into forced marriages in China and forced labor in Thailand, local media reported, citing police.

The majority of cases were uncovered in eastern Shan state, which borders Thailand, Laos and China, followed by Mandalay and Yangon, the two largest cities.

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THAILAND: ‘ Senior Army Officer turns himself in over Alleged involvement in Human Trafficking ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:Thailand:June.03: A senior Thai army officer has turned himself in over his alleged involvement in a human trafficking scandal. This marks the first detention of a military official since the investigation started last month.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/06/03/thai-army-officer-turns-himself-in-denies-charges-in-human-trafficking-probe/

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/06/03/thai-army-officer-turns-himself-in-denies-charges-in-human-trafficking-probe/

Lt. Gen. Manas Kongpaen, a senior adviser to the Royal Thai Army, is facing various charges including human trafficking, detention and ransom, AP reported. He has denied the charges.

More than 50 people, including local officials, were arrested after the discovery of dozens of bodies believed to be those of Myanmar’s Rohingya migrants at abandoned trafficking camps near the Thai-Malaysian border.

#detention-2, #human-child-trafficking, #human-trafficking, #manas-kongpaen, #military-official, #royal-thai-army, #thai-army-officer

‘ PALESTINE AUTHORITY WANTS TO JOIN INTERPOL AFTER THREE YEARS AS AN OBSERVER ‘

#AceWorldNews – PALESTINE:Jan.05: The Palestinian Authority wants to join Interpol after having been accepted as an observer but not a full member three years ago because it did not have control of defined borders Jewish Press reported.

The Abbas regime thinks it now has a majority of Interpol’s members to be accepted.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Interior Ahmed al-Rabie told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, joining Interpol will give the PA the ability to take part in fighting cross-border crimes and fighting terrorism, money-laundering, corruption, arms-trade, and human-trafficking.

The question remains which terrorism the Palestinian Authority would fight, or aid …?

#ANS2015

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‘ THIRTY FIVE MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TRAPPED IN MODERN FORM OF SLAVERY ‘

#AceNewsServices – Nov.18 – More than 35 million people around the world are trapped in a modern form of slavery, the Guardian said, citing a report from the Walk Free Foundation (WFF).

The study by the Australia-based NGO that publishes the annual global slavery index, highlighted the prevalence of forced labour, human trafficking, forced marriages, debt bondage and commercial sexual exploitation.

Due to better data and improved methodology, WFF said it had increased its estimate by 23 percent in the past year.

Source: Download PDF:Here:  

#ANS2014 

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` Pope Francis `Denounces Human Trafficking ‘ as `Crime against Humanity ‘ making Slavery as a Priority ‘

#AceWorldNews – ROME – April 10 – Pope Francis has denounced human trafficking as a crime against humanity after meeting with four women who were forced into prostitution.

Francis attended a Vatican conference Thursday of church workers, charity representatives and police chiefs from 20 nations, who pledged greater cooperation to encourage victims of trafficking and slavery to come forward (AP)

Francis told the conference that trafficking is “an open wound on the body of contemporary society.” He met privately with four freed sex slaves from his native Argentina, Chile, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Francis has made combating human trafficking and slavery a priority of his papacy.

#ANS2014

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#AceGuestNews and Views Brendan Cole VOR Two centuries…

#AceGuestNews and Views – Brendan Cole – VOR

Two centuries on from the abolition of slavery, the slave trade continues to make headlines. A coalition of 14 Caribbean heads of state is considering endorsing a proposal to seek financial reparation for 400 years of slavery. Martyn Day is a senior UK lawyer, who is one of those who have drawn up an action plan to try and bring a claim to the International Criminal Court next year.

The nations involved argue that a legacy of illiteracy, poor health and limited social opportunities in the region is a direct consequence of the centuries of Human trafficking.

Day explained that they were approached by the prime minister of St Vincent about helping them with the issue after they achieved compensation for the Mau Mau tortured by the British in Kenya in the 1950’s.

They agreed there was no prospect of a case for injuries suffered in the same way as with the Mau Mau, so the case is about the damage being suffered today.

