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Movies U.N. Covered up SEX Trafficking Scandal in The World

Dominicans Among Human Trafficking Victims Rescued by Jamaica






Kingston.– In the past six months 14 human trafficking victims from Panama, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and India have been rescued by Jamaican authorities.
According to Jamaicas's national security minister Senator Dwight Nelson, of the 14 people who were rescued, seven were females and minors. He added that there has been an increase in the number young male victims.
Jamaica is considered a prime transit and destination country for the trafficking of women and young girls.

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This filthy crime is now number one in the world, it has taken over from drugs. The US continues to not take it seriously. Well done to good people like Demi Moore, her husband and other celebraties their like Sean Penn for doing their best to bring it to the notice of the Americans, just how serious it is there.
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No Icon 4 Arrested Under New Mass. Human Trafficking Law

Updated: Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 5:08 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 5:08 PM EDT


Top (left to right): Diego Suarez and Rafael Henriquez Bottom (left to right): Ramona Carpio Hernandez and Milton Lopez-Martinez



BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced the first arrests under a new state law designed to crack down on human trafficking.

Coakley said the four arrests include a husband and wife and two other men. She said the four ran a business enterprise that transported women into the Boston area and profited from their sexual services.
She said some of the women were being sold to so-called "johns" as often as 15 times a day.

Those arrested include 39-year-old Rafael Henriquez and his 50-year-old wife Ramona Carpio Hernandez, both of East Boston. Thirty-four-year-old Diego Suarez and 26-year-old Milton Lopez-Martinez were also arrested.

All four face one count of trafficking in persons for sexual servitude.

The four have yet to be assigned lawyers. They are to be arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court.
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Update Human Trafficking Increases in The World>88 Thai Arrests

Mexican/U.S Human Trafficking Business Increases

By Krupskaia Alis and Rafael Romo, CNN, May 17th, 2013

Joanna moves her hands nervously as she speaks. Her oversized, golden earrings rattle as she shakes her head to make a point. Joanna is not her real name. She's speaking on the condition that CNN will protect her privacy and not disclose her real name. She's only 16 years old, but has already experienced a lifetime of horror, abuse and torture. She's a former sex slave.

It all started when she met a charming man. "I was in a normal relationship with him for three months," she says. At the time she was only 14 years old. She was treated like royalty and fell in love. A few months later he asked her to elope and she agreed.

"He promised that we would get a house and that we would raise children. I was naïve and believed everything he said. We started living together in July and by September he was already forcing me to work as a prostitute," Joanna said.

By then it had become painfully clear that Joanna's boyfriend was in reality her captor, a pimp who preyed on young, vulnerable teenagers whom he recruited in central Mexico with the purpose of forcing them into prostitution.

Joanna says she was forced to have sex with dozens of men for as many as 18 hours a day. There were days, she says, she would only sleep a couple of hours before starting another long and painful shift, sleeping with strangers who paid only a few dollars to be with her 15 minutes. The worst part was that if she failed to make at least $600 a day, she faced severe punishment.

"He hit me many times with a phone cable. He would hit me in the legs and hands. One time he started beating me with a broomstick. He beat me so hard that I couldn't even get up afterwards," Joanna said.

According to the Mexico City Human Rights Commission, as many as 70,000 minors in Mexico are victims of human trafficking. Most of them are subjected to forced labor, but a significant number are forced into prostitution, as in the case of Joanna.

Over the last decade, the problem has crossed the U.S. border. The arrests of 13 people in New York state in late April suggests pimps are also fond of getting cash, not only in Mexican pesos, but also in U.S. dollars.

According to authorities, the suspects worked a "sex trafficking corridor," transporting women from the small town of Tenancingo, in the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala, to the New York area.

Over a period of seven years, federal officials say, dozens of women were exploited; some of them were illegally transported from Mexico. Once in the United States, they were forced to have sex with as many as 30 customers per day, according to the federal complaint charging all 13 suspects. Victims were paid $30 to $35, the complaint says. Their driver would keep half. The other half went to the pimp, and the victims were left with nothing.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the defendants blatantly lied to their victims in order to recruit them.

"With promises of a better life, the members of this alleged sex trafficking and prostitution ring lured their unsuspecting victims to the United States and then consigned them to a living hell - forcing them to become sex slaves living in abhorrent conditions, and using threats, verbal abuse, and violence – sexual and otherwise – when they resisted and even sometimes when they didn't," Bharara said.

The complaint describes how one victim was smuggled into the United States with her young child. Once in New York, she was made to sleep on the floor with the child. But that was just the beginning of her ordeal. On one occasion, when the woman refused to work as a prostitute, she and her child were forced to stay outside on a cold winter night.

Federal agents conducted raids at six locations, including four brothels in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Queens. If convicted, the suspects face anywhere from two years in prison to life.

Humberto Padgett is a Mexican journalist who wrote a book titled "Intimate Portrait of a Pimp." Based on years of research and interviews with victims and pimps, the book describes how Mexican pimps operate and how they exploit their victims.

Padgett says trafficking young women in Mexico has increased faster than drug trafficking in recent years.

