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3 women nabbed for human trafficking; 137 rescued

Three women were arrested and at least 137 victims, including 25 minors, were rescued when National Bureau of Investigation agents raided two apartments in Pasay City on Saturday, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 9th, 2018

Sudan police save 85 minors from trafficking network

Police in Sudan have rescued nearly 100 people, 85 of them minors, after breaking up a human trafficking network in the northeast African country last month, Interpol said Monday. Two men and twelve women were arrested and around $20,000 of the suspected ransom money was seized in the operation at several locations in Khartoum as well as at gold mines east of the city, the international policing agency said. The victims, some of whom were as young as 10, were from several African countries including Chad, DR Congo, Eritrea, and Niger. "The diversity of nationalities amongst those rescued shows how human trafficking and people smuggling is a truly transnational problem which requ...Keep on reading: Sudan police save 85 minors from trafficking network.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

5 Filipinas escape alleged human trafficking operation in Sabah

TURTLE ISLANDS, Philippines – Policemen from the Turtle Islands Municipal Police Station in Tawi-Tawi rescued 5 victims of alleged human trafficking who escaped their captors last August 11, 2018. The women – in their 20s and 30s and from Manila and Bulacan – illegally entered Sandakan, Sabah through exits from Southern ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

7 arrested for human trafficking in Quezon City spa

Seven people were arrested and 22 alleged victims of human trafficking were rescued after operatives from the Philippine National Police-Women and Children Protection Center raided a spa in Quezon City on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

3 kids rescued from family-run online sex ring

Three minors were rescued in Taguig City over the weekend from a human trafficking syndicate ran by five women who offer minors to foreigners for sexual acts and lewd online shows......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 17th, 2016

German held before he could exit PH with 4 Pinays

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested a German national who tried to take four Filipino women out of the country with him, allegedly so they could work as caregivers in Germany even without permits.   Herbert Joseph Vogt, 72, was arrested on Monday at Clark International Airport as he and the women were about to board a Qatar Airways flight bound for Doha en route to their final destination.   Vogt was turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation to face charges of illegal recruitment and human trafficking. The women were referred to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking for assistance and further investigation.   BI Deputy Commissione...Keep on reading: German held before he could exit PH with 4 Pinays.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

German illegal recruiter nabbed at Clark Airport, four Filipinas rescued

  Immigration agents on Monday arrested a German national while allegedly trying to spirit off four Filipinas at the Clark International Airport to illegally work as caregivers in his home country. In a statementon Wednesday, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) identified the foreigner as Herbert Joseph Vogt, 72, who was booked in a Qatar Airways flight for Doha, en route to Germany, together with the four women he allegedly hired without the necessary permits. Citing a report from BI Deputy Commissioner Marc Red Marinas, the statement said it was the women who admitted upon questioning before their flight that they were hired by Vogt to work as caregivers at a nursing home in G...Keep on reading: German illegal recruiter nabbed at Clark Airport, four Filipinas rescued.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

139 ‘workers’ bound for Micronesia held

SOME 139 victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment were rescued on board a passenger ship reportedly bound for Micronesia at the port in Bataan on Tuesday. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) raiding team said the undocumented travelers were on board Filipino-owned ship Forever Lucky with 41 crew.… link: 139 ‘workers’ bound for Micronesia held.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Five charity workers gang-raped in India

NEW DELHI, India — Five women working for a charity in remote eastern India were abducted and gang-raped at gunpoint, police said Friday, in the latest horrific sex assault in the country. The women said in their complaint they were performing a play to raise awareness about human trafficking in the largely tribal Khunti district […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

2 fake Bulgarians nabbed

BUREAU of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) foiled another human trafficking operation with the interception of two Turkish nationals who tried to leave for Canada posing as Bulgarian nationals. In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI OIC Deputy Commissioner and Port Operations Chief….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Mother arrested for exposing daughter, other teenage girls to cyberpornography

Police arrested a motheron Wednesdayfor allegedly exposing her daughter and other teenage girls to cyberpornography in Barangay Sangat, San Fernando town, 41 kilometers south of Cebu City. Her 15-year-old daughter and two other girls were rescued past4 p.m. Although the law against human-trafficking allows the media to identify the perpetrators, Cebu Daily News has withheld the name of the suspect in this case to protect her daughter. Lawyer John Tanagho, director of the International Justice Mission Cebu Field Office, said the recent operation was the sixth against those allegedly involved in an online sexual operation in Cebu since January 2018. "This operation shows that P...Keep on reading: Mother arrested for exposing daughter, other teenage girls to cyberpornography.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

US Embassy hails police rescue of 5 abused kids

The US Embassy in the Philippines has commended the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti-Human Trafficking Division and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women and Children Protection Center for the recent arrest of Anselmo Ico Jr. and the rescue of five children in Bulacan. The coordinated international effort came to fruition thanks in part, the… link: US Embassy hails police rescue of 5 abused kids.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

