On this Easter Sunday, i would encourage everyone to read this article from Ghana Business regarding the chocolate industry and chocolate trade..
(sorry this is not linking, so cut and paste)
Added by Greg Russinger on April 12, 2009 at 9:57am —
Over One Billion Euros Per Year from Human Trafficking for Bulgarian Mafia
The annual profit from human trafficking and prostitution for the Bulgarian mafia is over one billion euros, a RiskMonitor report revealed on Tuesday.
Every year the victims of human trafficking in Bulgaria are around 10,000. The schemes for money laundry of human trafficking profits include luxury boutiques, outlets and car stores.
It has also been revealed that such criminals have… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on April 7, 2009 at 9:36am —
The power and manipulation of poverty. read this....
Should parents send their children to beg?
Added by Greg Russinger on April 5, 2009 at 9:57am —
Help Appropriate $21.8 million For U.S. Citizen Trafficking Victims
by Jen Nedeau
Published April 01, 2009 @ 03:23PM PST
Please take a moment to read this urgent message from the Polaris Project:
In the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008, Congress authorized tens of millions of dollars to fund services for U.S. citizen and foreign national victims of human trafficking in the U.S. None of these funds can be released… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on April 3, 2009 at 7:11am —
An officer of the Russian Intelligence Service has been detained and put on trial for heading the criminal group that sold over 130 women from Russia and other ex-Soviet states abroad, as sex slaves.
The Military Investigation Department of the Russian Prosecutor's Office has been investigating the case of the international sex slavery network for two years by now, spokesman for the investigating committee told RIA Novosti Friday.
The investigation has found out that… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 27, 2009 at 10:40am —
Its great to see laws passed and working...
Six alleged members of a West Seattle street gang have been charged in connection with the forced prostitution of women and juveniles. One of them is charged under a 6-year-old law that specifically targets human trafficking.
Investigators believe members of a gang called the Westside Street Mobb forced 12 women and girls to perform sex acts for money, beat them and took the money they earned over several months last… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 27, 2009 at 10:29am —
If you are a human trafficker or someone who profits from the modern-day slave trade, and you come up against Lou de Baca: God help you. Tuesday, President Obama nominated de Baca, one of the nation's most decorated federal prosecutors, to be his Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the State Department (TIP). If confirmed, de Baca will serve as America's antislavery czar, heading up a vital but woefully underfunded office dedicated to pressuring foreign… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 26, 2009 at 9:36am —
Follow this article, great read on Change.org
Here's just a bit...
Can Fair Trade End Human Trafficking?: Rugmark
by Zarah Patriana
Published March 20, 2009 @ 07:07AM PST
Fellow Change.org blogger Amanda over at the End Human Trafficking blog and I are asking ourselves this question: Can Fair Trade end human trafficking? In response, we're looking at what a few Fair Trade companies are doing to… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 20, 2009 at 11:57am —
An immigrant from the West African nation of Togo pleaded guilty today to working with his mother to smuggle women from their homeland to work without pay at hair-braiding salons they owned in Newark and East Orange.
Dereck Hounakey, 32, spoke softly as he acknowledged to U.S. District Court Judge Jose Linares that he helped run a human trafficking ring that investigators equated to modern-day slavery. Hounakey said the girls were forbidden to have boyfriends and worked up to 16… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 19, 2009 at 10:15am —
WASHINGTON, March 17 (OneWorld.net) - The global recession threatens to cause a "dramatic rise" in human trafficking in Eastern Europe as more and more people migrate in search of a livelihood.
read full article here
Added by Greg Russinger on March 18, 2009 at 4:14pm —
She goes by Hinda, but that's not her real name. That's what she's called by the many Iraqi sex traffickers and pimps who contact her several times a week from across the country. They think she is one of them, a peddler of sexual slaves. Little do they know that the stocky auburn-haired woman is an undercover human-rights activist who has been quietly mapping out their murky underworld since 2006.
That underworld is a place where nefarious female pimps hold sway and where… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 11, 2009 at 4:11pm —
Federal prosecutors in Kansas City this afternoon detailed their first-in-the-country use of a commercial sex trafficking law to go after would-be customers instead of those selling minors for sex.
Seven men, including four indicted by a federal grand jury today, now have been charged since Operation Guardian Angel began earlier this year.
The men allegedly responded to online ads placed by investigators offering 11 and 15-year-old girls for sex. Authorities arrested the… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 11, 2009 at 10:09am —
Last week, Marvin Chavelle Epps was held without bail on federal child pornography charges over a video found at his arrest, in which the girl is seen performing a sex act on him while he calls her "bitch" and slaps her in the head with a roll of bills. Though the girl, identified as "S.M." in court documents, denied to police that he was her manager, by his own account Epps is a new kind of pimp -- a web-savvy exploiter who uses sites like myRedBook and Craigslist to broker his… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 8, 2009 at 1:57pm —
An Illinois sheriff filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the owners of craigslist, accusing the popular national classified-ad Web site of knowingly promoting prostitution.
"Craigslist is the single largest source of prostitution in the nation," says Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart.
Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart wants craigslist to eliminate its Erotic Services section.
"Craigslist is the single largest source of prostitution in the nation," Dart said. "Missing… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 5, 2009 at 10:51pm —
The UK's best-selling chocolate bar is set to become Fairtrade certified, increasing the amount of Fairtrade cocoa sourced from West Africa.
Cadbury's Dairy Milk will make the move - tripling the amount of Fairtrade cocoa sourced from Ghana to about 15,000 tonnes a year - in the summer.
The total annual cocoa production of Ghana is more than 600,000 tonnes.
The Fairtrade mark is designed to secure a better deal for commodity producers in developing… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 5, 2009 at 11:42am —
Restaurant owners arrested for human trafficking
Published Date: 04 March 2009
THE owners of one of Harrogate's most popular curry houses will appear in court later this month charged with human trafficking.
Parveen Khan, 54, Raza Khan, 32, and Shahnawaz Ali Khan, 28 – all owners of the Rajput restaurant on Cheltenham Parade - were on Tuesday charged by police following an initial arrest in November.
The three, from Green Lane, Harrogate have been bailed to… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on March 5, 2009 at 8:36am —
Added by Greg Russinger on February 20, 2009 at 1:39pm —
The boss of Peach Blossom Palace is spotted In Ghana's most expensive casino, wearing Gucci shades, a golden brown Emperio Amani tuxedo and a custom-made Rolex wrist watch.
Scores of raunchy mini-skirted Chinese girls fill up his glass with exotic Frcnch champagne. He spins his cozy swivel chair in sensuous delirium as the ladies' dainty fingers caress his neck, back and shoulders to orthopedic effect. "Ha,ha ha" he lets out another loud peal of frenzied laughter.
There is… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on February 17, 2009 at 9:00am —
In a new report, the United Nations says human trafficking for the sex trade or forced labor market appears to be getting worse, not better, because many countries aren't paying attention to it.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) surveyed 155 countries for its report on modern-day slavery, but didn't say how many people it believes are victims of human trafficking. Estimates range from 800,000 new victims each year, according to the U.S. State Department, to 2.5… Continue
Added by Greg Russinger on February 13, 2009 at 9:37am —
Please listen to the interview with the russian women who escaped the trafficking world. Her plea for her kids is an important listening moment. Here is the link
Added by Greg Russinger on February 12, 2009 at 4:45pm —