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MANILA, Philippines — Authorities raided a recruitment agency in Las Piñas City suspected to be a front for human trafficking and rescued 36 women on Friday night.
The women were believed to be victims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment after five of their companions managed to report their plight to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit.
Also arrested in the operation were a Singaporean national, a certain Yvonne Phua, and 13 Filipinos.
Chief Inspector Elizabeth Jasmin, CIDG spokesperson, named some of the arrested alleged illegal recruiters as a Michael Abellar and his wife Joy, a certain Eric, Emma and Mandy.
The CIDG, the local social welfare office and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration conducted the joint operation at the De Castro Building in Villa Eusebia, Barangay (village) E. Aldana, in Las Piñas City at around 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Jasmin said the arrested suspects were affiliated with the PEM Maid Employment Agency, which turned out to be lacking the POEA authorization to hire and send workers to other countries.
“We learned that they are not registered with the POEA to operate a recruitment or training facility,” the official said.
Authorities came to know of the victims’ predicament when five women, who paid their way out, reported the firm’s alleged illegal activities.
The women came from different parts of the country, Jasmin said.
“The applicants also allegedly suffered some abuse since they were made to train beyond the prescribed number of hours. The firm offers training on baby sitting, care giving, and domestic help but without the POEA license,” the official added.
The CIDG also recovered in the raid several log books, a certificate of a tie-up with other recruitment agencies and applicants’ recruitment papers.
Jasmin said they have been preparing charges of human trafficking and illegal recruitment against the arrested suspects, while coordinating with the Bureau of Immigration about the status of the Singaporean national.
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Sex-Abuse Victims to Pope: Stop Begging for Forgiveness and Just Stop the Abuse

