Modern-Day Child Trafficking

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Nigeria probes mass human trafficking case

Wed 18 Jul 2007, 11:28 GMT

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian police intercepted a freight truck carrying 62 people, including babies and children, in a suspected case of mass human trafficking, the agency in charge of fighting such crimes said on Wednesday.

The 62, who include men, women, boys and girls, are all from the same community in southeastern Cross River state and they say they were on their way to various locations in southwestern Ogun and Ondo states to join relatives or find work.

"We are investigating because we think it is possible that human traffickers recruited these people to give them out as farm hands, house helps or for brothels," said Funke Abiodun, head of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP) in Edo state, where the truck was stopped.

Human trafficking is a major problem in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation where the majority live on less than $1 (49 pence) per day, and victims are often made to swear oaths at traditional shrines, discouraging them from denouncing the traffickers.

Abiodun said police intercepted the truck on Sunday and detained the 62 people for two days in cells where they complained of ill treatment and refused food or water in protest.

She said NAPTIP had taken over the case on Tuesday and the 62 had initially been hostile to the agency's staff, but the women and girls were now in a NAPTIP shelter while the men and boys were in a holding centre and all were eating and drinking.

Some Nigerian victims of human trafficking are transferred within the country, but many are taken abroad where they work as domestic staff or prostitutes. Victims are often saddled with huge "debts" towards their traffickers and are unable to retain any earnings for several years.

Posted by Students & Artists Fighting To End Human Slavery at http://fighthumantraffickingnews.blogspot.com/2007/07/nigeria-probes-mass-human-trafficking.html

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Empty promises and fuck all

Empty promises and fuck all else is given to protect the victims of trafficking. I get so angry and fustrated knowing that this trade of human cargo could be prevented if countries worked together. The real truth is the countries dont care enough about other countries and other countries children. They only care if they are enduring any sort of financial expenditure because of it.
I went looking at the UK police missing persons website for children http://missingkids.co.uk/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageC... and here is what I found:


Uk Police Missing Persons

GOLAM SORWAR CHOWBHURY
Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 11-Nov-1991
Missing Date: 31-Jul-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 16
Height:  Unknown
Missing City: CHELMSFORD
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour:
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour:
Case Number: UK0207ESS18729
Circumstances: Went missing from Hylands Park, Chelmsford where they have been staying after arriving in the UK to attend a scout jamboree. They have been in the UK legally and all had visas to attend the UK. Police are keen to speak to them to make sure that they are safe and well. No descriptions are available. Others went missing from the same venue on various dates.
2  Associated Children

 MORSHED ALAM MANIK CHADPUR
Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 31-Jul-2007
Age Now:

 AHAMED ZIHAM MOHAMED-MISBAH
Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 31-Jul-2007
Age Now: 18


KAI LUN CHEN

Case Type:
DOB: 25-Dec-1988
Missing Date: 16-Oct-2005
Sex: Female
Age Now: 19
Height:  165 cm (5'4")
Missing City: SMETHWICK
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Brown
Case Number: UK2014
Circumstances: Entered UK via Bristol on 4/9/05 in company with two other Chinese girls and an adult. Placed in care of Social Services at an address in Smethwick West Midlands. Kai had gone to bed on Sunday 16/10/05 but was gone by the following morning leaving behind clothing and accessories.


TAN JING CHEN
Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 15-Nov-1989
Missing Date: 09-Mar-2007
Sex: Female
Age Now: 18
Height:  5'5" (165 cm)
Missing City: COLCHESTER
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Brown
Case Number: UK020742essex6790
Circumstances: Tan is a 17year old Chinese refugee who arrived in the UK from China. Tan was housed in Colchester by the Asylum Team where she stayed for a week. When she left it was unknown where she intended to go and all enquiries have been negative and there is concern for her wellbeing. Tan is described as having long Black straight style hair, Brown eyes and is a Slim build, 5ft 5inches tall with a tanned complextion. Tan was last seen wearing a Black Shirt and the rest of her clothing is unknown, but she is believed to have a change of clothing in her possession. Tan wears a Silver Necklace with a Cross containing Pink stones.


