In a series this week, CNN shows the struggle against human trafficking through the eyes of the investigators at Mossos d'Esquadra, the police agency for the Catalonia region of Spain.
Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in southern Europe and the largest city in Spain's Catalonia region.
The location's beauty and mild weather draw tourists, but traffickers like the region, too: Vacationers can become clients for prostitution and traffickers also use tourist visas to bring people into the country.
The human trafficking unit for the region's police agency, Mossos d'Esquadra, stays busy.
Xavier Cortes heads up the unit, which works undercover.
"The city of Barcelona, as a large city is the place where many groups come together, that is a place large enough to have internal distribution of territories," says Cortes. "There are parts of Barcelona controlled by Nigerian groups ... Within Barcelona there are also areas controlled by Albanians ... and now we are finding that the most extensive phenomenon is in an expanding phase and is now generating our most worry, is in the arrival of Chinese controlling prostitution."
Fighting these groups is one of the biggest challenges for the human trafficking unit. Investigating forced prostitution is very tricky in Spain: Prostitution is not legal, but it's not illegal either. Forcing someone to solicit themselves is illegal. A woman can sell herself but one can not become a licensed prostitute.
Human trafficking in any form is an irreprehensible abuse of human rights!!! Its amazing and highly disturbing that this draconian trade is still happening in the 21st century. Nobody can imagine how bad the quality of lives these trafficked people are captured and forced to live – heartbreaking.
In China they traffic in north koreans and make them into sex slaves. Also they are running out of women there.
This would explain why the dictator of North Korea keeps going to China for help!!!
Human trafficking is irreprehensible? Do you really think so? I disagree, but that's just my view.
You must be from the tea party..!!!
Bob from Pitt: Irreprehensible - Not reprehensible; blameless; innocent.
Bob From Pitt: Actually, judging from your lack of comprehension of the English language, you may be the TEA partier...
THEY SHOULD MAKE ALL SLAVERY...........PUNISHABLE BY "DEATH" IF CONVICTED!!
OR.........MAKE THEM SLAVES IN A PRISON, WITH NO RIGHTS!!!!
I've been saying this for years. Human trafficking should be punished with a minimum 20 year prison term and death as the most extreme.
irreprehensible is not a word.
When I was young, irregardless was not a word. However, it is now in the dictionary and means the same as regardless. I imagine the same thing will happen with irreprehensible over the next 20 to 50 years.
Gee, Nina. Thanks for the newsflash. I had not thought that myself.
Bigot. It's uneducated people like you that spew hate that are the scum. Human trafficking is conducted by all races, and it doesn't matter what race perpetrates it because it is still horrible no matter what. The people that are stuck in this horrible cycle need help and people screaming about race doesn't seem to help. If being a racist or ultra-nationalist helps please let me know.
No, all races do not engage in human trafficking. Some do and some don't.
Ha, because you have a list of active participants?
Which ones don't ?
All races and nationalities are involved in trafficking in my view. it's more prevalent in some cultures due to economic reasons.
no it's the criminals that ilicit this hate and then monkeys like you that stick up for them.....you'll learn
@nicetry Must be nice to live in your fairy tale world, oblivious to whats really happening in the world.
Every city and country in the world declares themselves a "trafficking hub". Wichita KS has declared it. Every place cannot be the world's "hub".
It appears that Spain's laws are right on target. It is illegal to force someone into it, but not illegal for a woman to enter it willingly. That is called Freedom.
All these pro choice advocates are a little confused on ownership of the woman's body. They argue that it is a "woman's body" with respect to an unborn child, then advocate that the govt should suddenly own that same body with respect to her consensually prostituting herself.
Most of this trafficking sensationalism is poeple with a hangup over sex. They just cannot bear the thought of someone being available to men for uncommitted sex. This is really the root motive for all this fuss.
I know this will be difficult for someone with brain damange like yourself, but could you attempt to explain how the government owns a Woman's body if the government condones her selling it? In your world, is she paying taxes on her vagina? Does she go home at the end of a shift to government housing. How the heck does the government in your pathetic death worthy dingleberried mind own a Woman? I really truly hope the dumb people of the earth like you die off in one felt swoop of a global disease. Three days. Hundreds of Millions of dead idiots like yourself. Oh what heaven it would be to watch your bodies burn. Every last single conservative christian one of you.
Perhaps you have failed to notice that the government forbids women in the US, except parts of Nevada, from selling the use of their bodies. Laws that say what women may and may not do regarding their bodies represents control.
People like you disgust me. Curious.... where does the name Carlo come from?
Looks like I need to book a trip to Barcelona! legal prostitution, mild temperatures, good food and booze. let's go!
Try Washington DC.. just a few blocks from the White House you will find them right in front of embasy row..
