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75 Fall in Europe for Human Trfficking

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Madrid, Spain (August 10, 2013). - Spanish police announced on Saturday the arrest in Spain and France of 75 members of an international network that illegally introduced Chinese immigrants in Europe and the U.S. with false passports.

"There are a total of 75 people arrested, 51 in Spain and 24 in France, including the heads of the organization in Europe, located in Barcelona," he said in a statement the police.

This is a translation. Source: http://www.elnorte.com/libre/online07/preacceso/articulos/default.aspx?plazaconsulta=elnorte&url=http://www.elnorte.com/internacional/articulo/758/1514948/&urlredirect=http://www.elnorte.com/internacional/articulo/758/1514948/

ETC Government Promotes Law Against Human Trafficking

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Reynosa, Tamaulipas. - The government of Egidio Torre Cantú, through the General Secretariat of Government, in this county offered a workshop for public servants in all three branches of government to know and apply correctly the General Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication Trafficking in Mexico, and their implications on the entities. The workshop was initiated by the director of Human Rights of the Secretariat General of the Government, Rosario García Fuentes, on behalf of the Secretary of Human Rights, Mariana Rodriguez Mier y Teran. Given the importance of the subject, it is the second workshop which takes place this year and is aimed at public defenders, agents prosecutors, judges of First Instance and officials and staff for Migrants Tamaulipas Institute, National Institute Migration Ministries of state and Federal Public Security, Ministry of Education, municipal presidency and DIF. The responsible for the delivery of the workshop were Dennis Velasquez and Eva Reyes, experts in the field and officials of the International Organization for Migration. The topics were: Mechanisms and modalities multicasual trafficking phenomenon, the relationship migrant-trafficking in persons, detention and care of people in need of international protection, major advances in the fight against trafficking in Mexico, victims' human rights and policies on trafficking to prevent, punish and eradicate. The General Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Human Trafficking in Mexico was published on June 14, 2012 in the Official Journal of the Federation.

This is a translation. Source: http://tamaulipas.gob.mx/2013/08/promueve-gobierno-de-etc-ley-contra-trata-de-personas/

There are no Complaints to the SHRC or Complaints of Human Trafficking

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Durango, Durango. - In the State Human Rights Commission there are no complaints or reports of trafficking in persons, however commissioners must be training on this issue that does not focus only in prostitution, but also can occur in the labor question, as noted by the president of this organization.

Felipe de Jesus Martinez Rodarte recognized the importance of training the staff of SHRC to detect this situation in case of it presenting itself, although there is no record of complaints in Durango it does not exempt the possibility of registering one.

It is through training that these issues can be detected of this nature, it is not only human trafficking related to sex or exploitation, but there are attitudes that can be disguised and that's precisely where the personnel should be aware and have the necessary experience, he said.

State man also said that in the nearly two years since he has been at the front of the body no one has filed a complaint for trafficking, this is a very sensitive issue which violates human rights and under this line there is extensive works to train and disseminate the importance of knowing how to act.

Tis is a translation. Source: http://www.oem.com.mx/elsoldedurango/notas/n3084118.htm

Report on a Case of Human Trafficking Leads to Protection Agreement

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According to data from the Attorney General's Office in the state of Durango has been awareness of one complaint for the crime of trafficking.

The Attorney General, Sonia Fragoso Yadira de la Garza reported that an arrest warrant has been obtained and the person who committed this crime is in another country, therefore his extradition has been requested so that it hae can brought to justice.

In the case of the victim, it is an elderly person who was lured to Durango brought in from abroad, and the work that was subjected to could be established as a type of exploitation.

"She is subject to bonding, and on the process the prosecution requested an extension of time for further testing cleave while the complainant will decide on a summary trial or for oral hearing."

On Thursday, officials from the three levels of Government signed an agreement for the protection of children and adolescents in the travel and tourism sector, on the same subject General Secretary of Government, Jaime Fernandez said that agreement that does justice to living circumstances, where there is child abuse and which must be addressed.

