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mercoledì 7 gennaio 2015

Reclaiming Humanity: Human Trafficking Awareness Week

Human trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade.

The CBI has unearthed an organised international human trafficking racket in which an estimated 8,000 Nepalese women were allegedly trafficked to Dubai for prostitution between July and December last year.
Delhi has emerged as a transit point of the racket, in which the women, aged between 20 to 30 years, are shown to be travelling to Nairobi via Dubai as tourists, but they do not proceed to Nairobi on reaching Dubai, the CBI said.
“In July last year, a surprise check was conducted by the CBI, the Delhi Police’s anti human trafficking cell and the CISF at Delhi airport, and 76 Nepalese women were found to be travelling on the Delhi-Dubai-Nairobi route on an Air India flight for tourist purposes. They even had hotel reservations in Nairobi… Here in Delhi they are given valid tickets to travel to Nairobi via Dubai, and are also given valid return tickets and visas. However, as soon as they reach Dubai, travel agents cancel their onward tickets to Nairobi. The women, meanwhile, use paper visas they had concealed for staying in Dubai for a month or two,” said a CBI source.
The agency had registered a preliminary enquiry in the matter and wrote to External Affairs Ministry, Home Ministry and Bureau of Immigration a few days ago, urging them to plug the systemic loopholes that it found in its probe.
The CBI has said that issuance of paper visas, as opposed to stamped visas, by Gulf countries was being exploited in the racket. It has suggested that immigration authorities should be made aware of all visas issued to passengers during their travel period.
The agency has also shared its findings with the Nepal government and has handed over a list of women who are suspected to have travelled to Dubai in a similar fashion.

CBI unearths human trafficking racket with Delhi as transit point January 7, 2015

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday his government would step up measures against human trafficking as the country scrambles to improve its record in fighting the illegal trade before a U.S. deadline to show improvement.
Thailand is ranked one of the world's worst centers of human trafficking. It was downgraded to the lowest "Tier 3" status last June on the U.S. State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report for not fully complying with minimum standards for its elimination.
Prayuth, who as army chief seized power from an elected government in a coup in May, said Thailand would work on areas flagged by the United States before submitting its record for 2014 to the U.S. State Department by a March deadline.
"We have set up a committee to look after 23 areas which the U.S. analyses and has warned us about for years," Prayuth, told reporters in Bangkok.
"We have to take this plan and put it in to action. Police, officials ... everyone."
Any progress made in 2014 could help lift Thailand from the lowest tier and boost investment in industries accused of using trafficked labor, including fisheries.
Shortly after the military seized power in May, it vowed to "prevent and suppress human trafficking".
But an October Reuters Special Report suggests trafficking routes in Thailand were thriving, with jungle camps still holding thousands of people in remote hills near the border with Malaysia and trafficking rings able to operate largely with impunity.
Prayuth acknowledged the complicity of some Thai authorities in smuggling people and forcing them to work in the fishing industry.
"There is not only the human trafficking problem but also slaves and beggars and state officials taking people to work on fishing boats," he said.
Thailand is the world's third-largest exporter of seafood.
Senior ministers will meet on Wednesday to assess progress made over the past year.
(Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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U.S. says Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela among worst human trafficking centres

It is estimated that 14,500 to 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are victims of human trafficking in the United States annually. Florida alone was ranked third in the number of calls to the human trafficking hotline this year. 
The FREE Network plans to host a rally on the first day of Human Trafficking Awareness Week, Jan. 10, 2015, from 4-7p.m. at The Salvation Army's Community Worship Center, 1100 Sligh Ave., Tampa, Fla., to raise awareness and expand resources to victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation in the Tampa Bay area.
Human trafficking involves the commercial exchange and exploitation of humans including forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a growing problem worldwide, recently rising to the second most common criminal activity behind the illegal drug trade. Florida has been identified as a hub for human trafficking activity, citing one of the highest incidences of human trafficking in the country.
Founded in 2008 as the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking, The FREE Network is the new brand of the survivor-led and focused community network which serves as the advocacy arm of the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area Task Force on Human Trafficking, confronting all forms of slavery. Working in partnership with over 100 community and faith-based organizations, government agencies, and community advocates, The FREE Network leverages resources to educate, empower and restore, as well as help create sustainable legislative change.
The event, called "Reclaiming Humanity" is from 4 to 7pm, on January 10th, and promises to be a day of awareness and education for families. Many local organizations focusing on human trafficking awareness and education will provide information. Vendors will display and sell FAIR TRADE products (products made with no slave labor). There will be give-aways, live musical entertainment, magicians, face-painting, student art, and delicious fare from food trucks. Dignitaries will lead the community in signing a Proclamation Banner to end slavery, and law enforcement will give a powerful 'Call To Action' prior to survivors leading the heartfelt 'Candle Light Vigil'.
Attendees can donate food, clothes and other items to help victims of human trafficking in the area.
"Bringing the community together in a unified way to end slavery, helps tremendously to prevent this crime and to further assist victims toward restoration." ~ Dotti Groover-Skipper, Chair of FREE. The Slavery Survival Network
Human Trafficking Awareness Week in Tampa runs from Jan. 10-17, 2015. Groups will organize events throughout the week to highlight new trends in human trafficking. Forums and rallies will focus on ways to end labor and sexual exploitation and how to get those already victims help. For more information on FREE's Human Trafficking kickoff event or how to sign up to help, go to WWW.FREENETWORK.US and "like" us on our FaceBook page: FREE. The Slavery Survival Network
About FREE. The Slavery Survival Network
The FREE Network is a survivor-led and focused community collaborative leveraging community relationships and resources to confront all forms of slavery. Providing a comprehensive continuum of services, The FREE Network includes prevention, education, awareness, and restoration for victims, survivors, and 'at risk' individuals.
About The Salvation Army of Tampa Bay
The Salvation Army has been a trail blazer in the trenches to fight human trafficking since the 1800's, opening the first shelter for women rescued from sex trade. For the last 120 years, The Salvation Army has had a life-changing impact in the Tampa Bay community. In the last year, approximately 250,000 nights of shelter were provided and more than 850,000 meals were served to men, women and children in Tampa Bay. More than 55,000 Angel Tree gifts and toys were distributed to thousands of children living in poverty, more than 12,000 people were visited in hospitals, nursing homes and elderly residential homes, and more than 200 men graduated from the two drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Tampa Bay. For more information, please visit

The Slavery Survival Network to kickoff first day of Human Trafficking Awareness Week January 6, 2015

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