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The report by New York-based Human Rights Watch details a brutal extortion racket in which victims, most of them would-be migrants from Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, are beaten, burned and mutilated by smugglers while their anguished relatives – contacted by mobile phone – are forced to listen to their screams.

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Police in the southern province of Tay Ninh on January 24 arrested five local people for involvement in a human trafficking ring.

Three members of the ring were caught red handed while conducting check-in procedures for five girls, who were to be sold in China, at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on January 23.

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Uganda police concerned by the number of youth stranded in human trafficking rings abroad (file photo).

Police are closing in on leaders of a Kigali-based racket of human traffickers whose activities threaten to turn the country into a source of girls and young women sold into sex slavery in neighbouring countries and the Middle East.

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They sell their bodies on the streets or in apartments, often because they're forced to do so. The problem is well-known, its dimension is not.

"There's hardly any information on child prostitution in Germany, because we don't have the knowledge, the facts and the numbers," Mechtild Maurer, president of the Working Group for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation (ECPAT), says.

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The police in Benue State have intercepted three mini buses moving in a convoy and loaded with 55 trafficked children, including ten girls and seven boys, while on stop-and-search duty along Otukpo-Enugu Expressway.

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Makurdi — The police in Benue State yesterday paraded 12 suspected human traffickers and rescued 55 children along Otukpo - Enugu road.

The State Commissioner of Police, Adams Audu said his men clamped down on seven of the suspects traveling in a convoy of three mini buses on Monday at a check point along Otukpo highway while the other five were apprehended from different locations in the state.

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How women are being duped into sex slavery.

Not even the adverse weather conditions in Russia is enough deterrent for Nigerian human traffickers as no fewer than 200 Nigerian girls are trafficked every month to Russia for prostitution, says Nigeria's ambassador to Russia, Asam Asam.

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Human Trafficking Flourishes In Greece

Saturday, 22 June 2013 13:44

Greece remains a prime spot for human traffickers to move their cargo into the country and through it to reach other destinations for the people to be exploited into forced labor and as sex slaves, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report.

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In Romania, children represent at least one-third of trafficking victims. A plague that forces these innocent into forced labor, domestic service, manufacturing, as well as forced begging and theft in many European countries.

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This year’s U.S. State Department report on trafficking around the world, released on Wednesday, offered a more detailed critique than last year’s of “official complicity” in the trade in human beings in India.

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