Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rogers hypocrisy

So Rogers has launched a PSA Campaign to Combat Online Sexual Exploitation. What good corporate citizens.

Rogers Communications will continue its support of's national awareness campaign about online sexual exploitation, by producing two Public Service Announcements for television that aim to raise awareness for

Wonder if Rogers will be running the PSAs during their "adult entertainment" offerings?

Uh, probably not.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ukraine's SBU liquidates human trafficking channel

Ukraine's Security Service, Kherson Department, detected and liquidated [an] illegal channel for human trafficking from Ukraine to Turkey ...

Article and discussion here .

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Canada pledges assistance for victims of human trafficking

Stop The Trafficking Coalition applauds the recent announcement by the office of the Honorable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, regarding the federal government's adoption of new measures to help victims of human trafficking in Canada.

Canada as an international leader has long needed to demonstrate its deep commitment in treating human trafficking as a crucial and serious human rights issue. While Canada has ratified the U.N. Protocol to Prevent, Punish and Suppress Trafficking in Humans, and has taken the laudable step of passing amendments to the criminal code (Bill C-49), protection of victims of trafficking has , until now, been largely either over-looked or not addressed in terms of definitive constructive planning and commitment.

The victims, often women and children, have for the most part been deported to their country of origin, without proper medical and psychological rehabilitative assistance. It is time that Canada take responsibility for those we have victimized. It is also Canada's responsibility to be an international leader in stopping human trafficking by actively working with other countries to find solutions to this abuse of human rights, both in prosecuting the perpetrators and assisting those innocently victimized.

The proposed guidelines for "Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking" were outlined this morning during a conference call, chaired by Ben Perrin, Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, Monte Solberg. Participants included government representatives and various non-governmental organizations, including Stop The Trafficking Coalition (STT).

Stop The Trafficking Coalition looks forward to future collaboration and work with the CIC and all those committed to putting these new measures into practice: government and law enforcement bodies as well as non-government organizations, social and immigration service organizations, and grass roots community volunteers.

Irena Soltys
Co-Chair, Stop The Trafficking Coalition

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Free training program on human trafficking in Illinois

Illinois Regional Institute for Community Policing,
Illinois Fraternal Order of Police,
Illinois Law Enforcement Education Foundation

Training Opportunity
Human Trafficking Awareness
May 8
Illinois State Police Academy
Springfield, Il

A June class will also be at ametro-east Illinois location and day to be announced

Presenter(s): Specially trained Instructors will be from the Illinois State Police and the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights.

Description: The course curriculum will present issues relative to: modern-day slavery involving the exploitation of persons for commercial sex and forced labor; the global problem and its multibillion-dollar industry; recognizing the U.S. as a country of destination for human trafficking; the laws relative to the crime; the need for interagency cooperation; and the application of the community policing tactics of partnership building and problem solving.

Students will learn about:
  • Introduction to human trafficking;
  • Legal overview
  • Investigative considerations
  • Victim service providers
  • Immigration issues
  • Interagency cooperation
  • Engaging the community
To register for this FREE presentation, Sheriff and Police Departments, and other interested organizations, should contact Sue Patterson at (217) 206-6029, or email her at You may also fax your request to (217) 206-6063. Seating will be limited for this training class.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

German government biggest friend of human traffickers and pimps

This travesty illustrates that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

As many as 40,000 additional women are expected to be added to the approximately 400,000 prostitutes in Germany's sex industry. German authorities are rushing to accommodate the trade in women by facilitating the construction of mega-brothels and 'sex huts.' Moreover, cities hosting the [World Cup] games will issue special permits for street prostitution, creating a virtual partnership with brothel owners, pimps and traffickers.

In 60+ years the German government hasn't come very far from the days it was forcing women to breed Aryans and bringing slave labourers into the country. Obviously, governing elites in that country have learned little, if anything, from history.