This is a translation. Source: http://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/noticia/900984.reportan-un-caso-de-trata-de-personas.html

Marathon Run & Charity Dinner July 28, 2013

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There will be a marathon & 1/2 run this Sunday, July 28 starting at the Abraham Lincoln Roundabout in Tijuana, Baja California at 7 A.M.  followed by a charity dinner at Bambi Steak House & Restaurant in Ave. Revolución directly after the run. The objective of the dinner is to raise funds to cover the expenses of operating the first shelter for female survivors of human trafficking in Baja California. The $20 ticket includes dinner, music, and art exposition. Attending will be Lucy, musician, Norma Bastidas, ultramarathonist, the president of iEmpathize and many more. image

BC Congress Approves New Law to Eradicate Human Trafficking

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Mexicali 28th of June (Notimex). - Baja California Congress unanimously approved the Law to Prevent and Eradicate Crimes on Trafficking in Persons and for the Protection and Assistance to the victims of these crimes. The opinion 165 of the Commission of Government was read by Julio Felipe García Muñoz, who defined human ttrafficking as the willful act or omission to attract, engage, transport, transfer or retain a person or persons for exploitation. In its preamble, the deputy explained that this new law to eradicate human trafficking will supersede state law that, for the same purpose, had been enacted since the April 1, 2011. He added that it will be consistent with Federal Law to Eradicate Trafficking in Persons, which was passed by Congress in session on April 27 last year and that it applies to the entire country. That way, he said, a legal duality that exists today in the Constitution of Baja California to that federal legal system will be avoided. In that sense, he said that a channel is given to the established in a transitory article on the Federal Law on Trafficking in Persons referred to. It is established that states Congress shall undertake the necessary reforms in the field and specific laws in order to harmonize in the pertinent with the new federal order. "Human trafficking remains a crime with multifactorial causes ," said the lawmaker. It has an intimate relationship with figures like pimping, corruption of minors, child pornography, sex tourism, outrages, illegal deprivation of liberty, servitude, forced labor and subjugation, he added. Deputy Julio Felipe Garcia affirmed that with this new law, the State Executive shall allocate resources for services and protection of victims and injured of the offenses established in it. http://www.sdpnoticias.com/estados/2013/06/28/aprueban-congreso-de-bc-nueva-ley-para-erradicar-trata-de-personas

Human Trafficking Continues To Rise Along San Diego-Tijuana Border

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Nearly every official who attended the second annual Bi-national Forum to Address Human Trafficking in Chula Vista Thursday agreed, human trafficking along the U.S-Mexico border is on the rise. Government figures show about 18,000 people are trafficked into the U.S every year. But officials also acknowledge there are many more victims hidden in communities who are sold for sex, labor or other services since often times, the illegal practice goes unreported. The goal of the forum was to improve collaboration between agencies on both sides of the border to help crackdown on human trafficking and child prostitution. Recently, the state of Baja California implemented a new law designed to deter human trafficking. It classifies the activity as a "grave crime" and comes with a punishment of up to 22 years in prison. Christopher Tenorio, assistant U.S Attorney for the Southern District of California, applauds the new law. "It's going to be very helpful for us. What this establishes is that Mexico won't be a haven for sex traffickers who will go back to Mexico to try to avoid capture," he said. Baja officials say the law has led to the investigation of more than two dozen cases. North of the border, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego said it hired a full-time victim witness coordinator last year who is helping train officers on how to handle cases involving human trafficking victims. Officials also say human trafficking has also become an integral part of organized crime over the last several years. According to Tenorio, collaboration with Mexico is critical since the San Diego-Tijuana border serves as a gateway for human trafficking. "We have a unique community of vulnerable victims because of our immigrant community we have a lot of people who are here illegally and don't speak English so with those vulnerabilities they can be exploited." Source: KPBS Radio News, by Marissa Cabrera; Friday, January 13, 2012  

Every hour in Mexico 3 to 4 children go missing

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On average, three to four children disappear every hour in our country [Mexico], according to latest figures obtained by the Senate. Whether it is hijacking or robbery, abduction, loss or voluntary flight, concerned parents agree that it is the most excruciating pain with which we can hardly survive ... A pain multiplied by the indifference and inability of authorities, especially the Attorney General's Office. Although early last month the federal government formalized the inclusion of Mexico to the project "Amber Alert", which aims to form an institutional network for search and localization of early juveniles, in addition to the contempt of police and ministerial bodies, the problem involves lack of relevant legislation and a reliable database and sophisticated methods of payment and abduction by organized crime. Today, associations and centers dedicated to the healing of victims signal the highest incidence points are babies and young girls whom were traced to cells involved in human trafficking. “The largest number of reports we receive are stolen children or babies in hospitals and girls between 12 and 18 missing in various parts of the country, almost every day we hear of a case of this kind ", describes Maria Elena Solis, founder and president of the Mexican Association for Stolen and Missing children; whom in the proceeding 15 years of work has helped over a thousand children return to their homes.   The bad news comes from every state, from south to north, without distinction. ... Source: http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?id_nota=677990  

