The economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to increase the number of potential human trafficking victims, with criminal groups targeting people in vulnerable socioeconomic conditions, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in arecent report.
Trying to prevent modern slavery, a Tunisian anti-trafficking body has last week released information cards intending to educate the increased number of human trafficking victims coming from or passing through the country about their rights.
Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s officials on Wednesday signed in Islamabad an agreement that allows the Balkan country to send back home thousands of illegal Pakistani migrants that got stuck there on their way to western Europe.
Authorities across Europe arrested nearly 400 suspected human traffickers in a series of joint actions that targeted child trafficking, Europol said on Wednesday.
Kyrgyz law enforcement officers on Thursday arrested Kamchybek Asanbek, aliasKamchybek Kolbayev, one of the Kyrgyzstan’s top organized crime bosses.
In a joint operation earlier this month, Spanish and Dutch police cracked down on drug trafficking routes from Latin America to Europe, seizing six metric tons of cocaine.
More than 8,800 law enforcement officers across Europe arrested 166 people in a joint operation against organized and serious international crime originating from South-East Europe (SEE),Europol said in a statement on Wednesday.
A new project that will be led byEuropol and financed by the European Commission will help the EU’s eastern neighbours -- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine -- fight organized crime.
A court in Texas has dismissed Facebook’s appeal to halt three separate lawsuits from underage survivors of sexual exploitation who say the company is enabling sex trafficking.
In a series of simultaneous actions in Southeast Asian ports and transit points, law enforcement and border patrols arrested 180 people and rescued 130 human trafficking victims through the month of March, Interpol reported on Wednesday.
Mozambican authorities have discovered the bodies of 64 migrants who died in a sealed shipping container, with fourteen ‘deeply traumatised’ survivors being treated for severe dehydration and exhaustion.
Colombia, the world’s largest cocaine producer, closed its borders on Monday to stop an outbreak of the coronavirus but experts told OCCRP that this may fuel organised crime.
A group that rescues women and girls trafficked from Vietnam to China says the closure of the border due to COVID-19 has hindered efforts to help victims escape slavery and sexual exploitation.
Niger’s police have arrested 18 suspects of human trafficking and crimes against children and have rescued 232 of their victims,INTERPOL said in a statement on Wednesday.
Montenegrin police say they found during a raid on Thursday nearly 100 people from Taiwan confined in three villas, where they were forced to commit unspecified cyber fraud that was targeting China and Taiwan.
Italian and French police have broken up a gang responsible for smuggling more than 1,000 illegal migrants into Europe over the past year.
A dozen of hotel chains across the US have been accused by victims of profiting from sex trafficking by ignoring obvious signs of exploatation in their rooms,CNN reported on Wednesday.
As many as 629 women and girls from Pakistan were sold as brides and taken to China, according to a list obtained by The Associated Press.
Polish police have dismantled an organized crime group that helped smuggle more than 13,000 migrants into Poland en route to Western Europe over the past seven years, earning millions in the process.
Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling more than £15.5 million (US$20 million) out of the United Kingdom into Dubai, hidden in suitcases over the past three years, British authorities say.
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