"You can only sell a kilo of marijuana once. But you can sell a woman multiple times, even as many as 60 times per day. In five years, a woman can make as much as a million dollars for her pimp," Padgett says.

Last year, Mexico approved a law that makes human trafficking a federal crime punishable by up to 40 years in prison. The law targets not only those involved in sex trafficking, but also other forms of modern slavery, including forced labor and child pornography.

Padgett says pimps force women to stay with them by threatening to kill family members if they escape.

Maria, another former sex slave who asked that her real name not be used, lost her father six months after escaping her pimp. The now-17-year-old believes the prostitution ring that held her is responsible for his murder.

"More than anything, I feel guilty about my father's death. Sometimes I think that I should've stayed with the pimp so that he would kill me and not my father," Maria says.

She's back with her family, but still suffers from depression and nightmares associated with the verbal and physical abuse to which she was subjected.

"There's no way I'm ever going to feel better," she says. "They destroyed my life."

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Arrow Right PhOtOs-Worldwide Arrests:Human Trafficking Rings

Moment Mother was Reunited with Baby Boy after Doctor 'Sold Him to Human Traffickers by Pretending He was too Ill to Survive'
  • Obstetrician Zhang Lin has been arrested in Shaanxi province
  • Allegedly sold the baby to human traffickers for £3,000
  • Police found the boy after his mother Dong Wan became suspicious
  • Officials investigating at least seven similar cases in the region
A mother in China whose newborn baby was sold to human traffickers by a doctor has been reunited with her son.
Dong Wan, 31, wept as she held the boy at a hospital in Fuping, following the arrest of obstetrician Zhang Lin for allegedly trying to sell him to human traffickers.

The doctor apparently told Ms Dong, 31, that her son was born with severe health problems and would soon die.




Emotion: Dong Wan cries as she holds her newborn son after being reunited with him in hospital





Joy: Ms Dong, 31, is handed her baby after he was recovered from human traffickers


The Doctor is accused of persuading the mother to sign the baby over to the hospital before selling the boy to traffickers for £3,000 ($4,600).
Police in Shaanxi province say the doctor has now been arrested and fear the sale may be the tip of the iceberg.


Officers are investigating at least seven similar cases in the region.


The healthy baby boy baby was tracked down by investigators after Dong became suspicious.




Relief: The mother had been tricked by her obstetrician into handing over her son to him





Crime: Ms Dong spoke of her pain at being tricked by the doctor she had previously trusted


The mother said: 'I was told the baby would not survive and the best thing for me would be to let the hospital take care of it so I did.'

After signing the documents at The Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital Ms Dong changed her mind and begged her husband, Lai Guofeng, to call the police.

The baby was tracked down hundreds of miles away in neighbouring Henan province where the original traffickers had sold him on for a profit.




Dong Wan's baby son (pictured) was sold to human traffickers in China after she was allegedly told by doctor Zhang Lin that he was born with severe health problems and would not survive






The baby's heartbroken father Lai Guofeng became suspicious after doctors said their son was too ill to live and called police




Dong Wan said she was told that it was in the baby's best interests to let the hospital take care of him

Police investigators Zhang and two suspected accomplices are under arrest.

Local deputy director Chen Jainfeng said: 'The suspects told us where the baby was and with the help of local police we found the child.
'The baby is undergoing medical tests and is on his way home.'





The baby's father Lai Guofeng holds up his son's clothes and a relative sobs over a picture of the boy




Zhang Lin, an obstetrician at The Fuping County Maternal and ChildHealthCare Hospital(pictured), has been arrested and police say they are investigating a further seven similar cases



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Twin Babies Stolen by Doctor in China Found
More Baby Trafficking Cases Emerge as Authorities Arrest 5 Hospital Officials

AFP, Beijing, China, 10 August, 2013


Twin baby girls allegedly stolen and sold by the obstetrician who delivered them in China have been recovered by police, state media reported today.

The girls, born last month in the northern province of Shaanxi, were allegedly victims of the same female doctor who sold a baby boy reunited with his parents earlier this week.

The obstetrician, Zhang Shuxia, told the twins' mother in the delivery room that her babies had "deadly congenital diseases" and convinced her to give them up, China National Radio reported.

Zhang also said their arms and legs were "broken" and stopped other relatives seeing them, the report added.

Similar details were described in reports this week about the boy, who police said was sold to a farmer with three daughters in the central province of Henan by suspected human traffickers for 60,000 yuan (US$9,800).

The doctor and two other suspects were detained after the boy's family became suspicious and reported their case to police. The blaze of publicity surrounding his recovery has prompted a wave of others to come forward.

One of the girls was found in Shandong province, more than 500km from her birthplace in Fuping County, and her sister around 160km away in Shanxi province, the website of the People's Daily said citing local authorities.

So far five officials have been sacked in Fuping, including the director of the county's health department and the head of the hospital where the children were born, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Police had received reports of 55 possible incidents by yesterday, including 26 allegedly involving Zhang, it added.

