Newsbriefing – Week of 28 January

On January 28, a workshop on Trafficking in Persons was held in Abuja, Nigeria. At this occasion, the Labour Migration Expert of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) discussed Alliance 8.7, a global network established in partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) with the aim of reducing child labour and trafficking in persons in Nigeria and West Africa.

According to the latest Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, the number of human trafficking cases recorded in 2016 hit a 13-year record high. On the one hand, the countries’ effort in improving the legislation to identify victims might explain this raise. On the other hand, the numbers might merely reflect an increase in the phenomenon of human trafficking.

The Hezbollah’s most recent declaration to support Nicolas Maduro highlights the group’s involvement in Venezuelan politics. For some years now, scholars and media have explored the influence of the Hezbollah into Latin American affairs, including links with criminal groups.

On Thursday 31, the Italian Police intercepted a shipment of 1.9 tonnes of cocaine in the port of Genoa, Italy. According to the sources, the shipment which arrived from South America, was heading to Barcelona, Spain.

On Thursday 31, the EU Parliament recognised Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim President of Venezuela. MEPs recalled that they fully support the National Assembly of Venezuela and that they trusted this body to ensure that fundamental human rights are respected in the country.

Eurojust and Europol supported German and Dutch authorities to dismantle an organised crime group involved in international drug trafficking and money laundering. The two entities provided assistance during both the investigation and the intervention ​phase.

On February ​3, Nayib Bukele was elected as new president of El Salvador with 57% of the votes. One of the main objectives formulated during the campaign is the fight against corruption by creating an UN-supported international anti-corruption commission.