11:29 | January 17, 2013
Once again, the trial of Gyumri resident Sousanna M., convicted of tracking in Trebizon, Turkey, had to be postponed on January 15. At the last minute, the accused decided she wanted to switch her defense attorney.
12:06 | January 11, 2013
Hetq readers may remember the harrowing tale of Gohar, a Gyumri mother of five, and two of her boys who were essentially working as slave labourers in the Russian town of Lipovtsi, near Vladivostok.
00:17 | October 3, 2012
Cocaine trafficking and associated violence are still the chief criminal issues affecting Central America, according to a new UNODC threat assessment. But because of the increasingly inhospitable drug environment in Mexico, thanks to a crackdown that began in 2006, traffickers have shifted their focus to new routes along the Guatemala/Honduras border, the assessment said. Displacement to the Caribbean is also a threat.
11:38 | August 7, 2012
A raggedy child tap-dancing on the sidewalk in front of a box to collect coins. A man in a foreign country far from his home working long hours at backbreaking labor. A young girl apparently doing endless chores at a neighbor’s house in some rural neighborhood.
23:12 | July 13, 2012
Bosnian, Croatian and Slovenian authorities working together have dismantled an organized crime group that smuggled illegal migrants through the Balkans into Western Europe. The operation dubbed “Loca” was conducted at the request of the State Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovin and nabbed 12 suspects.
22:45 | June 22, 2012
Armenia is a source country for women and girls subjected to sex trafficking, as well as a source country for women and men subjected to forced labor. To a lesser extent it has been a destination country for women subjected to forced labor. Women and girls from Armenia are subjected to sex trafficking in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, and within the country. Armenian men and women are subjected to forced labor in Russia. Armenian boys have been subjected to forced labor within the country. An NGO reported a new trend of labor migrants withdrawing their children from school and taking them abroad as helpers; these children are vulnerable to conditions of forced labor.
00:04 | June 16, 2012
Nine members of an international human trafficking network were arrested on Tuesday, Europol announced. Law enforcement and judicial authorities of Bulgaria, Belgium, France and Poland conducted a joint operation coordinated by Europol and the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).
12:23 | May 26, 2012
Turkish-born Israeli doctor Moshe Harel may have been arrested on Thursday, EU special prosecutor Jonathan Ratel said. An alleged ring-leader of an international organ trafficking ring, Harel is suspected of organizing 30 illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic in Pristina, Kosovo in 2008.
21:47 | May 23, 2012
Israeli police arrested ten people on Tuesday morning on suspicion that they belong to an international organ trafficking ring. They are also suspected of extortion, tax fraud, and inflicting grievous bodily harm. Among the suspects is one doctor.
12:14 | April 30, 2012
Trafficking in human beings and organs in the Sinai, surrounded by the indifference, is tragic just like it was before. Here is another case of abduction and atrocities against a young Eritrean.
23:13 | March 6, 2012
Lutfi Dervishi, the owner of a Kosovo clinic accused of organ trafficking, said he has been libeled by the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), an international administrative body that oversees the country. Dervishi made the comments in an interview with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Kosovo.
18:28 | February 25, 2012
Ioan Clamparu, 42, an alleged Romanian human trafficker known as “Pigs’ Head,” was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a court in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday. Clamparu was one of the 450 fugitives targeted by the Interpol’s operation “Infra-Red,” aimed at locating and arresting international fugitives charged with serious crimes such as murder, child abuse, human trafficking, and money laundering.
17:14 | December 8, 2011
Chinese police have busted two child-trafficking rings after a six-month nationwide investigation, rescuing 178 children and arresting 608 suspects, the country's Ministry of Public Security announced this week.
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