Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have joined the worst category in the US State Department’s blacklist of countries that have failed to combat human trafficking.
Europol recently launched its annual multi-partner operation aimed at cracking down on organized crime throughout Europe. Results ranging from human trafficking to airline fraud have been coming in.
Thai prosecutors have called their first witnesses in the trial of 92 suspected human traffickers in the Rohingya “Boat People” smuggling case, the UK Telegraph reported.
French and Romanian authorities have busted an organized crime network for trafficking minors and setting them to work as pickpockets and beggars, grossing up to € 7,000 (US$ 7,870) a day, according to a news release by Europol.
Two Lithuanian men have been sentenced to 3.5 years in jail each by the Kings Lynn Crown Court for cheating two fellow countrymen who were starved and forced to work for low wages, according to a news release.
German and Turkish police Wednesday arrested 35 suspects and broke up a human trafficking ring that had been smuggling Syrian refugees across the Mediterranean and into Europe, according to the New York Times.
A Slovakian gang with a United Kingdom (UK) base in Gravesend has been convicted of trafficking women from Slovakia to Great Britain for profit, the Slovak Spectator has reported.
The US State Department watered down its annual human trafficking report and inflated the ratings of 14 strategically important countries, including Uzbekistan, according to a special report by Reuters.
Bosnian and French authorities have arrested 15 alleged members of an organized crime gang they say transported Bosnian women and children to France and forced them to commit small burglaries and turn their proceeds over to members of the gang.
The number of people who have been displaced worldwide reached an all-time high in 2014, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a statistic that also reflects a worrying number of recent high-profile human-trafficking cases.
The European Commission’s attempt to launch a comprehensive strategy to tackle the ongoing migrant crisis in the Mediterranean has apparently failed, as major member states such as France and Spain withdrew their support for the controversial quota system at its heart.
By Michael Mattson
World leaders continue the search for solutions this week to a human trafficking crisis in the Mediterranean.
Serbian police have arrested 15 alleged members of an organized people-smuggling group.
The European Union (EU) and United States (US) have been forced into action over the use of slavery by Thai fishing firms whose produce has reportedly found its way onto global markets.
Italian authorities have arrested two suspected human traffickers thought to have been involved in the case of a migrant vessel that capsized in the Mediterranean on Saturday, killing more than 800 migrants.
Up to 700 migrants were killed when their boat capsized late on Saturday night in what has been called the Mediterranean’s worst tragedy in living memory.
Border authorities discovered 73 Syrian migrants packed into the back of a furniture truck on Saturday as the driver tried to cross the Romania-Hungary border.
Europol, the European Union's Netherlands-based police agency, launched a new initiative to tackle human trafficking gangs operating across the Mediterranean on Tuesday.
Two incidents involving migrant boats near the Turkish coast have followed UN warnings last week that Syrian refugees are being driven into the arms of human traffickers in a growing humanitarian crisis.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)is calling on the EU to step up its search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean after a drastic increase in deaths aboard smugglers’ boats. The agency describes the current EU operation, Triton, as a “woefully inadequate” replacement for Italy’s Mare Nostrum, which ended in October 2014.
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