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By Cormac O'Keeffe
Irish Examiner Reporter

In its Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, the US department of state said 48 trafficking victims were identified in Ireland in 2012, 23 of them children, including 19 children in the “commercial sex” trade.

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Fugitive organ trafficker Gedalya Tauber has been arrested by Italian police working with Interpol as he arrived at an airport in Rome on Thursday.

He was caught with a forged passport as he disembarked an Alitalia flight from Boston.

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An Israeli organ trafficker on the run from Brazilian authorities was arrested by Interpol and Italian police at a Rome airport on Thursday, Italian media reported.
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Brazil's booming economy is not only attracting migrants from impoverished neighboring Latin American countries, but more recently emigrants from Asia. In the past week, a human trafficking ring was uncovered near the capital, Brasilia, for the first time.

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BRASILIA, Brazil -- Police have started dismantling a Bangladesh-based human trafficking ring that brought people from that country to work illegally in Brazil.

The Federal Police agency says in a Wednesday statement that the gang recruited Bengalis to work in construction under slave-like conditions.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, May 20 2013 (IPS) - In contravention of international law, in Brazil trafficking in human beings remains invisible and unpunished, which encourages the practice of trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labour, illegal adoption and the trade in human organs, according to experts.

Local laws punish drug trafficking more severely than human trafficking. The sale of drugs carries penalties of between five and 15 years, while trafficking of persons for sexual exploitation is punished with a maximum sentence of eight years, with work release allowed.

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BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Government agencies in Brazil are joining forces to combat human trafficking.

In February 2013, a decree by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff created the Tripartite Commission – composed of the Ministry of Justice, the Secretariat of Policies for Women and the Human Rights Secretariat – which will be responsible for implementing the Second National Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (PNETP II) from 2013 to 2016.

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Raped Thai Woman Tricked By Brazil Traffickers

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 07:59

BANGKOK – December 9, 2012 [PDN]: A young Thai woman narrowly escaped becoming an unwilling drug courier after she was tricked by a work colleague into flying to Brazil for a visit.

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GENEVA – Suriname and Switzerland topped the list of the top destinations for Brazilian victims of human trafficking, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Justice.

Of the 475 Brazilians – the majority of whom were female – trafficked between 2005-2011, 337 were forced into the sex trade.

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Buenos Aires (CNN) -- Dozens of Roman Catholic bishops in South America say human trafficking has seen "alarming growth" in the region.

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