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Monday, February 2, 2009

2.2.09 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

SYRIA: First shelter for trafficked people opens in Damascus

DAMASCUS, SYRIA- A shelter for people trafficking victims has just opened in an undisclosed location in Damascus. It is the first of its kind in Syria, which has only recently recognized human trafficking as a problem but still has no specific laws against it. Human trafficking is only just starting to gain widespread public attention in the region: Jordan passed a law to penalize people trafficking only last week; a similar Egyptian law is still in draft form, and other countries like Lebanon still have no specific legislation against people traffickers. The new shelter has 20 beds, a communal area, a kitchen and a bathroom. Further rooms are for medical treatment, psychological care and legal advice. A second shelter is planned for the northern city of Aleppo.

For the full story please see www.irinnews.org Link

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