ZHARA ABDI OR IBDI
Case Type:
DOB:
Missing Date: 20-Jun-2005
Sex: Female
Age Now: 15
Height:  5'3" (160 cm)
Missing City: BELFAST
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Unknown
Case Number: UK02PSNI-0515561
Circumstances: Went missing from address taking all her clothing and belongings with her. She is believed to have come from Mogadishu and may visit the Manchester area. Speaks very little English. Described as very slim build, hair worn back from face. She was last seen wearing long dark skirt, dark blouse and possibly Muslim headress. Additional clothing items worn are mostly dark with some pink items.


MOHAMMED AKHTAR
Case Type: Concern for Welfare
DOB: 30-May-1994
Missing Date: 30-Apr-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 13
Height:  168 cm (5'6")
Missing City: LEICESTER
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Brown
Case Number: UK0233Leics019575
Circumstances: Police are concerned for the whereabouts of 14 year old Ali Ghodart and 13 year old Mohammed Akhtar who were last seen together in the Leicester area of Leicestershire. Ali and Mohammed arrived from Afghanistan, speak very little english and failed to arrive for an appointment with social services where they were last seen on 30th April 2007. Ali is described as 160cm tall, medium build with black collar length hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing brown trousers with side pockets, a brown top, black jacket and black/white trainers. Mohammed is 168cm tall, slim build with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown jacket and a red top with a summer motif on it. Any information please contact Leicestershire police or Police National Missing Persons Bureau on the numbers provided below.



Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 30-Apr-2007
Age Now: 14
 
HELLEN ATUGONZA
Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 27-Mar-1990
Missing Date: 02-Aug-2007
Sex: Female
Age Now: 17
Height:  Unknown
Missing City: CHELMSFORD
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour:
Case Number: UK0207ESS18728
Circumstances: Went missing from Hylands Park, Chelmsford where they have been staying after arriving in the UK to attend a scout jamboree. They have been in the UK legally and all had visas to attend the UK. Police are keen to speak to them to make sure that they are safe and well. No descriptions are available for them.


ROSE KUSEMERERWA

Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 02-Aug-2007
Age Now: 16


Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 02-Aug-2007
Age Now: 17


OSSAI ELVIS

Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 15-May-1992
Missing Date: 06-Aug-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 15
Height:  150 cm (4'11")
Missing City: CHELMSFORD
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Blue
Case Number: UK0207ESS18733
Circumstances: Went missing from Hylands Park, Chelmsford where he has been staying after arriving in the UK to attend a scout jamboree. Ossai has been in the UK legally and had a visa to attend the UK. Police are keen to speak to him to make sure that he is safe and well. Ossai is described as being medium build with short black hair.


BINGSONG HUANG
Case Type:
DOB: 26-Oct-1993
Missing Date: 08-Aug-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 14
Height:  167 cm (5'5")
Missing City: LAMBETH
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour:
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour:
Case Number: UK0107mis018059
Circumstances: Bingsong Huang left his friends house at 08:30hrs to attend school in the Westminster area. He left the school with his friends to visit the local shops but has not returned. Bingsong is unable to speak English and so may have trouble interacting with people. Contact police if you have any sightings or know the location of Bingsong.


ADAY KUMAR
Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 02-Jan-1991
Missing Date: 11-Aug-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 17
Height:  173 cm (5'8")
Missing City: CRANBROOK
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Brown
Case Number: UK0207KENT19803
Circumstances: The above missing persons left from address in Cranbrook, Kent whilst out on a day outing. It is thought that they may travel to the London area. Danial is described as Asian appearance, medium build with short black tidy hair ; Jin is described as oriental appearance, slim build with cropped black hair ; Tuon is described as oriental appearance, slim build, fresh complexion with short straight black hair ; Aday is described Asian appearance, tanned complexion, medium build with short wavy black hair.


 JIN CHEN
Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 11-Aug-2007
Age Now: 16


Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 11-Aug-2007
Age Now: 16


Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 01-May-1991
Missing Date: 24-Dec-2007
Sex: Female
Age Now: 16
Height:  5'2" (157 cm)
Missing City: NEWCASTLE
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Brown
Case Number: UK0208NTHUMB763
Circumstances: Ruo Wu and Qin Li arrived in the UK from Milan just before Christmas 2007. They both left to go for walk and did not return to their address in Newcastle. Ruo is described as slim build, oriental appearance, clear complexion with very long black hair. She was wearing a denim skirt and brown leather cowboy style boots when she was last seen. Qin is described as slim build, oriental appearance, clear complexion with very long black hair. She was wearing a white three-quarter length coat when she was last seen.


