The Ontario Provincial Police announced Monday that an investigation revealed 43 people were brought to Canada with the promise of work visas and permanent residency status. The majority male victims paid large sums of money to leave their home countries, police said, but were often left with less than $50 a month to live in “squalid conditions” in Barrie and Wasaga Beach, Ont.
In 2013, a 22-year-old Hungarian woman responded to an online ad for a babysitting job in London and, after a telephone interview, was offered the post. When she arrived in Budapest to travel to London, she was met by three men who confiscated her mobile, drove her to Slovakia and forced her on to a coach bound for Manchester.
There was no babysitting job. Instead, the woman had been “bought” for £3,500 by a Pakistani man and was told to prepare for marriage. After being held captive at various Manchester addresses, she finally alerted the police from a house in Cunliffe Street, Chorley, where she was rescued and later repatriated home.
Greece’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, in an interview on November 20, disclosed — for a second time — that he sent to the prosecutor 93 cases that involved Greek diplomats issuing visas to unaccompanied children in order to facilitate illegal removal of their organs. These diplomats are already in jail. “The fact that I saved a few souls will make me sleep quietly when my life is over,” Kotzias said.
The ‘World Atlas of illicit flows’ looks at more than 1,000 smuggling routes of drugs, human trafficking and natural resources, reveals that “incomes to non-state armed groups and terrorist groups are diversifying and increasingly based on organised crime, sustaining conflicts worldwide”.
Ahmed Sheikh, 26, of Richmond Hill is facing 12 charges, among them trafficking in persons, kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, trafficking cocaine, breach of probation and overcoming resistance by attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle another person. Ali Gulud, 45, of Montreal, is charged with forcible confinement, sexual assault and trafficking in persons.
Shock new predictions suggest up to 2,000 girls are brought across UK borders by traffickers before being abused, raped and held against their will every year, while eastern Europeans freely admit they use Schengen to work illegally in the EU.Schengen, which takes its name from the town in Luxembourg where the agreement was signed, has been fiercely criticised since it took effect in 1995.
Many argue since its inception levels offset trafficking to the UK have reached astonishing levels, and, after the Paris and Brussels attacks, Eurosceptics suggested terrorists were able to travel too easily across EU borders.
Although Britain is not a member, it is argued the work of traffickers is made easier by Schengen since they must only bring people as far as France and smugglers have only one real border to negotiate to reach the UK from the bloc.
Human trafficking is big business. It generates profits of nearly $150 billion annually. Yet because it is a black market activity, it is extremely difficult to track.
The 2016 Global Slavery Index, recently issued by The Walk Free Foundation, estimates there are 45.8 million victims of human trafficking worldwide—nearly 10 million more than estimated in the 2015 report. Andrew Forrest, the foundation’s founder, attributes the apparent increase in victims to improved methodology and to global instability that increases vulnerabilities to human trafficking. According to the Index, Asia remains a hotbed of human trafficking. Fifty-eight percent of all human trafficking victims live in just five Asian countries: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. India alone is estimated to have more than 18 million victims, and at least four percent of North Korea’s population is enslaved.
An Iraqi woman who was on the same boat as Alan Kurdi, the boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach last week, says his father was in charge of the boat that capsized, drowning many of the migrants on board.
The woman, Zainab Abbas, lost two of her own children on the fateful crossing, and is now back in Iraq. She told Channel Ten news in Australia in an interview that Abdullah Kurdi was driving the boat. She also accused him of being part of a ring of smugglers who help refugees make their way to Europe.
Dubai is the Las Vegas for Muslim Arabs from across the entire Middle East who travel to Dubai for vacation and hidden fun; drugs, sex and alcohol fueled parties. Dubai, having no oil left, was created out of a barren desert into a tax-free mega capital through outsourced foreign architects, planners, contractors, and brands. Muslims love to blame “capitalism” for their self-created problems, ignoring the fact that prophet Mohammed was the largest capitalist in existence, always robbing, collecting booty, invading to no end in his insatiable desire for sex, wealth, power and possessions.
The rickety internet huts have fallen silent in the crowded camps of displaced Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar, no one comes anymore to bargain for the release of loved ones being held for ransom in Thailand and Malaysia.
“Before, every day at least 10 to 15 people would come here to negotiate with human traffickers,” said Tun Win, a young man who offers a video-call service from one of the bamboo and thatch huts, “Now, it’s nothing.”
For now at least, the smugglers who preyed for years on the misery of Myanmar’s Rohingya appear to be going out of business, and Asia’s most acute migrant crisis since the ‘boat people’ exodus at the end of the Vietnam War is ebbing.
Mohammed Ali Malek (R) speaks with his lawyer Massimo Ferrante at Catania’s tribunal, April 24, 2015. REUTERS/ANTONIO PARRINELLO
(Reuters) – The Tunisian man accused of piloting a migrant boat that sank off Libya, killing more than 700 people, is himself a migrant who was forced at gunpoint to captain the ship because of his experience as a fisherman, his brother said on Saturday.
Italian authorities say the man named in court as Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, was in charge of the heavily overloaded fishing boat that capsized shortly before midnight on April 18 with hundreds of African and Bangladeshi migrants locked below deck.
The man’s brother told Reuters the Tunisian’s real name was Nourredine Mahjoub and he had first traveled clandestinely to Europe five years ago, spending time in Italy and France before being deported. He had recently returned to Libya seeking work.
“My brother was recruited by Libyans to work in a cafe in Libya a few weeks ago, but afterwards he was forced under threat by smugglers to pilot the voyage because he knows a little about the sea and worked with our father fishing,” the brother, Makrem Mahjoub, said by telephone…
How convenient. Keep pushing the responsibility on: I was forced at gunpoint by mysterious men now impossible to locate in North Africa.
People smugglers fired several warning shots at vessels during a search and rescue operation on 13 April, EU border agency Frontex reported.
The international agency said shots were fired in an attempt to recover a wooden boat used for transporting migrants to Italy.
The incident occurred 60 nautical miles from the Libyan coast after an Italian tugboat and Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Tyr deployed by Frontex rescued immigrants from a vessel.
They were later approached by a speedboat that, after firing warning shots, sped away with the empty migrant boat.
“Last Monday one of the vessels deployed by Frontex to Italy within the framework of operation Triton witnessed warning shots fired by the smugglers who were attempting to take the boat originally carrying the migrants back to Libya,” said spokesperson Izabella Cooper…