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30 July 2018

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IOM: Most Victims Trafficked Internationally Cross Official Border Points

Geneva (IOM) –  On the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30/07), new data released by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, show that in the last ten years, almost 80 per cent of journeys undertaken by victims trafficked internationally cross through official border points, such as airports and land border control points.  

Trafficking in persons is often seen as an underground activity, linked to irregular migration, and hidden from the authorities and the general public. IOM case data depict a different story, indicating that most trafficking is in fact happening through official border points. This highlights the crucial role that border agencies and service providers at border points can play to identify potential victims and refer them for protection and assistance.  

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“Don’t Be Blinded!” Awareness-raising Bus Educates Swiss Population about Human Trafficking

Bern (IOM) – Money, a better life, freedom, prosperity. These are some of the things that traffickers promise to the people who become their victims.

These same terms are also displayed on a bus that circulates throughout Switzerland as a mobile exhibition to raise awareness of this horrendous crime. The awareness-raising bus was inaugurated on 18 October 2017, in the Swiss capital Bern. Since then it has travelled to Lausanne, Bienne, Lugano and many more cities within the Alpine nation.

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“I never planned to migrate, but it was my destiny.” Victims of Trafficking Start Over in Mauritania

Mauritania (IOM) –  Since 2015 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been assisting victims of human trafficking in Mauritania. Sahel populations have always been very mobile, but in recent years a complex economic situation and the difficulty of finding jobs has pushed more and more people to seek jobs abroad.

Unscrupulous traffickers seize on this desperation by promising men and women well-paid stable jobs away from home. Instead, these migrants wind up working under inhumane conditions for families who cannot protect their interests and do not care about their well-being.

Deprivation, humiliation, hardship, restricted movement and limited communication with their families become the new norm for those who excitedly embarked on an adventure, with hopes of a brighter future.

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Listen to What Migrants Are Fleeing
By Azam Ahmed 
Bureau Chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
The New York Times


Eighty per cent of international human trafficking journeys cross official border points. Click here to read IOM’s latest data brief: Victims of Trafficking on the Road.


Economic Empowerment Helps Former Victims of Trafficking Reintegrate into Ukrainian Society 
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The Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) is the first global data hub on human trafficking, containing contributions from organizations around the world.
Click here to visit the site.


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  • The Daily Star reported that only 25 human traffickers were convicted in cases involving the trafficking of 7,840 people since Bangladesh enacted the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act in 2012.
  • Bangladesh’s Prothom Alo reported that as many as 50,000 Bangladeshi girls are trafficked to or through India every year, according to statistics from India’s Border Security Force.
  • Prensa Latina reported that the Ethiopian government has commended the support provided by IOM in recent weeks to help people displaced by the conflict.
  • Xinhua reported that 185 Ethiopian migrants who were stranded in neighboring Djibouti have returned home in recent days with the help of IOM and the Ethiopian embassy in Djibouti.
  • Financial Times reported that as many as 500 migrants are arriving every week in Bosnia, according to IOM.
  • Malta’s The Independent reported that a group of  migrants left Malta this morning for Portugal through the ad hoc solidarity procedure adopted after the disembarkation of a group of migrants on board MV Lifeline on 27 June.
  • AFP reported that Spain said Saturday it had rescued more than 1,200 migrants from the sea in two days as the country's interior minister called for a European-wide solution to illegal immigration.
  • Voice of America reported that IOM has assisted a record number of 10,000 West African migrants to voluntarily return home from Niger so far in 2018.
  • Libya Observer reported that IOM has opened tenders for the rehabilitation of schools and public parks that were destroyed during the conflict in Benghazi.
  • BdNews24 published an op-ed which noted that the serious and widespread mental health consequences of natural and manmade disasters in Bangladesh have only recently begun to receive the attention they deserve.
  • Bangladesh’s Prothom Alo reported that monsoon downpours have caused flooding and landslides in Rohingya camps where almost one million people are living in bamboo and tarpaulin shelters after fleeing violence in Myanmar.
  • InfoMigrants reported on a new German law which will again allow refugees with subsidiary protection to bring their family members to Germany.
  • Sky News published a report which explained why migrants picked up off the coast of Libya cannot simply be returned to Africa.
  • Yahoo! News profiled a Somali teenager who “willingly” joined al-Shabab at the age of seven and later managed to escape the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist organization.
  • The Seattle Times reported that an estimated 5,000 people a day are leaving Venezuela, in what is Latin America’s largest migrant outflow in decades.

  • IPS reported that in Italy, over 400,000 agricultural labourers risk being illegally employed by mafia-like organisations, and more than 132,000 work in extremely vulnerable conditions.
  • Xinhua reported that residents of one of Italy's largest communities of African migrants are mostly unaffected by the day-to-day changes in the country's controversial and high-profile policies aimed at curbing new migrant arrivals.