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Pope says 'enough' to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said "enough" to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it. Francis addressed the final session of a two-day Vatican-sponsored international conference on human trafficking attended by top law enforcement officials, politicians and representatives of religions.

Vatican leads fight against human trafficking 'scourge'

Police chiefs and clergymen from over a dozen countries agreed Thursday to set up a global task group to fight human trafficking, a scourge Pope Francis called a "crime against humanity". At the end of two-day conference hosted by the pontiff, London's Metropolitan police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said attendees, including top cops from the FBI and Interpol, had agreed to meet regularly to fight the ravages of modern slavery.

Lawmakers, groups use Super Bowl to flag sex traffic scourge

Child prostitution networks are exploiting sporting events like next weekend's Super Bowl, US lawmakers and rights groups warned Monday as they addressed ways to mitigate sex trafficking that abuses countless children each year. "In less than a week, New Jersey will be hosting the Super Bowl, and along with welcoming enthusiastic fans, the state also is preparing for a likely influx of both domestic and international traffickers," congressman Christopher Smith told a House of Representatives hearing.

UK group in Philippine typhoon survivors anti-trafficking plan

A UK-based children's charity said Friday it will expand an anti-human trafficking project in the Philippines, as fears grow that young survivors of deadly typhoon Haiyan are becoming easy prey. "Experiences from similar disasters show that the potential for human trafficking, particularly of women and children, increases after a humanitarian crisis such as Typhoon Haiyan," Plan International country director Carin van der Hor said in a statement.

Typhoon sparks Philippine child trafficking fears

A UK-based children's charity has asked the Philippines to investigate the suspected recruitment of child workers for sex trafficking in a region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, an aid official said Saturday. Plan International said it was concerned about five high school girls who were recruited after the November 8 typhoon in Basey and Marabut, two impoverished coastal towns on the island of Samar that sustained heavy damage and casualties.

Pregnant girls freed in latest Nigeria 'baby factory' raid

Nigeria's police said Friday they had raided a home where 19 pregnant women were staying with plans to sell their newborns, in the latest discovery of a so-called baby factory. The owner of the property, suspected of being a broker in a child trafficking ring, is on the run, said Geoffrey Ogbonna, police spokesman in southeastern Abia state. Police "rescued 19 expectant mothers in different stages of pregnancy", he told AFP.

British couple face human trafficking charges in France

A British couple is facing charges of human trafficking in a French court for allegedly keeping their Madagascan au pair in slave-like conditions and not paying her wages. A court in the southern city of Grasse on Monday heard how Robert and Sharon Moses made 23-year-old Sahobilalaina Vonintsoa work around the clock, confiscated her passport and prevented her from leaving their home. The couple face charges of human trafficking for non-existent or inadequate payment to a vulnerable or dependent person and not declaring an employee.

Public safety minister announces RCMP unit to fight human-trafficking

MONTREAL - The federal public safety minister has announced the creation of an RCMP enforcement team to help fight human-trafficking. Steven Blaney says significant progress has been made over the past year but that much work remains to be done on what he calls the despicable crime of modern-day slavery in Canada. Blaney also released the 2012-2013 annual report on progress of a national action plan to combat human-trafficking.

Maldives ratifies anti-human trafficking bill

Maldives ratifies anti-human trafficking bill COLOMBO, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has ratified the Anti-Human Trafficking Bill, making it a criminal offence in the country, local media reported here on Monday. The bill, passed by the parliament last week, has been published in the government gazette following ratification, local media outlet Haveeru reported. The new legislation declares trafficking in persons a criminal offence in the Maldives.

Philippine to step up fight against human trafficking in typhoon aftermath

Philippine to step up fight against human trafficking in typhoon aftermath MANILA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government vowed on Wednesday to step up its efforts to prevent human traffickers from exploiting survivors of typhoon "Haiyan," locally named "Yolanda." Justice Secretary Leila de Lima made the assurance after a congressman from the United States warned that women and children risk falling prey to human traffickers in the aftermath of the catastrophic typhoon.
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