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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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Jemal Borovinov.

Of the estimated 30 million people trapped in slavery around the world, only about 140,000 of them come from Europe. While that might make some Europeans feel a little better about the continent they're dwelling on (bankrupt and increasingly irrelevant), it shouldn't.

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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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LONDON (Reuters) - Younger and younger girls are being dragged into prostitution because of the global economic crisis, a conference on women's rights was told on Wednesday.

About 21 million people - or three out of 1,000 people globally - are in forced labor, meaning they have been coerced or deceived into jobs which they cannot leave, figures released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) this year showed.

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A Russian gangster planned to build a mansion with the huge profits he made by shipping at least 13 sex slaves into the UK.
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At least 540 Bulgarians were victims of human trafficking in 2011, while Romania investigated nearly 900 similar cases last year. The increase, attributed to sexual exploitation, confirms that the two countries remain both source and transit areas in the region for such illegal activities, experts say.
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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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Sofia's childhood was stolen at the age of 9, when she was raped by a 48-year-old man in her hometown of Welcome, in Free State province of South Africa. Five years later, she lost the last traces of her childhood when her mother died.

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Human trafficking victims in Bulgaria were 550 in 2011 and the country is still considered an exporter of human trafficking, according to Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Tsvetanov told journalists Friday that the optimized National Committee for Combating Fighting Human Trafficking had led to an increased efficiency all institutions operating in the sphere.
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In EU, most trafficking victims are Europeans

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 08:11
WARSAW, Poland (AP) Experts say that more than 60 percent of people trafficked for sex or forced labor within the European Union are EU citizens.

EU and police experts from across Europe said during a conference that opened in Warsaw on Tuesday that trafficking is on the rise and they called it "modern-day slavery" to which Europe should respond with stronger legislation and protection of the victims.

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