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2006-08-30 18:09:25

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) - Increased security on the U.S.-Mexican border is turning human smuggling into a multi-billion dollar criminal industry and attracting violent gangs with ties to Mexican drug cartels, authorities say. The U.S. government has gradually tightened its grip on the porous Mexican border in response to heightened concerns over homeland security -- most recently ordering 6,000 National Guard troops to the border in May. Police and prosecutors in Arizona,...

2006-08-19 09:17:28

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - At least 10 people died and as many as 40 were feared missing when a small boat packed with illegal immigrants sank off Sicily on Saturday, prompting Italy to call for greater cooperation to fight human trafficking. "What happened today is not only a tragedy but nothing less than a crime," Interior Minister Giuliano Amato said in a statement. "And if we don't manage to punish crimes they repeat themselves and tragedies repeat themselves too." The...

2006-08-16 15:28:57

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sex trafficking ring that smuggled South Korean women into the United State to work as prostitutes in cities including the nation's capital has been cracked and 31 people arrested, officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said another 70 women were being questioned to see if they were victims of the ring that shuttled prostitutes among brothels in places such as Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Prosecutors...

2006-08-16 12:25:01

By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sex trafficking ring that smuggled Korean women into the United States to work in brothels has been cracked and 31 people arrested, officials said on Wednesday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 70 women were in custody for questioning to see if they were victims of the ring that trafficked prostitutes between brothels in cities including New York, Washington and Philadelphia. Prosecutors said recruiters identified Korean women who...

2006-08-15 14:38:46

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - The governments of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina have set up a joint intelligence center to combat smuggling and money-laundering in the region where their borders meet, Brazil said on Tuesday. The United States, which has long complained that the so-called Tri-Border area is rampant with cross-frontier crime, was involved in the establishment of the Regional Intelligence Center. Located at Federal Police facilities in the Brazilian city of Foz do...

2006-08-07 18:15:43

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - A sport utility vehicle packed with nearly two dozen suspected illegal immigrants overturned in southern Arizona on Monday, killing nine people, the U.S. Border Patrol said. Agent Veronica Lozano said the dead were among 22 passengers crammed into a Chevrolet Suburban that flipped over on a desert road near Yuma, Arizona, a few miles (km) north of the Mexican border. "The vehicle was attempting to avoid a Border Patrol checkpoint by driving along a dirt...

2006-08-07 18:09:58

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - A sport utility vehicle packed with nearly two dozen suspected illegal immigrants overturned in southern Arizona on Monday, killing nine people, the U.S. Border Patrol said. Agent Veronica Lozano said the dead were among 22 passengers crammed into a Chevrolet Suburban that flipped over on a desert road near Yuma, Arizona, a few miles (km) north of the Mexican border. "The vehicle was attempting to avoid a Border Patrol checkpoint by driving along a dirt...

2006-07-08 16:12:54

MIAMI (Reuters) - A Cuban migrant died on Saturday from possible head injuries after the U.S. Coast Guard chased a speedboat suspected of smuggling 31 people into the United States and fired into its engines to stop the vessel, U.S. officials said. The Coast Guard said the death of a woman on the boat was not as a result of the shooting, which occurred after a high-speed chase about dawn that began 39 miles south of Key West and ended 4 miles south of Boca Chica in Florida. Two...

2006-06-29 20:35:00

By Orla Ryan MADINA, Ghana (Reuters) - Twelve-year-old Emmanuel Nkorbo does not know how much money his mother got for him. He knows she was promised money if she gave him up, delivering him into the hands of traffickers, who trade people for profit. "It is a long time since I saw her," he said in the local language twi, his bright eyes betraying little emotion. "It is difficult to tell what I remember, but when I meet her I will know it is her," he said. In the years since then, Emmanuel has...

2006-06-21 11:11:02

By Stephanie Ditta LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to create a dedicated police-led task force to combat the sex-trafficking of women, the UK Human Trafficking Center. The announcement came at the conclusion of a four-month long police operation that resulted in the rescue of more than 80 women, some as young as 14, believed to have been trafficked mainly from Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East. Home Office minister Vernon Coaker announced the task force at a news conference in...


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  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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