The sexual exploitation of child migrants

first_imgClosed borders, unsafe holding camps, and increasing desperation have created an “emergency within an emergency” concerning child sexual abuse and exploitation among migrants who are stalled in Greece, according to a new report by Harvard’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights (FXB Center).The report released last week describes abuses in the crowded, makeshift holding camps, unstaffed at night and with inadequate lighting, where lone men and those associated with criminal gangs prey on children left unattended.Older boys and girls are allowed to leave camp and sometimes engage in prostitution in hopes of saving enough to pay traffickers to smuggle them to their destination country, often Germany, Britain, or Sweden. The sex they provide brings in so little cash, €15 an encounter, that smugglers’ fees often remain out of reach. Drug use increases the danger the child will become trapped in the commercial sex industry, said the report, “Emergency within an Emergency: The Growing Epidemic of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Migrant Children in Greece.”While the report focuses its attention on that country, it’s co-author, Jacqueline Bhabha, research director of the FXB Center, said the situation is likely similar in other European nations, such as Serbia and Italy. She cited a 2016 Europol report that said 10,000 children known to have entered Europe during the refugee crisis have disappeared. While some likely have united with family members or are working in the unofficial economy, some have been preyed upon and trafficked, said Bhabha, professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The investigation underlying the report was conducted last November at four locations in Greece, on two islands that are frequent entry points for migrants, Lesbos and Chios, and in two cities where many migrants are held after their initial entry, Athens and Thessaloniki.The report’s primary author, Vasileia Digidiki, a research fellow at the FXB Center, interviewed 24 experts, including psychologists, government officials, and physicians. Because of ethical concerns, she didn’t interview children who had been raped or otherwise abused. She also conducted field observations, visiting sites her interview subjects identified as hubs for the local sex trade and the sexual exploitation of children, including Athens’ Victoria Square and Pedion tou Areos Park. What was happening was obvious, she said.“You can see it,” Digidiki said. “You see the child waiting, a client approaching. You see the initial contact and see them going away together.”Authors Jacqueline Bhabba and Vasileia Digidiki say their report is just the tip of the iceberg. Photo: Courtesy (1) of Jacqueline Bhabha; (2) courtesy of the FXB CenterThe report outlines the preconditions and the context of the crisis, though it doesn’t define the numerical scope of what is happening, in part because its illegality and the shame felt by its victims keep it in the shadows, and in part because it is not yet of enough concern to a government agency that can conduct further investigations.“At the moment, nobody’s in charge. It’s nobody’s problem, it’s on nobody’s desk,” Bhabha said.Bhabha avoided blaming the Greek government, saying the nation has shouldered an overwhelming burden during the refugee crisis, especially as it occurred as Greece was struggling to emerge from financial crisis.The migrants’ plight has worsened as more nations have closed their borders. Migrants find themselves stranded for longer periods in first-stop countries such as Greece, which previously they would have passed through to their final destinations. Now, Digidiki said, people — including children who often have been tasked with earning money to send back home — grow increasingly desperate to move on. If they can’t do it legally, they try to raise the money to pay smugglers.Though commercial sexual exploitation is a clear focus of the report, also important are physical violence and sexual assault in the camps where migrants are held. Psychological violence can include the lasting fear, shame, and humiliation of such violations, sometimes worsened when children are blackmailed with images of their abuse. Then there are child marriages, in which girls are married off to older men, a practice often hidden because marriage under 18 is illegal in most European countries.The investigation is an outgrowth of two center reports last year. One was an examination of the migrant experience on Lesbos, and the second a report on the plight of child migrants. It was apparent as those reports were being assembled that child sexual exploitation needed a closer look, Bhabha said.The new report contains numerous recommendations, including increasing the presence of trained police in camps; physical improvements such as adding lighting and separating sanitation facilities for men and women; and providing areas for families with children and children traveling alone. The report also recommends improving child welfare services, integrating migrant children into the education system, improving data collection, and raising awareness in the local population.Bhabha said she believes what the report describes is just the tip of the iceberg. The broader goal, she said, is to put the problems on the radar screens of officials in Greece and other nations, so additional investigations and multinational solutions can begin to be devised. There is some urgency, she said, because the fighting in their homelands is still driving migrants to the road. Also, spring has arrived and will bring more migrants.“There aren’t any quick-fix solutions,” Bhabha said.An emergency within an emergencylast_img read more