 RUO LAN WU
Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 24-Dec-2007
Age Now: 16


Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 12-Dec-1994
Missing Date: 31-Jul-2006
Sex: Female
Age Now: 13
Height:  164 cm (5'4")
Missing City: HOVE
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Black
Case Number: UK0247C2
Circumstances: Lingran and Lingshan are sister's who have gone missing from the Hove area in Sussex. They have recently arrived from China and have gone missing together. Police are concerned for the welfare of these young sisters because of their lack of the English language and ability to care for themselves.They are both described as of thin build, long hair and when last seen were wearing white T shirts and 3/4 length trousers.


Missing from: United Kingdom
Missing Since: 31-Jul-2006
Age Now: 16


ALLA MANAKOVA
Case Type: Concern for Welfare
DOB: 24-Apr-1990
Missing Date: 24-Mar-2000
Sex: Female
Age Now: 17
Height:  Unknown
Missing City: LONDON
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Blonde
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Unknown
Case Number: UK01576000
Circumstances: Alla went missing from the Streatham area at 12pm and has not been seen since. She speaks very little English. Nationality is Russian. Allas complexion is very pale and her build is very slim. Her hair is often cut short and may resemble a boy. She may be accompanied by an elder male and possibly using the alias surname of Pinyakova.


AJMAL MORADI
Case Type:
DOB: 02-May-1990
Missing Date: 04-Sep-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 17
Height:  5'6" (168 cm)
Missing City: TIVIDALE
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour:
Case Number: UK2026
Circumstances: ASYLUM SEEKER FROM AFGHANISTAN. VISITED BY SOCIAL WORKER WHON CHECKED ROOM TO FIND IT HAD BEEN CLEARED OF ALL HIS POSSESSIONS.


ase Type:
DOB: 17-Oct-1992
Missing Date: 27-Jun-2007
Sex: Female
Age Now: 15
Height:  155 cm (5'1")
Missing City: PADDINGTON
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour:
Case Number: UK0107mis014657
Circumstances: Police in Paddington are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of this 14 year old girl who was last seen at approx 21:00hrs on 28th June 2007 in Sussex Gardens, W2. Giang Thi Tra NGUYEN travelled to London from Vietnam and arrived at Heathrow on the 27th June 2007. She boarded a coach, along with a party of 12 students (similar age) and a tour representative to Kingsway Park Hotel, 139 Sussex Gardens where they were due to stay for two nights. Giang insisted they all go and buy UK SIM cards for their mobile phones, which they did, and she put £20 credit on her phone. Back at the hotel, she was in the hotel cafe and was speaking, in Vietnamese, on her mobile phone most of the evening. In the morning they found she had failed to go to bed and was missing. Giang is about 5'1" in height, medium build, last seen wearing a short orange jacket, either green or light coloured trousers and carrying a small brown handbag. She has long black hair with a full fringe.


TRUNG DUC NGUYEN
Case Type: Concern for Welfare
DOB: 02-Jul-1989
Missing Date: 09-Jan-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 18
Height:  5'9" (175 cm)
Missing City: LONDON
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Black
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Brown
Case Number: UK0207metopsmd
Circumstances: Trung was last seen by a Social Worker on the 9th January, 2007 on an appointment. Trung is a Vietnamese National and is 17 years old he speaks no English and there is concern for his whereabouts all his property was taken. Trung is described as Medium Build, with Shoulder length Black Hair


Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 09-Jul-1991
Missing Date: 03-Jan-2006
Sex: Male
Age Now: 16
Height:  157 cm (5'1")
Missing City: CORK, IRELAND
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Brown
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour:
Case Number: UK0208IRL1215
Circumstances: Gheorge Papuc a Moldovan male is missing from his accomodation at Ballyhooley Road, Cork City since the 3rd January 2006. Gheorge is approx 5ft 2in with short brown hair and pale skin.


MULTANI PARVINDER SINGH
Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 12-Dec-1993
Missing Date: 15-Dec-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 14
Height:  5'11" (180 cm)
Missing City: GRAVESEND
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Brown
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Green
Case Number: UK0207KENT29578
Circumstances: Multani arrived in the UK on 14th December 2007 and was placed at an address in Gravesend, Kent. He left this address on 15th December 2007 and has not returned. Multani is descibed as Asian appearance, slim build, fresh complexion with straight dark brown hair and green eyes. He speaks Punjabi, Hindi and broken English. When he was last seen he was wearing a grey roll-neck jumper, white shirt, light brown jeans, blue blazer embroidered with sequins, a puffa jacket, brown trainers and wore a white metal bangle on his right hand.


