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« on: October 20, 2013, 03:27:44 AM »
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  • Greek police have asked Interpol to help them track down the real parents of a blonde girl with green eyes who was found in a Roma camp in central Greece.

    Known as Maria, the four-year-old was spotted peeking out from under a blanket at a Roma settlement near the town of Farsala during a police sweep on Wednesday for suspected drug trafficking.

    She speaks just a few words in the Roma dialect and Greek, and police think she may be of northern or eastern European origin, possibly from Scandinavia or Bulgaria.

    Police have sent Interpol a file with all the evidence they have on the girl, including DNA samples, to seek a possible match with its records on missing children, a police official said. They have also contacted international groups and charities that deal with lost or abducted children.

    "Mystery - a blonde angel without an identity," top-selling daily Ta Nea wrote on its front page on Saturday.

    Photos released by police of Maria staring blankly at the camera with muddy hands and scruffy pigtails have dominated the media. Parallels were drawn to the case of Briton Madeleine McCann, who vanished while on holiday in Portugal in 2007, when she was three years old.

    DNA tests have shown the couple in the Roma camp with whom Maria was living were not her biological parents. The 40-year-old woman and 39-year-old man have been αrrєѕтed and charged with abducting a minor, and police are investigating whether the girl was a victim of trafficking.

    CRYING AND FRIGHTENED

    During questioning, the couple gave at least five conflicting accounts of how the child ended up with them, including that she was found outside a supermarket, police said.

    The woman had two different identification documents and other papers suggested the couple had up to 14 children, but six were registered as having been born within less than 10 months. They received 2,790 euros ($3,800) a month in child benefits, a police source said.

    "This has never happened before - to have found the child and to be looking for the parents," said Natalie Karakouliafi of the Smile of the Child charity, which is looking after the girl. In response to an international appeal, it has received more than 5,000 calls since Friday from people looking for their missing children or offering clues.

    The charity received reports that the girl was forced to beg for money in the streets but its director, Costas Giannopoulos, said she was in good health.

    "She was frightened and cried herself to sleep. She is not looking for anyone and she is devoted to play," he told Reuters. "It has shaken everyone and has helped bring to light a major problem - just how easy it is to traffic children".

    Local police chief Vasilis Halastis told Greek TV: "We're always searching for lost children. In this case we're searching for the opposite: the biological, natural parents. This is unprecedented."

    http://news.yahoo.com/greece-riveted-mystery-blonde-angel-150842127.html

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    « Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 02:56:37 AM »
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  • Modern day slavery is prevalent throughout the world even though it goes by different names, a human rights activist has clarified in light of a new worldwide report.

    “Modern day slavery has many faces,” said Dr. Ana Steele told CNA, explaining that the United Nations’ definition includes “the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sɛҳuąƖ exploitation, forced labor services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

    Regardless of what form it takes, the Dalit Freedom Network USA and Dalit Freedom Network UK president explained, “it is incumbent on each one of us to combat modern day slavery wherever it exists.”

    Her comments come in the wake of the release of the 2013 Global Slavery Index which detailed the various kinds of modern-day slavery as well as countries with the highest density.

    The report stated that “modern slavery takes many forms, and is known by many names: slavery, forced labour or human trafficking,” and included these different forms in its study of slavery around the world.

    Conducted by the Walk Free Foundation, the study found that worldwide there are 29.8 million persons held in modern-day slavery while researching the countries with the highest proportions of its people living in slave-like conditions.

    Over three quarters of the victims are found in just ten countries – India, ƈhıną, Pakistan Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, D.R. Congo, Burma, and Bangladesh – with India containing nearly 14 million exploited people.

    Mauritania in West Africa has the highest rate of slavery with nearly four percent of its population subjected to some form slavery.

    Dr. Steele, whose work focuses on helping Dalit and Adivasi caste-members in India escape slavery and extreme poverty, explained that modern slavery is not only a human rights concern, but a development concern as well.

    “Slavery destroys lives and destroyed lives create a nation in crisis,” she said.

    In order to end the toleration of slavery, nations must come together in “a concerted global effort” to do so.

    The surest ways of eliminating slavery is the use of preventative measures which “seek to combat the push factors that lead to enslavement” as well as those that “aim to change a life and ultimately change a nation.”

    “Our efforts need to include preventing the next generation of victims,” and should include “programs such as education, healthcare, economic security building, and social justice advocacy and intervention that serve the most marginalized and at-risk populations,” she said.

    Individuals can aid the fight against human trafficking “by committing to stay informed and following organizations that are at the vanguard of anti-slavery work,” helping with “restoration efforts underway for victims of modern day slavery,” and “most importantly, by supporting prevention.”

    The Global Slavery Index used research conducted over a period of 10 years and was compiled by a team of four authors and drew from support of 22 experts. Although this is the first, the aim is to conduct a yearly report on global slavery.

