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Spanish police smash ring that exploited Nicaragua boxers

Barcelona - Spanish police said Wednesday they had busted a ring that allegedly exploited boxers they brought to Spain from Nicaragua and forced to take part in competitions across Europe.

ICC wants to investigate human trafficking in Libya

New York - The International Criminal Court is considering whether to investigate migrant-related crimes in Libya, which has become a "marketplace" for human trafficking, the chief prosecutor said Monday.

EU urges China to curb dinghy sales in migrant trafficking fight

Bejing - A senior EU envoy on Thursday urged Beijing to restrict the sale of inflatable dinghies that he said are used by trafficking gangs to carry migrants on treacherous sea journeys to Europe.About 1.

Bulgarians jailed for baby sale in Greece

Sofia - Two Bulgarian men were jailed on Friday for 10 years and a woman for six years for trafficking two pregnant women to sell their babies in neighbouring Greece.

78 arrested in human trafficking probe in Ontario

London - In southwestern Ontario, 78 people were arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation, which started in October 2016.

Girl, 17, sues motel for facilitating human trafficking

Philadelphia - A 17-year-old girl is suing a Philadelphia motel claiming the motel facilitated her being forced to provide sexual services. The lawsuit is the first of its kind under a Pennsylvania law that holds businesses liable if they facilitate human trafficking.

India child protection officers held in trafficking probe

Kolkata - Two child protection officers have been arrested for alleged links with a trafficking gang that ran illegal adoption centres in eastern India selling children to foreign couples, police said Saturday.

India arrests heads of adoption centre over trafficking

Kolkata - Indian police said Tuesday they have arrested the heads of an adoption centre suspected of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples, the latest trafficking scandal to hit the country.

Albania smashes major migrant smuggling ring

Tirana - Albanian police dismantled the biggest human trafficking ring uncovered since the start of the migrant crisis, arresting 18 people in a series of stings, public prosecutors said Wednesday.

Vatican row as China invited to organ transplant meet

Vatican City - Ethics experts and human rights lawyers slammed the Vatican for inviting a top Chinese health official to an organ trafficking summit despite concerns the Asian giant still uses tissue from executed prisoners.

Journalist on trial for bringing child migrant to Sweden

Malm - "Take me with you!" pleads Abed, a teenage Syrian migrant. Swedish journalist Fredrik Onnevall is stunned but after wrestling with his conscience, agrees. On Thursday he goes on trial for human trafficking.It's the spring of 2014.

Thai court muzzles media as trafficking defence begins

Bangkok - Dozens of people including a general arrested in Thailand's crackdown on human trafficking appeared in court on Tuesday to begin presenting their defence but journalists were barred from reporting trial proceedings.

Migrants race to reach US before Trump takes over

Sasabe - Migrants trying to sneak into the United States from the parched Mexican desert have to contend with border guards' drones overhead, poisonous snakes underfoot and human trafficking gangs at their backs.

Haitian senator-elect in US to face drug trafficking charges

Miami - A onetime Haitian coup leader who was recently elected senator has been taken to the United States to face longstanding federal drug trafficking charges, officials said Friday.

China jails 16 for trafficking in organs

Bejing - Sixteen people including two surgeons have been jailed for between two and five years in China for trafficking in human organs, a practice still widespread in the country.

16 killed throughout Mexico during holiday celebrations

Acapulco - Sixteen people were killed during Christmas holiday celebrations in Mexico's main drug-trafficking states and six human heads were found in one location, officials said.

'Unnatural' for Mexican military to fight drug trafficking: minister

Mexico - Mexico's defense minister has complained about his troops having to take part in the country's war on drug trafficking -- a rare expression of criticism about the controversial, decade-old deployment.

ICC to probe Libya migrant trafficking

Den Haag - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will probe the trafficking of migrants out of Libya to see if there is evidence of war crimes, the chief prosecutor told AFP Tuesday.

Syrian brothers face German court on trafficking charges

Berlin - A German court Monday put on trial two Syrian men who say they are refugees but face charges of being human traffickers responsible for eight deaths on the high seas a year ago.

IS sex slavery survivor named UN goodwill ambassador

New York - A young Iraqi woman who survived rape and abuse as a sex slave of Islamic State fighters on Friday became a UN goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking.
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