SHI QIN
Case Type: Missing From Home
DOB: 25-Aug-1991
Missing Date: 14-Jul-2007
Sex: Female
Age Now: 16
Height:  160 cm (5'3")
Missing City: COLCHESTER
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour: Brown
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour: Brown
Case Number: UK0207ESS17339
Circumstances: Shi has only recently arrived in the UK and has been missing from her address in Colchester since 14th July 2007. Shi is described as being slim build, tanned appearance with dark brown curly shoulder length hair. She was last seen wearing gold sandals although other clothing is not known. May have a small pink pull-along suitcase with her.


SHAOYU ZHENG
Case Type:
DOB: 29-Nov-1989
Missing Date: 08-Aug-2007
Sex: Male
Age Now: 18
Height:  Unknown
Missing City: EALING
Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :
Hair Colour:
Missing Country: United Kingdom
Eye Colour:
Case Number: UK0107mis018058
Circumstances: Shaoyu Zheng was last seen after leaving his home to attend school in Lancaster Gate. At around 10:30hrs, Shaoyu and a friend went for a walk to the shops but did not return. Shaoyu is not able to speak English and so may have trouble interacting with people. Contact police if you have any information or sightings of Shaoyu.

All missing, 7 of them dissapeared from a world Scout Jambourieon on different dates through out July and August 2007. That alone should have been head line news. These are children, head line news, ha, I googled Scout Jamboree Chelmsford and got to page 5 before I read anything about it. Then it was a pathetic article to say the least here
No follow up, nothing. From what I have read between the lines of the other missing children almost all of them appear to be alone in the UK and were known by either imigration or SS.

My problem is HOW did they get here and WHY if authorities knew of them werent they treated like the children that they are. Maybe I am reading to much into it but from where Im sat it reads like they were classified as illegals regardless of age and treated no differently.

Just a question

Isn't it possible these kids from the scouts saw this trip as an opportunity to flee from their own country to become working independents in another one?  Freedom has it's own risk-takers, doesn't it?

What even when you are

What even when you are talking of 13/14 year olds. Strange country, foreign language. Even if it was their own idea surely they deserve some concern from someone. What work are they likely to get under age and with little english.  If one of mine had a notion to discover an independant new world I would hope to God that someone would care enough to ensure their safety.

Summary of the Convention


Summary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Children's Rights Alliance for England, 2006

·         Article 1 - A child is a person aged 17 or under.


Article 2 - All the rights in this Convention belong to all children.


Article 3 - Children must always be a top priority.


Article 4 - Governments must do all they can to protect children’s rights.


Article 5 - Parents can give children advice and help about their rights.


Article 6 - Every child has the right to be alive and to be the best person they can be.


Article 7 - Every child has the right to a name and nationality and to be cared for by both parents.


Article 8 - Governments must protect the child’s right to a name, nationality and family life.


Article 9 - Every child has the right to keep in regular contact with both parents so long as this is the best thing for the child.


Article 10 - Decisions about a child living in another country should be made quickly and fairly.


Article 11 - Governments must work together to stop children being taken illegally to another country.


Article 12 - Every child has the right to express his or her views and these views must be taken seriously.


Article 13 - Every child has the right to express themselves and to receive all kinds of information and ideas.


Article 14 - Every child has the right to have his or her own beliefs and religion.


Article 15 - Every child has the right to meet people and to be outside in a group.


Article 16 - The law must protect every child’s right to privacy.


Article 17 - Governments must make sure children get lots of different information. They should protect children from harmful information.


Article 18 - Governments must support parents. Parents must always try to do what is best for children.


Article 19 - Every child must be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and mistreatment.


Article 20 - Children who do not live with their parents have the right to extra protection.


Article 21 - The child must be the top priority in adoption.


Article 22 - Children who are refugees, or trying to be refugees, have the right to extra protection.


Article 23 - Disabled children have the right to be part of everything.


Article 24 - Every child has the right to the best possible health.


Article 25 - Children who are in care or who live away from home for health reasons should have their care checked regularly.


Article 26 - Governments must support every child’s right to have enough money.


Article 27 - Children have the right to get everything they need to develop fully.


Article 28 - Every child has the right to education.


