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Migrant boat captain arrested as survivors of sinking reach Italy

Italian police have arrested two suspected people traffickers among the survivors of the migrant boat that capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday, as the United Nations said it believed that at least 800 people died in the sinking – the worst such incident ever in the Mediterranean.

Prosecutors …

Italy

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 may hit 30,000: IOM

The number of migrants dying in Mediterranean Sea crossings could hit 30,000 this year if the current rate continues, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) says.

The deaths in 2015 so far are 30 times higher than the same period last year.

The UN believes the sinking of one boat at the …

Mediterranean

Why thousands risk everything to get to Europe

They come from more than 20 countries, drawn to Libya as the funnel to Europe.

Eritreans want to escape repression or military service; Somalis flee Al-Shabaab and clan warfare; Syrians have given up hope of returning home. In villages in Senegal and elsewhere across West Africa, young men sell all …

Europe

Victim raises awareness for human trafficking

Kris Wade, the executive director of The Justice Project in Kansas City, still has the scar where her pimps branded her.

The former victim of human …

Europe grapples with deadly Mediterranean migration crisis

European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk everything on rickety, overloaded boats.

Any answer, however, will likely be a patchwork …

Migration

In Latest Outbreak Of Bipartisanship, Senate Compromises On Trafficking Bill

A logjam over an anti-human trafficking bill has finally broken in the Senate. Senate negotiators reached a deal after a long impasse over language on abortion funding. The compromise clears the path to a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch — a vote Republicans had delayed …

Bipartisanship

Red Deer couple charged with human trafficking at central Alberta hotel

Alberta RCMP have charged a Red Deer couple with human trafficking, in connection with the alleged abuse of eight temporary foreign workers at a …

Red Deer

20 people arrested in human trafficking and sex crime bust

OWATONNA, Minn. – Over the past three months, 20 people were arrested in an undercover operation focusing on human trafficking and sex crimes.

The …

Crime

Man used fake ‘I CARE’ nonprofit to swindle parents of abucted children: authorities

A cold-hearted Brooklyn man allegedly used his bogus nonprofit, called “I CARE Foundation,” to trick parents into believing he could rescue their …

Kids

Will Nigeria's New President Finally #BringBackOurGirls?

In a landmark election today, former military leader Muhammadu Buhari ousted incumbent Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan from the power seat. Voters rejoiced in the streets, and even the defeated Jonathan extended a call of congratulations to the first-ever candidate to beat the sitting …

World Leaders

Homeless teens trapped by human traffickers in New Orleans: Laura Murphy

News reports often suggest that human trafficking is rampant in our area. We are told that New Orleans is in the top 20 cities for human trafficking …

New Orleans

Victims of human trafficking rescued after 150 police swoop on nail bars across UK

Around 150 officers from three forces across were involved in the raids carried out across 17 shops and residential addresses in London and Berkshire.

Study: Sex trafficking up during March Madness

An analysis of more than 20,000 local backpage.com ads for adult “escort” services revealed that likely instances of human trafficking peaked during …

Sex Trafficking

Former Temple star Matt Brown charged with human trafficking

Former Temple standout Matt Brown was arrested Tuesday and charged with human trafficking, according to multiple reports.

Per the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore area detectives responded to an advertisement using language they believed to be used by prostitutes and arranged a meeting at a Baltimore County …

Matt Brown

20,000 North Koreans working in slave-like conditions abroad, says UN

The UN human rights investigator for North Korea has said he would investigate allegations of an estimated 20,000 North Koreans working in slave-like conditions abroad, mainly in China, Russia and the Middle East.

Marzuki Darusman, UN special rapporteur on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, …

North Korea

Islamic State: 'Kidnapped' Dutch children taken to Syria

A Chechen woman living in the Netherlands has taken her two young children against their father's will to join Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, Dutch prosecutors say.

The mother, a boy aged eight and a seven-year-old girl are believed to have travelled using false passports.

The divorced …

Recovered: Racine County Sheriff’s Office, Human Trafficking Task Force rescue girls ages 13, 16

TOWN OF YORKVILLE (WITI) — Two young girls, ages 13 and 16 have been recovered by members of the Racine County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes …

Human Trafficking

Guinea-Bissau smashes child trafficking ring: police

Bissau (AFP) - Guinea-Bissau said on Sunday it had dismantled a criminal operation trafficking 54 children to Senegal, where it is believed they …

Harry Reid: Human Trafficking Bill Doomed Unless GOP Removes Anti-Abortion Language

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Republicans Wednesday morning that unless they remove an anti-abortion provision from a bill on human trafficking, the popular legislation is doomed.

"Today, the Senate is doing a good deed. We have a chance to address human trafficking," …

Democrats

ISIS people trafficker charged with forcing Syrian refugee children into prostitution

Turkish investigators examining the links between Ahmet Yumuşak and the terror group are said to have discovered the 29-year-old talking with …

Many South Sudan boys 'kidnapped to be child soldiers'

Hundreds of boys in South Sudan have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the United Nations children's agency says.

The figure is a big increase on the 89 child abductions reported by Unicef last month.

Their latest statement blamed a militia group allied to the government.

South Sudan …

Baby trafficking is a lucrative business in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — In this country of widespread poverty, one of the most lucrative businesses is also one of the most heartbreaking: baby trafficking.

It is common in Kayole, a slum in the capital here, for gangs to steal or buy infants from mothers who are told their child had died or who can't …

U.N. Report Says ISIS Is Using Children as Sex Slaves and Suicide Bombers

Iraqi Christian children in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq.Photo by SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images Disturbing reports about ISIS …

United Nations

Mag Crew Kid at Door a Trafficking Victim?

It’s a testament to their salesmanship that in the time it took to consume one Waffle House meal in Columbus, Ohio, a table of door-to-door itinerant magazine sales crew members convinced their 25-year-old server, Johnathan Terrell Stewart, to quit his job last May, leave home without telling his …

Crime

Little-Known Laws Help Sex Trafficking Victims Clear Criminal Records

Advocates for women arrested on prostitution charges want the justice system to adopt a different approach. They say instead of being locked up, many prostitutes should actually be considered victims of human trafficking. And they're starting to offer those women a way to clean up the criminal …

Sex Trafficking

Three men accused of molestation in child porn ring that spans multiple Southern California counties

Three men, including one who had been allowed to adopt two boys and work as a teaching assistant at Desert Hot Springs High School, have been charged …

California

Men Accused of Luring Boys From Park to Make Child Porn

A trio of men, including a Southern California foster care provider, are accused of making child pornography using boys they lured from parks by …

Riverside County

Two arrested in Merced human trafficking case

Two people were arrested this week and accused of coercing a teenage girl into prostitution, the Merced Police Department reported.

Stephen L. …

Nigeria to investigate alleged abuses at refugee camps

Nigeria is to investigate reports of rapes, child trafficking and other abuses in camps for people fleeing from the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The country's National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) has formed a panel to investigate the abuses.

A spokesperson for Nema told the BBC that …