Too much hot air in DC (not due to climate warming).
none of our comments will help the situation, we all like fun, sun, and sex in one way or another, sounds like a nice place to visit if u ask me! sex with no hassle...get it in Spain!!
He is right. Have you been to Barcelona recently? Nigerians line the streets selling items they've stolen from people.
I see racism is still alive, why not condone slavery too? Or do you consider yourself to be an educated barbarian?
Its uneducated racists like you who make my beautiful city of Barcelona look bad. PLEASE LEAVE! go back to the small village you originated from.
The best part of Michele Bachmann was a spot on her parents sheets.
I don't like Backman either. However you show disrespect, I don't like her ideas, I don't have the right to disrespect her, or her family..
Bob, you're funny.
Shouldn't the headline read: Real women don't buy men (like Ashton)? But then of course they do like men buy women. This is so much like the movie Portiche, with the roles reversed.
If you want to get rid of human trafficking, you will have to legalize, destigmatize, regulate, tax, license, and oversee prostitution.
As abhorrent as that sounds. you will never get rid of the buyers (men who have "needs"), and the sellers (women who need the money, and are willing to do the work). I
f you do go the legalization route, you can perovide a safe, legal outlet for people who seek it out, remove organized crime from it, and make sure that the women who work in that trade are medically taken care of, are of legal age, and are there because they want to, not because of the coercion and abuse that comes with being involuntarily trafficked into it.
If there is a safe, legal, reasonably-priced alternative to illegal prostitution, the demand for illegally trafficked prostitution will drop.
I am not so naive that I would expect the demand to totally disappear, but it would make it easier to discover and root out trafficking, and redirect the funds and man hours being spent pursuing johns and prostitutes into the more abhorrent crimes of trafficking and such.
I call your BS. Legalizing prostitution worsens human trafficking and without writing a dissertation, here's why.
Your assumption that legalizing prostitution improves their situation is only possible if these women were in charge of themselves in the first place, and yet autonomous women don't usually go into prostitution. The reason pimps always exist is because only exploited women and girls end up in prostitution. Legalizing prostitution allows the pimps to remain invisible meanwhile the sex slaves are never questioned by the police and so their unhappy situation is never known.
In countries where prostitution has become legalized, trafficking went up and foreign women from countries with little rights and money get trafficked to wealthier countries. Because like I said, women with the education and the means to be their OWN owner in the flesh business don't go into the flesh business. You seem to assume these uneducated poor women will suddenly be able to eliminate the pimps and become their own bosses the moment prostitution becomes legalized. Except oh yes, the pimps keep control with force. And regardless of whether or not prostitution is legal, pimps are unnecessary middlemen in the transaction between the prostitute and the john. Pimps are always around because they ARE The traffickers. They keep prostitution alive therefore sex slavery alive.
It annoys me when people offer "solutions" with absolutely no knowledge of the issue. It's like saying DUIs can be abolished if only alcohol were legal and so people can use it responsibly.
The only way sexual slavery can be abolished is if we penalize the johns. Look, if you can get sex the normal way, you probably aren't needed in society to begin with.
Edit: I mean to say if you CAN'T get sex the normal way
Seriously, punish the johns, eliminate the demand. when there is no demand there will be no supply. We keep losing the war on drugs because people keep BUYING drugs. As americans, we hate the mexican drug cartel and yet american druggies are keeping the business profitable.
Why not use a pretty good LEGAL analogy instead of trying to project the drug war onto prostitution?
STRIP CLUBS are perfectly legal and the strippers who work in them are not slaves. There are probably some that are more dependent than others, but they voluntarily become strippers. They are not forced to find pimps to be able to strip. Hookers working at legal businesses would function the exact same way.
The only argument I can find from your post that would suggest otherwise is that "women who are educated and have means don't become whores". Well no $hi+, sherlock. That doesn't make them slaves, though. Women who are educated and have means don't work as cashiers for McDonald's either – and it's not because McD's cashiers are slaves or the managers are trafficking them. There is a difference between depending on a job as a means of supporting oneself (what most people do) and being forced to perform that job under the threat of violence. With legalizatoin comes legal recourse into dealing with those situations.
The difference between American and virtually any other country where this things go down is that we are fairly corruption-free when it comes to our police. We don't have to worry about traffickers bribing police or regulators like they do in other countries, or at least not nearly on the same level.
And while drug gangs wouldn't be eradicated immediately, they'd go the same route as the mafia did and fade slowly from prominence. People still make moonshine; however, they don't have to buy it from an organized crime circuit. Soft drugs should be treated in much the same way.
Yes, the first step is getting Johns convicted. or any men who have potential to abuse women. I don't know about what goes on in your country. but Men make very little effort getting other men arrested. because it's all about the Money. and Society as whole, let these rich men do whatever the hell they want in life. but often these men do across the lines. and no one is willing to give them the punishments. instead, victimised women get punished. How ironic. Because people are too cowards to stand up for powerless women. they rather work with men with money and big mouths. I do want to see some of these men getting convicted in my life time. Join the force. especially if you have a daughter.
