The last year was particularly turbulent. The One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is quick to step up to the plate with the protests and unrest in various parts of the globe as a main theme. It’s not the only topic, though, in the 106 films from 44 countries. Everything from LSD to the murder of a journalist in Chechnya falls under the investigative microscope.
Czech police have charged six Nigerians with human trafficking and forgery offenses after breaking up a gang which brought at least 25 young girls into the country and forced them to work at prostitutes. The gang, headed by a woman, is said to have used violence and the threat of black magic to keep the girls obedient and deter them from seeking help.
Special police teams from the Czech Republic and Britain have broken up a human trafficking ring which recruited Czech women for sexual exploitation in Britain. The gang also tried to cash in on sham marriages to get round immigration rules. Six arrests have taken place in the two countries following the first joint investigation by police forces.
The Czech non-profit organization La Strada says it has uncovered an ugly face of the booming Thai massage business in the Czech Republic, used by tourists and locals alike. Many masseuses are virtual prisoners of their employers after getting into debt to make the journey to their workplace, with violent minders sometimes preventing them leaving.