LONDON BROTHEL OWNERS FACE JAIL
Following a series of raids last July, Michael Dalton, 44 and Nikki Chen 56, were convicted this week by Croydon Crown Court for controlling prostitution for gain. The couple trafficked women from China to work in the brothels and told their families they would be at risk if they tried to escape. Police believe a van, fitted with a cage, was used to ferry the girls between the brothels. At least a dozen customers visited each of the brothels daily accumulating profits over a million Pounds in less than six months. This case profiles the shocking and subordinate way women are being controlled and subjected to degrading behaviour in one of the world’s most contemporary and advanced capitals. One detective said: “This was a major criminal enterprise which was running beneath the radar and involved some of the worst exploitation of women we have come across.”
SEVERAL ARRESTS IN BULGARIA
Several specialized police operations were carried out overnight across Bulgaria to tackle organized crime organizations. Police raided one group suspected to be involved in human trafficking in the town of Razgrad. Allegedly, the people were exploited for labour.
WORLD CUP FEVER- SWAZILAND’S ACTIVE COMMUNITIES AGAINST TRAFFICKING
New figures estimate the total revenue for human trafficking to be between 35 and 63 billion Euros according to a human trafficking task force for Swaziland. With human trafficking at the top of the agenda due to its expected rise during the upcoming World Cup in South Africa, Swazis have developed a number of strategies to prevent and protect poverty stricken children from being trafficked. Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) has ongoing training on understanding human trafficking and how to prevent it. Much like the STOP THE TRAFFIK’s ethos, the ultimate goal is to sensitize communities and help encourage them to be part of the solution. Be inspired- take action!
VICTIMS PROSECUTED IN IRAQ
Trafficking is a growing problem in Iraq with vulnerable women, desperate to support their families, tricked into accepting fake marriage proposals. Many young girls with parents facing dire economic circumstances are sold outright. Due to social stigma, victims face punishment rather than get assistance from the state.
SRI LANKAN GIRL KIDNAPPED
Police suspect possible child trafficking ring after rescuing a two year old toddler. The toddler was with her sister attending a religious ritual at a temple when she went missing. Although she was found unharmed, the police said her appearance had been altered by the kidnappers. According to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) Sri Lanka has become an increasingly popular country for traffickers in recent years.