Archive for the ‘kidnapped’ Category

American U.N. Official Abducted in Pakistan

February 2, 2009

Gunmen kidnapped a top American UN official and killed his driver in Pakistan Monday, in the most high-profile recent Western abduction in a country struggling to contain extremist violence.

John Solecki, head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the southwestern city of Quetta, was snatched at gunpoint while travelling to work in the capital of Baluchistan province, which borders Afghanistan and Iran.

AFP

Quetta, which has an estimated population of just under one million, is considered a possible refuge for Taliban leaders who fled Afghanistan after the US-led invasion in late 2001 that toppled the hardline regime.

Gunmen ambushed Solecki’s vehicle, which was marked with United Nations insignia, and opened fire, wounding the driver who later died of his injuries, UN officials and police said.

Local police official Khalid Masood told AFP that Solecki was an American national and “head of the sub-office of UNHCR-Quetta.”

John Solecki, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for ... 
John Solecki, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),seen here on March 15, 2008, in the southwestern city of Quetta carries kites during a kite show for Afghan refugees arrange by UNHCR in Quetta. Gunmen kidnapped Solecki and killed his driver in Pakistan Monday, in the most high-profile recent Western abduction in a country struggling to contain extremist violence.(AFP/File/Banaras Khan)

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Asian Human Trafficking, Torture and Sex Trade

January 3, 2009

Western men who visit red-light districts in poor countries often find themselves surrounded by coquettish teenage girls laughingly tugging them toward the brothels. The men assume that the girls are there voluntarily, and in some cases they are right.

But anyone inclined to take the girls’ smiles at face value should talk to Sina Vann, who was once one of those smiling girls.

By Nicholas Kristof
The New York Times

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Above: Sina Vann

Sina is Vietnamese but was kidnapped at the age of 13 and taken to Cambodia, where she was drugged. She said she woke up naked and bloody on a bed with a white man — she doesn’t know his nationality — who had purchased her virginity.

After that, she was locked on the upper floors of a nice hotel and offered to Western men and wealthy Cambodians. She said she was beaten ferociously to force her to smile and act seductive.

“My first phrase in Khmer,” the Cambodian language, “was, ‘I want to sleep with you,’ ” she said. “My first phrase in English was” — well, it’s unprintable.

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Gaza: In Case of Ground Assault, Hamas Prepared to Kidnap, Ransom Israelis

January 2, 2009

Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said from Damascus Friday that his militant group was prepared for an Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip and could abduct abduct more soldiers if Israel attempts the incursion.

“If you commit a foolish act by raiding Gaza, who knows, we may have a second or a third or a fourth Shalit,” he said, according to Reuters. Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas in a cross-border raid more than two years ago.

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,475108,00.html