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07.07.14

Francis met with rape victims Monday and begged for their forgiveness. The head of the world’s largest survivor network has 15 better ways for him to act.
ROME, Italy — On Monday, Pope Francis followed the footsteps of his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II and met with a select group of men and women who had been raped, molested and lied to by their parish priests.
Francis spent around half an hour individually with each of the victims— a man and a woman each from Ireland, Germany, and England—whose names and ages were not disclosed.  Prior to the one-on-one meetings, Francis presided over a Mass with the victims and members of the Papal Commission for the Protection of Children, led by Boston cardinal Sean O’Malley in which he apologized to the survivors for the “grave sins of clerical sexual abuse” committed against them.
“I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of Church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves,” Francis said at the special mass according to the homily transcript released by the Holy See. “This led to even greater suffering on the part of those who were abused and it endangered other minors who were at risk.”
After the Mass and meetings, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi briefed the press, explaining that while the content of each individual meeting should be kept private in accordance with the norms of pastor to parishioner confidentiality, one can be assured “they were profoundly emotional.”  At times laughing nervously as he explained that he knew not what was said but that it was of utmost importance, Lombardi then went on to counter criticism from the clerical sex abuse victims’ groups that warned that the meet and greet was nothing more than a public relations stunt.  “This body of opinion has always demonstrated its unwillingness to understand the pope’s actions,” he told reporters.  “I’m not surprised by the reaction, but it is totally clear that it was not a public relations event. It was a profound spiritual encounter.”
Barbara Blaine, outreach director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or SNAP disagrees.  Even though SNAP, now 25 years old, is the most widely recognized global support group for clerical victims with more than 18,000 members, no one from their leadership was invited to meet with Francis.
Ahead of the meeting Blaine, who was raped by her parish priest as a teenager, posed a number of topics she would like to discuss with Francis, if only she were given a chance.  First, she says she would like to tell the pope, “Stop talking about the crisis as though it’s past tense, and stop delaying while your abuse panels discusses details. You know the right thing to do. You don’t need a report.”
“Wounded adults can heal themselves but vulnerable kids can't protect themselves.”
She said she would also tell the pope to focus first on prevention, instead of forgiveness.  “Wounded adults can heal themselves but vulnerable kids can’t protect themselves,” she says, noting that abuse and sex abuse and the consistent cover up by the Vatican is still ongoing.  She also suggests that the Holy See take “tangible steps to safeguard those at risk” by doing a number of what would seem like fairly simple steps, that are acceptable responses in the secular community when it comes to battling pedophilia, sex abuse, and child rape.
SNAP’s demands include:
1. Order bishops to set up and finance a “whistleblower fund” to reward church staff whose actions lead to criminal charges or conviction of current or former abusive clerics.
2. Insist that bishops permanently post the names, photos and whereabouts of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics (including religious order priests) on diocesan and parish websites.
3. Demand that bishops hire independent corrections staff rather than clergy to house and monitor child molesting clerics who cannot be criminally charged because of statutes of limitation in remote, secure facilities so they will be kept away from children.
4. Instruct bishops to use only licensed therapists (not priests or nuns) to deal with abuse victims.
5. Tell bishops to use only former police (not clerics) to investigate abuse cases that cannot be pursued by law enforcement.
6. Convene and fund a world-wide conference of secular lawmakers who work to reform archaic, arbitrary, and predator-friendly secular laws (like the statute of limitations) that prevent victims from exposing those who commit and conceal sex offenses through civil and criminal courts.
7. Make an urgent, strong public plea to all church employees and members, begging them to give information and suspicions about fugitive predator priests to civil authorities so the clerics may be prosecuted and kept away from children.
8. Order bishops to avoid using language that minimizes clergy abuse like “it’s just a small percentage of priests” or deflects blame like “abuse happens in other settings too” or faults accusers like “these allegations are from 25 years ago” or mollifies church-goers like “he’s not accused of molesting at this parish” or praises accused wrongdoers like “he’s a very popular priest” or guilt-trips victims  like “he has tirelessly worked to help the poor”.
9. Turn over Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or CDF records about predatory priests to local law enforcement in the nations where the alleged crimes took place and insist that the head of each diocese and religious order do likewise with their abuse records.
10. Mandate church-based sessions to teach parishioners how to respond appropriately in abuse cases so victims, witnesses and whistleblowers won’t feel intimidated or hopeless.
11. Insist that priests immediately give their passports to their bishops when abuse accusations arise so they can’t flee overseas.
12. Demote and denounce at least a dozen complicit bishops, including Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City Missouri, the only sitting bishop who has been criminally convicted of refusing to report suspected child sex crimes.
13. Discourage current and future cover ups by clearly, publicly punishing prelates (like Cardinal Roger Mahony and others) who are concealing or have concealed child sex crimes.
14. Stop rebuffing secular officials and start letting Polish and Dominican Republic law enforcement officials arrest and prosecute Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski (a credibly accused child molesting cleric), instead of having Catholic officials investigate other Catholic officials.
Finally, Blaine says she would tell Francis that there is only one criteria that matters as he moves forward with his commission to protect minors: “Will this move actually protect kids by exposing and punishing clerics who commit and conceal child sex crimes?” If not, she says, “Then it doesn’t matter if it’s more or less than other officials or institutions have done or are doing. It doesn’t matter much if it gets great headlines. It doesn’t really matter if it makes adults feel better for a little bit. If it’s not preventing abuse, it’s probably meaningless or almost meaningless.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/07/sex-abuse-victims-to-pope-stop-begging-for-forgiveness-and-just-stop-the-abuse.html


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Alps Murder Twist: Iraqi Wife Had Secret American Ex-Husband Who Died on the Same Day

