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NEWARK — Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in New Jersey have removed a Romanian man wanted in his home country on human trafficking and prostitution charges.

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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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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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Thousands of people are being trafficked to the UK and forced to work long hours in squalid conditions for next to no pay, a major report has warned.

The UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) said 1,000 victims of trafficking for forced labour had been referred to the centre since 2009, but said this represented the ‘tip of the iceberg’ for a ‘hidden crime’.

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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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More people are being trafficked into Britain every year by organised criminal gangs, the government has warned.

Rising numbers of children and adults are being exploited for sex, labour and domestic slavery.

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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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The Olympics-motivated cooperation between the Metropolitan and the Romanian police is the most recent attempt to clear London’s streets of groups of beggars at a time when the eyes of the world are on the city.

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