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Interpol seeks public help to catch human traffickers

Lyon - Interpol called Thursday for public help to track down scores of human traffickers wanted around the world, accused of "profiting from the desperation" of migrants determined to reach Europe.

Peru expels British woman jailed for drug trafficking

- Peru expelled a British woman held in jail for more than two years for cocaine-trafficking in the South American country, authorities said.Melissa Reid, 22, was put on a plane on Tuesday accompanied by her father, officials said.

Held in Italy, Eritrean denies being trafficking kingpin

Rome - An Eritrean man extradited from Sudan to Italy on suspicion of being the head of a migrant trafficking ring has told investigators he is not the man they want, his lawyer said Friday.

Italy probes claim wrong man extradited for migrant trafficking

Rome - Italian prosecutors are investigating whether the wrong man was extradited to Italy on charges of running a migrant trafficking network after reports suggested it may be a case of mistaken identity.

Social media is not helping in illegal organ trafficking in India

Delhi - With the recent arrests of five people, including the personal secretaries of one neurologist at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi, India, police unearthed an elaborate kidney trading racket.

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.
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