Well-hidden but happening "right under our noses", human trafficking in Northern Ireland is quietly on the rise, according to police.
The seedy underground world of lucrative exploitation, terror and fear is cloaked in secrecy.
BBC News Online's Emily Thomas explores the invisible crime that is said to be happening all over Northern Ireland.
The women, between the age of 16 and 32, were believed to have been lured to come to Malaysia to work here.
Randolph Johnson Spain, whose home address wasn't immediately available, allegedly lured women out of the county and forced them to engage in prostitution, according to the release.
"He would lure them in, befriend them and then take them out of town and then kind of keep them and force them into doing that kind of thing," said Linda Rawley, a police department spokeswoman.
Vilnius, Lithuania. People - mainly women - are enticed from impoverished rural and urban areas with the promise of a good job and a high salary.
He left her with nightmares and flashbacks, looking over her shoulder sure that the man who lured her with romance then beat her and forced her to service more than 100 strangers would track her down, even from behind bars.
Sokoto — The National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP) in Sokoto intercepted over 300 victims of human trafficking between January and December this year and secured the conviction of seven persons who are currently in jail, commander of the agency, Barrister Hassan Tahir told Daily Trust yesterday.
Meet raises concern over human trafficking
GUWAHATI, Dec 6 The need to overhaul the prosecution system and strengthen the anti-human trafficking units (AHTU) to tackle with the growing menace of illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation, bonded labour, slavery, etc., was highlighted by the stakeholders at the third edition of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Conclave held here on Friday.
The uncle and mother of three teenage girls have been sentenced to 14 years in jail for raping and assaulting them in voodoo exorcism sessions.
The man, a 28-year-old from Togo, claimed to have been 'chasing out an evil spirit' when he assaulted his niece and her two older sisters between 2010 and 2011.
A Czech-based human trafficking gang lured sex victims on the pretence of glamorous photo shoots, police revealed yesterday.
Bronislav Rybensky, Lyle Lamont and Ferhat Ekici, each pleaded guilty to offences linked to the sordid tradeof human sex trafficking.
By William K. Alcorn
In three weeks, Holly Austin Smith went from being an insecure, lonely 14-year-old longing for someone to notice her to working as a prostitute on Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, N.J.