Police Rescued The Trafficking Of 94 Children


Police in Sudan have rescued 94 people, mostly children, from criminal human trafficking networks in the country, Interpol has said.

Eighty-five of those rescued were children and are believed to be from Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Niger, Sudan and South Sudan.

They were rescued in a four-day operation in August, the international police agency said.

The operation called Sawiyan, was coordinated by Interpol’s National Central Bureau in Khartoum and some 200 Sudanese local officers.

Some of the victims as young as 10 years, were found working in illegally-operated gold mines east of Khartoum under extreme conditions, where they forced to handle dangerous chemicals, the agency said in a statement.

“The diversity of nationalities amongst those rescued shows how human trafficking and people smuggling is a truly transnational problem which requires a coordinated international response in which police and stakeholders share information and best practices,” said Tim Morris, Interpol’s Executive Director of Police Services.

Two men and 12 women, suspected to be traffickers were arrested and $20,000 were recovered in the operation carried out in several locations in Khartoum and the city’s international airport.

The agency which said it had launched an investigation into the cases, said many of the victims, were held against their will and forced to work in the mining operations where they were rescued.

“One consistent aspect arising from our operations against human trafficking is the abuse of the inherent vulnerability of the victims, and the perilous conditions they are made to work in for profit,” Morris said in the statement.

Interpol said Sudan’s Ministry of Social Affairs will provide assistance for those rescued.

Thousands of people have been forced into child labor, sex trafficking and child soldiering in Sudan, which remains a viable source, destination and transit point for criminal trafficking networks on the continent.

According to the United States department around 2.9 million people are vulnerable to trafficking rings due to poor economic conditions that prevail in the north African.

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Muslim Court Order Women To Be Caned For Same-Sex Relationship


Two Malaysian women accused of pursuing a sexual relationship were caned in an Islamic court on Monday, setting off an outcry from rights groups who said the country’s political transformation this year had done little to ensure equal treatment of all citizens.

The women, who were convicted of “sexual relations between women,” were each struck six times with a rattan cane in front of witnesses in the Shariah High Court in the state of Terengganu, officials said.

The sentence, delivered four months after an election that saw Malaysia’s governing party ousted for the first time since the country was founded in 1957, reflects the country’s deeply conservative culture despite a liberalization in its politics.

Rights groups assailed the new government for discrimination against gay men and lesbians and for continuing to allow a form of corporal punishment outlawed in most of the world.

“Caning is a form of torture, and to inflict this brutal punishment publicly on two people for engaging in consensual, same-sex relations sends Malaysia back to the Dark Ages,” Gwen Lee, interim executive director for Amnesty International Malaysia, said in a statement.

“Caning is a dreadful reminder of the depth of discrimination L.G.B.T.I. people face in the country and a sign that the new government condones the use of inhuman and degrading punishments, much like its predecessor,” Mr. Lee added.

Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation, has a justice system that includes both civil courts with jurisdiction over everyone and Shariah courts that apply only to Muslims.

The women, aged 22 and 32, were caned by a female prison officer, Malaysian news outlets reported. The older woman did not wince at the blows, but the younger woman began to sob when she was struck, the Star newspaper reported. The women were not identified in local news reports.
Representatives of the Terengganu government and Shariah law advocates said that the women were fully clothed while caned, and that the punishment was not meant to injure them but to provide a lesson for the public on Islamic law.

“The Shariah way of caning is not brutal and oppressive as claimed by certain quarters,” said Musa Awang, president of the Syariah Lawyers Association of Malaysia.

Other legal groups disagreed. The Malaysian Bar said the country should not tolerate caning in any form and should repeal all forms of corporal punishment.

“It is a harsh and barbaric form of punishment that causes harmful and long-lasting psychological effects, and has no place in a modern and compassionate society such as ours,” George Varughese, the president of the Malaysian Bar, said in a statement.
Charles Santiago, a lawmaker who is part of the governing coalition, said the punishment was “outrageous” and “a form of torture.” He said Malaysia had seen a worrying rise in anti-L.G.B.T. sentiment in recent months, including a violent assault by several men against a transgender woman last month.

“We need to stop targeting the L.G.B.T. community,” he said in a statement. “We need to stop invading their privacy. We need to stop abusing them. We need to grow up as a society and learn to embrace diversity.”

He called on the new government to repeal all laws that criminalize homosexuality.

One of Malaysia’s most prominent politicians, the former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, was twice imprisoned on sodomy charges that were seen as orchestrated by his political rivals, including the current prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.

