Human Trafficking Victims in the UK in 2012

Reports from various criminal justice departments in the United Kingdom showed that there were a total of 371 children who fell victim to  human trafficking in 2012. The number of children officially registered as victims was 50 percent higher than the 234 children identified in 2011. In 2012, the largest number of children trafficked into… Continue reading Human Trafficking Victims in the UK in 2012

Corruption in Education

A report by Transparency International found that one in six students around the world had to pay a bribe in order to receive education services. In addition to the bribes, corrupt actions taken by officials has prevented millions of dollars from reaching schools. In Kenya, funding that could be used to purchase up to 11… Continue reading Corruption in Education

Prices of the Baby Selling Industry in Nigeria

Security service personnel in Nigeria found a baby selling industry where new born babies are taken from their mothers and sold on the black market. In one such clinic, most of the mothers were unmarried and had unplanned pregnancies and were either persuaded or voluntarily sold their baby. The mother would receive $200 for her… Continue reading Prices of the Baby Selling Industry in Nigeria

Kidnapping for Ransom in Nigeria

According to crisis management firm red24, there are over 1,000 cases of kidnapping for ransom that takes place in Nigeria each year. It was previously reported that the average ransom paid out for the hostages was $50,000 in 2012. The kidnappers in Nigeria usually demand $500,000 as an opening figure. (All kidnapping for ransom intelligence.)… Continue reading Kidnapping for Ransom in Nigeria

AK-47 Trafficking into Central Nigeria

Over the span of 10 years, thousands of people have been killed due to religious and ethnic violence in the Central Nigerian region known as the Middle Belt. Contributing to the violence is an estimated 5,000 firearms that were illegally trafficked into the area. Out of those illicit arms, about 3,500 are AK-47s that were… Continue reading AK-47 Trafficking into Central Nigeria

Job Losses to Oil Theft in Nigeria

Due to oil theft activities, around 30,000 jobs have been lost in Nigeria between 2011 to 2013, according to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN). The Finance Minister in Nigeria stated that up to 400,000 barrels of oil was being stolen per day in 2012. Source:  Akinola Ajbande, “30,000 lose… Continue reading Job Losses to Oil Theft in Nigeria

Marijuana Cultivation in Nigeria Leads to Deforestation

Half of the deforestation activities that took place in 9 forest reserves in Nigeria between 2010 and 2012 were due to marijuana cultivation. According to a survey conducted by the Southwest/Niger Delta Forest Project, cannabis growers in the region can earn over 2 to 3 times more money that they would have earned though food… Continue reading Marijuana Cultivation in Nigeria Leads to Deforestation

Human Trafficking in Norway in 2013

Criminal justice programs in Norway identified 349 people who were classified as victims of human trafficking activities in 2012. The number of victims in Norway was the highest number since the survey began collecting statistics in 2007. 255 of the victims were women, 70 were children, and 24 were men. Most of the victims were… Continue reading Human Trafficking in Norway in 2013