Human Trafficking Arrests Around the Globe

FBI-led raids rescue 69 child prostitutes
By Jerry Seper
The Washington Times
November 8, 2010

Sixty-nine children in 40 cities were freed from forced prostitution this weekend in a multi-state sweep dubbed Operation Cross Country V. The sweep resulted in 885 arrests. The effort targeted truck stops, casinos, street tracks and Internet websites, based on intelligence gathered by the FBI and its local and state law enforcement partners, along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

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UN Launches Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking
UNOCD Press Release
November 4, 2010

Last Thursday, the United Nations launched a new fund to provide humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of human trafficking. The Governments of Qatar, Luxembourg, Egypt and Thailand were among the first nations to make pledges to the newly-established fund, which will be managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The fund has also attracted non-government donors, such as Orascom Telecom Executive Chairman Naguib Sawiris. Celebrity activists Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher spoke at the launch event.

Speed up Trafficking Cases, says Philippines Supreme Court
Dateline Philippines
November 9, 2010

The Philippines Supreme Court has issued an order to regional trial court judges to speed up the hearing and resolution of human trafficking cases. The order, SC Circular No. 151-2010, specifies a faster hearing schedule and new reporting requirements. The move came amidst concerns that insufficient convictions could caused the Philippines to be moved to Tier 3 of US State Department's Trafficking ratings, which would cost the country $250m in lost US aid.

Indictment: Somali gangs trafficked girls for sex
Amy Forliti
Associated Press
November 8, 2010

A newly unsealed federal indictment charges twenty-nine people with ties to three Somali gangs in Minneapolis with allegedly forcing girls younger than 14 into prostitution in Ohio, Minnesota and Tennessee. The indictment asserts that the sex trafficking ring had been operating for 10 years.

Police Bust Trafficking Ring Supplying Germany, Italy, Switzerland
Sofia News Agency
November 6, 2010

The Bulgarian police have arrested two men and one woman who allegedly trafficked women to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. They lured unemployed and poor persons with promises for better life, and transported them to Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, where they were enslaved for prostitution.

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