Mr. Anwar was released from prison and pardoned by Malaysia’s king in May, which allows him to hold political office again and potentially succeed Mr. Mahathir, who is now his ally, as prime minister.

Source:NEWYORKTIMES

Check-Out Sex Stall Where People Have Sex, In Switzerland


The Zurich Govt has hailed the legal ‘sex booths’ where customers take their cars and ‘drive-in’ to meet prostitutes for sex a ‘resounding success’ in Switzerland.

On Sunday, the sex booths which look like garages, celebrated their fifth anniversary with Zurich government spokeswoman Nadeen Schuster telling USA Today they have been ‘effective in preventing violence against sex workers and human trafficking’.

The sex booths were installed after 52 percent of Zurich citizens voted in favour of the local government spending $2million (£1,557,020) on ‘sex boxes’ in 2012.

The government also spends $800,000 (£623,000) each year maintaining the booths, which includes security and on-site social services and the sex workers pay taxes, have regular health checks and are healthier overall, according to the officials.

Back in 2014, the Zurich government installed ‘plank beds’ in booths for people who wanted to leave their cars.

Once a woman has been selected and a price has been agreed, they drive together to one of the booths and have sex.

According to the council officials, the sex booths have lowered the amount of violent attacks on sex workers as well as cut down on illegal trafficking of prostitutes.

Source: Naijaloaded

Check-Out The Latest Mercedes Benz MotorJome


The latest offering of Mercedes-Benz motorhome is called the Explorer XPR440 and it’s based on a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, which means you can park this motor pretty much wherever you want.

It contains full-time four-wheel drive, low range and differential locks.
EarthCruiser also adds a few things, like hydraulic lifts, an 800 litre fuel tank, winches and a chainsaw. Almost all of these goodies can be controlled via the touch-screen in the centre console.

Standard motorhome goodies include beds, a toilet, stove, fridge, shower and even a washing machine.

If you’re a fan of motorhomes, you’re probably aware of an Australian manufacturer called EarthCruiser. They build some insane motorhomes that cost millions.

NASA FOUND SHIP WRECKAGE FROM ANOTHER WORLD BENEATH BERMUDA TRIANGLE


A deep sea treasure hunter has claimed a Nasa astronaut discovered the wreckage of ‘something from another world’ buried among the shipwrecks beneath the Bermuda Triangle.

Darrell Miklos, an explorer whose search for underwater booty has featured in two seasons of a Discovery Channel documentary series Cooper’s Treasure, uses maps created by his friend, Nasa astronaut Gordon Cooper, to find shipwrecks.

The space man, who died in 2004, made maps of dark spots in the waters of Caribbean after glimpsing them from space during a mission in 1963 which paved the way for the Apollo moon landings.

While filming episode seven of the latest series, Miklos came across an ‘unexplained’ discovery beneath the waters of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.
Cooper’s helped Miklos discover dozens of wrecks across the Caribbean worth millions of dollars.

But he now fears being labelled ‘crazy’ so is remaining ‘neutral’ until further research is carried out.
‘I was trying to identify shipwreck material based on one of the anomaly readings on Gordon’s charts when I noticed something that stuck out, that shocked me,’ Miklos told MailOnline.

The Caribbean is the final resting place of a number of ships.

‘It was a formation unlike anything I’ve ever seen related to shipwreck material, it was too big for that.
‘It was also something that was completely different from anything that I’ve seen that was made by nature.

‘There’s identical formations in three different areas and they don’t look nature made, they don’t look man made, certainly nothing I’ve ever seen based on my experience and I have years of experience at doing this, we’ve identified multiple different types of shipwreck material, this doesn’t match or look anything like that.’
Miklos saw that the strange object was covered with coral that could have built up over thousands of years.

After going back to Cooper’s original files he found that the astronaut had written ‘unidentified object’ in the area he was exploring rather than ‘shipwreck’.
‘Then it made sense to me why it wasn’t identified as a shipwreck… he had to mean it might be something from another world,’ he said.
‘Gordon believed in aliens. He believed that we had visitors from other planets and he also believed that a lot of these things landed in this particular part of the world.’

A view of the sub used to carry out the research
The shipwreck hunter says that Gordon passed on the maps to him before he died. The astronaut, who was the first astronaut to sleep in space, was tasked with spotting Russian submarines or nuclear sites from space with long-range detection equipment.
But he was also interested in shipwrecks and history and used his position above the Earth to scout for lost wrecks in the Caribbean.

