- Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greece’s Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas’ speech at yesterday’s “EU Policy and the National Action Plan for Combating Human Trafficking” conference:
“Today’s meeting is timely because in 6 days, on 18 October, countries will be marking EU Anti-Trafficking Day. Decades after the abolition of slavery, we are faced with modern-day, globalized human trafficking… Our country’s goal is to be among the leading players in the international campaign for confronting modern forms of slavery. Our goal is not simply to meet our commitments under the new European legislation and international conventions. Our goal is to be a frontrunner and—why not?—a model.”
- Women’s Radio: In Syria, Iraqi Refugee Daughters Risk Being Sold:
“Um Ali is scared. She says male relatives want to kill her and sell her daughters into marriages that are really sex-trafficking arrangements that put young women to work in brothels overseas.
She lives in hiding and relocates often. Her pulse accelerates every time an international text message pops into her cell phone.
“The world is small,” wrote her brother in a recent threat.
Um Ali is one of over a million refugees who have sought shelter in Syria since U.S. troops entered Iraq in 2003. She left with her husband and children during a wave of militia violence against Iraqis working–“collaborating”–with Americans in 2006.”
- Croydon Guardian, U.K.: Blood Money: Sex advert newspapers face prosecution:
“Editors and publishers are likely to find themselves in front of a judge if they refuse to stop running sex ads which are later found to be linked to human trafficking.
Leading the initiative is vice squad Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, working with the Crown Prosecution Service.
He said police were willing to charge editors and publishers with aiding and abetting sex trafficking and money laundering.”