Coincidence or foul play? In a shocking twist to the triple murder that left two Iraqi girls orphaned, French investigators have revealed a suspicious death that may provide new leads.
In an astounding twist of fate, the secret ex-husband of murdered Iraqi Iqbal Al-Hilli died in Mississippi on the very same day his former wife fatally was shot in the French Alps.  Now French investigators, with the help of the FBI, want to know if it is more than a moribund coincidence.
On September 5, 2012, Iqbal Al-Hilli, 47, her husband Saad, 50, her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, 74, and French cyclist Sylvain Mollier, 45, were all killed with multiple gunshot wounds, including two finishing shots —a classic double tap —into each person’s forehead. The Al-Hilli family were all shot while they were inside their idling BMW station wagon, which was parked in a clearing along a lonely mining road. Mollier was shot outside the car by the driver’s side door.  The family’s seven-year-old daughter, Zaeinab, was found alive outside the car, having been pistol-whipped and shot in the shoulder.  Their other daughter, four-year-old Zeena, was found eight hours after the murder, hiding under her dead mother’s corpse in the backseat.   Meanwhile, in Mississippi, James Thompson, 60 —who had previously been married to Iqbal —died of an apparent heart attack just hours after the French quadruple murders.
The case has perplexed investigators from day one. British and French detectives have chased multiple leads including whether Mr. Al-Hilli was an Iraqi money smuggler for Sadaam Hussein, or whether Mollier’s work as a zirconium specialist at a nuclear fuel-development company played a role in the quadruple homicide.
Investigators are focused on the so-called secret life of Iqbal Al-Hilli, who apparently kept her first marriage hidden from her second husband.
Three arrests have been made, including Mr. Al-Hilli’s brother, who was thought to be in an inheritance dispute with the dead man, but all suspects were released due to lack of evidence.  Witnesses also reported seeing a man on a motorcycle with a rare helmet in the area shortly before the bodies were discovered. A man fitting the description was detained, but later let go.  There were also reports that a strangely dressed man visited the Al-Hilli family at their campground the day before they were murdered, and that Mr. Al-Hilli took a trip to Geneva, Switzerland, apparently to check on a secret Swiss bank account. None of the leads have been fruitful.
Now investigators are focused on the so-called secret life of Iqbal Al-Hilli, who apparently kept her first marriage hidden from her second husband. According to police records,  Thompson, an American Harley Davidson enthusiast and dentist, married Iqbal when she was a dental student in the United States in 1999 so she could obtain a green card to stay and work in the United States.  The two reportedly shared a home, but not a bedroom, and Iqbal used the name Kelly among their freinds, according to media reports.  After the minimum required time, they divorced and Iqbal moved to the United Kingdom.  She met Saad a few years later and the two were married in 2003 after a three-month courtship.
The head of the French investigative team, Lieutenant-Colonel Benoit Vinnemann, told reporters in France that they were now focusing on Iqbal and her very secret life.  “We have found out some surprising things about Iqbal al-Hilli and we still have received no explanation on certain questions,” he said.
In the United States, the FBI apparently requested to have Thompson’s body exhumed in early 2013 to verify his cause of death. At the time, his family, who had harbored the secret of the marriage of convenience, declined, stating that they didn’t want to get involved. Now, Thompson’s family said they may concede and allow the body to be exhumed to see if he really did die of a heart attack. Thompson’s daughter, Joy Martinolich, told The Daily Mail that her family always secretly suspected foul play. “If you wanted to kill somebody and get away with it you would do something that people would accept like a heart attack,” Martinolich told the British paper. “They would accept he was a bit overweight, that he had stress issues, he was pushing 60. It’s possible.”
Meanwhile back in France, investigators are hoping the latest lead points them in the right direction to finally find out just who killed the Al-Hill family and the French cyclist, and, more importantly, why.
Monday 07 Jul 2014

How we can stop children from sexually abusing other children

The list grows longer daily. Priests and politicians, childhood idols and television stars. Child abusers. Today, there was further evidence that there is no stereotype abuser, no easy e-fit to signal  the danger to children – because today we are reminded that children sexually abuse children too.