Article 29 - Education is about children developing fully as people.


Article 30 - Children must never be stopped from enjoying their own culture, religion or language.


Article 31 - Every child has the right to rest, play and to do things they enjoy.


Article 32 - Children must be protected from harmful work.


Article 33 - Governments must do everything to protect children from illegal drugs.


Article 34 - Governments must protect children from being hurt sexually.


Article 35 - Governments must do everything to protect children from being taken away or sold.


Article 36 - Governments must protect children from all other harm.


Article 37 - Every child has the right to protection from torture and very bad treatment.


Article 38 - Children must be protected from wars and from joining the armed forces.


Article 39 - Governments must give good support to children who have been abused or harmed.


Article 40 - Children who are in trouble with the law have many additional rights, including the right to privacy, the right to a lawyer and, wherever possible, the right not to go to court or be sent to prison.


Article 42 - Governments must inform everybody about all the rights in this Convention.


Articles 41 and 43 to 54 - These say how children’s rights should be monitored and enforced.


the UK Government agreed to make all laws, policy and practice compatible with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child when it ratified it on 16 December 1991.

 

GONE MISSING BY TRUDY


GONE MISSING


VICTIM: 1.2 million children are trafficked annually around the world

Trafficked children need more help

A charity has called on the government to launch an inquiry into missing children trafficked from overseas. Research on child trafficking in England found that 48 children who were suspected to be trafficked, but were later taken in by social services, have gone missing.

In its recently released report, entitled Missing Out, ECPAT UK, which campaigns to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation, said its findings on child trafficking across the North-East, the North-West and the Midlands showed that 80 children were reported as known, suspected or likely to have been victims of trafficking, into England over the last three years.

Twenty two were under 16-years-old. They were likely brought to England “for sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and forced marriage.

More shocking is that 48 of these children have gone missing from social services care and have never been found,” the report said.

ECPAT UK said grave fears about child trafficking and modern-day slavery meant the government should prioritise child protection over immigration concerns.

“Child victims of trafficking are missing out on accessing essential care because of their isolation, their uncertain immigration status and because they have no advocate who can speak on their behalf about their special needs,” said Christine Beddoe, director of ECPAT UK, which also represents a coalition of nine leading UK organisations working for the protection of children’s rights.

They include Anti-Slavery International, Barnardo’s, Jubilee Campaign, NSPCC, Save the Children, World Vision UK, The Body Shop Foundation, The Children’s Society and UNICEF UK.

SLAVERY

“Child trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery and children must get access to safety, security and proper health care.

“UK immigration control strategies treat these children as illegal migrants first, children second, and this creates a barrier to keeping them safe,” she added.

The children in the study came from China, Vietnam, Benin, Togo, Cameroon, Congo, Somalia, Liberia, Eritrea, Burundi, Uganda, Moldova, Russia, Albania and Nigeria.

Debbie Ariyo, head of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA), said many children from Africa are often trafficked because parents believe they can get a better life in the West.

AFRUCA is currently running a UK national campaign to raise awareness of the trafficking of African children.

The campaign, which began last December, is part of efforts to raise awareness of this modern form of slavery as the UK prepares to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade act next month.

It is difficult to get accurate statistics about child sex trafficking because of the illicit nature of trafficking but in 2003, the United Nations estimated that 1.2 million children are trafficked annually around the world.

Data also show that up to one million children - mostly girls - are forced into the sex trade every year. Home Office figures suggest that in any one year, 4,000 women are trafficked into prostitution in the UK.

http://www.voice-online.co.uk/content.php?show=10873

Not losing the kids would be

Not losing the kids would be a start.

Ages can be lied about

I have two associates who work for missing persons. They tell me that very many people come into the UK for a better life or to join family who have already come over. They claim to be under 18 yrs, when some are actually as old as 29....social services have suspicions BUT HAVE TO treat them as kids unless proven otherwise. They soon clear off to do what they want to do - and resources are wasted looking for them, when resources should be used for genuine trafficked kids. I think the record was of a 25 yr old woman claiming to be 10!!! Foster care costs a fortune, they are given pocket money, and these adults are sometimes given school places too. Of course cases like Alla Manakova are extremely serious and I'd ideally like to see her case on the front page of the national papers. I also think the British cases like Jamie Cheeseman, Daniel Entwistle and Paddy Warren/David Spencer are as serious. They received very little news.

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