human trafficking

Suspected Human Trafficking Kingpin Extradited from Sudan to Italy

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Italy, June 8 – An Eritrean man suspected of running a human trafficking network that sent thousands of migrants to Europe, leaving many to die on the way, was extradited from Sudan to Italy overnight, officials said. Medhane Yehdego Mered, 35, was flown to Italy during the night after his arrest

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India Unveils First-Ever Comprehensive Draft Law on Human Trafficking

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, May 31 – India’s minister for women and children unveiled a draft of the country’s first-ever comprehensive anti-human trafficking law, which would treat survivors as victims in need of assistance and protection rather than as criminals. South Asia, with India at its centre, is the fastest-growing and second-largest region for

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NATO Says Migrant Numbers in Aegean Falling, Warns Routes Could Change

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 21 – The number of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Europe is falling significantly but people smugglers can rapidly change routes and authorities must not reduce their security efforts prematurely, the head of NATO said on Thursday. Speaking in the Turkish capital,

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War, Disasters Disrupt Education of 80 Million Children

By Alex Whiting LONDON, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labour, trafficking and extremism, experts said on Thursday. Many humanitarian aid appeals for 2015 ignored education, and aid appeals for

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Mumbai Dance Bars to Reopen Amid Worries Trafficking of Women May Rise

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, March 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After a 10-year hiatus, dance bars are set to reopen in Mumbai and Maharashtra state with activists warning women and girls could be trafficked and abused in these venues but bar owners arguing this is legimitate, needed work. Western Maharashtra state in 2005 suspended the

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Egypt Migrant Departures Stir New Concern in Europe

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, Feb 28  – The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. “It’s an increasing issue,” an EU official said of increased activity after a quiet

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NATO Overcomes Greek-Turkish Tensions to Agree Aegean Mission

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 25 – NATO allies have agreed to a plan for their ships in the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece counter criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, NATO’s chief said on Thursday, overcoming territorial sensitivities between Greece and Turkey. After late night talks in Brussels, NATO envoys set out

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Classical Indian Dance Helps Trafficking Victims to Heal, Study Shows

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Feb 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Classical Indian dance could be an effective form of therapy for victims of human trafficking and sexual violence, helping them to overcome their traumatic experiences and gain confidence, a pilot study has shown. The six-month study of 50 female survivors in Kolkata and Mumbai found

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