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Daily Human Trafficking and Smuggling Report
14 January 2011
Trafficking Cops [Oklahoma]: The U.S. State Department estimates that there are 12.3 million adults and children who suffer in forced labor or forced prostitution around the world, and yet there were only 4,000 successful trafficking prosecutions in 2009. … [Stop Child Trafficking Now] SCTN focuses on halting the demand for child prostitution. Its team of crime fighters, led by former U.S. Navy Seal Clark Stuart, works with local law enforcement to map and document the entire sexual exploitation network of a community, from brothels and massage parlors to child traffickers. After conducting an investigation that involves knocking on doors and canvassing neighborhoods, the team puts the information into a database that law enforcement officials can access as they fight trafficking and build cases against pedophiles. [Date: 14 January 2011; Source; http://www.worldmag.com/articles/17515]
• [UPDATE] Former NFL Star Lawrence Taylor Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With A 16-year-old Prostitute: A former NFL star will be registered as a sex offender after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct and paying for sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. Ex-linebacker Lawrence Taylor, 51, will serve six years' probation after admitting having intercourse with the prostitute, who he claimed told him she was 19. But he will not face a jail sentence after accepting a plea deal in which he assisted in investigations into human trafficking since he was arrested. … Taylor said he now knew the girl was 16 and legally incapable of consent and that he paid her $300. [Date: 14 January 2011; Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1347103/Former-NFL-star-Lawrence-Taylor-pleads-guilty-sexual-misconduct-16-year-old-prostitute.html]
• [UPDATE] Court Reaches Split Decision On Minor Prostitute Case [Massachusetts]: State law makes it illegal for an adult to lure a minor to become a prostitute, but an Appeals Court panel on Tuesday ruled that adults may not be convicted of that crime if the minors they exploit are already prostitutes. The unanimous ruling of the three-judge panel…overturned the 2006 conviction of Diana Matos on charges of “inducing a minor to become a prostitute.” Matos’ separate convictions for profiting from prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were upheld. Matos has already served enough jail time to be freed, her attorney, David Hirsch, told the News Service. The decision could spare Matos up to three years in prison, he said. Middlesex County District Attorney Gerald Leone, whose office prosecuted Matos and Antwan Sampson, Matos’ boyfriend, said he was “pleased” that the court upheld two of the three prostitution charges. “We will continue to vigorously pursue cases involving the abuse and sexual exploitation of females and minors by others,” Leone said. An aide said the office is still reviewing whether to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Judicial Court. [Date: 13 January 2011; Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/lakeville/topstories/x1799246967/Court-reaches-split-decision-on-minor-prostitute-case]
• Moldova, A Hot Bed For Human Trafficking: Even amongst abolitionists, Moldova is unheard of which is unfortunate considering that this small country, the poorest in the EU, is a major source country for human trafficking, which means that mostly individuals are taken from Moldova into other countries and trafficked abroad. The cause for such trafficking is the prevalence of extreme poverty in the region. This small former Soviet country is currently ranked as a Tier 2 watch list country in the 2010 Trafficking in Persons report put out by the U.S. State Department. … The women and children are sold into sexual slavery and taken to the Gulf States, Western Europe or the Moldovan capital of Chisinau. The men are sent to be forced laborers in Russia. … Poverty is so rampant that the people are willing to do anything for a chance to feed their family. Including taking incredible risks of migration for promised jobs which turn out more often than not to be a Trafficking scam. [Date: 13 January 2011; Source:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nikki-junker/moldova-a-hot-bed-for-hum_b_808576.html]
• [UPDATE] Turkey Releases Kosovo Organ Trafficking Suspect: A court in Istanbul released a Turkish surgeon suspected of involvement in a human trafficking ring in Kosovo on bail Wednesday (January 12th). Doctor Yusuf Sonmez was freed a day after he was arrested based on a warrant issued by Kosovo. He was charged -- along with eight others -- by EULEX prosecutors over the Kosovo case late last year. Turkey does not extradite its citizens abroad, but relays testimony to other countries when deemed necessary. If convicted, they serve their term in Turkey. Prosecutors say Sonmez was a "key surgical participant" in operations performed at the private clinic Medicus, just outside Pristina. [Date: 13 January 2011; Source: http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/newsbriefs/setimes/newsbriefs/2011/01/13/nb-12]