Lou Qinjian, governor of Shaanxi, yesterday called the case "vile" and vowed to punish those responsible "seriously", it said.

Fuping is the home county of the family of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trafficking of children is a serious problem in China, blamed in part on the "one-child" policy which has put a premium on baby boys, with girls sometimes sold off or abandoned.

Under the policy, aimed at controlling China's vast population of more than 1.3 billion, people who live in urban areas are generally allowed one child, while rural families can have two if the first is a girl.

In a much publicized case, Chinese police rescued 89 children and arrested 355 suspects in December after breaking up a series of child trafficking rings. AFP






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Chinese media have exposed a child-trafficking ring involving family planning officials in the nation's Hunan province.


According to a report from Caixin Century Magazine, family planning “enforcers” in the Hunan city of Shaoyang, Longhui county, have seized at least 20 children over the past ten years, LifeSite News reports.

The children were supposedly born in contravention of China’s one-child-policy birth quota, and were sold to a local child welfare center for about 1,000 yuan ($154), who in turn listed them as orphans available for overseas adoption at $3,000 each.

Some of the children now live in the U.S., the Netherlands and Poland and have never met with their Chinese parents since being seized and sold for adoption, the magazine reported.

The report said village officials usually accompanied the enforcers when taking a child. Their explanation for the action was that either the child had been illegally adopted or the parents had breached the national one-child policy and could not afford the resulting fine.

“Before 1997, they usually punished us by tearing down our houses for breaching the one-child policy,” Yuan Chaoren, a villager, told the magazine.

“But after 2000, they began to confiscate our children.”

Some victims were actually a family’s first and only child, the report said.

The magazine quoted one man, identified as Yang Libing, who said his daughter Yang Ling was snatched in 2005 while he and his wife were working in another city, even though she was their only child. He said he has since located the girl, who is now 7 years old and living in the United States.

“They mistook my daughter as being illegal when my wife and I were working in Shenzhen,” Yang, a local migrant worker, told the magazine.



Children as Young as 10 DAYS old Among 89 Rescued from Clutches of Chinese People Traffickers

By Daily Mail UK


Children as young as ten days old were among 89 youngsters rescued as police smashed two huge child-trafficking rings in China.

Authorities made 369 arrests in the latest crackdown on the country's thriving black market in child slaves.

Despite traffickers in China potentially facing the death penalty, they want growing numbers of children to exploit for slave labour or sex work.
It was not clear from the reports posted on the Ministry of Public Security website today whether sexual abuse might also have been a motive.




Poignant: A floor banner shows images of the numerous children abducted in China since the 1980s, a problem authorities are still struggling to get to grips with



One of the police busts stretched across 14 provinces in China, while the other involved a trafficking ring which mainly sold children in Vietnam through neighbouring Guangxi province.

Liu Ancheng, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security Criminal Investigation Bureau, said if the buyers have not abused the children, they cannot be held criminally responsible.

Mr Liu said the 'dreadful practice of buying and selling children' is a result of ignorance of the law in rural areas as well as traditional Chinese social norms that call for people 'to have both sons and daughters' and children who will look after a parent in old age

China's traditional preference for male heirs means some families sell their female babies in order to try for a boy, since the country's one-child policy limits most urban couples to one child and rural families to two.




Tearful Chinese father Peng Gaofeng (left) holds his son Peng Wenle, who had been missing for three years after being kidnapped by traffickers, and was rescued in February



A report said raids were carried out on July 20 in 14 provinces in the south, east and north of the country.
The operation involved 2,600 officers and the People's Daily said the youngest child was 10 days old and the oldest four years.

A separate report which was not published on the ministry's website said the Vietnam operation on July 15 resulted in the rescue of eight infants aged from 10 days to seven months.

In that raid 39 people, of whom at least four were Vietnamese, were detained.

A total of 89 minors were rescued and 369 suspects arrested in both operations, the reports said.

Police sent the rescued children to orphanages as their parents had not been found.

It is often difficult to trace the parents of trafficked children and the law has not clearly defined the circumstances in which a buyer of a child should be punished. While many babies are stolen, some are sold by their parents.

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Spain and France Bust People-Smuggling Rings

Scores Arrested in Crackdown on Gang Smuggling into the US and Europe.

Investigation Took 2 Years

AP 10 August 2013




Police photographs showed seized cash, passports and weapons [EPA]



Scores of people have been arrested in Spain and France in a crackdown on a gang smuggling Chinese nationals into Europe and the United States.
Spanish police said on Saturday that 51 people had been arrested in Spain, with another 24 arrests were reported in France, following a two-year joint investigation.

The bosses of the operation were arrested in Barcelona.

The Spanish interior ministry said the gang charged up to $66,700 to transport mainly Chinese and Malaysian nationals to the US, Britain, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey. Some of the people trafficked ended up in the sex trade, the ministry said.

The gang's main European hub was Barcelona airport. It allegedly used the city as a stopping-off point for Chinese while false documents were prepared.
A total of 81 false passports from South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan were recovered in raids, as well as fake immigration stamps, Chinese and European currencies, and weapons including a handgun.

