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Nationwide German raids target Thai forced prostitution ring

Berlin - German police carried out dawn raids Wednesday against an alleged organised crime ring suspected of human trafficking for forced prostitution on a massive scale from Thailand.

Artificial intelligence starts to examine human intelligence

Boston - Researchers have begun the process of dissecting artificial intelligence in order to better understand the human brain. This is based on the idea that human developed artificial intelligence could reveal more about how human brains function.

African, EU states focus anti-trafficking efforts at source

Niamey - Thirteen African and European countries and the EU agreed Friday that efforts to crack down on migrant trafficking to Europe should also focus on economic woes that prompt poor Africans to seek a better life in Europe.

Thailand to scan eyes of workers in notorious seafood industry

Bangkok - Thailand is using optical scanning technology to keep track of who is working on its fishing boats, officials said Thursday, as the kingdom tries to curb slave labour and human trafficking that has riddled the low-paid industry.

Libya forces may be colluding with migrant smugglers: UN report

New York - Human trafficking is on the rise in Libya, according to a report by a UN panel of experts which found that Libyan forces may be helping rebel groups tighten their control of smuggling routes.

Bangkok brothel raid sparks bribery, trafficking probe

Bangkok - Five Thai policemen and a human trafficking official are under investigation for allegedly receiving free services from a Bangkok massage parlour accused of coercing underage girls into the sex trade, authorities said Monday.

'Kung fu nuns' on bikes swap maroon robes for lycra leggings

Kathmandu - About 200 "Kung fu nuns" kicked off a month-long journey from Nepal through India on Saturday, swapping their flowing maroon robes for lycra leggings to raise awareness about human trafficking and gender equality.

EU to step up migrant rights training for Libyan coastguard

Rome - The EU's anti-trafficking operation is working to train Libya's coastguard on how to respect the human rights of migrants recovered at sea, the mission's commander said Thursday.

Human trafficking 'rife' in Rohingya camps: aid agencies

Cox's Bazar - Widowed and alone 21-year-old Umme Kulthum had hoped for a fresh start in Bangladesh, but was forced into prostitution instead, falling victim to what aid groups and officials say is a growing trafficking scourge targeting refugees.

Costa Rica trial starts in organ trafficking case

San Jos - A trial of four doctors and a Greek pizzeria owner accused of running an illegal organ trafficking ring in Costa Rica for wealthy foreigners began on Monday in the capital San Jose.

German court jails three Syrians over deadly migrant trip

Berlin - A German court on Friday convicted three Syrians of human trafficking after a boat they used to smuggle people to Europe capsized in 2015, killing 13.

Nepal immigration officials trafficking women: report

Kathmandu - Immigration officials at Nepal's international airport are colluding with traffickers to illegally send Nepali women to the Gulf where they are often exploited and abused, said a parliamentary report released Tuesday.

Libya unity govt denies accord for Italy ships to deploy

Tripoli - Libya's UN-backed unity government chief has denied that an agreement has been struck with Rome to deploy Italian vessels in Libyan waters to combat human trafficking.

13 found dead in Med dinghy as EU extends rescue scheme

Rome - Rescuers aiding a dinghy packed with migrants off the coast of Libya said Tuesday they had discovered 13 bodies, including pregnant women, as EU member states extended an anti-human trafficking scheme in the Mediterranean."Thirteen corpses in total.

Nine suspected migrants found dead in overheated Texas truck

San Antonio - Nine suspected migrants were found dead Sunday after being packed inside an overheated truck discovered in a Walmart parking lot in Texas, and 30 others were hospitalized in what police said appeared to be a "horrific" human trafficking crime.

Eight bodies found in truck in Texas parking lot

Washington - Eight people were found dead Sunday inside a truck in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas in what police said appeared to be "human trafficking crime.

Convictions in major Thai human trafficking trial

Bangkok - A Thai court found dozens of people guilty of human trafficking offences on Wednesday in a mass trial exploring links between corrupt officials, including a senior army general, and the grim but lucrative trade in Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.

Verdict due in major Thai human trafficking trial

Bangkok - A Thai general is among more than 100 defendants facing a verdict Wednesday in a sprawling 2015 human trafficking case which saw thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned at sea and in jungle death camps.

Tusk calls on G20 leaders to be 'less cynical' in migrant smuggling fight

Hamburg - EU President Donald Tusk on Friday called on G20 leaders to be "less cynical" in the fight against human trafficking, urging countries to back a proposal that would levy UN sanctions against migrant smugglers.

US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders

Washington - President Donald Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, placing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders.
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