02.Jul.2010

New Task Force Aims to Fight Human Trafficking in Texas

This article describes the formation in April of a task force in Texas, but also mentions an important dynamic of those that are held: Many times, these people are honorably attempting to pay off a debt, but are not aware of either the unreasonable interest being charged on their “loan” nor of the rights they have, even if they have been transported illegally. Traffickers and slavers from Colombia to India take advantage of this honest impulse.

Human trafficking in Texas is nothing new, but the state’s previous efforts to end this practice have fallen short. To address the continuing problem, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot recently announced the creation of a new task force, which he says, “will take an aggressive stand against human traffickers, who have turned Texas into a hub for international and domestic forced labor and prostitution rings.”

A big part of the problem is that victims of human trafficking crimes often do not realize that they are being exploited. From dishwashers to prostitutes, many believe they are working off debt. The Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force aims to raise awareness of the issue, eliminate the demand for this kind of labor, understand the routes traffickers use, and report statistics.

Texas and Human Trafficking

Each year, 800,000 people become human trafficking victims and are transported across international borders. According to the Texas Attorney General, 20 percent of those people pass through Texas.

Texas was one of the first states in the U.S. to recognize human trafficking as a crime in 2003. Since then, Houston and El Paso have been cited by the U.S. Department of Justice as the places where human trafficking is most prominent.

What the Task Force Hopes to Accomplish

According to Abbot, the task force “will coordinate, fortify and expand law enforcement tools to prosecute traffickers and help better identify victims of ‘modern-day slavery.”

As human traffickers naturally move around, intelligence on their activities needs to move with them. The Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force aims to connect law enforcement in different Texas cities. In addition, members of the task force will be made up of law enforcement, social services workers and officials from NGOs.

Adapted from New Task Force Aims to Fight Human Trafficking in Texas. 24-7 Press Release. 2 April 2010.

Source: http://www.humantrafficking.org

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24.May.2010

Seventy-five people detained in suspected trafficking ring in Spain

This video describes the detention of 75 people in a suspected sex trafficking ring and mentions the fact that the suspects were also involved in the falsification of documents, demonstrating the connection between trafficking and immigration.

Agentes de la Policía Nacional han detenido a un total de 75 personas en Roquetas de Mar (Almería) en la desarticulación de una supuesta red dedicada a la explotación sexual de mujeres y falsificación documental cuyo centro de actividad estaba en el municipio almeriense, según fuentes policiales.

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04.Jan.2010

Twenty-eight Women Rescued

This article describes the rescue earlier this year in Mexico City of twenty-eight women being exploited for prostitution. It describe the daily “quotas” the women were required to make and the consequences for not making them.

México (EFE).- La policía de la capital mexicana rescató a 28 mujeres, una de ellas al parecer menor de edad, que eran explotadas por una red de prostitución, de la que fueron capturados 26 presuntos delincuentes, entre ellos sus cuatro líderes, informó hoy una fuente oficial.

La Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal (PGJDF) dijo en un comunicado que los integrantes de la red, que operaba en hoteles, estacionamientos y la vía pública, fueron capturados anoche después de seis meses de investigación, iniciada tras la denuncia de siete víctimas.

El fiscal capitalino, Miguel Mancera, explicó a la prensa que en el operativo, efectuado en un hotel del centro de Ciudad de México y sus alrededores, se logró la captura de cuatro presuntos líderes de la red delictiva que tenían bajo su control diferentes zonas de la vía pública.

Las mujeres rescatadas dijeron a las autoridades que estos cuatro hombres tenían “bajo su mando a golpeadores y vigilantes que las supervisaban para exigirles las cuotas diarias y recordarles que debían cumplir con determinadas funciones para realizar su trabajo”. Las víctimas explicaron que tenían que entregar entre 3.000 y 5.000 pesos diarios (entre 230 y 384 dólares) y que cuando no cubrían esos montos eran trasladadas a otras zonas de la capital, donde eran dejadas sin alimento.

De las 28 mujeres, la Subprocuraduría de Atención a Víctimas del Delito y Servicios a la Comunidad de la PGJDF informó que 21 son trabajadoras sexuales y fueron presentadas en calidad de testigos; las demás son denunciantes, entre éstas hay una aparente menor de edad. EFE

Source: http://www.laprensasa.com

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