• Malaysian Charged For Human Smuggling In Singapore: A Malaysian was charged in the local court here Friday, with running a business of smuggling illegal immigrants by sea into Singapore. Zulkifly Muhammad, 38, was arrested in Johor by the Malaysian police and sent to Singapore, two days ago. He was charged in court with four counts of "engaging in the business of conveying prohibited immigrants to enter Singapore unlawfully.” Commenting on the case, Singapore police said the Malaysian was suspected of being a leader of a human smuggling syndicate, and was the 13th such smuggler detained in the last 26 months. The suspect was believed to have smuggled illegal immigrants by boat via the northern Johor Straits into Singapore. [Date: 14 January 2011; Source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/1/14/nation/20110114211318&sec=nation]
• African Migrants Report Abuse On Way To Israel: African migrants en route to Israel are subject to torture, rape and assault by traffickers in Egypt's Sinai desert, Israeli Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said, citing interviews it conducted with victims. "From January to November 2010 we referred 165 women who travelled through Sinai to (Israeli) hospitals for abortions. We believe half of these women were sexually assaulted in Sinai," said Shahar Shoham, a case worker in PHR's open clinic in Jaffa. PHR has been collecting testimony from migrants who say Bedouins whom they pay to smuggle them through Egypt's border with Israel hold them for days and sometimes weeks, demanding more cash and abusing them physically until the money is paid. "I was beaten, electrocuted, tied up and thrown outside at night. We ate once in three days. There was one woman – the traffickers raped her," Germai Omar, a 30-year-old Eritrean farmer, told Reuters in Tel Aviv. … Israel says some 35,000 migrants from Eritrea, Sudan and other African countries have entered the country illegally mostly in search of work. [Date: 14 January 2011; Source: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/immigrants/african-migrants-report-abuse-way-israel/20110114]
• Girl Of 12 Kept As Slave In Southwark [United Kingdom]: People traffickers duped a mum into paying for her 12-year-old daughter to be brought to the UK from Africa – then kept her as a slave for five years. The youngster was made to cook and clean and was banned from watching TV until she escaped the house in Southwark and went to the local authority. The harrowing case, which has emerged in a new report, is just one of many dealt with by the council’s social services department in the last year. In another, a young boy was snatched from his mum overseas by one of his father’s friends and made to live in a cupboard. The dad thought his son’s presence in the country would aid his own application to remain in the UK. … Southwark undertook around 3,000 initial assessments of children thought to be at risk of harm last year and has 540 kids in its care. [Date: 13 January 2011; Source: http://www.southlondon-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=1419&headline=Girl%20of%2012%20kept%20as%20slave%20in%20Southwark]
• "Human Trafficker" Found To Be Victim [Malta]: A 34-year-old Libyan national was acquitted of charges that he sought to profit from human trafficking after it was established that he was a victim in the case. [T]he Armed Forces of Malta spotted Abdulsalam Mohammed Abushaalah on his fishing boat with 5 Egyptian nationals off the Maltese coast. He jumped overboard and swam towards the AFM patrol boat, where he was taken after he attempted to communicate. His boat was towed towards Malta, and the Egyptians claimed that they were being trafficked into Egypt, having paid Mr. Abushaalah €3,000 each (US $4,005). But Mr. Abushaalah insisted that he had just gone fishing with the 5 men, who attacked him, tied him up and took control of the boat. He said that he only managed to escape when he spotted the AFM. The police nevertheless believed the Egyptians’ claim, and prosecuted him. However, Magistrate Anthony Vella found Mr. Abushaalah’s version of events to be credible, noting that medical examinations had proved that he had been tied up. [Date: 14 January 2011; Source: http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=80280]
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These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.
Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack OBAMA