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Human traffickers sell children to paedophiles
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Human traffickers sell children to paedophiles

Published: 15 Apr 2011 10:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Apr 2011 10:29 GMT+02:00

An international band of human traffickers has been caught smuggling children to Germany from Haiti and beyond, then selling them to paedophiles, officials said Friday. The group allegedly posed as an aid organisation, luring the children with promises of a better life.

Two men from Berlin were arrested at the Munich airport this week while trying to illegally enter the country with a 10-year-old, law enforcement officials told daily Berliner Morgenpost.

They came under suspicion when immigration agents suspected the boy’s Brazilian papers were forged. He was later found to be Costa Rican, though most of the children involved have been from Haiti.

Arrest warrants have since been issued for both men, with investigators from the state criminal police (LKA) and state prosecutors manning the case.

The duo, a German and a Swede, are accused of organized human trafficking.

According to an investigator the suspects have been taking children mainly from Haiti, which is still chaotic following the devastating earthquake there in January 2010. There they founded an fake aid organisation to care for underage street children, “apparently not for humanitarian reasons,” the paper reported.

Latin American children like the Costa Rican boy discovered in Munich were also victims of the group.

“The children were probably lured to Berlin under the false pretence of leading a new and better life in Germany,” an investigator said. “Among them were also orphans.”

But the real aim of the suspects was selling the children to Berlin paedophiles for sexual abuse, the paper said.

“The children were placed in a relationship of dependence and then offered to the scene. Following the expiration of their visas after three months they were sent home – with emotional trauma that one can’t even imagine,” the investigator added.

The LKA is now working with the other countries involved to uncover the structure and breadth of the trafficking organisation and find out who their customers were.

“Whoever is making the effort to bring children in from abroad for sexual assault and then sending them back again must not only have a large circle of accomplices, but also some significant influence and significant financial means,” another investigator said.

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11:11 April 15, 2011 by Silvia CR
Can you confirm this news?

I just checked in the Berliner Zeitung website and couldn't find anything related to this.

Also first said the kid was from Haiti, then something about Brazilian papers, and later it says the kid was from Costa Rica. Can you explain this?

I am from Costa Rica, so, I would really like to know.
11:13 April 15, 2011 by tallady
I could not be more outraged and revolted. The persons selling these children to paedophiles and the paedophiles abusing these children are the lowest form of life as we know it.

The type of punishment that I would impose is also revolting,and brings my own humanity into Question .
11:47 April 15, 2011 by freechoice
all abused children will grow up to be violent criminals such as serial killers and suicide bombers. all paedophiles should be send to concentration camps to have their dicky removed and neutered!
12:22 April 15, 2011 by steve_glienicke
nutering these lowlifes is to nice a way of treating them, better lock them up in a cell with the meanest bunch of inmates they can find, and let them see what it feels like to be raped, time and time again......and then let the inmates descide the best way to finish them off, i'm sure they will have some suitable idea's to make sure there last breath is a very painful one.
12:52 April 15, 2011 by fcchelsea
Shouldn't that subhead read "An international of band human traffickers..."?
13:41 April 15, 2011 by freechoice
http://www.welt.de/vermischtes/weltgeschehen/article13181258/Kinder-aus-Haiti-zum-Sex-nach-Berlin-verschleppt.html
15:07 April 15, 2011 by derExDeutsche
gross. I don't want to hear any BS from Germans about how Americans 'Guns this, and Fat that'. have a look in your own sexually twisted back yard, some of you German's are some sick sick freaks.
15:41 April 15, 2011 by radonrain
@fcchelsea: No, your version of the sentence makes no grammatical sense.

@derExDeutsche: Trafficking children for sexual exploitation happens in every single country in the world, including the USA. Don't assume that something doesn't happen just because you haven't heard about it yet.
15:49 April 15, 2011 by abigail2011
anybody, anywhere, who sexually abuses children, should, in the worst way possible for his or her gender, be put to death by the state. No ifs, ands or buts. Simply dead. I am a new parent (since the end of January) and I would have it no other way. Period.
16:18 April 15, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ abigaill2011

I wouldn't go as far as to send them to the death penalty. but a lobotomy and castration might be just the ticket;)

enjoy your new family!
16:35 April 15, 2011 by abigail2011
@derexdeutsche

Thank you!

