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UNICEF estimates 500,000 children used trafficker’s services to reach Europe illegally

The estimate is based on data from Europol, Interpol and information from other UN agencies, EFE news reported

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September 3, 2016: At least 500,000 children have used the services of traffickers to enter Europe illegally since January 2015, says the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report, that was released on Friday.

The estimate is based on data from Europol, Interpol and information from other UN agencies, EFE news reported.

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UNICEF spokeswoman Sarah Crowe explained that the calculation is based on the fact that nearly 590,000 minors have filed an application for asylum in the European Union in those 18 months.

As many as 100,000 of these asylum applications were filed by unaccompanied children, although Crowe added that the figure should be higher because of the different registration systems in countries.

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Given this figure and the fact that Europol-Interpol believes that 90 per cent of journeys made by refugees inEuropeare done with the help of traffickers,Unicef has concluded that half a million children used their services.

Interpol estimates that human trafficking earns between $5-6 billion a year. (IANS)

 

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EU Regulators Question Online Retailer Amazon’s Data Usage

Seattle-based Amazon had no immediate comment.

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EU regulators are quizzing merchants and others on U.S. online retailer Amazon’s use of their data to discover whether there is a need for action, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday.

The comments by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager came as the world’s largest online retailer faces calls for more regulatory intervention and even its potential break-up because of its sheer size.

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Vestager said the issue was about a company hosting merchants on its site and at the same time competing with these same retailers by using their data for its own sales.

“We are gathering information on the issue and we have sent quite a number of questionnaires to market participants in order to understand this issue in full,” Vestager told a news conference.

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“These are very early days and we haven’t formally opened a case. We are trying to make sure that we get the full picture.”

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Seattle-based Amazon had no immediate comment.

Vestager has the power to fine companies up to 10 percent of their global turnover for breaching EU antitrust rules. (VOA)