11:13 | June 27, 2014
A June 20, 2014 report issued by the U.S. State Department looking into worldwide human trafficking in 2013 has classified Armenia as a Tier 1 country – i.e., the government fully complies with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards.
16:17 | February 20, 2014
The dismantlement of a United States sex trafficking ring called Operation Dark Night resulted in 23 convictions and the rescue of 12 victims. Women were being forced into prostitution and traded between Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.
19:27 | February 5, 2014
Sex traffickers in Mexico have reportedly begun using underage girls to recruit other minors for sexual exploitation, reflecting a broader trend of the increasing use of children by organized crime.
16:51 | December 26, 2013
Maritime drug trafficking along the Pacific coast from Mexico to the United States has risen steeply in recent years as overland smuggling has become more difficult, a pattern little reported amid fanfare over the reemergence of the Caribbean drug route.
15:35 | July 24, 2013
Republican Party MP Vrezh Markosyan, who owns the Tigran Metz printing house, verified to Hetq that Dunya is his sister and that she lives in Germany. As to who was her guest recently, he said he didn’t know.
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.
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