Monthly Archives: July 2017

African Migrant Women Face “Shocking Sexual Abuse” on Journey to Europe

Up to 80 per cent of Nigerian migrant women and girls arriving on Europe’s shores in Italy could potentially be sex trafficking victims, spotlighting the horrific levels of abuse and violence migrants face along their arduous journeys for a better future, according to a UN study.

In its report, “Human Trafficking through the Central Mediterranean Route” (in Italian*), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlights the plight of those who have been assisted by the UN agency and calls for urgent action against the “market” which are supplied these victims was well as what is called is a “growing demand” for paid sexual services.

Trafficking is a transnational crime that devastates the lives of thousands of people and is the cause of untold suffering,” Federico Soda, the Director of the IOM Coordinating Office for the Mediterranean, said announcing the findings.

“This is a theme we have been working on for years, committing to protect, prevent and collaborate with the authorities dealing with organized crime.”

According to the UN agency, over the past three years, its office in Italy has witnesses an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. The upward trend has continued during the first six months of this year, with most victims arriving from Nigeria.

The data feeding the report was drawn from IOM operations in various parts of Italy, where staff met with potential victims of trafficking as soon as they reached the country, allowing the UN agency to develop a list of indicators that can help identify potential victims.

Described in the report, the indicators include gender (most sex trafficking victims are women); age (most victims age between 13-24 years); nationality (most are Nigerians); and psycho-physical wellness (victims are mostly silent and often “controlled” by other migrants who speak on their behalf or refuse to let them be interview by IOM).

When IOM staff identify a potential victim of trafficking, they explain to them that it is possible to access protection mechanisms and, with the victim’s consent, the staff inform the anti-trafficking helpline about the victim.

Also, if the person agrees, IOM staff provides assistance in communicating and filing a report to the investigating authorities.

“The report describes IOM’s activities in the face of this phenomenon: the difficulties in protecting victims and the main vulnerabilities identified among several cases of people who were assisted by [the agency],” said Carlotta Santarossa.

“We also wanted to tell some of the stories of people who have been assisted by IOM staff to highlight the true nature of this painful and hateful form of slavery.”

Source: Ips World Desk

Gilbert Chagoury annonce le règlement du litige Chagoury par le gouvernement des États-Unis

WASHINGTON, 31 juillet 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Le gouvernement des États-Unis a convenu de régler l’action en instance de Gilbert Chagoury.  M. Chagoury a déposé la plainte auprès du Tribunal du District de Columbia en septembre de 2016, s’efforçant à tenir le gouvernement responsable de fuites d’informations fausses sur M. Chagoury provenant prétendument de dossiers du gouvernement. […]

New Report Details How Legacy Financial Institutions Are Deepening Financial Inclusion Through Fintech Partnerships

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) and the Institute of International Finance (IIF), with the support of MetLife Foundation, today released a new report examining how partnerships between mainstream financial institutions and fintechs are expanding access to the formal financial economy to the unserved and underserved, particularly […]

SOUTH AFRICA: TWO DIE IN FOOTBALL STADIUM CRUSH; 17 INJURED, ONE CRITICAL

JOHANNESBURG, Two people were killed in a crush of football fans on Saturday at the South African stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final, police and officials said.The incident occurred at a pre-season local derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orland…

Gilbert Chagoury Announces US Government Settles Chagoury Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The US Government has agreed to settle Gilbert Chagoury’s pending lawsuit.  Mr. Chagoury filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia in September of 2016, seeking to hold the government responsible for leaks of false information about Mr. Chagoury, allegedly from government files. The […]

Le programme Global Excellent Operator (Excellent opérateur mondial) de XCMG met en évidence les technologies intelligentes

XUZHOU, Chine, 28 juillet 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, une des principales sociétés manufacturières mondiales, a lancé le quatrième programme Global Excellent Operator (le « Programme »), au sein du XCMG Technician College (le lycée professionnel de XCMG), où 71 apprentis en provenance de neuf pays ont participé à des séances de formation conduites par des experts et des instructeurs expérimentés. […]

XCMG’s Global Excellent Operator program highlights intelligent technology

XUZHOU, China, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global leading manufacturer XCMG has kicked start the fourth Global Excellent Operator program (the “Program”) at the XCMG Technician College, a total of 71 trainees from nine countries have joined the series of training sessions led by experienced experts and instructors. In addition to the classic training courses […]

Women Advancing Africa placing women at the centre stage of Africa’s Economic Advancement

The Women Advancing Africa Forum is set to bring some of the continent’s best and brightest minds together to shape a common agenda to accelerate the economic advancement of women in Africa DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The inaugural Women Advancing Africa (WAA) Forum is a new Pan-African flagship initiative launched by […]

AFRICAN BICYCLE CONTRIBUTION FOUNDATION SELECTS CENTRAL GHANA’S BRONG AHAFO REGION FOR ITS FIFTH FREE BAMBOO BIKE DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS

Ghanaian Bicycle Company’s CEO prepares for three-city U.S. Fundraising Tour for the Foundation Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana, July 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With its fifth distribution of ecologically-friendly, free bamboo bikes in Amasu, in Dormaa Central Municipal District, in Central Ghana’s Brong Ahafo Region, today, the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF), a U.S.-based 501(c)3 […]