What kind of fantasy world do you live in? So is ignorance bliss?
JT: When you say Police in America is mostly free of corruption. I think that's pretty naive statement. Because in my experience with American Police, I think they are as corrupted as any other countries where these things are happening.
If you think some foreign trafficked women can get these johns convicted of sexual crimes, you must be smoking something. Perhaps they would deal with the sex crimes from American nationals much differently but Trafficked women or any sex workers in America are not protected at all, let alone foreign students who could be harassed and assaulted. I am speaking from my experience but you should know Police and people in charge of your government want these women to be there.
You do really expect the populace to relate to logic do you ?
Make prostitution in bordelo houses legal. Tax them. Unlicensed workers should not just just pay a fine. Confiscate all their assets. Cut and shave their hair for period of some years. The pimps should be sent to hard labor to work the farms and all money earned used it for their upkeep in jail. Once they serve their time, deport them and if their coountry does not take them back then keep them in jail on the same conditions, to eternity.
Prostitution is often a result of economic hardship, poverty but not always. The USA is the biggest trafficker of arms in the world their weapons have destabilised the economies of dozens of countries. This causes economic hardship, poverty, prostitution, trafficking.
Do yourselves a favour shut off, fox, cnn, msn and start thinking for yourselves.
What do you think about Mossos, catalonian police? They seem a very professional and very conscienciously police force. They get by.
I'm having a hard time believing this is a new problem for Barcelona. 40 years ago when I was in the Navy, we joked that Barcelona had more whores per square foot than any other part of the world.
you should visit Pattaya-Thailand.
I make sure that all of my slaves vote Republican so that the rich won't be burdened with taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.
If you want to know who funds human trafficking look no further than your nearest bank, oil, pharma CEO's and your most powerful politicians. For a shocking example google "the Franklin coverup"and find GHW Bush and son's Omaha, Nebraska gay prostitution ring. Power to the people.
Why do I never see the questions:
Why is there a market for people/children who are trafficked for sex?
Who are the monsters ("just good 'ol regular men") who create the demand for these poor people?
It is stupid to have foreign enclaves to destroy any country to crime!!! nigerian section for what??? albanian section for what??? russian section for what and chinese section for what!!! Give no illegal, right to stay in any country to destroy it!!! Whatever the condition, illegal foreigners, destroy countries and bankrupt it!!!!!!!!!!
Spain does not listen to the Pope. That's why the nation is deteriorating.
Boo America! (because it hasn't been posted yet)
While I wonder why CNN has chosen this crusade (don't trust motives), I will say that when I was in Spain, the amount of young Romanian women walking the streets was shocking to me. And this instance of human trafficing is not hidden and out in the open, and all of the Spanish people know about it.
Human Trafficking is a global issue. Thousand of young girls and boys are sold into modern-day slavery. Watch this documentary "Sold" It features Pramila, an 18 year old girl who was trafficked from Nepal to a brothel in Pune ; Afsana, a 16 year old who was trafficked from her village in Bangladesh into forced domestic servitude in Kolkata; and Zakir who was just 11 when he was trafficked by his aunt into a zari factory. Their stories are told alongside those of other people from the trafficking chain including a middleman who preyed on young women in Mumbai before selling them brothels, a zari factory owner who has witnessed trafficking and exploitation and an inspirational trafficking survivors, Sarita who works as a border guard looking out for potential victims and traffickers. Sold provides a compelling look into this dark, inhuman, and exploitative world and shows how each one of us can help to prevent modern-day slavery.
you dont have to look or go far: human trafficking happens right before your eyes: take a
look into the scientology centers in LA or Clearwater (where, as I read FBI is
investigating). Concentration camps (RPFs – Rehabilitation Project Forces), where
unwanted people are held (internet search: mike rinder, marty rathbun etc.) these are
labour camps (similar to chinese laogais):18 hrs work, write ups of "crimes" as
"religious" procedures, rice and beans, 20 or more people in tiny places (I've been in
similar locations in scientology Copenhague), forced abortions (read st. petersburg
times article The Truth Rundown). so why no make this a theme, which is happening
right before your eyes, but nobody taking it up, because US government has a vested
interest in it (sind Clinton wrote an article in the scientology hate-pamphlet Freedom –
which is similar to Nazis Der Stuermer).
Scientology is not a religion, it is a cybernetic, military style operated, intelligence
gathering business venture, where the staff are gradually becoming the means (slaves)
which the management can use. all scientologists are deployable agents (roy wallis, The
Road to Total freedom, http://tinyurl.com/6x9e9rp), all scientologists become eventually
Kampfmenschen (fighting machines without brains).
thats enough info for now.
