Global News 19/01/2011

By Simon Butcher

Argentina / Holland

One of the largest agri-industry companies in the world – the Dutch grain merchant Nidera – has been accused of human trafficking. Argentinean authorities raided a Nidera plantation near Buenos Aires, where 133 seasonal workers, beleived to be trafficking victims, were found to be working in shocking conditions. The company are reluctant to take responsibility, claiming it’s a “local issue”.

But the comments made by the Argentinean authorities are less guarded…

…“it resembled a concentration camp”… “workers earned almost no money”… “conditions bordered on crimes against humanity”… Read more…

India

It’s probably understandable to assume that traffickers are always strangers. But in many cases victims actually know their traffickers very well – whether it be a family friend, an auntie, an uncle… Traffickers have to convince the individuals they prey on to trust them. If they already have that relationship of trust, their task becomes easier.

Police in India have launched a search for a 25-year old woman who went on holiday with friends last month. She managed to phone her mother to tell her that she had been trafficked by her friends, who are part of a human trafficking operation selling girls in Rajasthan. Read more…  

Iran

21-year old Abdul is from Pakistan and has been physically disabled since contracting polio as a child. He fell victim to a powerful human trafficking network and was transported to Iran. Having been promised the chance to earn money in legitimate employment, he was instead forced to beg on the streets of Tehran. Not only did Abdul quickly realise that he had no means of escape, he also discovered that he was far from being the only one.

Abdul found that he was just one of hundreds of handicapped Pakistanis begging on the streets of Iran; just one of hundreds who had been deceived, transported and now found themselves being exploited. Each of them could earn up to the equivalent of £300 per day – all of which went directly into the pockets of the traffickers. Find out how Abdul’s story ended here – Read more…    

India

“As a child slave, my captors said I had no voice. And now, so many people want to listen to what I have to say,” says Rani.

As a young child, Rani was trafficked from her home in Kerala to Tamil Nadu in southern India. She was tortured, starved and beaten by her master. On the verge of death by the age of 8, Rani was sold by her trafficker to an international adoption agency. She was adopted by a family in the US, who she says have helped her heal from the trauma. In partnership with her husband, himself a survivor of human trafficking in Vietnam, she has set up her foundation to speak up against the crime that kept her silent through her childhood. A really inspiring story. Read more:

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