Category Archives: Human Trafficking

August 12, 2017

Italy Releases Evidence of Open Borders NGO Taking Migrants from People Smugglers

The Italian government has released photographic evidence which they claim shows the German migrant rescue NGO Jugend Rettet cooperating with people smugglers off the Libyan coast.

Jugend Rettet, an NGO which operates rescue missions in the search and rescue (SAR) zone off the Libyan coast, has been accused of cooperating with people smugglers by Italian prosecutors. The authorities have now released photographs which they claim show the Jugend Rettet vessel the “Iuventa” very close to a smuggler boat, Die Welt reports.

Just over a week ago, Italian authorities confiscated the Iuventa from the NGO and has since announced that at least 15 activists associated with the group are actively under investigation for cooperating with human traffickers.

Prosecutor Ambrogio Cartosio said: “The evidence is serious. We have evidence of encounters between smugglers who have accompanied illegal immigrants to the ‘Iuventa’, and members of the crew.”

Cartosio added that whilst in some cases the ship rescued migrants in need, many times they were just picking up migrants delivered to them. The migrants, Cartosio said, “are being escorted by the smugglers and surrendered to the ‘Iuventa’ near the Libyan coast”.

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August 11, 2017

Modern slavery and trafficking ‘in every UK town and city’ (Video)

Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is “far more prevalent than previously thought,” the National Crime Agency has said.

The NCA said there were more than 300 live policing operations currently, with cases affecting “every large town and city in the country”.

The agency estimated that there were tens of thousands of victims.

It said previous estimates of 10,000-13,000 victims in the UK were found to be the “tip of the iceberg”.

“The more we look, the more we find,” the NCA’s vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said.

Mr Kerr said he had been shocked by what he had seen during this year’s intensive efforts to break up gangs, with almost every major operation triggering even more investigations.

He warned that trafficking into modern slavery was now so widespread that ordinary people would be unwittingly coming into contact with victims every day.

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July 22, 2017

Metro police raid 3 businesses in human trafficking, prostitution investigation

“There would be vanloads of girls coming each month,” he said. “It would be a whole different shipment. They would leave and then another would come and then it looked like the girls would get younger and younger.”

Police raided three Nashville businesses they say have been serving as fronts for prostitution for several months.

Metro investigators are also looking into a potential link to human trafficking.

The raids took place at Shine Nails on Elm Hill Pike, Blue Sapphire on Donelson Pike, and Healing Arts Massage on Old Hickory Boulevard.

Authorities credit nearby business owners and the public for calling in tips that led to the investigation, which began in April.

“I would hear young girls screaming at night,” said one man who works near Healing Arts Massage but wanted to remain anonymous. “It sounded like someone getting tortured.”

The man says he would also see suspicious activity during the day.

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July 5, 2017

California woman, 18, sentenced for human trafficking of teen girls

Almario would post pictures of the girls on different websites for prostitution and then take the girls to motels to have sex.

An 18-year-old Central California woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for her role in the pimping and human trafficking of younger girls.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Jelinajane Bedrijo Almario was arrested in Hanford in May 2016. Though a juvenile, she was tried as an adult for human trafficking, sending threatening emails to a family member of at least one of the girls and making terrorist threats.

She was sentenced on Monday, two days after her 18th birthday.

Hanford police Detective Richard Pontecorvo said Almario was the prime suspect in a pimping ring that involved girls 14 and 15 years old.

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July 1, 2017

Two Greeley used car dealers indicted after massive human trafficking investigation

The indictment relays several incidents of rape and stalking involving one or both of the men in the case, dating back to 2014.

Shrouded by law enforcement and victim advocates, the slight woman marched up to the podium to address Weld District Court Judge Shannon Lyons.

The man she and three other woman have accused of sexually assaulting them in the past several months was only visible on a computer screen, far enough away to provide some semblance of safety.

“I just came here to beg of you to consider the terror we have lived,” said the woman, before a courtroom in which Noman Boroumand appeared for a bond hearing Friday.

He has been charged with 29 felony counts including sexual assault, human trafficking for sexual servitude and stalking involving four women in the past few years. “The harassment and stalking is extended through third parties. My entire life revolves around looking over my shoulder and I am deftly afraid.

“I am terrified.”

This week, the Weld County Grand Jury indicted both Boroumand, 45, who owned 1st Choice Motors, 5990 10th St., in Greeley for years before the state recently shut it down, and Fares Al Rashed, 38, owner of Alrashed Auto Sales, 1201 8th Ave. They appeared Friday in Weld District Court via video feed from the Weld County Jail.

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June 15, 2017

Victim tells police she was forced to have sex with 120 men a week; three men arrested

“A lot of times the trafficker especially for women who are being brought from other countries the trafficker has connections there and they’ll go you testify against your little sister will disappear,” said human trafficking advocate Becky Dymond.

Investigators busted a human trafficking ring spanning across two South Florida counties.

Now three men are in jail accused of forcing women to have sex with dozens of men a day.

We found out at least six women from different counties were sex trafficked out of several brothels.

Out of the four brothels police uncovered in Martin and Palm Beach Counties three are located in unincorporated Lake Worth.