Let me be clear that I am talking about repeat or unrepentant offenders. Anyone who commits a small first-time offense and is repentant will possibly get a second chance from me (but only after a lobotomy and castration!). No one else though.
16:43 April 15, 2011 by Aggie.P
derExDeutsche: I don't understand how you could be concerned about preserving guns and fat after reading this article. An absolutely tragic case, but you seem to be ignoring the conservative estimate of 10,000+ slaves in *your* own back yard. I sincerely hope you are donating your time or money to assist organisations to eradicate this horrible industry.
17:00 April 15, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ Aggie.P

Who'se concerned about preserving fat or guns? its about preserving the liberty of law abiding citizens. a Foreign concept to Europeans, I know.

If it were up to me, the 'Industry' wouldn't exist. I was, am, and will be proactive in any case where I may suspect the victimization of a child. no exceptions.
17:53 April 15, 2011 by trash head
quote der derExDeutsche(zum Glück):

> I wouldn't go as far as to send them to the death penalty. but a lobotomy and castration might be just the ticket;)

if your from germany, then extra for you in german: Es sind nicht die Eier.

For all others in english: The balls arent the problem.

It seems your arent that manly, if you dont know even this.

> its about preserving the liberty of law abiding citizens.

The success confirms this statement haha
18:30 April 15, 2011 by Altdude
Probably more danger from Onkel Wolfgang, statistically. Be wary of old codgers who just absolutely love children.
19:06 April 15, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ trash head

deswegen gehts auch ums Hirn.

LOBOTOMY? then what?

You aren't much of Human, if you didn't even know this.
00:07 April 16, 2011 by Curmudgeon
derExDeutsche

There are plenty of paedophiles, unfortunately, in all countries. Human trafficking is rampant these days. There are thousands of young women from Eastern Europe lured away every year, and forced into prostitution. The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz has written many articles on how many of them have been lured to Israel.

As for guns in the US, there are more guns per capita in Canada. We just don't have the same rate of violence. The issue is not the guns, it's the mentality.
13:53 April 16, 2011 by tallady
Curmudgeon,,that is not true, Canada makes easy ownership of long guns but makes it more diffircult to own hand guns or automatic weapons than the USA,as for mentality, I would call it a wash.

Country Guns per 100

residents (2007) Rank

(2007) Comments

United States 88.8 1

Yemen 54.8 2

Switzerland 45.7 3

Serbia 37.8 4

Cyprus 36.4 5

Saudi Arabia 35.0 6

Iraq 34.2 7

Finland 32.0 8 [5]

Uruguay 31.8 9

Sweden 31.6 10

Norway 31.3 11

France 31.2 12

Canada 30.8 13

Austria 30.4 14

Germany 30.3 15

New Zealand 22.6 22 1993: 26.8.[2]

Greece 22.5 23

Angola 17.3 34

Thailand 15.6 39

Australia 15.0 42

Mexico 15.0 42

South Africa 12.7 50

Turkey 12.5 52

Italy 11.9 55

Pakistan 11.6 57

Spain 10.4 61

Argentina 10.2 62

Russia 8.9 68

Iran 7.3 79

China 4.9 102

India 4.2 110

Tunisia 0.1 178

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21:53 April 17, 2011 by Raaz
Silvia - The kids are usually trafficked from Haiti along with many other places. However, the this sin came into light when a boy's (not said from whr) paper's showing him Brazil (probably he's Brazilian) looked fake. The same boy was tracked down to costa rica .... (he ended up in Costa rica after being sold, i am assuming) ....

It's really sad...Such mean should be severely punished, the ones who do this business and the ones who are the customers (more severe than the prior..coz they are the ones for such a business to flourish) ... I read the same news a few days back however, that time it was just a speculation and people weren't sure.
10:26 April 18, 2011 by andytrueredt
There is hope!!! http://www.hopeforjustice.org.uk/Groups/161141/Stand_2011.aspx
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