Human Trafficking and Armed Conflict

first_imgBy Dialogo August 15, 2013 Current global conflicts have placed populations at serious risk of trafficking. For example, Colombian illegal armed groups forcibly recruit children to serve as combatants, to cultivate illegal narcotics, or to be exploited in prostitution. Another example is Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab has forcibly recruited Somali children to be child soldiers or has forced them into prostitution; some children who flee Somalia to seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Kenya are forced into prostitution and forced labor as herders. In Syria, some foreign migrant workers and Iraqi refugees may be trafficking victims and are susceptible to violence, abuse, and arrest by government and opposition forces. Syrian refugees are also vulnerable to trafficking in the countries to which they have fled. Members of gangs and organized criminal networks force vulnerable Colombians, including displaced persons, into sex trafficking and forced labor, particularly in the sale and transportation of illegal narcotics. Colombia is a destination for foreign child sex tourists from the United States, Europe, and other South American countries. In Rwanda, women and children in refugee camps are vulnerable to being lured into forced prostitution in the capital or other countries in the region through false promises of work or schooling opportunities. In armed conflicts across the world, governments and armed groups commit war crimes and human rights abuses and attack civilian populations. Armed conflict leaves local populations, including men, women, and children vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation, forced prostitution, forced labor, and the unlawful recruitment of children as soldiers by government forces and armed groups. Likewise, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) struggle to survive in precarious situations that make them highly vulnerable to exploitation, including trafficking. Women and girls bear enormous hardship during and after armed conflict, and they are particularly vulnerable to sexual slavery. Mewael is an Eritrean refugee who was forcibly taken by criminal groups in Sudan and transported to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula where he was held for months and tortured by his captors, losing both of his hands. His story is not unlike thousands of other highly vulnerable migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers around the world—some of whom are trafficking victims—who have been kidnapped along the borders of countries undergoing internal conflicts.last_img read more

Anatomy of a turnaround

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even at the lowest point of the Great Recession, most credit unions didn’t lose their focus on lending.That’s what stands out for Mike Schenk as he looks back on that time. “Credit unions were helping members, and kept lending all the way through,” says Schenk, CUNA’s vice president of economics and statistics.Despite those efforts, the recovery took longer than economists predicted, and overall consumer borrowing slowed significantly. Credit union loan growth fell to -1.2% by 2010, Schenk notes.A new CUNA CFO Council white paper—“The Art of the Turnaround: How Credit Unions Fought Their Way Back”—profiles the challenges several credit unions faced at this time. It examines how they revised policies, created new business models, and revamped strategic plans to strengthen their bottom lines and rededicate themselves to meeting members’ needs. Here’s a look at two credit unions featured in the white paper.Source of the problemAntioch (Calif.) Community Federal Credit Union saw firsthand the impact declining property values had on its earnings and overall financial health. continue reading »last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Knicks will explore dealing Frank Ntilikina on draft night

first_imgNtilikina, who the Knicks selected with the eighth pick in the 2017 draft, also had an up-and-down rookie season. He’s been in and out of the rotation in 2018-19.The Knicks have been one of the worst teams in the NBA this season and will enter their matchup against the Kings on Saturday with a 13-52 record. Samuel L. Jackson pokes fun at Knicks, Spike Lee during 2019 Oscars Multiple teams, including the Timberwolves, Magic, Grizzlies, Nets and Suns, reportedly showed some level of interest in Ntilikina earlier this season.Ntilikina has averaged 5.9 points and 2.8 assists in 21.3 minutes per game in 2018-19. He has hit just 29.1 percent of his 3-point attempts. Related News The guard has been dealing with a groin injury and has not played since Jan. 27.“My goal is to come back 100 percent,” Ntilikina told The Post earlier this week. “I want that as soon as possible. I want to be helping the team. Of course, though, I have to be 100 percent.” Frank Ntilikina’s time with the Knicks may come to an end after the season.New York is planning to explore dealing the 20-year-old guard on draft night, according to a report from the New York Post, which cites an unidentified league source. The team would “consider” moving Ntilikina if it was offered a first-round pick for him, the report says.last_img read more