"The composition of this perfectly structured, hierarchical organisation, with its kingpin in China and independent cells operating in different countries, completely shut off from each other, complicated the investigation," the police statement said.

The traffickers accompanied their clients all the way from China to Spain - the last stop to the final destination, usually the United Kingdom or the United States, it said.

The route taken from China, as well as the travel documents used, "changed constantly according to the successes and failures of previous trips... or in order to prevent discovery of the traffickers."

Source: Agencies

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Update Re: Human Trafficking Rings Increase

Rise in Human Trafficking Victims


The number of human trafficking victims identified in the UK has more than doubled since 2010, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
There were 660 human trafficking victims identified in the UK in 2013, a 20% rise from 522 the previous year and more than twice the 297 identified in 2010, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said.

Among victims identified in the UK in 2013 were 135 children, compared to 130 girls and boys identified the previous year and 80 in 2010.





UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov said the report shows there is no place in the world where people are safe from human trafficking.


There were also 148 men and women convicted of human trafficking in England and Wales in 2013, a 43% rise from 103 the previous year and a more than three-fold increase from 43 in 2010.

The UNODC Global Report on Trafficking In Persons has identified 510 trafficking routes worldwide - that is flows connecting the origin country and destination country of at least five detected victims.
One in three known victims of human trafficking was a child in 2010 to 2013, the report claims, which is a 5% increase compared to the 2007-2010 period.
UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov said:

"Unfortunately, the report shows there is no place in the world where children, women and men are safe from human trafficking.
"Official data reported to UNODC by national authorities represent only what has been detected. It is very clear that the scale of modern-day slavery is far worse."

The number of cases of trafficking that reached a first hearing in a magistrate court in England and Wales surged to 860 in 2013 from 374 in the previous year and 136 cases in 2010, the report said.
Some 784 identified victims between 2010 and 2013 were trafficked for s exual e xploitation, while 875 were put in to forced labour.

Two victims were trafficked for illegal organ harvesting.


There were 112 British victims of trafficking within the UK in the three year period, while 557 came from "other Central Europe".



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Number of Women Convicted for Human Trafficking "Exceptionally High" -UN

26 November 2014

By Kieran Guilbert


LONDON, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly three in 10 convicted human traffickers worldwide are female, according to a U.N. report on Monday which found that women play a bigger role in trafficking than other major crimes such as murder or robbery.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that 28 percent of convicted traffickers between 2010-2012 were women, many of them acting as guards, recruiters and money collectors, to gain the trust of female victims.

In contrast, between 10 percent and 15 percent of the total number of people convicted of serious crimes were female, the report said.
Kristiina Kangaspunta, chief of the UNODC's Global Report on Trafficking in Persons Unit, said the number of women convicted for human trafficking was "exceptionally high", adding that some of them were forced to recruit others by trafficking rings.

"Women involved in human trafficking operations are often in close contact with the victims, whether it is recruiting them, deceiving them or transporting them," Kangaspunta told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Geneva.
"Given that many human trafficking investigations are based on victims' testimonies, these low-ranking female traffickers are most likely to be identified and convicted, while the men at the top of the chain are rarely seen or known by the victims."

The report also said that 33 percent of detected victims of human trafficking are children with girls accounting for two out of every three of them.
Earlier this month the 2014 Global Slavery Index estimated that almost 36 million people around the world are in some form of slavery. The figure includes people who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation and forced labour.

VICTIMS TURN PERPETRATORS

UNODC said women were more likely to be convicted of human trafficking alongside their partner or family members than men.

More than 100 cases across 30 countries involved female traffickers who had worked with their husband, mother, daughter or siblings to traffic victims, mainly for sexual exploitation and forced labour, UNODC said.
In one case outlined in the report, a woman and her husband were jailed for five years for trafficking six women from Belarus into another European country, where they were sold to nightclub owners.

In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, more women than men were convicted of human trafficking between 2010-2012, while in North and South America, nearly 40 percent of traffickers were women, according to the report.
The proportion of convicted female offenders in South and East Asia, Africa and the Middle East was around 30 percent, while the rate in Western and Central Europe stood at just over 20 percent.
The report said that in countries with high numbers of female human traffickers, there were often many girl victims.

"For some women and girls, brutalised by their own experience of trafficking, the option of becoming a trafficker themselves can present itself as a path out of exploitation," said Aidan McQuade, director of Anti-Slavery International.
"It is a sad human truth that where violence is concerned, as it is with trafficking, victims can often become perpetrators," McQuade told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


China Seizes 31 trafficking Suspects Holding Myanmar Women

By AP, 24 November 2014

BEIJING, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, state media said on Monday.

Five of the non-Chinese victims were younger than 18 and were handed to Myanmar police after a three-month investigation into the gang, which ensnared the women by offering them tours and jobs, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The victims were then sold as wives in rural China for as little as 50,000 yuan ($8,142)

China's gender imbalance, the result of its one-child policy and illicit abortion of girl babies because of a traditional preference for boys, has led to a huge surplus of single men. The latest census showed 118 newborn males for every 100 females.

