CANADA

Girl, 13, lured on Facebook by 17 year old girl and forced into sex trade.

Toronto police say a 13-year-old girl was forced into prostitution after being lured on Facebook by a 17-year-old girl.

The victim was held captive for a month, Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins told reporters on Friday. During that time, the people accused in the case forced the victim to have sex with clients in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Brampton.

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CANADA

Victims Being Deported Instead of Offered Promised Visas and  Aid

CBC Reports

"Massage parlour investigation leads to 76 human trafficking charges.

A 33-year-old Ottawa man faces 76 charges after a four-month police investigation into an organized prostitution and human trafficking ring run in massage parlours.

An Ottawa police news release issued Tuesday said the human trafficking unit began the investigation in April after the operation was discovered. The unit then began a follow-up investigation, which "identified links between several locations which advertised sexual services."

Police executed search warrants at three buildings on Charles Street, Merivale Road and York Street, which included two massage parlours. Four women, each of them victims, were found and interviewed by police. A man and woman were arrested and police said officers seized $14,000 in cash. The woman was released without charges, but the 33-year-old man faces 76 charges including:

  • Trafficking in persons – recruiting.
  • Trafficking in persons – receive material benefit.
  • Procuring persons to provide sexual services for consideration.
  • Receive material benefit from sexual services for consideration.
  • Advertise another person's sexual services.
  • Possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

Police said the man appeared in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. The investigation continues.

Massage parlours targeted in April

These charges come after 11 women were found as part of a human trafficking investigation, also launched in April, which looked into commercial massage parlours and body rub facilities.

There were 20 locations investigated at that time and 11 bylaw charges were laid for improper licensing.

Canada Border Services Agency also detained 11 women for immigration-related matters and removal orders were then issued for each woman because they were found to be working without a valid work permit, police said.

No criminal charges were laid at the time."

USA

In a world of statistics and records the human desire to rank anything that moves – whether it’s in sports, war, education, medicine, the weather or crime – is often overwhelming and taken to absurd and unnecessary levels.

This was highlighted by the United States this week and the release of its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, which ranks all countries on one of four levels – Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watchlist and the dreaded Tier 3 – on their ability to combat the scourge.

SWITZERLAND

When disaster strikes, the humanitarian community rushes to respond. We mobilize resources, activate response mechanisms, send doctors, search and rescue teams, logisticians, counsellors, engineers, equipment, tarpaulins, food, medicine and water. All the paraphernalia of an emergency response, swings into action, to conflict zones, natural calamities, or man-made disasters.

We know there will be acute needs. We know that there may be injuries, food shortages, water-borne diseases.

We know that people will become displaced and that women, the elderly, the disabled, young children, irregular migrants, will be the worst affected.

But there is one thing we have only just learnt for sure, though we long suspected it: Trafficking in persons not only flourishes during a disaster, it is a direct result of disasters, every bit as much as the  infrastructural damages, the loss of life or the food shortages which garner far more attention.

IOM’s new study, “Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis” makes the forceful case that protecting against trafficking and exploitation is a life-saving action, and should be treated as such alongside “traditional” relief interventions.

IN-FLIGHT

It’s vacation season for much of the world, with travelers flocking to airports to jet off for some hard-earned R&R.

But it’s not just holidaymakers who fly on planes. Airports are also hubs for human trafficking — where adults or children are transported into forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.