Daily Archives: 09/13/2011

All Children should be Protected!

Children at school in Nigeria

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This matters if you are human! All children should be protected, they are our future, and we let them be taken,used, abused and enslaved into a life of prostitution and slavery. Where are we? Look around you and feel the pain, the hurt, the shame and the disgust that we tolerate as a human society. Have we no shame? No compassion! No love for our neighbors and their children, so how can we call ourselves civilized? And most of all, how can we face ourselves in the morning, knowing what is going on outside our door! But maybe we are like the majority of people in this world, Its’ not happening to me! So I don’t think about it.

Is this Your Child?

If we know that this is just an hour’s drive from Naples, and much of Castel Volturno’s businesses are run by the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. When 15,000 legal and illegal immigrants — 40% of today’s population — started flooding into the region to work on mafia-run tomato farms, Nigerian criminals seized the opportunity to start trafficking drugs and people.

Anti-mafia investigators, who explain, that the Nigerian mafia could not operate without paying the Italian mafia their cut. The most visible sign of organized crime are Nigerian prostitutes on the Domitiana road, which straddles Castel Volturno for 28 kilometers. After speaking to Trafficked Nigerian prostitutes and hearing how [prior to their departure from Africa] they are subjected to secret Juju rite to entrap them in a bond of slavery with their mafia traffickers. The women now believe escape from this bond is impossible. If they try to break free they and their families could go mad and die. It is this oath which makes it harder to rescue the Nigerian women than any other nationality.

A 2010 UNICRI report shows the evolving nature of Nigerian women in the sex trade . Once the girls have paid off their debt to the traffickers, averaging around 60,000 Euros, they frequently become ‘Madams’ themselves, making a living of prostitution by importing yet more girls. UNICRI estimates an annual presence of Nigerian street workers in Italy, of 8,000 -10,000 which is a figure that puts the Nigerian group at the top of different groups in forced prostitution. Significantly, the report also states that around 25,000 minor and adult women have left the sexual exploitation circus between 2001 and 2009 throwing light on a rapid turn-over of women in the sex trade.

The Nigerian State of Edo is the primary source area for women and girls who are trafficked into Italy as prostitutes. Figures from Nigeria are far harder to come by, but investigators from Nigeria’s anti-trafficking authority, NAPTIP, estimate that between 20,000 to 40,000 Nigerian girls are stuck in brothels in Mali, many of them en route to Europe, with male customers paying as little as $2.00.

This is maybe where one, should have been more challenging with the Nigerian anti-trafficking officers. The 2011 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report published by the US State Department paints NAPTIP in a less positive light. The report states that Nigeria fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but highlights that it did not demonstrate an increase in its anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts. “Although the government claimed to have increased its budget allocation to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) which was forecast to receive an estimated $7 million last year, the government did not disclose actual disbursements to NAPTIP.”

Furthermore, the TIP report points out that NAPTIP initiated 262 new investigations but only achieved 12 convictions and that. In response to NAPTIP’s investigations in Mali it also raises concern “that senior NAPTIP officials’ regular travel abroad during the year did not yield discernible results in terms of arrests.” This comes as a disappointment given how pervasive trafficking still is.

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Cocaine its the Chemicals that get You!


Cocaine Whats in it?

Would you drink or eat these chemicals? Probably not, then why do you inject them or snort them into your body? How crazy can you be, to even think about using Cocaine! Its not cool, its not worth losing your life at the expense of your Mother and Father is it?

To make cocaine you need more than just coca leaves, the raw material for the narcotic. You also need a long list of chemicals, like sulfuric acid, caustic soda and acetone. The number-one [production] cost is not the coca leaf, not the workers, not the building of the laboratory. It’s actually the chemicals,” said chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Andean division.

The campaign against so-called “precursor chemicals” is one of the least known — yet most important — elements of the war on drugs. And like efforts to eradicate coca leaves, arrest smugglers and curb the flow of cocaine itself, stopping the illegal use of these chemicals is a frustrating and seemingly endless task.

A U.S. crackdown on the domestic sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, the two main chemicals used to make methamphetamine, led to the shutdown of many small-scale meth labs in the United States. But they’ve been replaced by massive “super-labs” in Mexico where the precursor chemicals are widely available.

In Colombia, the source of most of the world’s cocaine supply, traffickers must divert tons of acids, solvents and bases to jungle laboratories where the narcotic is made.

Bergman, who is based in Bogota, the Colombian capital, says that the efforts of U.S. and Colombian authorities to stop the flow have had an impact.

“A cocaine lab will shut down for a period of time because of lack of access to the chemicals,” Bergman said.

Still, keeping the chemicals out of the hands of the drug cartels is extremely difficult, since the chemicals aren’t just used to make cocaine. Potassium permanganate, for example, purifies cocaine. It also treats wastewater and keeps bananas from ripening too fast. Acetone is a key ingredient in both cocaine and house paint.

And they aren’t the only chemicals you can use to make cocaine, said Major Carlos Oviedo of Colombia’s anti-narcotics police. Motor oil, gasoline, kerosene, lime, cement and baking soda can also be used.

FROM MEXICO: Why Mexican crystal meth is America’s problem

So, the Colombian government has put tight controls on the sales of these basic household goods in the south of the country, where cocaine labs proliferate.
The regulations are among the world’s most strict. Gas stations are banned from selling more than 55 gallons per day to a single customer. The personal limit on baking soda in these areas is 5 kilograms, or about 11 pounds, per month.

Traffickers find ways to skirt the rules. They can bribe store employees or chemical company workers or simply steal the goods, police say. In one case, four guards were killed in 2006 during the theft of a ton of ephedrine from a pharmaceutical plant in Mexico City. That’s enough to make 4 million hits of methamphetamine.

In some cases, cartels have set up front companies in Colombia that import tons of precursor chemicals, but produce nothing. “We have tried to inspect many non-existent companies,” said Oviedo, the anti-narcotics police officer. “Sometimes we arrive at the street address and there’s no company, just a house.”

In other cases, legitimate companies might order more chemicals than they need, and then sell the excess to drug cartels.

To catch them, Colombia has established a special police unit to monitor chemical use at hundreds of industrial firms. Dressed in white coveralls and armed with laptops, the unit’s members serve as forensic accountants.

During a recent operation, they visited a Bogota cosmetic company that uses 24 tons of precursor chemicals per month. As workers plucked bottles of nail-polish remover from a conveyer belt, an officer checked the plant’s tanks. They were full of butyl and ethyl acetate, powerful solvents used in nail-polish remover that can also be used in cocaine.

FROM MEXICO: The cost doing business now involves bribing drug cartels

Saavedra and his fellow officers spent two hours poring over the company’s chemical import and consumption records. They found nothing suspicious. But these inspections, as well as a string of recent arrests, appear to have forced a shift in the illegal drug business.

Colombian traffickers are relocating some of their cocaine labs to Central America where there are fewer chemical controls, according to Gen. Cesar Pinzon, who was chief of the anti-narcotics police until last week when Colombia’s newly appointed defense minister replaced most top military and police commanders.

Traffickers, he said, are now shipping cocaine paste or base — a rough form of cocaine — to newly established labs in Central America, where it is then refined into potent powder cocaine.

During a raid near the Guatemalan border in March, for example, Honduran police agents discovered a massive lab, capable of producing 8 tons of cocaine. Agents found microwave ovens, air compressors and sleeping quarters for 12, as well as barrels of acetic acid, acetone and calcium chloride.

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