The government of spain should make prostitution illegal if they want to eradicate human trafficking & forced prostitution
Every human is born with the ability to tell right from wrong. As we grow, we eventually end up on one side or the other. We need to control the wrong side. You don't need to be a genius.
Just came across a piece on MSNNBC.Sex slavery.living the American nightmare.Multi billion dollar industry,generates 9.5 billion dollars a year.This in the USA
I always say "why get it free when you can pay for it?"
These women and kids have been FORCED. RAPED REPEATEDLY. KIDNAPPED. HELP them get OUT and stay SAFE http://www.thea21campaign.org/21-ways-to-help.php
If you look at a prostitute, consider that he or she DID NOT choose to gladly be there. :( For ex, in Bulgaria they do NOT volunteer to have their babies taken and sold into pedophile rings, they did not choose to have their bodies massacred at their death and sold on the black market. Please stop the partisan bickering, their suffering demands a real response. http://www.callandresponse.com/ #endslaveryNOW
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43611200/ns/us_news-enslaved_in_america/ "I remember one particular young woman," recalled the caseworker who works with victims of sexual trafficking. "She was brutally beaten; her skull was cracked open. She was forced to go out and work (as a prostitute) two weeks after that. "However, she only told us about the incident a year later. That's when she could finally talk about it."
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I'm fascinated by how protected Germany is by the American media. Germany has a huge human trafficking problem, and how can't it? If you travel through most of europe, you have no choice but to go through Germany. Yet Germany acts like nothing goes on there and everyone else is corrupt.
It really seems that the mossos d'esquadra are a very professional force. I would say that they really believe in what they are doing. As far as I am concern mossos d'esquadra don't have the same tools as National Police has but they work twice better.
Romania is a mafia state with not working administration governed by organized crime.
Human trafficking in Romania is a state policy and a modern retail which feed corruption and organized crime. Organized crime is constantly looking for legitimate business that could be used as a cover.Behind such companies, actually hiding network specializing in recruitment of girls who end up prostitute.
These companies are used as a mask, to support illegal activities, to wash the money, but also because leaders mobs to be seen as successful entrepreneurs.
Besides these companies, strongly related with them, in the town of Curtea de Arges (Romania) exist more mafia groups(indestructible mafia groups) which with the complicity of local taxi drivers, recruit, transport, and place girls to practice prostitution, girls which later are trafficked external.
According to data held by the Italian authorities in Roma: 85% of prostitutes in Rome are romanian woman. In Milano: eight of ten prostitutes which practice “job” in Milano are romanian woman including Ioana Visan, Berlusconi's hooker from Curtea de Arges (Curtea de Arges, pimps factory from Romania, manager: local corrupt police ) arrived in Italy by prostitution networks from Curtea de Arges
Cars of the pimps from Curtea de Arges who recruit girls from prostitution and customers for them: B-14-WXH (prostitute-pimp who was married with Caroli Pici, said Loti, a member of a criminal gang George Nan by world involved in human trafficking, kidnappings, usury and murders, thefts from apartments, and car thefts, and that on the June 20, 2004 abducted and kidnapped Anna Maria Valdata, the italian wife of a tycoon for which demanded a ransom of 1 million euros http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nightmare-of-kidnapping-returns-to-italy-as-millionaires-wife-is-held-733071.html http://ziare.zaraf.ro/articol8544/RAPITORUL-MILIARDAREI-INFRACTOR-INTERNATIONAL.htm http://archivio.panorama.it/home/articolo/idA020001025842 ) and B-34-TND (pimp – one of the mob leaders from Curtea de Arges)
About the pimp Caroli Pici, nick Loti and local corrupt police:
...in Denmark, Romania is the country with the most prostitutes and according to Europol, Eurojust, The Times, CNN, the first exporter of prostitution in Europe is Romania.
Mafia groups in Romania are "monitored" for nearly 20 years. Police chiefs the long investigations, sent in prison some between pawns of sacrifice indicate by the underworld, in this way mafia groups unfolding-and in continuation criminal activity.
Everything, seasoned with a few masked which, below the cameras, will break the door, will seize the swords and guns ball, clubs and other trifles from those established as victims.
German Bundestag: "Corruption in Romania is a worrying problem. It's not a sporadic apparition is a systematic phenomenon.”.
El Pais about Romania: corrupt and without money.
La Croix: Romania, the most corrupt country in Europe.
Tel Aviv: Corruption in Romania is a national disease.
The Times: Romania is the first exporter of prostitution.
Transparency International: In Romania, the atmosphere is filled with corruption
Jan Marinus Wiersma: Romania still needs another 25 years to eradicate corruption
Geert Wilders: Romania and Bulgaria should be excluded from the EU due to high corruption and irregularities which make them unsuitable as members of the EU.
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