In September, state media reported that Chinese police would clamp down on websites that sell group tours to enable men to meet "foreign brides" in Southeast Asian countries, as the practice leads to human trafficking and prostitution.

Last year, a U.S. State Department report cited Russia and China as being among the world's worst offenders in fighting forced labor and sex trafficking. ($1=6.1412 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)


Niger Baby-Trafficking Trial Due 'Shortly', Minister says

By AP, 26 November 2014


The trial of 22 people charged in a Niger-based baby trafficking case, including the wife of a fugitive political figure, is to open soon, Justice Minister Marou Amadou said Wednesday.


Amadou told a news conference that an inquiry into the highly controversial affair is almost complete "and will go to trial shortly", but he gave no date.
He said 22 people had been charged and detained for questioning since June and that six remained in custody pending trial, including the main suspect.





Hama Amadou (C), head of Nigers' parliament has fled the country amid accusations his wife is involved in a baby-traficking case ©Issouf Sanogo (AFP)


One of those also still behind bars is one of the wives of ex parliament speaker Hama Amadou.
Amadou has fled the country and sought refuge in France, saying he was embroiled in the case as part of a plot by President Mahmadou Issoufou to smear his name before the next presidential election in 2016.
He was this week replaced as speaker by a former opposition member turned presidential backer.

The suspects have been accused of forging and altering birth certificates to switch the names of mothers in the trafficking between Nigeria, Benin and Niger.
The vast desert nation of Niger, one of the world's poorest, has the globe's highest birth rate, with an average of 7.6 children per woman.
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Breaking News VIDEO -72 'Human Traffickers' Face Thai Charges

Thai General Among 72 Indicted Over Human Trafficking

Daily Mail UK, 24 July 2015


Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh rocked the Southeast Asian region.



The move comes after a major people-smuggling trade unravelled in May when thousands of migrants were abandoned at sea and in jungle camps by traffickers following a Thai crackdown, a crisis that eventually forced a Southeast Asia-wide response.

The Office of the Attorney General of Thailand on Thursday issued an order to indict 72 people charged on 16 counts mostly over human trafficking, OAG spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong said at a press conference in Bangkok.





Rohingya migrants pass food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter to others aboard a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015 ©Christophe Archambault (AFP/File)


"We will not let influential people rise above justice," Wanchai told reporters, adding more than dozen state officials at all levels will face trial.
The charges include human trafficking, involvement in international crimes, taking and bringing illegal migrants and malfeasance.

"AOG has given priority to the issue -- as it is a big group of people involving international systems -- it caused a lot of damage to the country as there were dead bodies found," Wanchai said, referencing the grisly discovery of dozens of migrant graves along the border with Malaysia that sparked the trafficking crackdown.

A court in southern Songkhla province where the graves were found will formally process the indictments later Friday.

Among the suspects is Lieutenant General Manas Kongpan, charged with being a major smuggling kingpin in the lucrative trade.


His alleged involvement in the grim trade in humans raises awkward questions for junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who has repeatedly justified his coup last year as a much-needed antidote to graft that he says had flourished under a series of elected civilian governments.

Manas was promoted while Prayut was army chief.
He remains the only military officer charged with complicity in people smuggling, something that has raised eyebrows among human rights groups and observers who say it is unlikely such an influential officer would have acted alone.
None of the suspects will be bailed, Wanchai added.

Around 4,500 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants were stranded in Southeast Asian waters in recent months, ping-ponged between countries reluctant to accept them until finally landing ashore on Malaysian, Indonesian, Bangladeshi, Myanmar and Thai soil.

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A Thai court's examination of 500 witnesses in a case against 88 suspected human traffickers will take as long as two years, a court official said on Tuesday, meaning verdicts in a case that sparked an international outcry are even further away.


The defendants, including a senior General, were brought before a Bangkok court on Tuesday for examination of evidence and witnesses following a crackdown on Thailand's lucrative smuggling syndicates.





Lieutenant General Manus Kongpan, suspected of involvement in human trafficking, arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok on 10 November 10, ©Pornchai Kittiwongsakul (AFP)


"There are 500 witnesses in this case. Altogether it will take around 200 meetings to review witnesses which means examination will take two years," a court official told reporters.



The investigation and arrests followed the discovery in May of 30 bodies in a grave near a human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a jungle near the Thailand-Malaysia border, which sparked an international outcry.

However, some rights groups have questioned Thailand's commitment to end the illegal trade following the resignation on the weekend of a senior policeman in the investigation.

Major General Paween Pongsirin, whose team led many of the arrests, said on Monday an order to transfer him to Thailand's south would expose him to revenge by members of trafficking syndicates still at large.

Paween said he would disband his unit, raising concerns about protection for police officers.
"I am truly sorry about this," Paween told reporters outside the court. "I still want to be a policeman and be useful to society."

Earlier, another court official said the examination of witnesses was expected to take just four days, but this would next to impossible given the number involved.

Sunai Phasuk, Thailand researcher at Human Rights Watch, said examination of witnesses in the case could take more than two years.