8,000 children under the age of 18 have been accused of sexually abusing another child over the past two years, offences including serious sexual assault and rape.
The figures come as no surprise to Evelyn, a grandmother from the north west (we’re not using her real name). Her granddaughter was abused from the age of two for two years – her abuser, just a child himself, a boy known to the family who was just 13 years old.
Softly spoken and clearly keen to remain composed , Evelyn’s account of her granddaughter’s abuse is painfully graphic. The consequences have been immense not just for the little girl but for her whole family, something she wishes the abuser, whatever his young age, should understand.
“He’s got to learn that what happens to the child he’s abused doesn’t mean he’s just abused a body, he’s totally destroyed a mind, a family.”
Evelyn says her granddaughter became almost mute , then at turns angry and aggressive. For years she’s been plagued by nightmares, soiling  herself in the street if she’d see someone who reminded her of the abuser.
But while Evelyn has raged against the boy and his family, she is desperate that he gets help.
“I got really angry – more angry that they tried to hide it and nothing’s  been done for the boy as far as we know,” she told me. “He’s going to go on doing it because he’s not learnt that it’s wrong. ”
But she says there is hope – and the earlier the intervention, the better the chance that children can change course.
Of course that means children being referred to such a project in the first place – and that only happens if they’re caught or a parent or carer is brave enough to pick up the phone and seek help for their child.
Evelyn says she prays people will take that first step if they have any doubts about their child’s behaviour. Preventing other children becoming a victim like her granddaughter, depends on it.
Follow @JackieLongc4 on Twitter
- See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/jackie-long-on-social-affairs/stop-children-sexually-abuse-children/1276#sthash.r3QtZrsl.dpuf
Monday 07 Jul 2014

How we can stop children from sexually abusing other children

The list grows longer daily. Priests and politicians, childhood idols and television stars. Child abusers. Today, there was further evidence that there is no stereotype abuser, no easy e-fit to signal  the danger to children – because today we are reminded that children sexually abuse children too.
- See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/jackie-long-on-social-affairs/stop-children-sexually-abuse-children/1276#sthash.r3QtZrsl.dpuf
8,000 children under the age of 18 have been accused of sexually abusing another child over the past two years, offences including serious sexual assault and rape.
The figures come as no surprise to Evelyn, a grandmother from the north west (we’re not using her real name). Her granddaughter was abused from the age of two for two years – her abuser, just a child himself, a boy known to the family who was just 13 years old.
Softly spoken and clearly keen to remain composed , Evelyn’s account of her granddaughter’s abuse is painfully graphic. The consequences have been immense not just for the little girl but for her whole family, something she wishes the abuser, whatever his young age, should understand.
“He’s got to learn that what happens to the child he’s abused doesn’t mean he’s just abused a body, he’s totally destroyed a mind, a family.”
Evelyn says her granddaughter became almost mute , then at turns angry and aggressive. For years she’s been plagued by nightmares, soiling  herself in the street if she’d see someone who reminded her of the abuser.
But while Evelyn has raged against the boy and his family, she is desperate that he gets help.
“I got really angry – more angry that they tried to hide it and nothing’s  been done for the boy as far as we know,” she told me. “He’s going to go on doing it because he’s not learnt that it’s wrong. ”
But she says there is hope – and the earlier the intervention, the better the chance that children can change course.
Of course that means children being referred to such a project in the first place – and that only happens if they’re caught or a parent or carer is brave enough to pick up the phone and seek help for their child.
Evelyn says she prays people will take that first step if they have any doubts about their child’s behaviour. Preventing other children becoming a victim like her granddaughter, depends on it.
Follow @JackieLongc4 on Twitter
- See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/jackie-long-on-social-affairs/stop-children-sexually-abuse-children/1276#sthash.r3QtZrsl.dpuf
Monday 07 Jul 2014

How we can stop children from sexually abusing other children

The list grows longer daily. Priests and politicians, childhood idols and television stars. Child abusers. Today, there was further evidence that there is no stereotype abuser, no easy e-fit to signal  the danger to children – because today we are reminded that children sexually abuse children too.

