The arrests are part of investigations into the widespread trafficking of such items. The case involves valuable items from Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Libya, according to the source. Hundreds of pieces have been sold, it is alleged, for tens of millions of euros. In recent months, similar collections of trafficked pieces have been discovered in Spain and Italy, with UNESCO estimating that the trade could be worth between 5 and 7 billion ($5.6 to $7.8 billion) per year, reported France 24.
Operation Sarraounia uncovered 46 children who had been sexually abused or forced to beg and hundreds of Ghanaian men who had been recruited online and then enslaved in the capital, Niamey, said Interpol, which provided assistance.The vast majority of the children rescued were aged between 10 and 17. Most had been sexually abused in hostels and slums, while others had been kidnapped from their families and forced to beg at markets and bus stations.
The reptile was reportedly being trafficked in a train from Asansol in West Bengal. Passengers spotted the snake and informed the Snake Helpline.Later, Forest Department officials reached the station and rescued the animal. Two persons have been detained for their alleged involvement in the trafficking. The snake has been released into Chandaka forest.
Wildlife trafficking is the world's second largest black market, and there's one animal that's trafficked more than any other.
A county lines drug gang were rumbled on Snapchat after using the app to boast about their riches.The callous gang trafficked thousands of pounds worth of heroin and cocaine.
A county lines drugs gang who trafficked thousands of pounds worth of heroin and cocaine were caught after boasting about their riches on Snpachat.
Operation Inherent Resolve reported that Syrian insurgent group Maghawir al Thawra destroyed on Tuesday a stockpile of narcotics that "included more than 300,000 pills of Captagon, an illegal drug frequently trafficked and used by Daesh members," referencing the Arabic language acronym for ISIS. The drugs were reportedly seized May 31 in the roughly 34 mile deconfliction zone maintained by the U.S. in the southern Syrian border crossing of Al Tanf despite calls to withdraw by the Syrian government, Russia and Iran, who are also involved in the fight against ISIS in the war torn nation."Our dedicated partner forces are committed to the defeat Daesh mission," U.S. led coalition Special Operations task force commander Major General James Jarrard said in a statement. "This is another great example of their dedication and professionalism in the fight against Daesh and in the protection of the people of southern Syria."
Recent attention to the issue began at a Senate subcommittee hearing in April, when Steven Wagner, an official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), testified that his agency had checked up on 7,635 migrant children who crossed the U.S. Mexico border on their own and were then placed with adult sponsors in the U.S. The agency found that 6,075 children were still living with their sponsor, 28 had run away, five had been deported and 52 were living with someone else. The rest -the 1,475 lost children -were unaccounted for.The children in that tally arrived in the U.S. without their parents, so they were not separated from their families by federal officials. That doesn 't mean there aren 't real concerns about their safety; abusive homes and human traffickers are just two of the worries. It 's also possible that sponsors may choose not to answer calls from federal officials to avoid deportation -for the children or themselves. Either way, HHS has argued it is not legally responsible for what happens to the children after they leave its custody. But Senators from both parties have called on the agency to improve its monitoring. "These kids, regardless of their immigration status, deserve to be treated properly, not abused or trafficked, " Republican Senator Rob Portman told the subcommittee in April.
Mangaluru: I was tortured like an animal," says the recently rescued 42 year old Karnataka woman. A victim of human trafficking, Jacintha Mendonca was forced to work like a "slave" in a household for more than 14 months.Lured by a Mumbai based recruiting agency, which promised to get her a well paying job in Qatar, Mendonca was first taken to Dubai. She was later flown to Saudi Arabia without her knowledge and made to work in a household at Yanbu, where she had been virtually "enslaved" for the last 14 months.
GLOWING tributes were paid yesterday to local actor and body builder Brett Bengochea, who drowned on Saturday afternoon while swimming at Balandra.Bengochea, 36, a father of two, was known for his role in the movies Trafficked and A Story About Wendy 2.Police said at 3.15 p.m. on Saturday, Bengochea and three other friends were bathing at Balandra Bay, located on Trinidad;s north east coast, when Bengochea and another man got into some difficulty in the water due to a strong current that began pulling them further out to sea.The police were told that while the other man managed to battle the current and swim safely to shore, Bengochea began making a desperate bid to swim back to the beach but disappeared below the water for approximately five minutes.
Yesterday police rescued two women and one man from Ecuador in Quepos near Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica s central Pacific coast. They three appear to be victims of human trafficking.
If anything has been made clear since President elect Trump s election, it is the telling reactions to his most controversial move yet, in selecting Steve Bannon as his chief strategist in the White House. In the days since, the appointment of Bannon, who has championed white nationalism and trafficked in anti Semitism, discrimination and misogyny in his role at Breitbart, has elicited the condemnation of Democratic leaders and prominent organizations such as the Anti Defamation League, Bend the Arc and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who failed to reject Trump throughout the hate filled demagoguery of his campaign, have feigned ignorance. But from an array of major American Jewish organizations, there has been deafening silence on Bannon. A cleavage within American Jewry has existed for some time, along political and ideological lines. Yet the refusal of a number of major Jewish organizations to even issue a basic statement of disapproval on Bannon s appointment over the last week signals something larger: these groups are failing in their mission to promote the values and responsibilities with which we, as American Jews, have been inculcated. In their silence, they certainly don t represent me, and perhaps they don t represent a majority of American Jews anymore either.These organizations, and their leaders respectively, may be deeply troubled by the events taking place in real time, yet they seem to espouse a wait and see approach to Trump s election and the deeper, more sinister problems endemic to it. The main problem with any wait and see approach taken by American Jewish organizations toward Trump s incoming administration is that it paves the way for acquiescence to what has already occurred as a result of the election. This past weekend, at a conference of the alt right movement in DC, we got a small taste of how the white nationalist movement, which the incoming White House chief strategist championed while overseeing Breitbart, feels about the election. As Richard Spencer, one of the rising leaders of the movement, spoke in language exhorting Trump filled with anti Semitic tropes, the audience cheered, at multiple times breaking into Nazi salutes.
According to the police, the two main patrons of the Ashram were arrested and booked on charges of exploiting a trafficked person and several sections of the Juvenile Justice Act.The arrested have been identified as Devendra Dubey and Bhagwandas Tiwari, originally from Varanasi.
Since Xi Jinping became China's president that year, the U.S. had not listed China's so called Great Firewall as a trade impediment despite widespread outcry that the online blocks limit access to crucial information, email and search services such as those found on Google's platform. "Outright blocking of websites appears to have worsened over the past year, with eight of the top 25 most trafficked global sites now blocked in China," the U.S. Trade Representative wrote in its annual report on foreign trader barriers.