"One thing is clear, this will be a drawn-out trial and witnesses must feel safe and protected," Sunai told Reuters. "These are just some traffickers. There needs to be a follow-up investigation of others."

Illegal migrants, many of them Rohingya Muslims from eastern Myanmar and Bangladesh facing religious and ethnic persecution, often brave dangerous journeys by sea to reach Malaysia and Thailand. The migrants are often held for ransom in squalid detention camps and according to some accounts face torture and starvation.

The 88 suspects, who were brought to Bangkok in two buses, include two men who police have said are among the kingpins.


Despite the police crackdown, the U.S. kept Thailand for a second year on Tier 3 - the lowest tier - in its annual Trafficking in Persons report in July for failing to comply with the minimum U.S. standards for the elimination of trafficking.


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However, the junta's rhetoric has been thrown into doubt by the senior police officer who led the trafficking investigation.

In an interview with AFP last month, Major General Paween Pongsirin said his investigation was closed too quickly, with many suspects still at liberty and his unit disbanded.

He also said he feared for his life after implicating senior military figures in the grisly, multi-million dollar trade.

Over the weekend he handed in his resignation after superiors ordered him to take up a new post in Thailand's deep south, an insurgency-plagued region where the army effectively controls security.

Thailand has long been a hub for the trafficking of persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, who in recent years have been joined by Bangladeshi economic migrants.

Many were held against their will in camps or on boats until relatives paid exorbitant ransoms.
Survivors have testified that beatings, starvation, murder and rape was commonplace. Dozens of graves were found in jungle camps earlier this year.


With the monsoon ending, rights groups warn that boats are likely to set sail in the coming weeks.


Thailand has remained on the bottom tier of the State Department's trafficking list for a second year in a row, alongside nations like Iran, Libya, North Korea and Syria.






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'This is Human Trafficking by The US': After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico to Move 3,200 Inmates to Arizona

Puerto Rico: The Forgotten Americans


The Guardian UK, 7 Aug 2018.


Some warn that the radical overhaul of Puerto Rico’s overburdened prison system may have dire consequences for the civil rights of inmates

When Maria pounded the concrete walls and rusted iron gates of the Bayamón correctional complex last September, inmates here watched in fear through the reinforced windows and metal bars.

“We went without running water for weeks, without electricity for weeks,” says inmate Joseph Villalobos, who sat in the open courtyard of Bayamón’s minimum security wing in the heart of the complex’s sprawling mass of structures. “It was hard.”

The lack of communication with the outside world kept inmates like Villalobos, seven years into a 26-year sentence for what he describes as a felony offense involving kidnap, in a state of perpetual anxiety.

The shock of last year’s category five hurricane was just a precursor to the radical overhaul of Puerto Rico’s overburdened prison system that some warn may have direconsequences for the civil rights of inmates.

Six months after the hurricane hit, the island’s unelected federal financial oversight board – colloquially named La Junta – approved a suite of austerity measures, ranging from workplace benefits cuts to slashing the education budget, in an ostensible bid to rid the commonwealth of its multi-billion dollar debt crisis.

The plan led to widespread protests and civil unrest in the island’s capital. Nestled away in the 200-page document was a policy to offshore around a third of Puerto Rico’s prison population – 3,200 inmates – to private facilities thousands of miles away within the US.

The board claim the policy will help to save close to $400m over four years. The government insists it will be voluntary. But advocates describe it as a disaster waiting to happen.

“This is government sponsored human trafficking. You are transferring people basically against their will,” said William Ramirez, executive director of the Puerto Rico American Civil Liberties Union.

“Even if you say it’s consensual, the reality is that you can’t provide consent freely if you’re a ward of the state, because you’re not free. And secondly, you’re not given the information you need to actually give consent. And finally, it’s all being done for profit.”

Villalobos grimaced when asked about the program. Having spent four years in maximum security on daily 22-hour lockdowns, he recently graduated to the facility’s woodwork program, where his hand-carved biblical figures are sold on by the prison, who hand him back 75% of the profits. He uses the proceeds to provide for his mother and four children who visit him here once a week.

He worried that he would be ripped away from both his family and the progress he had made inside, and expressed skepticism that the transfer policy would remain voluntary.

“I really don’t want to go. But once you’re in jail and you’ve got that sentence on you, they dictate the rules,” he said. “If they come and say, come, pick up your things, you’re leaving, I will make no movement. I will pick up my things and I will go because for you to go home as quickly as you can, you’ve got to obey the rules. You’ve got to do everything that they ask.”

For a week in July the Guardian was granted extensive access to Puerto Rico’s prison system to examine the transfer policy and the many unreported pitfalls that accompany the plan.



‘This is Something We Need to Do’


Erik Rolón’s 15th floor office commands a panoramic view of San Juan. As the sun sets over the the North Atlantic, cruise liners dotted along the coast, the corrections minister, 36 years-old, calmly but vehemently defended his department’s decision.

“This is something that we need to do due to the economic situation we have in government,” Rolón said. “It’s an initiative that represents a very cost-effective way to provide our service.”

