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Saturday, January 17, 2009

1.17.09 TRAFFICKING NEWS

Nelson Mandela said “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Fight trafficking every day by educating yourself and those around you. -liz

Leominster Man Acquitted of Charges

WORCESTER, MA- A Leominster man accused of raping and assaulting a 15-year-old girl and forcing her to have sex with other men for money was acquitted yesterday by a Worcester Superior Court jury. The jury of six men and six women found Irfan R. Bhatty not guilty on charges of rape of a child with force, two counts each of statutory rape and inducing a minor into prostitution, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault and battery, and deriving support from a child prostitute. The verdicts, which followed about four hours of deliberations over two days, were returned shortly after noon yesterday.

For the full story please see telegram.com Link

 

‘6,780 Pakistani children victimised in 2008’

As many as 6,780 children were victimized in Pakistan in 2008, including 4,251 boys and 2,529 girls, Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) President Zia Awan said on Friday. He was addressing a press briefing at the Madadgaar Helpline Office, a sister concern of the LHRLA. Awan said that 516 cases of child victimization were reported in Karachi alone. Among major cities of Pakistan, Multan was topped the list with 1,041 cases; Gujranwala had 820 cases; 749 cases were reported in Lahore; 701 in Sialkot; 699 in Rawalpindi; 598 in Faisalabad; 574 in Peshawar; 478 in Larkana; 415 in Hyderabad; and 189 cases were reported in Sukkur. “This is the tip of the iceberg; the cases of child victimization must be many more,” Awan said. “The situation can be gauged from the fact that as many as 532 children committed suicide in Pakistan in 2008. Child abuse is not only physical, it is also psychological. If the fundamental rights of a child, including his right to education is not observed, it is child abuse.”

For the full story please see the thenews.com.pk Link

2 comments:

andrea said...

How could Bhatty get off just like that? With all the evidence? Doesn't MA have similar laws against rape, etc? This is sickening.

Love146 said...

Unfortunately, from what I have read there was a lack in evidence and under US law defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Hopefully, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act will aid the justice system in prosecuting predators in the future. See the link below for more information on the WWTVPRA. Thanks for your questions! -Liz
http://www.usdoj.gov/olp/materials-ww-tvpra.htm