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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

1.21.09 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

London Olympic mega-brothels a worry for clerics

LONDON, UK- Church of England dioceses are to call for a government crackdown on human trafficking in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics to prevent a repeat of the "mega brothels" set up in German cities for the 2006 World Cup. Church members will discuss the matter at a General Synod next month following a motion set down by the dioceses of Newcastle and Winchester. "We do not want this same kind of thing for London 2012," said the Revd. Canon Michael Webb of Newcastle Diocese. "Anything like slavery is wrong, but as Christians we are concerned that this is not how God treats people." The dioceses called for the government, police and officials to combat the "evil trade" of trafficking and forced prostitution through legislation and enforcement.

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A Chinese gang has been caught kidnapping and selling children.

 

CHINA- A gang in China has been caught for stealing children and selling them on their thriving black market in distant Chinese provinces. After a five-month investigation, 13 suspects have been arrested, with the gang leader, Su Tonghua, 21, reportedly at the helm of the kidnappings. Members of the motorcycle gang were said to have kidnapped children while riding their motorcycles; some cases were reported to have occurred in broad daylight. The kidnappings allegedly took place between September and December, and were reported by the Beijing News to include a three-year-old boy who was taken from the front door of his home and a two-year-old girl who was taken during her sleep. In fact, the majority of the kidnappings were of children between the ages of two and three.

 

For the full story please see the cordweekly.com Link

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