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Human trafficking: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 10:15 am
Many migrants who make it to Italy don’t tell friends and family about the hardship. A campaign that exposes the realities is now targeting potential African migrants on social media in 15 West and Central African countries — where most arrivals in Italy originate. Posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram give testimonials created by migrants in multiple languages. All end with the warning, “Be aware, brother” and “Be aware, sister.” A record 181,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean in 2016 on flimsy boats operated by smugglers. Of those, 25,000 were mostly unaccompanied children. Arrivals in Italy are up 66% so far in 2017.
Dana Sanchez, 4:05 pm
The E.U. wants to pay for migrant holding camps in Libya or neighboring countries that will be run by the U.N. and aid groups. There, in a supposedly “safe place,” migrants who want to attempt the treacherous Mediterranean crossing will be processed and returned before they ever attempt it. A similar deal with Turkey worked. The E.U. approach fails to recognize that migration is a positive thing for African countries which receive remittances from workers abroad and get rid of people who could politically destabilize the country, an analyst said.
Dana Sanchez, 9:27 pm
The Botswana government has tightened travel regulations with a new requirement for certified copies of unabridged birth certificates for all minors under the age of 18 traveling through its ports of entry. The goal is to manage the movement of children across the country’s borders to tackle human trafficking. “Botswana, like other countries is affected by this problem,”the government said in a statement.
Dana Sanchez, 10:49 am
China is infamous for forced sex work, according to the U.S. State Department, but it’s uncertain whether Chinese sex labor migration to Africa is forced or voluntary. A Princeton University study shows that Chinese sex workers often arrive in African countries expecting to find other work, only to be forced into sex work as reimbursement for plane tickets and visas. Some who are rescued from prostitution stay in the business. Prostitution is legal in eight African countries.
Staff, 10:11 am
Europe is enduring the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Starting Oct. 7, it will use warships to catch and arrest human traffickers — part of a military operation to curb the flow of refugees into Europe. “We have now a complete picture of how, when and where the smugglers’ organisations and networks are operating so we are ready to actively dismantle them,” the E.U. said.
Dana Sanchez, 12:45 pm
As many as 2,000 migrants leave Agadez, Niger, every week. It’s the last big stop before Libya, and while the government has begun cracking down on the traffic, spurred by the outcry in Europe over illegal migration, the business of moving migrants is booming. Market stalls are full of fresh produce, there’s a profusion of banks with working ATMs and new construction stretches beyond the airport that once received tourists.
Dana Sanchez, 9:17 am
We live in an age of social media and so do human smugglers. They’re in the business of smuggling migrants from Africa and they advertise on Facebook. One solution that’s being discussed is the U.S. Marshall Plan of 1948, AlJazeera reports. When the U.S. realized the importance of a prosperous Europe after World War II, it plowed the equivalent of $120 billion into rebuilding the European economy. The thinking was increased productivity and employment would lead to stability. It worked.
Keren Mikva, 8:15 am AFKI Original
Ongoing violence in the Central African Republic has contributed to more than 52,200 people being forced into modern slavery. CAR ranks 10th in the world for slavery. Massive populations of internally displaced persons have been caught in webs of sexual slavery, child marriage, child soldier recruitment, and forced labor in gold and diamond reserves. In 2014, the CAR government estimated more than 6,000 children were being used in armed conflict.
Keren Mikva, 11:14 am AFKI Original
An estimated 35.8 million people around the world were slaves in 2014, according to the Global Slavery Index. By definition, modern slavery includes forced labor, sexual exploitation, child labor and inter-generational bonded servitude. Every country on Earth is affected, but Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, are disproportionately so. The following are 15 countries with the most slavery in the world in 2014, according to Global Slavery Index.
Makula Dunbar, 5:38 pm
Scarred, terrified and systematically tortured, the victims of human traffickers in the Sinai peninsula have been largely abandoned to their fate by Egyptian authorities, a leading human rights group alleged in a report released Tuesday. The report by New York-based Human Rights Watch details a brutal extortion racket in which victims, most of them would-be migrants from Eritrea
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