The department hopes to transfer between around 1,200 inmates in 2019, with cohorts of 700 following for the next three years. At the same time it plans to permanently shutter an as yet unspecified cluster of government-run prisons on the island.

Despite Rolón describing the plan as “99% complete” the government has not signed a contract with the only private prison company,

CoreCivic, still in the tender process, and many of the finer details appear unresolved. Neither CoreCivic nor Rolón would say how much the contract was valued at.

Further, the department spent a period of weeks last month orientating Puerto Rico’s entire prison cohort on transfers to two prisons – one in Mississippi and another in Texas – that are no longer being considered for use in the program. Rolón insisted his department would re-orient the whole prison population to the facility now being considered – the La Palma correctional center in Eloy, Arizona – before signing any contract.

CoreCivic would not say how it planned to adapt the medium security prison– that was until recently used to incarcerate prisoners from California – to house a variety of inmate categories.

The company declined to respond to a list of specific questions relating to the transfer program, citing: “respect for the integrity of the procurement process” and “competitive reasons”.

In 2016 a stinging independent review by the Obama administration’s justice department found that private prisons used by the federal government were drastically more unsafe and more punitive than those operated by government – identifying poorer medical care and the overuse of solitary confinement as two key markers.

The report prompted the president to order the end of federal government’s use of private prisons, a decision that was almost immediately reversed by the Trump administration.

When reminded of this audit’s findings, Rolón nodded and said: “I know I have to guarantee the rights of inmates. We’re not going to send inmates to another state, to a private prison to suffer what they don’t suffer here.”

Rolón insisted all prison staff would be at least bilingual, that the contract would mandate Puerto Rican cuisine be served to all inmates and that rehabilitative rights, as described by the island’s constitution, would be upheld.

But documents seen by the Guardian indicate that private companies initially bidding for the contract had already begun to look at ways of cutting corners.

In a tender document in which solicitors from three private security companies asked Rolón’s department questions about the deal, Trinity Services Group, a private corrections group specializing in prison catering, asked the department whether it would foot the bill for any legal cases brought against private providers, whether the department would pay providers more money for specific dietary requirements, and if providers would be expected to pay for transportation costs of inmates.

In another question, the company asked: “It is a rumour that 90% of inmates in Puerto Rico have a type of hepatitis, could you please elaborate on the bill of health of the inmates in Puerto Rico…”

The department responded: “This rumour is not true.”

Trinity Services Group did not respond to multiple requests for comment. .

‘You create the likelihood of hardened criminals’

Not all operating in Puerto Rico’s criminal justice are convinced of the plan. Eric Vos, the chief of Puerto Rico’s federal public defender officer, expressed grave concerns that the program would lead to warehousing of inmates and, by default, make rehabilitation exponentially more difficult.

“When you remove a Puerto Rican from his family, his community and you put him in a foreign country that has limited Spanish, has limited training for the inmates, and a huge cultural divide between the people who guard them, you do not create rehabilitation. What you create is the likelihood of hardened criminals,” Vos said.

“Even if you’re saving money by sending them to Arizona. You’re now going to cost yourself even more because you didn’t do the job of rehabilitation. It’s like storing a car for less money, but storing it underwater. When you pull it out of water, you’re going to have a mess.”

Pivotally, Rolón insisted the entire program would be voluntary. He claimed that 1,193 inmates in the system had registered “expression of interest” in the transfer program (based on orientations that included the wrong prisons). The department later revised the number to 867 without explanation.

The secretary insisted that while no inmates would be forced into the program, he acknowledged that once the contract was signed the department would be obligated to pay for its full imposition whether or not they managed to find the full cohort of 3,200 transferees.

The department has no contingency plan, the secretary said, due to the “expressions of interest” it has already received from inmates.

But experts warn that the plan has already overlooked a pivotal aspect to Puerto Rico’s prison make-up: the dominance of gang culture.

At Bayamón’s north complex, the four brightly painted medium security wings are segregated by gang affiliation. Of the 936 inmates in this block, officials estimate 70% are members of Puerto Rico’s largest and most dominant gang, Asociación Ñeta. Some estimates suggest that up to two thirds of the entire Puerto Rican prison population are part of the Ñeta association, which began in the late 1970s with ties to independence movement prisoners, ballooning into a powerbroker in Puerto Rico’s prison network.

By the late 1990s, according to a court appointed monitor report commissioned in response to a spate of violent prison riots on the island, the Ñeta association functioned as a “shadow governing body” across the entire network, enforcing its own rules and practices among inmates.

Three blocks here are run by Ñeta, said Lieutenant Angel Burgos Lopez, a burly senior prison officer who has worked here for decades, while one is operated by Grupo 27, a rival organization smaller in size.

In the immediate aftermath of Maria all four wings were place on lockdown for over a week as tensions flared between the two groups. Now, said Lieutenant Lopez, a brokered peace has lead to greater stability.

The Guardian was invited into one Ñeta controlled wing to meet with Isander Báez Muriel. The 34-year-old is a self-described senior member of the group and the spokesman for the association’s entire prison population, which he claimed to be over 6,000 inmates. Muriel’s status was confirmed by both Lieutenant Lopez and two other corrections officials who did not want to be named.

