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Council of Europe calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve protection of child victims of trafficking

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) welcomes the legislative changes that have been made since the publication ...

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Thai ex-model charged with human trafficking after selling 16-year-old for sex

'She was involved in the division of funds for the purchase of sexual services,' says Major General Suntiyit Tavorn

A former Thai underwear model has been charged with human trafficking after she ...

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Workers rescued from Thai boats in Malaysia

The Cambodian embassy in Malaysia has repatriated 14 Cambodian fishermen who fled a Thai boat and are believed to be human trafficking victims, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

In a statement ...

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Large Criminal Network For Human Trafficking Dismantled in Specialized International Operation

A large-scale joint investigation, led by the Spanish National Police  in cooperation with the Bulgarian police, and supported by Europol and Eurojust has resulted in the dismantlement of an ...

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Malaysia taken off US human trafficking watchlist

PETALING JAYA: While Malaysia remains in Tier 2 of the United States annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, it has been taken off the watchlist.

In the 2017 report that was released on Tuesday ...

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China Is Among Worst Human Trafficking Offenders, State Dept. Says

WASHINGTON — China is among the world’s worst offenders for allowing modern slavery to thrive within its borders, according to a strongly worded State Department report released Tuesday.

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Teen exposes human-trafficking syndicate in Vryheid

The teen says she was thrown into a room where a number of other young women were also being held against their will.

A teenage victim of human trafficking managed to escape the clutches of her ...

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European Resource Center

"The Observers" is educational film aimed at raising awareness and preventing trafficking in human beings.

Final Conference "Achievements and Next Steps" in the project „Promoting a Victim Centered Approach in Trafficking Cases in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina“, implemented by the International Forum of Solidarity EMMAUS, supported by the Dutch Helsinki Committee, will be held on Monday, July 3rd, 2017, in the Hotel Sarajevo, Sarajevo.

The conference will be officially opened by H.E. Mr. Jurriaan Kraak, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ms. Amela Efendic, Head of the Sarajevo Office, International Solidarity Forum-EMMAUS, and will  officially begin by signing the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the Dutch Judicial Academy / Center for Training and Judicial Studies SSR) and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors in Republika Srpska. The Memorandum will be signed by Mr. Remco van Tooren, Vice President of the Board of Directors, Dutch Judicial Academy; Mr. Arben Murtezic, Director of the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; And Mr. Tomislav CaviC, Director of Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska.

Exhibitors are appreciated by experts from the Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina: judges, prosecutors and human rights activists, and the conference will be attended by members of the project group of educators in the judiciary for trafficking in human beings and representatives of the State Task Force in the fight against trafficking in human beings, as well as the representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in BiH, of the Dutch Judicial Academy , of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, of the Ministry of Security of BiH / Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of the Federation of BiH and the Center for Education of Judges and Prosecutors of Republika Srpska, of the OSCE Mission in BiH, of IFS-EMMAUS, and other guests.

Today, June th 2017 at 10.00 am, at the Ministry of communications and transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina officially presented brochure/ comic "Stories from the Internet".

On this occasion, the partners signed a Letter of Intent, and the attendees were addressed by Ismir Jusko, Minister of communications and transport; H.E. Andrea Rauber Saxer, Ambassador of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo office of International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS.

An electronic version of the brochure in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian language is available on the following websites: www.mkt.gov.ba, www.sigurnodijete.ba and www.eurcenter.net.

Brochures in English, German, Italian, French, Romansh, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian languages are available for download on www.thewebsters.ch. Downloading the Swiss and BiH version of the brochure will be possible for all of those who want to promote, use and/or distribute it, free of charge.

For download click here.

On May 31, 2017, a training on the topics of „Strengthening Penal Institutions and Laws in Middle and Eastern Europe“ and „European Directives and Best Practices for Human Rights Protection and Providing Assistance to Victims” within the „Regional Justice Sector Project“ has officially been opened.

Event has been organised by U.S Department of Justice / Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (US DOJ OPDAT), U.S. Department of State / Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affaires, and Ministry of Justice of Republic of Croatia.

Ms Beth Sreenan, on behalf of US DOJ OPDAT, welcomed and introduced distinguished guests, followed by opening speeches of Ms Julieta Valls Noyes, the ambassador of the USA in Croatia, and Mr Kristijan Turkalj, Secretary of State Ministry of Justice of Republic Croatia.

The main goal of the training is to introduce the participants to European standards for victims, and teach and accept them as a model in procedures of the best practices for human rights protection and providing assistance to the victims.

Participants are respected professionals from the region, representatives of relevant institutions and organizations active in the fight against human trafficking and providing protection to victims of trafficking, as well as International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS representative, Ms. Amela Efendic, Head of Sarajevo Office and Manager of the European Resource Center for the Prevention of Trafficking in Human Beings and other Forms of Exploitation (EURC).

On May 25th. 2017, a two-day seminar: "Human trafficking: Development of e-learning module" officially started, within the regional project "Promoting a victim centered approach in trafficking casses in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina".

The main goal of this seminar, organised by the International Forum of Solidarity-EMMAUS, supported by the Dutch judicial academy and Netherlands Helsinki committee, in cooperation with the OSCE mission in BiH, CEST FBiH, CEST RS, and Association of Prosecutors of FBiH, is to educate and introduce judiciary to the module for distance learning, e-module. Due to the volume of work that judiciary is obliged by, there is a certain need for educations and conferences to be held online, where significantly more professionals will be able to attend, learn and expand knowledge, rather than to be unable to phisically be present at conferences, edications,trainings, etc.

