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For six years, the young woman worked faithfully as a nanny for a well-off Elgin couple who took away her identification and passport after luring her to the United States with promises too good to be true.

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Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is also the third largest, exceeded only by the drug trade and the illegal arms industry.

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From 2000 to 2007, Omelyan Botsvynyuk ran an organization that smuggled about 30 young Ukrainians to the United States with promises of good jobs with free room and board.

The victims were flown from Germany and Poland to Mexico with tourist visas.

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PHILADELPHIA — A Ukrainian convicted of smuggling desperate villagers to the United States to work in bondage has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.

A prosecutor in Philadelphia says 52-year-old Omelyan Botsvynyuk's (OH'-mel-yahn bots-VIN'-yukz) human trafficking operation was "modern-day slavery."

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It took five years to hunt him down -- and about five hours to sentence him.

Ukrainian nightclub owner Veniamin Gonikman was ordered Wednesday to serve three years in prison for his role in a human-trafficking operation that smuggled eastern European women into the U.S.

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The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday sentenced the ringleader of an international human trafficking ring to 18 years and seven months in prison.

Rahamim “Rami” Saban was convicted in January of trafficking hundreds of Ukrainian, Russian, Moldovan, Belarusian and Uzbek women into Israel for prostitution, in what the court said was one of the largest human trafficking operations in Israel’s history.

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Foreign Minister George Vella will be among other high level OSCE participating States' officials during a ministerial meeting to be held in Kiev between 5 and 6 December.

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A panel of four experts on human trafficking fielded questions from nearly 100 interested community members during a recent fireside chat sponsored by Leadership Redding.

The 90-minute discussion took place Nov. 5 at the McConnell Foundation headquarters on Shasta View Drive in Redding.

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Organized crime rings have exploited the U.S. visa application process in Ukraine, obtaining fraudulent credentials and documents from the U.S. Embassy in Kiev that put U.S. national security at risk, the State Department’s chief watchdog warns.

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