Sitting in the wing’s courtyard, flanked by two other unidentified male prisoners, Muriel said the whole association was opposed to the transfer program.

“We refuse it in its essence,” he said, as three armed guards with the prison’s tactical response unit who had accompanied the Guardian throughout the visit waited outside the wing, peering in. “Every prison in Puerto Rico is against that program. It takes us far away from our families.”

The association member, dressed in a white T-shirt with a large pendant concealed underneath, continued: “They’d have to take me by force. Our association, we all believe this.”

The inmate, who has served seven years for two weapons violation convictions and did not want the full length of his sentence published, warned there would be “chaos” if any member of the association was moved to the US.

“We don’t promote violence,” he said. “We understand that it won’t get to that point.”

Gary Gutierrez, a criminology professor at the American University of Puerto Rico, cautioned that such forceful opposition to the policy from the island’s most powerful association could lead to serious consequences for the government.

First, Gutierrez suggested that Ñeta, who control many of the prison kitchens and laundry units, could lead an island-wide prison strike. Second, he pointed to the fact that the organization control a significant voting block – prisoners are granted the vote in Puerto Rico – and could punish the current administration at the next election in 2020.

“We have to realize that by opposing the policy, they are probably trying to secure their market base and their membership,” Gutierrez said. “They are Puerto Rico’s most powerful prison organization and have controlled the system for years.”

He added: “But it’s too simplistic to say it’s just about controlling the market. They know exactly what’s going on, and they know what happened last time.”

This is not the first time Puerto Rico has attempted to move inmates to the United States. In 1993, as prisons on the island suffered from chronic overcrowding, the government attempted to move up to 500 inmates to a facility in rural Minnesota. Following inmate complaints about the conditions inside, the transfers were abandoned within two years, and all the individuals incarcerated were returned.

In 2012, the government tried again. This time with voluntary transfers for 480 inmates to a private prison in Cushing, Oklahoma. In March the following year Puerto Rican inmates rioted at the facility and the program closed three months later.

Secretary Rolón was adamant, however, that this new program, six times the size of the old ones, would not mean history repeating itself.

In fact, he pointed to the scale of the project as a marker of how he believed it would succeed, drawing attention to the savings his government planned to make, rather than how conditions inside might be different this time.

“It’s different, because I’m sending inmates abroad but also plan to close institutions [on the island]. Doing this allows me to relocate personnel and make better jobs at the institutions I have open. The more institutions I have open the less overtime I can pay, so then I make savings.”

But overlooking the conditions at La Palma may be an oversight.

A 2010 California inspector general report found serious flaws in the standard of care at the facility including: overuse of solitary confinement, a failure to provide video conferencing for inmates to contact family members, a failure to provide a “full complement” of programming for Hispanic inmates, and a range of basic security and safety flaws.

CoreCivic did not respond to specific questions about the audit but a spokeswoman said: “We take any inspection or audit findings very seriously and work closely with our government partners to take any corrective action necessary.”

‘Everything in prison is an adaptation’

At the Bayamón minimum security wing, Joseph Villalobos was keen to show off the murals inmates painted on the facades after Maria hit. A painted US flag, with bright reds and blues, covered the front of one building next to another painted with the Puerto Rican flag.

With his head bowed, a tape measure clipped to his jeans, he seemed resigned to the uncertainty that lay ahead. “To be honest, everything in prison is an adaptation,” he said.

“I hear people saying I would never do one day in jail. I’d rather kill myself than do that. That’s a state of mind that everybody has. The first time you cry, the first time you scream. But then the adaption comes in and you settle in, and you say hey I’ve got to make the good out of this time,” he paused, staring at the floor. “Because I’ve got to get home.”

For a week in July the Guardian was granted extensive access to Puerto Rico’s prison system to examine the transfer policy and the many unreported pitfalls that accompany the plan.

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How a Woman Forced into Sex Slavery Escaped Her Captor

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Chances are you will find this story incredibly hard to believe. It's confronting and confounding, but it really happened.

Raised in middle-class Sydney, Katie Lang's future was almost assured - exciting and prosperous.

But her big mistake was to fall in love with the wrong man. Katie thought Damion Baston wanted to be her boyfriend.

What he really wanted was to be her pimp. He used violence to control her, turning her into a sex slave and trafficking her around the world.

But what this monster didn't anticipate was Katie's strength, and when she was finally able to escape his abuse, she set about plotting her revenge.


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The Whistleblower

Experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex trafficking scandal.

AP, 12 AUG 2020.






Kathryn Bolkovac is an American who worked as a UN International Police Force Monitor. Originally hired by the U.S. company DynCorp she went overseas as a UN Human Rights Investigator.

Bolkovac disclosed to the public how UN personal and peace keeping officers were participating in sex trafficking. Bolkovac reported it to Senior Management but was dismissed.

UN personal enjoys complete immunity in Bosnia and none of the implicated have ever been prosecuted.

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