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Airlines turn modern day slavers

Author: Marwaan Macan-Markar, Inter Press Service, Published on: 16 February 2009

[M]odern merchants of slavery exploit international air travel…[S]ome international carriers from poorer Asian and African countries are known to be lax in scrutinising the passengers… Imtiaz Muqbil, executive editor of the ‘Travel Impact News Wire [said] “The airlines are aware about the problem. They know what is going on and it is being discussed at internal meetings. Some airlines have more rigorous checks of passengers”…[M]ost of the human trafficking victims from East Asia are women and girls, and often ‘’for the purpose of sexual exploitation’’. Cases of human trafficking for forced labour were also detected…‘’Airlines can help stop this trade,’’ says Lowenstein-Lom of IOM [International Organisation of Migration].

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