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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bangladesh to Join Special Meeting on Human Trafficking

Burma News International

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Chittagong, Bangladesh: Bangladesh has been invited to join a regional meeting on human trafficking and people smuggling issues to begin in Thailand on 29 May according to the 15 May issue of the Financial Express of Bangladesh.
The special meeting will discuss the fast increasing exodus of migrants through the Bay of Bengal and the people drifting in boats without food and water in Malacca Strait and the coast of South-East Asia.
The Thai foreign ministry said high officials from 15 countries including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, hosts Thailand, Australia, and the USA will meet in Bangkok on 29 May to discuss the human trafficking crisis.
"The Thai government will host an international conference on “unusual” migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May in Bangkok, Thailand has invited countries  such as Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh etc", the deputy government spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.
“The special meeting   is an urgent call for the region to work together to address the unprecedented increase of irregular migration,” the ministry said in a statement, according to the Bangkok Post.
"It is now urgent for Bangladesh to hold talks immediately with Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia to bust the regional trafficking Syndicates operating in this human trade", the Financial Express stated.
It is hard to understand how they could evade the watchful eyes of the Coast Guards, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), and other security forces in Cox’s Bazar and other Coastal areas and go on disastrous journeys.
Furthermore, massive mass awareness programs in the coastal districts of Bangladesh need to be carried out so that people are not deceived by traffickers anymore.
This crisis has unquestionably been caused by the Burmese Government and its appalling treatment of a segment and its own population whom it treats as intruders.
However, Zaw Htay, director of Myanmar’s presidential office, said his leaders would not attend if the word “Rohingya” was used in the invitation, as they did not recognize the term.
Major Zaw Htay, the director of the office of Myanmar’s president said to the Associated Press News Agency (AP): “We are not ignoring the migrant problem, but our leaders will decide whether to attend the meeting based on what is going to be discussed.” He added: “We will not accept the allegations by some that Myanmar is the source of the problem.”
“It is international organizations which have to talk with Myanmar, rather than put pressure on Thailand to shoulder the sole responsibility of looking after migrants,” said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, responding to a report that Myanmar may snub the regional conference to be held in Bangkok on 29 May to address the “root causes” of the flow of migrants, according to the Bangkok Post.
“We cannot force any country to attend. Every country is equal in dignity. Thailand is only in the middle of the [migrants’] route. We only hope to bring peace to the region,” General Prayuth said.
The Burmese presidential office director Zaw Htay said: “The root cause [of the crisis] is increasing human trafficking. The problem of the migrant graves is not a Myanmar problem. It’s because of the weakness of human-trafficking prevention and the rule of law in Thailand.”
“However, international organisations must find out where the migrants come from and what hardships they face, and why they have to migrate. If they are poor, should this be fixed?,” Gen Prayuth added, according to the Bangkok Post.

Read more: http://www.bnionline.net/news/others/item/523-bangladesh-to-join-special-meeting-on-human-trafficking.html

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Child Organ Harvesting And Trafficking-Linked Arrest Made In Mexico


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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police in Mexico's western state of Michoacan detained an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel who is suspected of kidnapping children to harvest their organs, an official said Monday.

Michoacan state Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos Becerra alleged that Manuel Plancarte Gaspar was part of the cartel's organ-trafficking ring. The ring would kidnap children and take them to rented homes with medical equipment where their organs were removed, Castellanos Becerra charged.
"We have several statements in open investigations that point to a network of several suspects who would identify people with certain characteristics, especially children, and kidnap them," he said.
Castellanos Becerra said the cases go back several years, but he said he couldn't give any specific details or discuss evidence because the investigation is still open.
Plancarte Gaspar, 34, was detained last week along with another suspect in a stolen car. The men also had some crystal meth, Castellanos Becerra said. He said Plancarte Gaspar is the nephew of Enrique Plancarte Solis, a top Knights Templar leader.
Hours before the announcement, a leader of one of the local vigilante groups that sprang up last year in Michoacan to challenge the cartel's control told a radio station that people in the area knew the Knights Templar gang was involved in organ trafficking because several children had been rescued in his town while being transported in a refrigerated container inside a van.
"They were inside a refrigerated box, tightly wrapped in blankets," Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles, leader of the civilian "self-defense" group in Tepalcatepec, said in a morning interview with MVS radio.
Mireles said the van carrying the children was headed to the port city of Lazaro Cardenas and ended up in Tepalcatepec after making a wrong turn.
"They were all children from the same Mexico City school," he said.
He said the children's parents had allowed them to go on an outing to the beach when they were likely kidnapped. He said the children were turned over to their parents who traveled to Tepalcatepec.
Mireles didn't say when the children were rescued and didn't answer his cellphone Monday.
Mexican authorities have said drug trafficking is no longer the top source of income for the Knights Templar, which was once a top producer of crystal meth. The officials say the cartel's main sources of income are illegal mining, illegal logging and extortion.