One Rohingya’s struggle to empower women in Malaysia – Al Jazeera

Tucked away upstairs at a shopping plaza in this city’s north end is a small storefront turned classroom for dozens of Rohinyga women and children. The sound of these women reciting English phrases, laughing and the occasional cries of kids can be heard in the stairwell. Its founder, Sharifah Husain, 24, said she wanted to do something to help women and children in her community, who are not allowed to work or study in Malaysia. “I noticed we didn’t have a Rohingya women’s organisation that was standing up for women – to be the voice of women,” Husain said. Husain comes from Buthidaung village in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state. Her father fled to Malaysia when she was five-years old, fearing for his life. Husain was left behind with her mother and two younger siblings. The village was attacked soon afterward, so Husain’s mother took them to Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar – then known as Burma. Her recollection of the traumatic moment when a local mob attacked her village is hazy. It took place almost 20 years ago. But it mirrors the accounts of Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh, who’ve recently fled the Myanmar’s army clearance operations and local Buddhist mobs. “My mother was arrested in Yangon and sentenced to prison for not having official [identification or travel] documents,” Husain recounted. “This left me in charge.” Husain can’t remember how long she spent in Yangon, but she said she was separated from her siblings and sent north to Mandalay and forced into servitude. She spoke to her father in Malaysia, over the phone, and he agreed to pay human traffickers to bring Husain and her siblings to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city. All three, including Husain, were smuggled by land, into Thailand and Malaysia. At that time the Southeast Asia trafficking route wasn’t as defined as it is today. Human trafficking groups in Bangladesh and Thailand now make a lot of money off of poor, desperate refugees fleeing war and violence in Myanmar. Today, the concern faced by the Malaysia government is if it recognises its refugees then that could send a signal to more to make the perilous journey, now taken by sea from Myanmar and Bangladesh to sanctuary in Malaysia, where they don’t face violent persecution. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, states there are 152,170 registered refugees in Malaysia. The majority are Rohingya, displaced from their homes in Myanmar, like Husain. But the amount of unregistered refugees varies widely from 40,000 to 140,000, according to Asylum Access Malaysia. “The big question is – when are the boats going to come? There’s no indication they will now, but there’s definitely a high possibility that they will. And once new groups arrive, that complicates [the] situation,” said Deepa Nambiar, Asylum Access Malaysia director. UNHCR runs what it calls a “parallel school system” for refugees in Malaysia, allowing children to  access basic, primary-level education. Refugee groups and local faith-based organisations fund these schools, staffed by volunteers. One-hundred and twenty-eight informal refugee schools in Malaysia access funding from the UN. It provides education to 7,154 children, according to UNHCR. Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Office states 16,809 Rohingya refugee children are registered with UNHCR. This means about 10,000, or more, refugee children in Malaysia are unable to access any form of education. A dozen or so more informal refugee schools exist but rely solely on donations and are understaffed, said Asylum Access. “To live in Malaysia, yes you can live, but you don’t have a future. You are in a box. You can’t go out of the box,” Husain said. Husain has received no formal education in Malaysia. This is remarkable considering her drive to educate refugee women and children. Malaysians are supporting Rohingya Women’s Development Network by volunteering as teachers and support staff. Rohinyga Women’s Development Network started officially last year. But Husain has spent the last decade educating her community’s most vulnerable women and children in their own homes. “I have built up a trust. The men especially trust me. They feel safe sending their wives to our centre because they know me,” Husain said. Word has spread and more refugee families are now attending Rohingya Women’s Development Network classes, where they receive English-language instruction, leadership training and brand new self-defence classes. “We want to stop domestic violence. We want to stop child marriages in the community. We want to build up women’s empowerment,” Husain said. “We really need the Malaysia government to recognise us.” Husain is trying to change the mentality in the Rohingya and wider refugee community in Malaysia, that women and girls can’t study, work, or earn an income. She receives some funding from UNHCR to run programmes but uses her own money to keep them going. “Of course I have support from my family. My father is my hero. My husband is my hero. Both of these men have really pushed me forward,” Husain added. The Rohingya Women’s Development Network has teamed up with Asylum Access Malaysia on a refugee theatre project. This will allow refugee women to educate the community on issues of sexual violence. “What I think is so innovative about Sharifah and the team is that when we were discussing this project they said ‘we need to get men involved’,” Nambiar said. Husain is appealing to others in the refugee community to support initiatives set up by the Malaysia government and civil society groups to help […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Ivanka Trump is making her White House job official – CNN News

