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Peru expels British woman convicted of drug trafficking

- Authorities in Peru said they will expel a British woman in prison since 2013 after being convicted of trafficking cocaine. A court in Lima approved the expulsion of Briton Melissa Reid, granting a petition for her release filed by her attorneys.

Spanish police free 29 Chinese women forced into prostitution

Madrid - Police said Sunday they had rescued 29 Chinese women who had been drugged and forced into prostitution in hotels and nightclubs across Spain in an operation that smashed a human trafficking ring.

Toronto doctor among those arrested in Fentanyl trafficking ring

Seven people, including a Toronto family doctor have been arrested in what the York Regional Police allege was a fentanyl trafficking ring.

Lebanon police 'rescue 75 mainly Syrian sex slaves'

Birut - Lebanon's security forces have dismantled the country's largest known sex trafficking ring and freed 75 mainly Syrian women, a security source said on Friday.

Toronto girl, 16, accused of forcing teen girl into prostitution

Toronto - According to the allegations, the 16-year-old girl initially forced another 16-year-old girl into prostitution. A 39-year-old man has also been charged after it was alleged he later helped the teen accused exercise control over the victim.

Ivory trafficking in Africa controlled by a powerful few

Washington - Ivory trafficking in Africa, which threatens the survival of elephants, is highly concentrated in a few geographic hotspots and controlled by a powerful few, say scientists who use DNA analysis to track the illegal wildlife trade.

Greece holds Spanish lifeguards over alleged migrant trafficking

Atenas - Five Spaniards claiming to be NGO staff on the Greek island of Lesbos have been arrested on suspicion of migrant trafficking, Greek coastguard sources said Thursday.

U.S. requests ex-Honduran VP's extradition on drug trafficking

Tegucigalpa - The United States has requested the extradition of former Honduran vice president Jaime Rosenthal, one of the country's biggest tycoons, whom it accuses of drug trafficking and money laundering, Tegucigalpa said.

Op-Ed: Dear Brussels, we should talk about smuggling

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" goes a saying familiar to both Madonna fans and politicians. Unlike Madonna, the latter group has all too often been confronted with unexpected consequences of even the most carefully planned out bills

Thai general among human trafficking suspects in court

Bangkok - Dozens of people arrested in Thailand's human trafficking crackdown, including a senior general, appeared in court Tuesday, days after the police officer in charge of the investigation tendered his resignation saying he feared for his life.

'Hellish' SE Asia human trafficking trade will resume, Amnesty warns

Bangkok - Human traffickers will resume their brutal trade across Southeast Asia despite a regional crackdown, Amnesty International warned Wednesday, as it detailed the "hellish" abuses migrants have suffered at the hands of gangmasters.

Dutch arrest two Syrians for smuggling hundreds into Europe

Den Haag - Dutch officials have arrested two Syrian nationals accused of organising a huge trafficking network smuggling hundreds of migrants into Europe, prosecutors said Friday.

Germany to expand anti-human trafficking operations in Med

Berlin - Germany plans to expand its naval operations against human traffickers as part of an EU mission in the Mediterranean, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet decided Wednesday.

Journalists acquitted in Thai navy defamation trial

Phuket - An Australian journalist and his Thai colleague were acquitted of criminal defamation on Tuesday, over a report implicating Thailand's navy in human trafficking, as the country faces heavy criticism for its role in the deadly trade.

Spain to extradite Belgian diamond trafficking suspect

Madrid - A US-Belgian businessman accused of enslavement and diamond trafficking during Sierra Leone's civil war will be extradited to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday.

Malaysia finds more graves and human remains near Thai border

Kangar - Malaysian police said on Sunday they had found 24 human skeletons - all believed to be victims of trafficking - in newly discovered graves along the Thai border in the northern Malaysian state of Perlis.

Peru permits military to down drug trafficking planes

- Peru's Congress unanimously has approved a bill reauthorizing its air force to shoot down planes linked to drug trafficking.

Obama administration gives slavery a free pass in favored nations

Washington - High-ranking Obama administration officials pressured State Department human rights experts to gloss over slavery and other human rights violations in countries with which the United States is seeking to enter lucrative trade and strategic agreements.

Cuba objects to being placed on U.S. trafficking list

Havana - Cuba objected Wednesday to being placed on the US human trafficking list, saying it distorted the overseas work of its doctors and its requirement that students work as part of their education.

U.S. gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report

Washington - The United States recognized Cuba's efforts to combat forced sexual servitude, giving it better marks Monday on its annual report on human trafficking.
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