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I’m publishing it in the hope that people decide to watch it — even though I know how difficult it is for non-US news to spread on this website (this is not an attack - just an observation). 

Someone asked me on anon what’s happening in Sicily, so I found out this documentary from VICE that gives an overall idea of what is going on with the migrants and the war refugees coming from Africa and the Middle East. This is just a(n extra) scene from the 15 minutes long documentary, People Smuggling in Sicily: Europe or Die, which you can find here, showing the largest migrant reception center (which I pass by every time I visit my relatives), whereas most of the documentary was filmed in my hometown, Catania. 

Only in 2015, more than 2000 people died trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya or Egypt to Sicily, as the boats smugglers board them on are so unsafe they often sink in the middle of the sea, or they die suffocated because they keep tens of them inside the hold — even though migrants can pay up to 2000 euros for a ticket. The ones that arrive to Sicily - saved by the navy - are stuck in Sicily or in other parts of Italy because they have no ID or because they don’t have the money to travel elsewhere; at this point, smugglers take advantage of them again. Or, some migrants get roped in into the local mob. Many become homeless, some prostitutes or pickpockets, or local criminals. (”Italians refuse to help us. It messes with your head. We end up taking people’s phones, wallets, handbags, because we have nothing.”) What the head of the center says is true — Italy is going through a serious employment crisis, and it’s difficult for migrants to integrate into Italian society. Sicily, one of the poorest areas of Europe, currently risks “permanent underdevelopment.”

The largest shipwreck, this April, killed 900 people, with only 27 survivors. I couldn’t find the exact number of people who died since 2000. Some even say more than 20 000. There are a few exact numbers: around 2500 in 2015, almost 4000 in 2014. In 2013, more than 300 people died just in one shipwreck (which is remembered as “the tragedy of Lampedusa”), with about 150 survivors only; 41 of them were children, but only one was with his parents. 

The cemetery of Palermo, the capital of Sicily, doesn’t have any more places for the bodies of the dead migrants. A person my mother knows found a human finger inside of an octupus while she was cutting it for lunch. The Mediterranean, right now, is a tomb

This is a poster made by C.E.A.R, a Spanish nonprofit organisation, for its sensitization campaign #UErfanos to raise awareness about shipwrecks in the Mediterranean. The stars of the flag of Europe are replaced by 12 dead bodies.

CHAPTER 5 - Burn The City ~ Illya and Gaby - The Frenchman (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Fanfiction)

As they drew closer to the hotel, Illya noticed the bucket of flowers spilled on the sidewalk, water running into the street. The old woman who had been holding them was nowhere to be seen.

“Gaby.” He grunted under his breath, quickly outpacing Solo as he raced into the hotel and up the stairs.

Illya burst into the room, his heart simultaneously racing and sinking as he took in the disaster….

Read more here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/47442305-illya-and-gaby-the-frenchman-the-man-from-u-n-c-l

Or here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4625085/chapters/10543992

Protect Children from Human Trafficking

Since October 2013, U.S. border patrol has apprehended more than 52,000 unaccompanied children fleeing extreme violence from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Many of these children are at risk of being trafficked.

Sign the petition to help us protect these children from human trafficking.

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Human trafficking at airports: 7 warning signs - CNN.com
Airplanes can be used for human trafficking. Knowing these 7 warning signs could save someone from a life of slavery.

It’s vacation season for much of the world, with travelers flocking to airports to jet off for some hard-earned R&R.

But it’s not just holidaymakers who fly on planes. Airports are also hubs for human trafficking – where adults or children are transported into forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, and traffickers often use air travel to move their victims. Sometimes, victims are flown into another country on the promise of a legitimate job, other times traffickers move their victims within a country, to keep them powerless or to avoid detection.

But you can help. By being aware of the telltale signs that someone is being trafficked, you may be able to keep them from a life of modern slavery.

We asked four organizations involved in anti-trafficking initiatives to share some of the signs that could indicate that a passenger is being trafficked through an airport.

What you should do

It’s important to remember that even if you spot a number of these signs, it doesn’t necessarily mean someone is being trafficked. But if you do suspect someone is being trafficked, do not confront suspected traffickers or attempt to rescue suspected victims – instead, call emergency services or alert the airport authorities.

Warning signs:

1 – A traveler is not dressed appropriately for their route of travel.

You might notice right away that a traveler has few or no personal items. Victims may be less well dressed than their companions. They may be wearing clothes that are the wrong size, or are not appropriate for the weather on their route of travel.

2 – They have a tattoo with a bar code, the word “Daddy.”

Many people have tattoos, so a tattoo in itself is obviously not an indicator, but traffickers or pimps feel they own their victims and a barcode tattoo, or a tattoo with “Daddy” or even a man’s name could be a red flag that the person is a victim.

3 – They can’t provide details of their departure location, destination, or flight information.