Ivanka Trump is changing course and will become a government employee in the coming days, a White House official told CNN Wednesday. President Donald Trump's eldest daughter will be an unpaid employee working in the West Wing. &'8220;I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,&'8221; Ivanka Trump said in a statement. &'8220;Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.&'8221; A source with knowledge of the decision told CNN's Gloria Borger the decision was made after the &'8220;unease&'8221; expressed by people about the nature of her voluntary role, and ethics advocates Norm Eisen and Fred Wertheimer had sent White House counsel Don McGhan a letter last Friday. Now, Ivanka Trump will be an &'8220;adviser&'8221; to the President, and will file her own Form 278, which means she is legally bound by the ethics rules. An unsigned statement from the White House said: &'8220;We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the President.&'8221; Trump's attorney, Jamie S. Gorelick, said: &'8220;Ivanka's decision reflects both her commitment to compliance with federal ethics standards and her openness to opposing points of view. She will file the financial disclosure forms required of federal employees and be bound by the same ethics rules that she had planned to comply with voluntarily.&'8221; Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband and a top Trump aide, is also serving the White House as an unpaid government employee. News of Trump's new title was first reported by The New York Times. A White House official confirmed last week that, after a few months settling into Washington, Trump was officially moving into a West Wing office and would obtain top-secret security clearance. She will also receive government-provided communications devices, per the official. Ivanka Trump's elevation has prompted critics to note the potential violation of the nepotism law, passed in 1967, that says no public official &'8212; from the President down to a low-level manager at a federal agency &'8212; may hire or promote a relative. But the law states that any appointee found to have violated the law is &'8220;not entitled to pay&'8221; by the federal government, which appears to offer the opportunity for Trump and Kushner to forgo paychecks while still serving the administration. When Kushner officially joined Trump's team in January, the Justice Department concluded that his post as senior adviser was not in violation of federal anti-nepotism laws. &'8220;In choosing his personal staff, the President enjoys an unusual degree of freedom, which Congress found suitable to the demands of his office,&'8221; wrote Daniel Koffsky, deputy assistant attorney general in the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel, which serves as interpreter of federal law for the White House. Koffsky reasoned in January that the anti-nepotism law covers only appointments in an &'8220;executive&'8221; agency and that the White House Office is not an executive agency within the law. He cited a separate law that gives the President broad powers to hire his staff. That law authorizes the President to appoint &'8220;employees in the White House office without regard to any other provision of law regulating the employment or compensation of persons in the government service.&'8221; Ivanka Trump took a formal leave of absence from her eponymous apparel and accessories brand, as well as the Trump Organization, in January. She has long been a key trusted adviser to her father, through her young adulthood to her time as executive vice president of real estate development and acquisition at the Trump Organization, and, ultimately, to his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump will continue in that capacity, serving as the President's &'8220;eyes and ears,&'8221; per Gorelick. &'8220;She will not be his only source of input and insight, obviously, but she may be able to provide insights into the concerns of people whom he might not meet as President,&'8221; Gorelick told CNN via email last week. In the first several weeks of the administration, she's already been on hand for key happenings, including roundtable discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Florida school visit with her father and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an Oval Office bill signing encouraging women in STEM, a visit to the National African American Museum of History and Culture and West Wing meetings on human trafficking and manufacturing, among others. She took an even higher profile this week, making formal remarks at an event encouraging women in STEM at Smithsonian's Air and Space museum on Tuesday. The broadening of Trump's role in her father's administration is unprecedented by any modern member of a first family. President George W. Bush, who worked on his father's campaign, is the most recent parallel to Ivanka Trump, said Kate Andersen Brower, author of &'8220;First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies&'8221; and a CNN contributor. &'8220;But even he wasn't sitting in on high-level policy meetings when his father was in the White House. It definitely complicates matters when someone who can't be fired &'8212; aka a family member &'8212; is this involved in an administration,&'8221; [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2017

Woman wanted in Mindanao for human trafficking nabbed in Cebu - Inquirer.net

Woman wanted in Mindanao for human trafficking nabbed in Cebu - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 26th, 2017

Immigration officers, recruiters nabbed for human trafficking

Immigration officers, recruiters nabbed for human trafficking.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

11 women rescued from trafficking in Zamboanga City

11 women rescued from trafficking in Zamboanga City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

One of 3 Fugitives Wanted for Human Trafficking Nabbed

One of 3 Fugitives Wanted for Human Trafficking Nabbed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2016

UN body: Kids, women comprise 71% of trafficking victims

MANILA, Philippines - Children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, while women and girls comprise 71 percent, according to a U.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2016

28 human trafficking victims rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines –Twenty-eight human trafficking victims were rescued while their five recruiters were arrested at a hotel in this city on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 5th, 2016

PH minors among 82 rescued in int’l trafficking crackdown

International law enforcers taking part in a crackdown on underage human trafficking have rescued 82 minors in South East Asia, including the Philippines, and arrested 239 traffickers and their associates......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 20th, 2016