“Even now in 2014, the Caribbean suffers a lot from what happened during the slave era,” he says. “Issues such as health, education, social welfare. The Caribbean nations have been hamstrung by their past. We would be saying to countries like Britain, France, Netherlands and other countries that they should play a role in trying to recompense and assist the Caribbean nations in trying to come into the 21st century.”
We pointed out that some of them may not agree.

“Of course, but we benefited massively from the money that was being made out of slaves back in the 16th, 17th, 18th century and at the same time we were handicapping both the African and Caribbean states.

#AceGuestViews of Brendan Cole

Audio SLAVE_TRADE_TWO_WAY.mp3

Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_03_10/Slavery-UK-lawyers-assist-14-Caribbean-nations-in-push-for-ICC-claim-5832/

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Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice Nicholas Cage Calls for Greater Efforts to Assist Human Trafficking Victims

Forum Debate: Winning the War on Drugs: Yury F...

Forum Debate: Winning the War on Drugs: Yury Fedotov (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)

Renowned United States actor, film maker and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice Nicolas Cage recently called for greater efforts to assist human trafficking victims, stressing the international community cannot “stand quietly on the sidelines” while this scourge persists across the globe.

“As a global society, we cannot tolerate people being bought and sold as commodities. We cannot fight for a better planet and for the rights of all its beings while we allow our own species to trick, abuse and brutally exploit each other for profit,” Mr. Cage <“http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2013/November/unodc-goodwill-ambassador-nicolas-cage-renews-his-appointment.html?ref=fs1“>said at an event in Vienna, Austria, to raise awareness on the issues as well as private funds for victims.

“We cannot stand quietly on the sidelines, while humans are being shipped and traded across the globe,” he said.

Human trafficking affects every country in the world. Victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labour. A recent UNODC report found that women and girls make up 75 per cent of detected victims, with girls constituting two out of every three child victims.

Human trafficking. Main origin (red) and desti...

Human trafficking. Main origin (red) and destination countries (blue). Data from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2006 report (http://www.unodc.org/pdf/traffickinginpersons_report_2006-04.pdf) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A person stripped of their documents, their rights and their dignity needs specialized help. They need to rebuild their lives brick by brick. Your contribution tonight can provide vital help to these victims,” Mr. Cage told the attendees at the event, which was organized by Austrian businessman and philanthropist Ali Rahimi and held under the auspices of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

A specially designed “Blue Heart” carpet – an international symbol increasingly adopted in the fight against human trafficking – was auctioned at the event. Proceeds from the event will go the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, which supports grassroots organizations that rescue, shelter and reintegrate victims into society.

“Since 2010, $1.5 million have been contributed to the Trust Fund. Thanks to this money, 11 grass-roots organizations around the world have been able to support victims and survivors of trafficking, especially women and children,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov.

“But we need to do more. We need to join forces – the UN, Governments, NGOs, the private sector, community leaders and ordinary citizens, to stop this terrible crime. We have a shared responsibility to end this cruel exploitation and abuse of human rights.”

While in Vienna, Mr. Cage, who has starred in more than 60 movies and won an Academy Award for Best Actor in for the film Leaving Las Vegas, renewed his appointment made in 2010 as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, saying it was a title and position he was “very proud to hold. Of all the experiences I have had in my life this has been the most humbling and challenging of responsibilities.”

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UN Rights Expert Joins Call for Concerted Global Action to Fight Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking petition hand in

Human Trafficking petition hand in (Photo credit: 38 Degrees)

A United Nations independent expert, along with two other key human rights mechanisms today stressed the importance of partnerships as the “backbone” of global efforts to tackle the scourge of human trafficking.

“Partnership is the backbone for effective coordinated efforts to implement a human-rights based approach while addressing this multi-faceted phenomenon,” <“http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=13869&LangID=E“>said  the human rights experts from the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE), on the occasion of the European Anti-Trafficking Day.

“Cooperation between origin, transit and destination countries, but also with regional and international mechanisms, as well as private stakeholders such as multi-national corporations and civil society organizations, is essential for comprehensive responses to trafficking in persons.”

The UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ezeilo, underlined that trafficking is a grave violation of human rights which leads to further abuses.

“The rights of victims should be the beating heart driving all efforts towards eradicating this phenomenon which leads thousands of women, girls, men and boys in situation of profound exploitation and violence,” Ms. Ezeilo said. “The victims, whose rights are stolen, have to be protected, assisted, provided remedies, and re-integrated.”

Trafficking of women, children and men

Trafficking of women, children and men (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry which has trapped some 21 million men, women and children in forced labour. According to 2005 estimates released by the International Labour Organization (ILO), profits generated in the sex industry alone are as high as $32 billion a year. Furthermore, nearly one-third of all victims of human trafficking officially detected around the world between 2007 and 2010 were children, according to a report released in December 2012 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) citing data from 132 countries.

The President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), Nicolas Le Coz, emphasized that countries have a responsibility under international and European law to provide protection to victims to ensure their moral and physical integrity and prevent re-victimization, including by prosecuting and punishing the traffickers.

“Given the worrying proportions human trafficking has taken, there is a need to move from a national security model to a human rights-based approach in order to better identify and assist victims of trafficking who are often undocumented migrants,” Mr. Le Coz said.

For the OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, “the realization of a victim’s right to effective remedies is at the core of the human rights-based approach as redress and compensation are the key stepping stones on the path to full recovery and social inclusion without fear or stigma.”

The three international expert mechanisms stressed that “a universal human rights-based approach is paramount to end human trafficking in the world today.”

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1807 was a momentous year in British history…

1807 was a momentous year in British history as it brought the abolition of the slave trade. Yet it is estimated that today around the world there are more slaves being held captive than ever before. Organisations like The Salvation Army have never ceased to raise awareness of the continuing problem and in the 126 countries in which we operate, human trafficking is a high priority and we respond in practical ways depending on the local need and our resources.

So where are the 21st century slaves? Yes, there are children held in parts of Africa, harvesting cocoa beans to make our chocolate; women in Asia are trapped and exploited to make the cheap clothes that we wear and discard; and in the South Pacific men are enslaved on ships. However, people are also enslaved right on our doorstep, living in our communities, in the UK. They are often hidden but not necessarily invisible; you may see them but not recognise them; but you can help them. http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=109966

 

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Slavery-v-Profit – But people are the losers

Photograph of a reproduction of the Emancipati...

Photograph of a reproduction of the Emancipation Proclamation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the enduring cause of freedom.Then as now, we stay steadfast in our resolve to see that all men,women, and children have the opportunity to realize this greatest of gifts.  Yet millions around the world including here in the United States—toil under the boot of modern slavery.  Mothers and fathers are forced to work in fields and factories against their will or in service to debts that can never be repaid.Sons and daughters are sold for sex, abducted as child soldiers, or coerced into involuntary labor.In dark corners of our world, and hidden in plain sight in our own communities,human beings are exploited for financial gain and subjected to unspeakable cruelty.

 Slavery remains the affront to human dignity and stain on our collective conscience that it has always been.   That is why members of my cabinet and senior advisors gathered at the White House the other day, at a meeting chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to lay out their plans for meeting this challenge. The United States is committed to eradicating trafficking in persons, and they pledged to draw on tools ranging from law enforcement and victim service provision, to public awareness building and diplomatic pressure.

They reiterated that government efforts are not enough, we are also increasing our partnerships with a broad coalition of local communities, faith-based and non-governmental organizations, schools, and businesses.

They agreed to bring all these elements together, and to be sure we are maximizing our efforts, today I am directing my cabinet to find ways to strengthen our current work, and to expand on partnerships with civil society and the private sector, so that we can bring more resources to bear in fighting this horrific injustice.  In the coming weeks the White House will build on this gathering on behalf of human dignity.  I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue: young people, people of faith and station, Americans who refuse to accept this injustice and will not rest until it is vanquished.

A reaffirmation that the United States stands with them, and that together we will realize the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our country’s ideal of freedom!

 

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