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/human-trafficking-has-many-faces-human-rights-expert-says/


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    « Reply #2 on: October 26, 2013, 02:28:48 AM »
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  • DNA confirms that a child found by police in a Gypsy encampment in central Greece is the daughter of a Bulgarian migrant, who says she gave up her baby because she could not afford to care for her.

    Sasha Ruseva, a 35-year-old Bulgarian Gypsy, or Roma, said she gave birth to the girl, called Maria, four years ago while working as an olive picker in Greece.

    "The DNA profile showed that Sashka Ruseva is the biological mother and Atanas Rusev is the biological father of the small child called Maria," said Svetlozar Lazarov, the secretary general of Bulgaria's interior minsitry.

    The girl was found last week during a crackdown by Greek authorities on Gypsy settlements. Authorities became suspicious of the couple who claimed to be her parents, because of the girl's blonde hair and blue eyes.

    "We gave her, we gifted her, without money," Sashka Ruseva told Bulgaria's TV7 on Friday.

    Authorities tracked Ruseva to a gypsy camp in Nikolaevo in rural Bulgaria. She was found living with her husband and several other children, in a home without running water. Five of the couple's children also have blonde hair and blue eyes and resemble Maria.

    The Greek Gypsy couple, with whom Ruseva left the girl, were αrrєѕтed last week for child abduction, a claim they deny.

    "It confirms what my client was saying. The baby was given to them by the Bulgarian Roma woman because she could not afford to raise her. It's the first time the truth was approved and prosecution dropped abduction charges against my clients today," said Marietta Palavrasa, an attorney defending the Greek couple.

    The girl is being cared for by a Greek charity and held at an undisclosed hospital.

    Her discovery set off an international search to find her parents, as well as crackdowns across Europe on Gypsy settlements amid rumors that children were being sold or traded.

    Hundreds of families who are missing children, including several in the United States, got their hopes up that Maria could be their child.

    The mystery was deepened earlier this week when Interpol found that there was no DNA match for Maria among its international list of missing children.

    http://gma.yahoo.com/greek-mystery-girls-identity-confirmed-dna-144430550--abc-news-topstories.html

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    « Reply #3 on: October 27, 2013, 12:00:15 AM »
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  •  New York's civil rights leaders on Saturday angrily decried the city's brewing "shop-and-frisk" scandal, in which two major retailers stand accused of profiling black shoppers who say they were detained by police after buying luxury items.

    "We've gone from stop-and-frisk to shop-and-frisk," said Reverend Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network, alluding to a police crime-fighting tactic that critics say amounts to racial profiling.

    A Network representative is set to meet next week with Mark Lee, the chief executive of Barneys New York, following allegations from two black shoppers that they were detained by New York police and accused of fraud after buying luxury items at Barneys.

    In a third such allegation made this week, actor Rob Brown of HBO's "Treme" told the New York Daily News on Friday that he had been "paraded" through a midtown Mahattan Macy's in handcuffs in June, and held for an hour, after purchasing a $1,350 gold Movado watch for his mother.

    Brown said he came forward after reading news accounts of others who had had similar experiences at Barneys.

    Brown told the newspaper he "implored" cops to check his ID, but "they kept telling me, ‘Your card is fake. You're going to jail.'"

    Retailer Barneys New York publicly apologized this week, and Macy's Inc said late on Friday that it is investigating Brown's allegations.

    Police officials have said that grand larceny - which includes shoplifting and credit card fraud - are top priorities in midtown Manhattan's busy retail districts. An NYPD spokesman was not immediately available to comment on Saturday.

    Grand larceny accounts for more than 75 percent of all crime in the precincts that cover the two retailers, according to New York Police Department crime statistics.

    Brooklyn nursing student Kayla Phillips, 21, said this week that she was surrounded by four undercover police officers in February after leaving Barneys with a $2,500 Celine handbag she had purchased. She plans to sue, said her lawyer Kareem Vessup.

    And Trayon Christian, 19, said he was detained for two hours and questioned by New York police in April after buying a $349 Ferragamo belt at Barneys.

    Christian filed a lawsuit against the store and the NYPD this week, court records show. Brown filed a similar lawsuit against Macy's on Friday, according to the Daily News.

    Barneys posted an apology on its Facebook page late on Thursday and said it was hiring civil rights attorney Michael Yaki of San Francisco, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to review the store's practices and procedures.

    At a weekly gathering at the Network headquarters on Saturday, Sharpton said racially profiling shoppers is intolerable.

    "We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everybody else's money is respected," he said.

    Neither Brown nor his attorney returned calls for comment Saturday.

    In 2005, Macy's paid $600,000 to settle similar allegations that many of the chain's New York stores had targeted blacks and Latinos for particular scrutiny of theft, according to the New York Attorney General's office.

    Grand larceny has risen 31.6 percent over the last two years in the NYPD's Midtown North precinct, which includes Macy's flagship store in Herald Square. It is up nearly 4 percent in the Upper East Side's 19th precinct, which includes Barneys New York.

    http://news.yahoo.com/macys-joins-barneys-brewing-nyc-shop-frisk-scandal-174204622--finance.html


     

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