German MP Frank Heinrich on unprecedented police raids against sex trafficking
Germany is suspending participation in Operation Sophia, the EU naval mission targeting human trafficking in the Mediterranean. The decision reportedly relates to Italy's reluctance to allow rescued people to disembark.
Young women who flee Venezuela's ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis for a better life in Europe are vulnerable to human traffickers. A raid this week by authorities in Barcelona has exposed a growing problem.
Authorities lose track of thousands of unaccompanied child refugees each year. Often they are safe, but experts say alarmingly little is known about their situations, and the government must do more to protect them.
Women and girls account for 70 percent of global human trafficking victims, according to a United Nations report. Most victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation, with the report warning of "vast areas of impunity."
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