8,000 children under the age of 18 have been accused of sexually abusing another child over the past two years, offences including serious sexual assault and rape.
The figures come as no surprise to Evelyn, a grandmother from the north west (we’re not using her real name). Her granddaughter was abused from the age of two for two years – her abuser, just a child himself, a boy known to the family who was just 13 years old.
Softly spoken and clearly keen to remain composed , Evelyn’s account of her granddaughter’s abuse is painfully graphic. The consequences have been immense not just for the little girl but for her whole family, something she wishes the abuser, whatever his young age, should understand.
“He’s got to learn that what happens to the child he’s abused doesn’t mean he’s just abused a body, he’s totally destroyed a mind, a family.”
Evelyn says her granddaughter became almost mute , then at turns angry and aggressive. For years she’s been plagued by nightmares, soiling  herself in the street if she’d see someone who reminded her of the abuser.
But while Evelyn has raged against the boy and his family, she is desperate that he gets help.
“I got really angry – more angry that they tried to hide it and nothing’s  been done for the boy as far as we know,” she told me. “He’s going to go on doing it because he’s not learnt that it’s wrong. ”
But she says there is hope – and the earlier the intervention, the better the chance that children can change course.
Of course that means children being referred to such a project in the first place – and that only happens if they’re caught or a parent or carer is brave enough to pick up the phone and seek help for their child.
Evelyn says she prays people will take that first step if they have any doubts about their child’s behaviour. Preventing other children becoming a victim like her granddaughter, depends on it.
Follow @JackieLongc4 on Twitter
- See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/jackie-long-on-social-affairs/stop-children-sexually-abuse-children/1276#sthash.r3QtZrsl.dpuf

It’s local. It’s global. It’s called human trafficking.

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It’s local. It’s global. It’s called human trafficking.

Understand the issue: In Canada
  • Trafficking is illegal, a grave human rights violation and girls are being trafficked within Canadian borders and across.
  • 800-1500 women are trafficked into Canada each year.
  • It is a lucrative business as traffickers can earn up to $280,000 annually, for each girl.
  • Girls and women from marginalized/racialized groups are at a higher risk of being trafficked.
  • Traffickers receive a higher financial gain for girls under the age of 18, making vulnerable young girls particularly at risk for sexual exploitation. The average age is 13 and is getting younger.
  • Traffickers use deception and coercion to lure women/girls with promises of a better life, a romantic relationship, false job opportunities or by abduction. They are lured on the Internet or in public venues such as shopping malls, social events and bus stations.
  • Recruiters are often members of organized crime groups, gangs, pimps, peers and sometimes even family members.
  • There are manuals that teach future traffickers tactics to condition and exploit women and girls. Their methods include starvation, confinement, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims’ families, forced drug addiction and the threat of shaming their victims and their families.
  • Traffickers often move women and girls around to isolate them and separate them from their families, friends and communities and to avoid detection by police and local groups working to help.
  • Women and girls are sometimes tattooed as the property of traffickers/gangs.
  • Trafficking also occurs for the purpose of forced labour. The case of Ferenc Domotor is considered to the biggest human trafficking
Globally
  • Human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry – greater than the profits of Nike, Starbucks and Google combined.
  • Every minute, 2 children are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
  • Today there are over 27 million people in slavery. (Almost the entire population of Canada)
Understand your role:
http://www.wetalkwomen.org/

Raid by Thai police exposes human trafficking ring

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July 09, 2014 10:55 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) -- Police say a raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand has exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the country.
The raid on Saturday came two weeks after Thailand was demoted to the lowest level in the annual U.S. rankings of governments' anti-trafficking efforts, principally over abusive practices in the seafood industry.
Police Maj. Gen. Warawuth Thaweechaikarn said Wednesday that police arrested two Myanmar men who allegedly detained 13 Rohingya for extortion for over a month in Thailand's Chumphon province.
He said the Rohingya men and women were part of a bigger group of about 140 refugees traveling out of Myanmar's Rakhine state by boats since May 11.
An estimated 75,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since communal violence exploded there two years ago.


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Sex and drugs at the core of the EU’s economic development?