One on Davis and Lake Worth roads, another near 10th & Congress Avenues and a trailer park near Military Trial and Lake Worth road.

The seven-month investigation started after a victim, who ended up pregnant, told detectives accused sex trafficker Miguel Maradiaga forced her to have sex with about 120 men a week inside a trailer.

She said they would then transport her to the other locations.

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June 2, 2017

UN Migration Agency Says People-Smugglers Making $35 Billion from Migrant Trade

Criminal people-smugglers are generating around 35 billion USD in revenue from the migrant trade, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Lacy Swing, who heads the United Nations agency, estimated that around 1,700 migrants have died while in the care of people-smugglers this year. Around 5,000 died in 2016, and 3,700 in 2015, suggesting a worrying upward trend.

Swing cautioned that we should be “careful” when considering these figures, however, “because those are the people we know who died, how many other bodies are submerged in the Mediterranean or buried in the sands of the Sahara?”

He added: “That’s the tragedy and this is why we are so concerned to try to caution migrants about smugglers. The smugglers are really the big problem. It’s about $35 billion a year [that people smugglers make] and we know they’re making lots of money across the Mediterranean.”

Swing claimed the migrant crisis was being exacerbated by “unprecedented anti-migrant sentiment,” although he did not appear to offer any explanation as to the mechanism through which this alleged sentiment could contribute to the issue.

He added that anti-migrant feelings were “fueled now by suspicions that some of those fleeing terrorism might be terrorists themselves” – a possible reference to migrants like the Islamist refugee Ramadan Abedi, whose son Salman killed 22 children, young people and parents at Britain’s Manchester Arena in May; or bogus asylum seeker Anis Amri, who drove a hijacked lorry into a Christmas market in Berlin last year.

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June 1, 2017

Italian Populist Leader Slams EU and NGOs ‘Funding and Planning’ Migrant Crisis

The leader of Italy’s populist Northern League party has described the migrant crisis as an “invasion” that is being orchestrated by Brussels after European Union (EU)-backed NGOs were accused of working with people smugglers.

“You can’t any longer speak about immigration but about an invasion organised, funded and planned by Brussels with the complicity of Rome,” Matteo Salvini said Monday, according to ANSA.

On Twitter, Mr. Salvini also suggested Europe is “funding shipwrecks, mafia and Islamic terrorism” and called for border checks to be “moved to North Africa”.

Several NGOs and charities, some EU-funded, are now under investigation for allegedly exploiting migrants and colluding with people smugglers and the mafia. Some groups have been accused of arranging to meet migrant boats just a few miles off the African coast and taking bribes from criminals.

Italian prosecutors are already investigating one group and Trapani prosecutor Ambrogio Cartosio in May claimed that some NGOs were “perhaps” financed by traffickers and were potentially seeking to “destabilise the Italian economy”.

Other NGOs, such as the EU-backed S.O.S. Mediterranee, are not accused of criminality but have been criticised for running a “taxi services” from near the African coast and effectively encouraging illegal crossings.

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May 26, 2017

21 Across U.S. Are Indicted in ‘Modern-Day Sex Slave’ Ring

According to the eight-count indictment, the operation was intricate for its organization. Among those indicted were the people owed the bondage debts of the women brought from Bangkok.

The young women, many of them from poor families in Thailand, were promised trips to the United States. They would also receive visas. Life in cities like Chicago would be rosy, they were told, and they would be able to help support their families back home.

But the promises, the federal authorities say, came with an enormous toll: The women were required to work as prostitutes in cities all over this country until they could pay off exorbitant “bondage debts,” set as high as $60,000, to the very people who had promised them better lives.

Law enforcement authorities on Thursday announced federal sex-trafficking conspiracy charges against 21 people, part of what they described as one of the most elaborate and extensive sex-trafficking operations they had seen. The operation had gone on for at least eight years, netted tens of millions of dollars, and involved hundreds of women who were shuttled among American cities, sometimes every few weeks, the officials said.

“The women did not have freedom of movement and, until they paid off their bondage debts, were modern-day sex slaves,” an indictment unsealed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Minnesota said, laying out

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May 24, 2017

Modern day slavery in the Coachella Valley (Video)

It is an ugly, almost unfathomable truth. One that only gets worse the closer you look. California ranks No. 1 in the country for the number of reported human trafficking cases, with almost double the amount of the next closest state.

Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery. It is the world’s second largest criminal industry, the fastest growing, and it is happening right in our own backyard.

“I like to tell people when they ask about my story, that my story started way before I was ever trafficked,” said survivor-turned-advocate Amy Andrews-Gray.

The Desert Hot Springs native grew up in the foster care system and told KESQ News Channel 3’s and CBS Local 2’s Katie Widner that physical, sexual and emotional abuse at home set the stage for what was to come. Making her easily susceptible to manipulation and, therefore, the perfect victim.

“Back in 1988 during spring break, I was picked up by some people from Los Angeles. They took me out there and forced me into prostitution,” she said. “A lot of times people think that you know, the guy comes up and gets out with a knife and chains a girl up or puts her in duct tape and puts her in the car. But, often times, that’s not how it happens. There’s a lot of manipulation and the term ‘coercion’ is mentioned in written law.”

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