News Weekly 11/06/10

UN Calls for a STOP TO TRAFFIKING as Pinoy Victims reach 80,000

With 80,000 victims in the Philippines, the UN pushes for immediate solutions to deal with the “trafficking chain.” This marks the global celebration of International Migrant Workers’ Day. Philippines is the 3rd largest source of migrants after China and India, with over 8 million deployed in over 180 countries. The sheer number makes them especially vulnerable to trafficking. A new forum has over 200 participants to addresses this.

Edo monarch arrested for Human Trafficking

Nigerian Immigration investigates an attempt by a monarch to traffic two 22 year old women to Turkey, whom he claimed were his wife and maid. He could not give genuine reasons why he was travelling with them and had a diplomatic passport, strictly for top government officials. He was interrogated in January 2009 for a similar incident and gave the same reasons then.

Interpol International Conference on Combating Human Trafficking Concludes

Participants in the first Interpol International Conference bolster coordination and seek an executive mechanism such as a central international database for combating trafficking. The conference had participants of 53 countries and 11 international organizations, and declared June 17th an international day for combating human trafficking focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. International days aside- lets STOP it everyday!

Trafficking victims in Finland often without assistance

A new report says a big challenge in anti-trafficking work is to identify and protect victims. “Unfortunately, the authorities are not always able to identify cases, even when victims themselves tell them about trafficking.” It is possible that authorities do not always interlink different aspects of the cruel exploitation involved in human trafficking, and are thus unable to suspect it.

Rogue recruitment agencies juggling labour quotas to illegally traffic workers

Rogue agencies in countries like Bangladesh are bringing workers into the Maldives on the labour quotas of one company before ‘reselling’ them to another party on arrival in the country. Many workers are uneducated and illiterate and do not understand their letter of appointment. It is difficult for immigration to determine if someone has been trafficked on arrival because of language barriers.


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