IS SHUTTING DOWN BACKPAGE.COM THE ANSWER TO CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING?

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Backpage.com is making approximately $2 million each month off their adult services online ads.   Children’s right advocates claim that this easy-to-use source has become the root of the child sex trafficking industry.  Despite Backpage’s claims by attorney, Liz McDougall, that they have 80-100 staff scouring the ads every single day, solicitations for child sexual encounters still slip by.  McDougall claims that 400 such ads are caught each month and sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Presumably, these ads are not allowed to run.  Nevertheless, in the past two months, Phoenix Vice department has recovered at least half a dozen teen girls who were posted on the site, thanks in part to citizen awareness and reporting, and made several arrests of pimps.  According to statements made by Sergeant Jim Gallagher, 90% of the officer time in his unit is spent watching ads on sites like Backpage to find the children who are being exploited.

Nearly all of the US Attorneys General have called for the shutting down of Backpage as a means of stopping one part of the rampant buying and selling of children as sex objects.  Numerous anti-trafficking groups around the country and thousands of citizens are standing with this goal, and the issue is discussed across the media networks.

The answer for many seems simple.  Do away with the major sources for the sex transactions, and you will stop the massive hemorrhaging in the sexual safety of our children.

Is the matter that easy to fix?  In 2010, Craig’s List complied with similar pressure and closed all of the adult services ads.  The result was a massive move to Backpage.com.  In addition, there are now over 1400 smaller sites around the country that together comprise a much bigger market for the forced prostitution of children.

As long  as some people in this country believe that they have the right to indulge in their sexual desires with children, we will continue to be a nation whose minors are at grave risk for being abused.  We could shut down Backpage and all the other sources, and the perpetrators would find other ways to engage in their devastating rapes of innocent children.

It is time for a massive cultural shift in the attitudes toward women and children.

México, primer país en AL en adoptar el Sistema Alerta Amber.

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México puso en marcha el Sistema Alerta Amber, cuyo objetivo es responder de manera inmediata en caso de la desaparición de un menor de edad, informó la candidata panista al Senado de la República por el Distrito Federal, Rosi Orozco.

La actual diputada federal explicó que el Sistema de Alerta Amber nació en Estados Unidos y hoy opera en 10 países, pero México es el primero en América Latina debido a la unión entre los gobiernos federal y estatales con los medios de comunicación.

“La alerta será efectiva en la medida en que se denuncie la desaparición de menores, y es para que “los ciudadanos sean nuestros ojos y oídos, y las organizaciones de la sociedad civil estén alertas a ello”, añadió.

Rosi Orozco dio a conocer que la desaparición de un menor de 18 años de edad podrá ser reportada por los padres de familia y/o cualquier adulto al número telefónico 01 800 00 854 00, de preferencia en las tres primeras horas del hecho.

Los datos que se deberán proporcionar, detalló, son las señas particulares y cualquier información que ayude para la ubicación del extraviado, como fotografías recientes y huellas digitales.

La legisladora del Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) resaltó que “al igual que la semana pasada se aprobó la Ley General contra la Trata de Personas, la Alerta Amber logrará que se recuperen más rápido y con mayor eficacia los niños, niñas y jóvenes desaparecidos”.

Subrayó que la alerta, con dicha Ley serán un apoyo incomparable en beneficio de los menores desaparecidos que se encuentran en manos de la delincuencia, “así como para los padres de familia que viven una pesadilla mientras están lejos de sus hijos e hijas”.

FUENTE: México, primer país en AL en adoptar el Sistema Alerta Amber. Notimex (03 de mayo) del 2012,12:47 hrs. Obtenido el 10 de mayo del 2012 de http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?id_nota=658018