Human trafficking

Libyan trafficker's family kill migrants in revenge

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Feet of migrants in Libya
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Many migrants pass through Libya attempting to get to Europe

Thirty migrants are reported to have been killed in western Libya in revenge for the murder of a man involved in human trafficking.

The UN-backed government in the capital, Tripoli, said the trafficker had been killed by migrants as he was in the process of smuggling them out of the country.

In retaliation, his family murdered 26 Bangladeshi nationals and four Africans.

Many migrants pass through Libya as they attempt to reach Europe on dangerous journeys in the hands of unscrupulous traffickers.

Fifty trafficked Nigerian women rescued from Lebanon

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Victims of human trafficking
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Fifty trafficked Nigerian women have been rescued from Lebanon and returned to their home country.

They have been placed in quarantine as a precaution against coronavirus and will be interviewed about their experiences.

The Nigerian Foreign Ministry said the Lebanese authorities had assisted in securing the women's release.

Last year, a Nigerian woman was freed from forced labour in Lebanon.

Another 15 Nigerians, stranded in Lebanon due to lockdowns, have also been repatriated.

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Suspected modern slavery victims rescued from Huddersfield

Two women thought to have been trafficked into the UK to be exploited as slaves have been rescued from a house in Huddersfield, say police.

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The property was raided yesterday morning as part of a synchronised operation that also targeted addresses in Austria and Romania, according to West Yorkshire Police.

A man, aged 38, and a 42-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Modern Slavery Act in connection with the incident and have since been released on bail.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: “It’s reassuring to see further work being undertaken in West Yorkshire to tackle the scourge of human trafficking and modern day slavery.

“Human trafficking and modern day slavery is a sad reality and threat both nationally and regionally," he added.