Human trafficking: powerful business eluding statisticians

first_img Fact File Human trafficking is the dark side of migration. Rising global inequalities, visible in gaping wage differentials, together with easier transport and communication technologies, have turned people-smuggling for the purpose of labour exploitation into a thriving business.  Just how big a business it is eludes statisticians, law-enforcement officials and researchers. But the difficulty, as the introduction to “Human trafficking in Europe” makes clear, goes beyond the nature of trafficking as a clandestine activity. There is no generally accepted definition of the crime; no standardised collection of data, even within the EU; and vocal disagreements about who should be defined as a victim, primarily between civil-society groups providing assistance and national authorities. Gillian Wylie and Penelope McRedmond, the editors of this collection, are careful to acknowledge these difficulties upfront. They also explore the reasons behind the lack of hard data, and, in the conclusion to this volume, return to the importance of numbers as a driver of policy responses. Their openness about the prejudices that inform much scholarship on trafficking – including, to an extent, their own – is refreshing. Traditionally, researchers of trafficking have tended to see themselves as advocates of helpless victims, have been close to non-governmental groups and have therefore had an interest in playing up the numbers, although the quality of research has improved with maturity. The editors also concede that, in line with most research and public interest, the book’s empirical chapters are “skewed towards…trafficking in women for sexual exploitation”, when, actually, a significant share of trafficking, perhaps in the order of around one-third, takes place for the purpose of other forms of forced labour. Nevertheless, these empirical chapters – on Russia and Ukraine, Albania and Moldova, and, on the demand side, the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Germany and Ireland – add nuance to our understanding of trafficking, and remind us of the horrific crimes that often accompany trafficking. What makes this collection more valuable are the conceptual and policy discussions, above all in McRedmond’s chapter on trafficking and organised crime. She criticises the tendency – evident in a new EU directive on fighting human trafficking adopted in April, but also in a UN convention whose definitions have informed most other instruments – to describe all forms of trafficking as organised crime. This, she says, obscures the true nature of the crime. More seriously, such sweeping definitions would not appear to have made successful prosecutions easier; they are still far below even the lowest estimates of human trafficking in Europe. Human trafficking in Europe – character, causes and consequences Editors: Gillian Wylie and Penelope McRedmond (230 pages) Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. €70.00last_img read more

CBRE Completes $18.4M Sale of Rimrock at ASU Research Park

first_img“Rimrock is an excellent investment opportunity in Tempe and in one of most prominent business parks in the metro area,” said CBRE’s Glenn Smigiel. “ASU Research Park benefits from a unique partnership shared with Arizona State University which aids in fostering tenant growth by providing direct access to ground-breaking research, educational opportunities, faculty, and a young, educated technology minded workforce.” Rimrock is situated in ASU Research Park which is located at Elliot Road and the 101 Freeway in Tempe. The 320-acre business park is considered one of the most notable business addresses in the Phoenix metropolitan area and is home to numerous corporate headquarters and R&D facilities providing a corporate and technology hub for southeast Phoenix. CBRE has negotiated the sale of the leasehold interest in Rimrock at ASU Research Park in Tempe, Ariz. The two-building, ±83,764 SF office complex located at 2030 and 2050 E. ASU Cir. in Tempe. commanded a sale price of $18.4M. The project was 93 percent leased at time of sale. Bob Young, Steve Brabant, Glenn Smigiel and Rick Abraham with CBRE’s Phoenix office in conjuncture with Craig Coppola, Andrew Cheney, Bill Blake and Colton Trauter with Lee & Associates brokered the transaction on behalf of the seller, Rimrock Investors II of Phoenix. The buyer was Las Vegas, Nev.-based W Tempe, LLC. Developed in 2007 by Rimrock Partners (Dean Riesen, Managing Partner and Ron Moore, Partner), the two building office complex is leased to three tenants, including Iridium Satellite, a global mobile satellite company; KINETX, an engineering, technology, software development and business consulting firm specializing in aerospace systems; and Comsys Information Technology Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Manpower, Inc. Rimrock sits on ±10.10 acres and is comprised of two class A office buildings totaling ±25,457 square feet (2030 Building) and ±58,307 square feet (2050 Building) that also include flex and R&D space for the current tenants. last_img read more

2015 Airline Vikings preview

first_imgScheduleDATE OPPONENT TIMESept. 4 Union Parish 7 p.m.Sept.11 Green Oaks 7 p.m.Sept. 18 @ Ruston 7 p.m.Sept. 25 Southwood 7 p.m.Oct. 2 Captain Shreve (LHS) 7 p.m.Oct. 8 Mansfield 7 p.m.Oct. 16 @ Haughton 7 p.m.Oct. 23 @ Evangel 7 p.m.Oct. 30 Byrd 7 p.m.Nov. 6 Parkway 7 p.m.SCOUTING REPORTOFFENSEThe Vikings have the potential to put a lot of points on the board. How senior QB Thomas McKain, who started three games last season, develops will be one key. McKain has plenty of weapons, including returning WRsHarvey Calhoun, Cameron Howell and D’Juan Byrd and RBs Shuncee Thomas, Darian Germany and Brian Fielding. DEFENSEThe Vikings have a solid core group returning. SS Xavier Johnson and CB Tyrice Neal are capable of making game-changing plays. Tyler McCallister is back to anchor the defensive line. Junior linebacker Josh James is back as is strong safety Vertrain Allen. OVERVIEWThe Vikings were their own worst enemies at times last season and the result was just four wins. That could easily at least double this year. “Expectations are high as always,” Coach Bo Meeks said. “We have a lot of experienced players returning and some talented young players competing to get on the field. … As always, leadership will be critical. We have had a strong core group of young men accept that role with pride.”PLAYERS TO WATCHColton PraterOLThe 6-3, 260-pound two-time first-team All-Parish selection is one of the state’s top offensive linemen. He committed to Texas A&M during the summer. This will be his third year to start. Coach Bo Meeks was high on Prater when he entered the program as a freshman and he’s lived up to expectations.Shuncee ThomasRBThe returning first-team All-Parish selection was the parish’s second-leading rusher last season with 751 yards on 138 carries and 10 TDs during the regular-season. Thomas is difficult to bring down in the open field and is a capable receiver. He is a potential 1,000-yard rusher. Xavier JohnsonDBThe returning first-team All-Parish and All-District defensive back is a versatile athlete who’s capable of making game-changing plays in the secondary. “He had an outstanding junior season,” Meeks said. Johnson was a state meet qualifier in the long jump last spring.Vertrain AllenSSThe returning first-team All-Parish and second-team All-District strong safety is expected to play a key role on the Vikings defense playing the run and pass. “He had a very good offseason and will be counted on as defensive leader,” Meeks said. Editor’s note: The above appears in the 2015 Bossier Parish High School Football PreviewTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more