Patrick L Young is expert in global financial markets working in multiple disciplines, ranging from trading independently to running exchanges.
Published time: June 26, 2014 09:28
AFP Photo / Valery Hache
AFP Photo / Valery Hache
Sex and drugs building a better economy is the latest weird promise from the European Commission.
Some see the EU as a deranged trip to the dark side of power with fudged up deals in smoke-filled backrooms (well, before clean-air, anti-nicotine directives took effect). Meanwhile all the hallmarks of morally-dubious authority are vested in a somewhat unseemly supranational body where the accounts are dodgy (just ask the auditors), fraud apparently commonplace and the entire entity seems to lurch from crisis to crisis while espousing wondrous promise, but ultimately delivering a hotchpotch of over-regulated chaos and an ongoing descent into poverty for many citizens.
With many EU governments having espoused a deranged socialist ‘spend like a footballer’s wife’ mantra for decades, the result is little short of economic chaos. Social spending is bloated beyond belief, taxes are stretched to the point of destroying commercial incentives and Europe’s very own currency resembles a multinational fiat money disaster area, built on foundations of sand liberally diluted with Euro-hubris.
Against this background of decreasing economic power relative to the rest of the world, Euro-wonks floated a proposal to rebrand bankruptcy in favor of a more. Just when the Kafka-esque EU charade cannot seemingly get worse, Brussels has delivered a mega-whacky mandate to national governments. The absurd triumphs over traditional values.
Statisticians working overdrive to define a smoke and mirrors fudge to reduce burgeoning debt to GDP ratios have finally hit pay dirt, building upon previous moves towards economic Machiavellianism such as defenestrating savers by enabling legalized theft of private pension fund bond portfolios (e.g. in Hungary and Poland).
That was a mere warm up act for the latest statistical dodges which, are as difficult to believe as they are tricky to outline on pages without age restrictive censorship criteria.
The EU’s latest move to increase economy size, is not merely sleight of hand, it involves sleight of an awful lot else too. How better to grow an economy overnight than instantly incorporating some darker activity from the black economy?
This is perhaps the most significant back to basics approach to economics since Adam and Eve indulged in that forbidden quantitative easing fruit as part of their five-a-day quota.
When the going gets tough, EU economic gurus advocate sex to reduce Europe’s debt ratios.
However, mere love or procreation doesn’t count economically. Rather, only commercial congress commands econometricians’ attention. By adding a proxy for prostitution, EU nations reduce their debt ratios! Never before have commercial consumers of the world’s oldest profession been so prized! Doing your bit to reduce the general indebtedness of society has never been easier, if admittedly perhaps causing some element of conflict with, say, organized religion (perhaps the price of penance can be modeled to further reduce that all important debt to GDP ratio?).

European Commission headquarters at the Berlaymont Building in Brussels (AFP Photo)
European Commission headquarters at the Berlaymont Building in Brussels (AFP Photo)
While some might see this as a blow to the EU’s ongoing crusade for women’s rights, presumably others see it as a triumph of a decadent liberal hegemony. That a recently-elected far-right Polish MEP campaigned for a mandate to turn the Berlaymont building into a brothel suggests he was really just delivering a rather earthy program for growth according to the commission’s own thinking.
Indeed it’s not merely the commercial sex industry which has suddenly become a vital engine of economic prosperity, throbbing through the spreadsheets of the EU. The new definitions for calculating the size of the economy involves extrapolating the extent of the entire contraband narcotics industry too.
In many ways the casual onlooker must be left wondering what on earth the economists at the EU are smoking - and presumably for the sake of a good debt ratio, hoping it’s very, very expensive indeed - as we all need that multiplier effect high to cascade through the economy.
Just when you thought the EU could not get more absurd, it turns out that illicit sex and drugs are at the core of the Union’s economic development strategy. Call me old-fashioned, but it sounds to me a touch like a conscious uncoupling from anything that can be deemed conventional economics.
At the opposite end of the scale are those who regard the EU as incapable of doing any wrong, a truly divine project to unify the people of Europe in a fashion which will deliver endless peace, wondrous prosperity and a bounteous continent at the bleeding edge of politically correct perfection.
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