Educators from the Netherlands judiciary academy and CEST's FBiH and RS, will present the values and advantages of the this learning method to their collegues from Association of Judges and Prosecutors of BiH, at this seminar in Konjic, on May 25th and 26th.

Young people who are homeless in Alaska are at high risk for human trafficking, but there are ways to prevent the problem.

Josh Louwerse is the youth engagement coordinator at Covenant House Alaska, Anchorage’s only homeless center for youth. He’s very aware and cautious of assumptions people make about where people are most at risk.

“I think far too often things get labeled…’Oh well, that just happens there,’ or ‘This happens there.’ But this is an issue that’s happening in the whole city and the state.

Essentially what we see from a neighborhood or a street is the low hanging fruit,” people who it’s more obvious to find and identity, Louwerse said. “But there’s so much more that’s going on that’s much more sophisticated, that’s going on out of sight.”

Read more: Preventing human trafficking of homeless youth by building connections

On the day May 11, 2017 an assembly "Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration" organised by the IOM, was held at the hotel Holiday in Sarajevo. On behalf of IFS-EMMAUS, Ms Amela Efendić, the head of Sarajevo office, attended the meeting. The aims of global compact on migration assembley are: to adress all aspects of international migration, to make an important contribution to global goverments and in hands coordination on international migration, to present framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility, to set out a range of actionable commitments as well as means of implementation, to be guided by the 2030 agenda for substainable developments and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and finally, to be informed by the Declaration of the 2013 high level Dialog on International Migration and Development.

One of the guiding documents at this meeting was the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a resolution adopted on the September 19. 2016 by the General Assembley, which adresses the question of large movements of Refugees and Migrants.

Humans for Sale shows how victims are recruited by organised crime gangs before being sold to potential grooms

VICTIMS of human trafficking have been sold to Asian crime groups in Glasgow, a BBC documentary has revealed.

Humans For Sale reports that people are now the second most lucrative criminal commodity after drugs, with labour and sexual exploitation the most common reasons for trafficking to Scotland.

Investigative journalist Sam Poling went undercover to expose the ruthless tactics used in the supply chain.

The documentary, to be broadcast at 9pm on Wednesday on BBC One Scotland, found many of the women trafficked are forced into sham marriages with men seeking to apply for residency in the UK.

Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, said Scotland is being specifically targeted by third country nationals, mainly men from Pakistan and India.

Angelika Molnar, who runs Europol’s human trafficking unit, told the BBC the victims are recruited by organised crime gangs before being sold to potential grooms.

Speaking about one recent case she investigated, she said: “The victims are lured with false promises of a well-paid job in Scotland and it’s only upon arrival that they are told there is no work available and they have to be engaged in marriages with Pakistani men.

“After the marriage, they are kept under control by the traffickers and are exploited as domestic service by the husband, but also raped and sexually exploited by fellow nationals of the traffickers.”

Poling travelled across eastern Europe to track down victims sold to Glasgow gangs for sex, and discovered that one Slovakian girl has been trafficked to the city three times.

The reporter also examined Scottish marriage records to look for red flags indicating sham marriages, such as young eastern European brides, older Asian grooms, and the same addresses being used for multiple marriages yet with little sign of them living there.

Dozens of such suspicious marriages were found in Scotland.

Seventy of them wee registered in Glasgow, and a third of those were in the Govanhill district.

Forty per cent of those who married there just over five years ago – the cut-off for being granted a passport – are now divorced.

Jim Laird, the former head of trafficking services at the charity Migrant Help, told the BBC: “There’s a high number of victims from the Govanhill area and that’s because there’s a clear link between eastern European crime gangs, who have human trafficking as one of the things they do, and links with organised Asian crime gangs in Glasgow.

“So the eastern European crime gangs will provide the victims, and the Asian crime gangs here will provide the accommodation, which is why there is quite a lot of it in Govanhill.”

The documentary reports 150 people were recorded as official victims of trafficking in Scotland last year, however Mr Laird believes the number of victims in Scotland alone actually runs into thousands.

He said: “There’s no prosecution because people are too frightened to be witnesses in trials, they’re worried about their own personal safety, but they’re also worried about their family’s safety back at home.

“Some of them quite frankly are embarrassed because they’ve been conned. They’ve been sold a dream, believed it and came here, and when they found out what has happened to them, they just want to disappear as quietly as possible and go back to their own country.”

Poling also secretly filmed a man from eastern Europe illegally selling organs.

At a meeting in London, he told the undercover journalist one of the organs was a kidney belonging to a woman he claimed was his wife.

(Reference: www.thescottishsun.co.uk)

Microsoft is challenging people around the world to embrace “digital civility” and to treat each other with respect and dignity online. It may sound simple, but new Microsoft research shows people are concerned about the tone of online interactions and worry that risks will increase in the future.

The research prompted the creation of Digital Civility Index, a newly announced measure of people’s safety online and exposure to risks.

A study has been conducted in 14 countries, gauging the attitudes and perceptions of teens (ages 13-17) and adults (ages 18-74) about the state of digital civility today.

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