Read more:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/child-organ-harvesting_n_4982854.html

Trafficking of human body parts suspected after FBI raids two Chicago area businesses


Posted: Jan 14, 2015 5:44 AM Updated: Jan 28, 2015 5:44 AM


CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -- Two FBI raids occurred Tuesday in the Chicago area, and they appear to be linked to the illegal sale and trafficking of human body parts.
The two raids took place at an office building in Rosemont and a crematorium in Schiller Park.
Around noon, federal agents began putting up yellow crime scene tape blocking off the scene. Authorities all day long took out boxes and bags of evidence. Some people were also wearing hazmat suits.
The FBI had no comment, but they will confirm that there is an ongoing investigation.
Neighboring businesses said that the crematorium has been in that location at least 10 years, and that while they're used to having a crematorium down the street, what happened on Tuesday is out of the ordinary.
“It is a little exciting and kind of concerning. Anytime the FBI is on your street, you're always looking out the window to see what's going on, but we have no idea what's going on there,” said Ryan O'Leary. “We do see some smoke pop up which is a little odd, but it's part of the business.”
Federal agents have been on the scene for at least 10 hours, but at this point are not releasing any specifics.
FOX 32's Larry Yellen has been looking at the companies where searches were conducted and has more on why the feds are interested.
The investigation is being run by the FBI out of Detroit, and has now led to similar raids in Oregon, Arizona and Michigan.
In December of 2013, FBI agents raided an industrial warehouse east of Detroit. Just like the crematorium in Schiller Park, agents donned hazmat uniforms. Their focus was whether a former University of Michigan professor who owned the warehouse had been involved in selling stolen body parts.
One month later, the Biological Resource Center of Arizona was raided. That company was also involved in the body parts trade, but it's owner has denied any wrongdoing. In that case, a different scam's been suggested. Families would tell the companies they want to donate bodies to science. The companies test the bodies, find out some are too diseased for sale, but then go ahead and sell them for research anyway.
The owners of the two companies raided in the Chicago area are Donald Green and his son, Donald Green II. Both are prominent figures in in the funeral industry in Chicago. Their Biological Resource Center of Illinois, or BRCI, is not related to the Arizona company with a similar name, but the feds do want to know if their companies were engaged in the same alleged practices.
A company lawyer issued a statement Tuesday about the government probe, saying "...we are confident that its investigation will show that BRCI employs standards and practices that exceed industry and government requirements, and that we provide an important service to both our donor-families and the medical community."

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Asian countries towing migrants back out to sea

The nightmare of a Mediterranean Somalia

The two latest incidents off the coast of Libya involved a Turkish cargo ship, a Greek oil tanker and the Libyan military. These dramas prove once again the situation in this part of the Mediterranean is not simply a refugee matter.
As Libya falls deeper into chaos and its political future remains unpredictable, Europe is in danger.
Greece and Turkey cannot control the situation, which is now in the hands of warlords and organised crime.
First of all, there is the huge humanitarian question about the fate of the countless refugees, from all parts of Africa, who are trying to reach Europe’s “promised land”.
It has become clear and more obvious now that Europe cannot absorb the massive arrival of refugees knocking at its door.
Secondly, organised criminal organisations are largely involved in the smuggling of refugees. But that’s not all. 
Other trade goods, from drugs to arms and illegal cigarettes, are finding new ways to enter European countries.
Organised crime has many faces since the armed jihadist groups cooperate with Libyan partners, African warlords and possibly European mafias.
But there’s more.
Libya’s ensuing chaos is a direct threat against European security.
The Libyan military forces are trying to protect the new ‘commerce’ through their harbours.
Remember what happened in Somalia? Even though there are not too many similarities, there are many common factors that can be found.
Libya is becoming a warlord state where these criminals prosper and are able to maintain their armies thanks to the smuggling of humans – regardless of whether they are sex slaves or refugees.
This means terrorists can reach European soil disguised as refugees.
This also means a part of the ‘fleet’ now used for the transport of refugees could be transformed into pirate boats.  The recent piracy cases reported in this part of the Mediterranean are a worrying turn of events.
Many similar incidents against European boats have been reported in recent months.
There is no one in Libya now who can put an end to this nightmare. In addition, there is evidence that Libyan forces will somehow protect their compatriots.
Since it is difficult to distinguish the legal from the illegal, anything is possible in Libya.
The risk of the Libyan coast transforming into a kind of ‘Mediterranean Somalia’ is very possible.
This part of the Mediterranean already shows signs of a battlefield. And for the first time after decades of peace in the Mediterranean, its waters hide deadly threats.
Since it is no longer a humanitarian issue but a security one, the European Union should elaborate a more accurate policy.