Traffickers employ a number of tools to avoid raising suspicion about their crime and to keep victims enslaved. Some traffickers won’t tell their victims where they are located, being taken, or even what job they will have.

Because victims don’t have the means to get home or pay for things like food, they must rely on traffickers in order to get by, forcing them to stay in their situation.

4 – Their communication seems scripted, or there are inconsistencies with their story

Sometimes traffickers will coach their victims to say certain things in public to avoid suspicion. A traveler whose story seems inconsistent or too scripted might be trying to hide the real reason for their travel and merely reciting what a trafficker has told them to say.

5 - They can’t move freely in an airport or on a plane, or they are being controlled, closely watched or followed.

People being trafficked into slavery are sometimes guarded in transit. A trafficker will try to ensure that the victim does not escape, or reach out to authorities for help.

6 - They are afraid to discuss themselves around others, deferring any attempts at conversation to someone who appears to be controlling them.

Fear and intimidation are two of the tools that traffickers use to control people in slavery. Traffickers often prevent victims from interacting with the public because the victim might say something that raises suspicions about their safety and freedom.

7 - Child trafficking

A child being trafficked for sexual exploitation may be dressed in a sexualized manner, or seem to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A child may appear to be malnourished and/or shows signs of physical or sexual abuse, such as bruises, scars, or cigarette burns.

This list was compiled with help from the following organizations:

Airline Ambassadors International: Offers a human trafficking awareness program to educate airport staff about the problem.

Polaris: Works to combat and prevent modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Free the Slaves: Campaigns against modern slavery around the world.

International Justice Mission: Works to protect the poor from violence in the developing world.

The way I grew up, there was this pimp culture where you were praised for having multiple girlfriends. And if you were treating them really good, you were seen as soft. I remember when I was young wanting to find out about women and girls and how to relate, and I was told, “You have to lie to them.” That was the message—don’t tell them the truth. Play games with them, and keep them off balance. And I listened to this, and this is the same stuff that a slave owner would do to a slave. You lie to them and keep them off balance. They never know what’s happening. You never know if he likes you, and you can never really please him.

A pimp knows that if he gives you two good weeks, you’ll spend the next two years chasing those two good weeks. And now you’re under his control. And this is how so many women, all over the world, have been tricked into sex slavery. There were boyfriends who talked them into it, and said it was only one time, we need the money, and if you just do this for me… and the women do it, and then all of a sudden the men have got them. They hold the guilt and the shame over them. And this is happening now.

—  Terry Crews, reply to “How did you get involved with the Polaris Project, which is working to eliminate human trafficking? Read more.

It is clear why the United States of America has been given global recognition as the country with the most powerful military in the world. The U.S. government spends more on its military than the annual budgets of nearly all countries in the world. Aside from having the most weapons, aircraft, and satellites, the United States’ military presence worldwide has expanded so much that it has earned it the status of a modern-day imperialist nation — an imperialist nation that has been able to disguise its methods of expansion through military bases, foreign aid, and even humanitarian work around the world.

History shows us that the U.S. expanded from having 14 military bases abroad in 1938 to 30,000 large and small installations in approximately 100 countries by 1945. Today many of these installations have been closed, but the once-occupied communities have been left to struggle with the aftermath of U.S. military presence. While there is more awareness now of the ramifications of U.S. militarism and its destruction of the environment and livelihoods of local people, one of the less-known issues is how U.S. military expansion contributed to the growth of the international sex industry.

Perhaps one of the most discernible examples of this is the U.S. Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines. In the 1980s there were more than 4,000 American officers and their dependents stationed there, following the Vietnam War-era heyday when some four million U.S. sailors passed through Subic every year. The base was described by the Wall Street Journal as the “central hub for U.S. military operations in the Asia-Pacific.”

But Subic Bay Naval Base also has a dark secret. In the 1980s, local brothels and traffickers generated an estimated $500 million from buying and selling women and girls to meet the demands of the servicemen stationed there. A women’s non-profit organization known as the Buklod ng Kababaihan was established in 1987 as a drop-in center for the staggering number of women being exploited through prostitution outside the Subic base.

When the base closed in 1992, the problem did not end. U.S. nationals continued to travel to the region, some to simply take advantage of the commercial sex industry established by what was once the biggest U.S. military base. According to the Buklod ng Kababaihan website, they fight for the approximately 300,000-400,000 women and 100,000 children who are still being exploited.

Following recent agreements made between the Obama administration and President Benigno Aquino III this year, some are eager to reopen the base. With U.S. troops being welcomed back into the Philippines, negative consequences are sure to follow in the already hurting community.

Sadly, Subic is not the only example. The Pentagon is aware of how the international sex industry is being perpetuated by the U.S. military. According to Humantrafficking.org, in December 2002, President Bush “declared zero tolerance for involvement in human trafficking by federal employees and contractors in a National Security Presidential Directive” following media reports detailing “the alleged involvement of DynCorp employees in buying women and girls as sex slaves in Bosnia during the U.S. military’s deployment there in the late 1990s.” However, the actual implementation of such policies has been minimal. This is why in 2011 the ACLU filed a lawsuit tackling the underreported problem of trafficking and abusive treatment of foreign workers on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Middle Eastern firms working under American subcontractors in Iraq were engaging in human trafficking.

