An Air France executive was arrested was running a prostitution ring in France.
The executive would bring in girls from Brazil into France while claiming that the girls were family members. By claiming that the girls were related to him, the executive was able to fly them to France at the family-member discount rate of $207 (€150).
While in France, the girls were kept at various apartments located near the Louvre and other Paris neighborhoods. The girls would be forced to service up to 5 men a day at a rate of $207 (€150) per client.
In total, security officials state that the man made up to $2.7 Million (€2 Million) a year.
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Source: Rory Mulholland, “Air France executive and wife ‘ran £2m prostitution ring through airline’,” Telegraph, April 28, 2014.
Officials in Sweden reported that 177,000 authentic Swedish passports have been stolen or lost. Security officials state that many of these passports may have been sold on the black market to criminals.
According to intelligence agencies, Swedish passports are being sold on the black market for human trafficking purposes. These passports are being sold at prices of up to $12,200 (80,000 Swedish Kronor).
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Source: “Swedish passports hot property on black market,” The Local, April 12, 2014.
Criminal justice departments in Romania reported that there were nearly 900 human trafficking victims identified in the country in 2013.
557 women were identified by criminal justice professionals as victims of human trafficking in 2013. 278 of the females were underage. 319 men were identified as human trafficking victims, with 22 of the males being underage.
Of the victims involved, 38 percent were cases of domestic trafficking, meaning that the victims were from Romania.
Most of the trafficked women were between the ages of 18 to 36, while the men were between 22 to 28 years old.
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Source: “Nearly 900 human trafficking victims identified in 2013,” Act Media, April 4, 2014.
Criminal justice agencies in Bolivia recorded 35 human trafficking cases back in 2005. In 2012, the number of trafficking cases reported was 456.
In 2013, law enforcement reported 363 human trafficking cases across Bolivia, an increase of over 10 times from 2005.
Despite the number of cases handled by the criminal justice system, reports claim that there has not been a single prosecution conviction for human trafficking crimes.
Most of the victims in Bolivia are between the ages of 12 to 24. The men who are trafficked are used in forced labor situations, while the women are forced to work as prostitutes. The victims are trafficked to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain.
Source: Mimi Yagoub, “Human Trafficking Reports in Bolivia Rise 900% in 9 Years,” Insight Crime, April 4, 2014.
Criminal justice programs in Jordan recorded 17 human trafficking cases in the country in 2013. The cases involved 54 males and 27 females who were reported as trafficking victims.
The number of trafficking cases handled by the criminal justice system increased from the 12 cases handled in 2012. However, there were 29 human trafficking cases in 2011, and 26 cases in 2010.
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Source: Hana Namrouqa, “17 human trafficking cases registered in 2013 — report,” Jordan Times, April 3, 2014.
A report published by the European Commission found that up to $344 Million (€250 Million) in revenue is generated from sex trafficking in Ireland each year. (Note: This amount is the same amount that was reported last year as the total revenue generated from prostitution in Ireland.)
An estimated 1,000 women are available for sale due to human trafficking in Ireland at any given moment, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.
Based on surveys of customers of the sex trade, around 92 percent of the men who visit prostitutes are over the age of 45. The men also earn over $27,000 (€20,000) in wages per year.
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Source: “Sex-buyers mostly well-educated, 42yrs+ men in relationships, study finds,” Irish Examiner, March 27, 2014.
According to the Interior Ministry of Russia, there were 66 cases of human trafficking resisted by the criminal justice system in 2013. Out of that total, 63 cases were for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
In addition to the human trafficking cases, security agencies in Russia saw nearly 3,500 sex related crimes across the country. These cases included prostitution, illegal production and distribution of porn, and child sexual abuse images.
Source: “Set of measures needed to prevent human sex trafficking in Russia – Interior Minister,” Voice of Russia, March 28, 2014.
In 2013, criminal justice programs in the Netherlands investigated 175 cases of human smuggling across the country. The number of smuggling cases were an increase of 25 percent from the human smuggling cases investigated in 2012.
An estimated 1,500 people are residing in the Netherlands without proper documents or visas. Most of these individuals originated from Afghanistan and Syria. Security officials state that most of the people are attempting to continue onto Germany, Scandinavia or France.
The Royal Military Police also investigated 122 human trafficking cases in the Netherlands in 2013. The trafficking cases increased by 10 percent from 2012.
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Source: Mazime Zech, “More Human Trafficking Last Year,” NL Times, March 21, 2014.
In a report released by the Attorney General of the US State of California, researchers stated that organized crime groups were committing money laundering, cyber crimes, human trafficking, and drugs and arms trafficking through the border between San Diego and Mexico.
According to the report, approximately 70 percent of all the methamphetamine that is shipped to the United States passed through San Diego.
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Between 2010 and 2012, at least 1,300 people were identified by security officials as being trafficked through San Diego. An up to 250,000 weapons are smuggled across the border between the two countries each year.
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Source: Roxana Popescu, “State focusing on cross-border trafficking and financial crime,” UT San Diego, March 18, 2014.
In 2013, criminal justice programs in Scotland identified a total of 99 people who were referred to agencies as potential human trafficking victims. Out of that total, 22 victims were under the age of 18.
The number of human trafficking victims in Scotland is increasing based on previous data. During a two year period from April 2009 to November 2011, a total of 74 peopel, with 19 being children, were identied as trafficking victims in Scotland.
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Source: Reevel Alderson, “Bill to make Scotland ‘hostile’ for people traffickers,” BBC News, March 17, 2014.