Miklos says he plans to investigate further and to reserve judgement on whether or not the finding is actually evidence of aliens until more research has been conducted.
‘I don’t feel like we’ve even scratched the surface of what’s in Cooper’s files, but that’s what we hope to do in a third season,’ said Ari Mark one of the founders of AMPLE Entertainment – the company behind the Cooper’s Treasure series.

‘The bottom line is that Cooper spotted anomalies and it is his maps that led Darrell to this discovery.
‘Cooper was a reliable source for treasure, then based on his findings Darrell found something that does not appear to be a shipwreck or anything that anybody has ever seen.
‘We want to find out exactly what it is and establish whether it ties in with Cooper’s belief that we’re not alone.

Check-Out The skyscraper Waterfall in China


China contain has skyscrapers in many of his cities and town. Big cities have skyscrapers galore which are reaching for the skies. The increasing number has made it difficult for the architects and builders to bring innovation into the buildings. One such masterpiece has been created in Southwest China where a 108-meter tall waterfall has been built on one side of a huge skyscraper in Guizhou province.

The Buiding is built in the central business district of the city of Guizhou and was constructed in Guiyang as a part of the Liebian building. For the system to work like a well-oiled machine, it needs at least $118 of electricity each hour for its four pumps. This is a lot of electricity if the waterfall needs to be operated on a daily basis. According to the manager of the building, the waterfall will not function on a regular basis and will run only on special occasions or events and for a small period of time which will last from 10 to 20 minutes.

The management also plans on using tap water or recycled rainwater for the operation of the waterfall. Irrespective of how much money and electricity will be used for this creation, it is still a significant landmark and symbol of the city, as well as a popular tourist spot. The UK Times wrote about the skyscraper and waterfall saying, “People in the southwestern city of Guiyang telephoned newspapers to report what they believed was a massive water leak. When reporters arrived at the building, they realized that the owner of Liebian Mansion had created a waterfall that gushes down the side.”

The skyscraper has some concerning consequences as well when it comes to the environment. The managers of the building clarified that they would not waste or exhaust the natural resources in the operation of the waterfall. This water featuring stream down a building is also said to be an impractical approach irrespective of how stunning it is.

A local shared his views about the building saying, “It’s quite novel. If you do it on a hot day, it will feel very comfortable. It is still very eye-catching.” When you look at the video footage of this building, you will see a massive stream of water going down a building, reflecting sunlight and making people look up in wonder. This is indeed a marvelous creation by the architects of the building in a very crowded city.

Africa Richest Man Put $4.5B Funding For His Oil Refinery


Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has arranged more than $4.5 billion in debt financing for his Nigerian oil refinery project and aims to start production in early 2020, he told Reuters.

Dangote, who built his fortune in cement, is building the world’s largest single oil refinery with capacity of 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) to help to reduce Nigeria’s dependence on imported petroleum.

Despite being a crude oil exporter, Nigeria imports the bulk of its petroleum because of a lack of domestic refining capacity.

Lenders would commit about $3.15 billion, with the World Bank’s private sector arm providing $150 million, Dangote said, adding that he was investing more than 60 percent from his own cash flow.

A construction worker assists with moving building materials on a lift at the Dangote Oil Refinery under construction, in Ibeju Lekki district, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria, July 5, 2018.

A construction worker assists with moving building materials on a lift at the Dangote Oil Refinery under construction, in Ibeju Lekki district, on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria, July 5, 2018.

Dangote Group has said that Standard Chartered Bank was arranging funds for the project.

“We will end up spending between $12 billion to $14 billion. The funding is going to come through equity, commercial bank loans, export credit agencies and developmental banks,” Dangote said in an interview in Lagos on Tuesday.

“Hopefully, we will finish mechanical (construction) by next year and products will start coming out in the first quarter of 2020.”

Nigeria’s central bank would provide guarantees for about 575 billion naira in local currency for 10 years, with African Development Bank providing a $300 million loan. Trade banks from China, India and some European countries are also in the mix, Dangote said.

The planned refinery and petrochemical complex is expected to account for half of Dangote’s sprawling assets when it is finished next year.

Last week Dangote signed a loan of $650 million with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) for the project.

Dangote said he was looking to acquire more oilfields as his focus shift towards the oil sector to feed the refinery.

Outside of oil, Dangote said he is also eyeing English soccer team Arsenal.

“We will go after Arsenal from 2020 … even if somebody buys, we will still go after it,” he told Reuters, referring to reports that Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov was looking to sell his 30 percent stake in the club.

Dangote added that the need for healthy cash flow until completion of the refinery project rules out a move for Arsenal before then.

This post was originally from VOANEWS