The United States military is not expanding its military presence as much for national security or for helping allies as it is expanding its occupation to seek profit and power. In the process it destroys the environment and the livelihoods of the people whose lands are occupied, and it also creates and perpetuates systems of violence against women. Today, the sex industry is one of the largest and most profitable industries in the world (profitable for pimps and traffickers, that is). The U.S. military’s role in supplying the demand for this industry is very clear. Militarism affects everyone. It’s an environmental justice issue, a social justice issue, an anti-imperialist issue, and a feminist issue.

#SHOCKING: At its current rate, India won’t end child labor for 100 years. We won’t settle for a century of child slavery.

Child labor in India is only decreasing by 2.2% a year– not nearly fast enough. We can change this, but we need your help! We’re only $1,531 away from our goal of creating a FOURTH Safe Village in India that protects its children from slavery in the mica mines forever.

Please DONATE to our project today: madeinafreeworld.com/india!

Read the article here

Very, very upset and crying over the fact that the Indonesian government has chosen to push forward with the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, who is a victim of human trafficking.

Her recruiter who tricked Mary Jane into carrying luggage that was filled with 2.6 kilos of heroin hidden in the lining, has just came forward and surrendered themselves but regardless the execution will still push through.

I am crying for Mary Jane, her family, her kids.

I am crying for the victims of human trafficking throughout the world, especially of our own.

I am angry at the Aquino government for not doing anything until the very last minute, when this could have been argued and settled years ago by providing Mary Jane a fair trial, translator, and representative to make sure she knew her rights.

#BREAKING: 42 factory owners & government officials charged with murder of 1,100 workers in the infamous Bangladesh factory collapse.

The Rana Plaza disaster has led to an unprecedented legal consequence for those charged with ignoring workers’ basic rights: jail time and possibly a death sentence.

READ this article to learn more about a story that could further shake the global garment industry.

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‘A Dangerous Journey’ (part funded by Comic Relief) warns young African women of the dangers of being coerced and tricked into prostitution by traffickers who use scare tactics perpetrated by native doctors and false promises.

The campaign was launched in the House of Lords in October 2012. The film won the Gold World Medal at the 2013 New York Festivals and the 2013 Human Trafficking Foundation Media Award.

Drake’s human trafficking buddy is out of jail.

Last year, Travis Savoury aka Baka aka Not Nice was charged with six crimes in connection to human trafficking after a 22-year-old woman was forced into prostitution and then made to hand over all of her money.

Baka just gout of jail and Drake is really excited about it.

I totally understand being happy your friend is coming out of lockup, but y’all Drake was out here talmbout declaring a holiday for when Baka gets out and that is just tacky and gross on all levels.

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Urgent housing for 25 Mumbai red-light area girls
This project will build Kranti's dream home, to house 25 girls from Mumbai's red-light area for three years.


Imagine that you are an inspiration to millions of people. That you give TEDx talks all over the world. That you’ve performed theater in front of 100K+ people. That you’ve won awards from Newsweek - and from the United Nations. And can you imagine…that despite all of this, your hometown does not welcome you? That your neighbors are ashamed of you? That every year you move to a new apartment, and every year you are kicked out? Why? Because you are from a red-light area.

How will this project solve this problem?

Hi, we are the Krantikaris - we were born and raised in Kamathipura, Asia’s most infamous red-light area. We are survivors of trafficking. We are daughters of sex workers. We are young women, ages 13-19, with big plans and big dreams. But in the last 4 years, we’ve changed homes 4 times! Luckily, we just found a place where we can stay for 3 years. Unluckily, it’s an old factory…no kitchen, no bathrooms, no beds. These funds will help us turn an old factory into a home fit for Krantikaris!

Potential Long Term Impact

The last 4 years we have lived in some very interesting places, but none of those spaces have been HOME. We want to build this space into the perfect Kranti home for all our needs - a classroom for yoga, theater and dance; quiet spaces for therapy or to cry alone; bathrooms with 3 sinks so we can get ready for school; and bunk beds where we can talk late into the night without the staff knowing! :) We’ll be here for 3 years, with space for 25 girls. Will you help us build Kranti’s dream home? Please click the link to our fundraiser and share with your friends!

In less than 2 hours, the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, a single mother of two and a victim of human trafficking, will be held.

According to live updates and feeds, the 9 people they will execute have already been transferred to the execution site.

Updates will be periodically posted on the blog as they come by.

#PrayforMaryJane


UPDATE:

At the very last minute Mary Jane has been reprieved!! The other 8 have already been executed but we are getting word Mary Jane has been reprieved for now.