Lost in Europe was picked up by national TV in Gambia! Ismail Einashe’s story on a Gambian migrant fostered by an Italian family is featured at our facebookpage (video in English, credits QTV News).
July 30 is the United Nation's World Day Against Trafficking in Persons -- it's the international day to raise awareness about the plight of human trafficking victims and to call for their rights to be protected. On this day we're hosting a special Q&A session on ZOOM with two of our journalists from the Lost in Europe collective.
This special Q&A session will feature two of our top investigative journalists, Cecilia Ferrara and Ismail Einashe. Do you want to learn about how Lost in Europe works? what stories Cecilia and Ismail are working on? do you want to learn which journalistic techniques work and which don't? Then do please reserve your free spot.
Date: Thursday 30 July
Time: 17.00-18.00 CEST (Central European time)
Link to sign up.
The Essex drama highlights how the UK has become an epicentre for trafficked Vietnamese in Europe. For years, Vietnamese have been trafficked into the UK in trucks arriving from Belgium or France – so this latest incident would seem like nothing out of the ordinary. But what has shifted is the age of the people involved – they are younger and the tactics of their traffickers are more dangerous.
The findings of the investigation raise serious questions about the efforts of EU states to prevent the trafficking of vulnerable children, and highlight the failings of the British and Dutch authorities to care for unaccompanied minors properly. There are more Vietnamese children than any other nationality identified or suspected of being trafficked into the UK.
Dutch authorities issue an alert over the vanishing of at least 25 heavily pregnant African women and girls housed in asylum shelters in the Netherlands. Our investigators reveal that unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and those with newborn babies, continue to disappear on a weekly basis from shelters across the country. Trafficking and illegal adoption are feared.
England has become an epicenter for trafficked Vietnamese in Europe. For years, Vietnamese migrants have been smuggled into England by trucks from Belgium or France. In recent years, the people entering the country are getting younger and the ways in which traders bring people into the country is becoming more dangerous. The journey starts in Southeast Asia with routes via Russia to Europe. Most trafficked Vietnamese who reach England work in nail salons, cannabis plantations and, in the worst cases, forced prostitution. There are concerns about the capacity of European countries to combat human trafficking and to protect vulnerable individuals.
Ismail Einashe reflects on being transported back to his childhood in Ethiopia, and memories of life as a refugee before he moved to the UK. 'I had last been here as a young boy in December 1994, where I had lived after fleeing the civil war in Somalia. My family were forced to leave Hargeisa city in 1988, first escaping on foot to a refugee camp in Ethiopia near the border town of Harta Sheik, where I spent the defining years of my childhood and later ended up in Bole-Mikael, neighbourhood of Addis Ababa. We were not alone.'
Muhammed Sanneh was an orphan when he left The Gambia aged 16 to try and find a way to support his two younger siblings. They had all been living with his grandmother in the northern town of Basse, where life was a struggle. Five-and-a-half years later, the young migrant lives on the Italian island of Sicily, where he is fluent in Italian and has been fostered by a local family.
In the mountains of Sicily a Nigerian woman is leading a battle to help rescue women like herself from a life of forced sex work. Osas Egbon opened up a shelter for these victims of trafficking on the Italian island in January - the first of its kind created by and for Nigerian women.
A quarter of trafficked children who were in the care of local authorities in the UK last year have gone missing from the system, according to new research by two British charities that work with vulnerable children. These figures raise serious questions about the capacity of local authorities to provide a safe environment for vulnerable children who arrive in the UK alone, or after being rescued from trafficking gangs.
Türk takipçilerimize müjde! Et une bonne nouvelle pour notre public francophone!
The story on Nigerian women standing up to traffickers in Sicily is republished by both BBC News Türkçe and BBC News Afrique. Written by Ismail Einashe. Photography: Kate Stanworth.
With Tate Modern as his local art museum, Ismail Einashe has seen the
benefits, both as a participant and visitor, of having a cultural
institution next door. Tate Exchange offers a
model for a new way forward, through conversation, participation and
collaboration. Read more.
The Italian island prides itself on being a welcoming crossroads of cultures, but rising populist rhetoric is changing the conversation