Thumbs Up! Can-Can Has All the Makings of a Broadway Winner

first_imgStop waiting around for that Moulin Rouge! musical and check yourself into another bawdy Parisian nightclub currently winning over audiences in the unlikely locale of Millburn, New Jersey. We’re talking about Can-Can, Paper Mill Playhouse’s completely revamped take on the 1953 Cole Porter musical, featuring direction by David Lee and a new script by TV writer Joel Fields and Lee. With a killer cast, gorgeous tunes, high-kicking choreography by Patti Colombo and a great spirit of fun, this long-in-the-works winning revival has all the elements that should make it a hit on Broadway. Tony nominee Kate Baldwin shows off her sexy side (and her phenomenal pipes) as Pistache, the owner of the Montmarte nightclub that gets in trouble with the law for allowing her dancer girls to show their ruffles by dancing the forbidden titular dance. She’s perfectly paired with Jason Danieley as her former flame who’s now on the other side of the law as the district’s judge. The whole cast is perfection—Broadway names include Megan Sikora, Greg Hildreth, Michael Berresse, Mark Price and our own Justin “Squigs” Robertson. Sure, the show could use another big dance number in Act Two and a handful more jokes that really land, but these are minor quibbles for one of the most entertaining “new” musicals to kick its legs up in years. View Comments Can-Can plays at the Paper Mill Playhouse through October 26.last_img read more

How to bounce back from a bad performance review

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Going in for a scheduled review with your supervisor is always a nerve-wracking experience. No matter how prepared you are or how well you think you’re performing in your position, sometimes your review does not go as expected. What’s important is how you use the feedback you’ve been given to your advantage for professional improvement. Below are a few tips for how to bounce back if your performance review is less than stellar.Keep calmJust because your boss’ feedback isn’t all positive, it doesn’t mean you are on the chopping block. Keep your cool and really listen to the critiques you are given. Reviews are a chance for your superior to provide you with valuable insight into how they perceive you are doing. So, view it as a chance for you to learn and grow and don’t take it personally.Let yourself digestYou may be somewhat surprised by a poor review so give yourself time to ruminate on exactly what was said. Let it sink in completely and then schedule a follow up with your supervisor if you feel it’s necessary. You may not have had a chance in the review to ask questions, so circle back with your boss. This will demonstrate your attentiveness to their feedback and your desire to make the necessary changes.Record accomplishmentsAs you move on from your bad review don’t get discouraged. Instead, let it motivate you to knock your work out of the park. The important thing now is to not only accomplish the tasks your superior has set forth, but to also go above and beyond them. Keep a record of what you’ve completed, any positive feedback or communications you’ve encountered, and the ways you are stepping outside the box to achieve company success. Then, when it’s time for your next review, you’ll be confident going in knowing you did everything that was asked of you and more.last_img read more

Hemp production rule released

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an interim final rule this week that outlines provisions for legal hemp production. The NCUA in August released interim guidance allowing federally insured credit unions to provide certain financial services to legally-operating hemp businesses, and is expected to release additional guidance taking into account the USDA’s rule. NAFCU met with FinCEN recently to discuss potential guidance related to hemp banking.Hemp-derived products became legal at the federal level under the 2018 Farm Bill. However, until the USDA’s interim rule, there were no regulations for hemp production resulting in little guidance for credit unions to use in performing due diligence to determine if hemp producers were compliant with the law.The interim final rule provides provisions for hemp production and addresses discrepancies in certain circumstances – such as state and tribal laws – where it might still be illegal. The rule takes effect once published in the Federal Register; it will also be open for a 60-day comment period once published.The NCUA developed guidance for credit unions to serve hemp-related businesses at the request of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. NAFCU has resources available for credit unions on hemp banking, including an article in NAFCU’s Compliance Monitor, which discusses the background on legalizing industrial hemp and how credit unions that provide services to marijuana-related businesses could be impacted by recent changes.last_img read more

