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A leading Dutch hospital, the Erasmus Medical Centre, is to conduct a three-year study of the international black market in human organs for the European Commission. Institutions from Romania, Sweden, Bulgaria and Spain as well as the European Police Office, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Eurotransplant and the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) will be involved in the project.

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IKEA has expressed regret that it benefited from the use of forced prison labour by some of its suppliers in communist East Germany more than two decades ago.
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Kidney sale scandal has gone global

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 06:11

The kidney donor scandal implicating four South African surgeons and two Netcare staff is now part of a study on organ trafficking.

Durban - The multimillion-rand kidney donor scandal implicating four South African surgeons and two Netcare clinic staff is now part of a global EU study on human organ trafficking.

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BERLIN (AP) — Swedish furniture giant Ikea will release a report this week addressing claims it benefited from forced labor in communist East Germany, the company and victims groups said Monday.

The report by independent auditors Ernst & Young looks into allegations that Ikea used East German suppliers who employed prisoners — some of whom were political dissidents — to manufacture goods for its stores from the 1960s to 1980s.

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Adopt Scandinavian sex exploitation laws

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 04:09
I would like to respond to the points raised by Dr Graham Ellison (Write Back, September 11) regarding Lord Morrow's Private Members Bill, Human Trafficking and Exploitation.
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Six men on trial for trafficking Lithuanian women to Sweden and selling them for sex were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for running an elaborate trafficking and pimping operation estimated to have generated one million kronor ($141,000) in only ten months.
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Most royals don't speak openly about subjects like sex-trafficking, much less child sex-trafficking, but for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden it’s a cause that needs shouting from the rooftops.

The global problem of child exploitation has long been her passion.

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Human trafficking probe in Åland Islands

Sunday, 08 December 2013 13:45

Another human trafficking case came to light in the province last week. That situation had long been monitored by labour protection officials and is now being looked into by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

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Canada Must Target Buyers of Sex

Friday, 20 December 2013 20:41
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Criminal Code offences around prostitution are unconstitutional. This ruling leaves police without important legal tools to tackle sex trafficking and organized crime and does not reflect a 1990 Supreme Court of Canada decision which stated that the elimination of prostitution through law was a valid goal.
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For vulnerable Canadian young people ensnared in the sex trade, this morning's Supreme Court decision to allow legal prostitution is distressing. We at Covenant House, the largest agency serving homeless, runaway and trafficked youth in the Americas, believe it could result in an escalation of child prostitution and human trafficking, as it has in other countries where the sex trade is legal.
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