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Garowe, Somalia — Puntland authorities apprehended 2 men alleged of kidnapping 7 young girls from southern Somalia outside Garowe as they were headed to Las'anod on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.

The two men were charged with kidnapping and human trafficking 7 young girls from the ages of 7 to 15 from Hawadley village, under the district of Bal'ad in Middle Shabelle region.

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Bossaso in northern Somalia is a place that does a rip-roaring trade in human misery. A lawless shanty-town-cum-port on the south side of the Gulf of Aden, it's a centre for piracy, arms trading, drug smuggling and human trafficking, the one feeding off the other in very profitable fashion for local warlords.

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Effectively combating transnational and cross border crimes requires close cooperation and commitment of several states, because it surpasses a single nation to combat crimes such as terrorism, human and drug trafficking. It is in this regards that Rwanda National Police hosted the Eastern Africa police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) Police Command Post Exercise (PCXPX).

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STATE DEPARTMENT -- The United States is adding Syria to a list of countries that could face sanctions for not doing enough to fight human trafficking. The annual U.S. report on worldwide slavery says Burma and Venezuela are among those countries making progress.
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At a United Nations-backed meeting in Italy, Somalia's Transitional Federal Government today signed an action plan to end the recruitment and use of children in the East African country's national military.

"The signature of the action plan will be critical for the professionalization of the security forces, and will contribute positively to the ongoing stabilisation of Somalia," the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Augustine Mahiga, said in a news release.

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A federal jury in Tennessee on Friday convicted three Minnesota men for their role in an interstate sex trafficking ring run mostly by Somali gang members. Six others were acquitted of all charges.

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Congress surely meant to do the right thing when, in the fall of 2008, it passed the Child Soldiers Prevention Act(CSPA). The law was designed to protect kids worldwide from being forced to fight the wars of Big Men. From then on, any country that coerced children into becoming soldiers was supposed to lose all U.S. military aid.

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229 Million Children Are Officially Invisible

Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:00
Registering babies at birth may be a routine, almost automated process in the United States, but it's a rarity in some impoverished nations in both South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a new report released on Tuesday by UNICEF.
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Pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made between $339 million and $413 million in ransom profits, fuelling a wide range of criminal activities on a global scale, according to a United Nations-backed report released today.

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WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pirates hijacking ships off the Horn of Africa and Somalia from 2005 to 2012 garnered well over a quarter of a billion U.S. dollars in ransom and used the money for criminal activities worldwide, according to a report released on Friday.

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