The private life of Ray Wirta

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Shinagawa ready in 2003

first_imgJR Central is to start construction this month of an extra shinkansen station at Shinagawa in southern Tokyo, for completion in 2003. Two 410m island platforms with four tracks for Tokyo – Osaka Tokaido shinkansen services are to be built adjacent to the existing Shinagawa narrow-gauge station, and three sidings provided for reversing suburban services.Total cost of the project is ´95bn with ´63bn budgeted for the actual construction on a narrow site 1·9 km long, which will involve the relocation of high-speed lines presently on viaduct to ground level. Extra capacity provided by the passing loops and reversing sidings at Shinagawa will enable JR Central to run 15 trains an hour in each direction between Tokyo and Osaka. olast_img

Pilot’s Wife Says Husband Complained About the Crashed Russian Plane

first_imgThe Russian plane crash mystery continues to deepen as the wife of the co-pilot on Sergy Trukhacheva says that her husband had complained about the technical condition of the aircraft.Natlya is confident that her husband is not responsible for the crash and would have done everything to land the plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday. An Egyptian government official also said that the pilot radioed in to report technical problems but the Russian airline has insisted that the aircraft was in good shape.Four groups of rescuers have searched remote areas of search today with the area searched standing at 28 square kilometres. Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry organised two nights’ flights that delivered bodies and body parts of passengers and crew members from Cairo to St. Petersburg. Russia’s airliner, Metrojet’s Airbus A321-200 was coming from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh headed to St. Petersburg when it crashed and killed all 224 people.last_img read more

North East Comprehensive students back at school

first_imgEducationLocalNewsSecondary North East Comprehensive students back at school by: – November 22, 2011 Share Share 29 Views   no discussions Image via:chican-izmo.blogspot.comAfter staying away from classrooms on Monday, students of the North East Comprehensive returned to school today. The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) staged a protest action yesterday citing poor learning conditions at the schools.The windows of several classes are said to be damaged, causing massive flooding whenever it rains.According to President of the PTA Matthew Auguiste students will return to the classrooms today and Wednesday however if no progress is made on Thursday, protest action could continue. “The PTA has made a decision that the students are returning to school. That was also our desire to see them return to school. They will also attend school on Wednesday but we are seeking an audience with the officials in the Ministry of Education to let them know what our concerns are. They need to have an idea of exactly what the students are going through at the school. It is not easy. I take it that some of them have no idea,” he explained.He said the PTA also made a decision to continue protesting if the situation does not improve however, it is their hope that a resolution can be reached.“A short meeting was held with the parents outside of the school and they decided if no acknowledgment is received from the education ministry, more action will be taken. I am hoping that none of that happens because I believe there is always a better way to dealing with situations like that,” he said.Only twenty-two (22) of the seven hundred (700) student body attended school on Monday.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Gov. Holcomb signs Executive Order permitting elective medical procedures

first_imgStatewide—On Friday, Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-24 to allow health care providers and facilities to resume elective medical procedures provided they have sufficient quantities of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and consult the best practices and recommendations developed by their medical associations or industries.Providers include hospitals, veterinarians, dentists, and others listed in Executive Order.last_img

White actors will no longer voice non-white characters on ‘The Simpsons’

first_imgOn Friday, long-time cartoon sitcom “The Simpsons” announced that non-white characters will no longer be voiced by white actors.“Moving forward, THE SIMPSONS will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the show said in a statement.While the main characters on the cartoon are white, there are several characters of color. Most notably, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who was voiced by Hank Azaria. In 2018, Azaria said that he would no longer voice the convenience store clerk after the show faced criticism that Nahasapeemapetilon’s character plays up Indian-American stereotypesSeveral other minor characters of color on “The Simpsons” include Officer Lou and Carl Carlson, both also voiced by Azaria.Earlier on Friday, Mike Henry, who voices Black character Cleveland Brown on Fox cartoon sitcom “Family Guy,” announced he will no longer voice Brown.“It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role,” Henry said.last_img read more