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An Italian court ruled Friday that an Eritrean accused of being a human trafficking kingpin known as "the General" was telling the truth when he claimed it was a case of mistaken identity.
Authorities in Peru said they had busted an alleged baby trafficking ring that included the country's former police chief.
International police agency Interpol says 40 suspected human traffickers have been arrested and nearly 500 of their victims freed.
Twenty-one people have been indicted in what authorities are calling a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that brought hundreds of women from Thailand to the US.
President Robert Mugabe's government has warned Zimbabweans to be "extremely circumspect" before accepting job offers abroad after reports that up to 200 women have been trafficked to Kuwait and forced into domestic slavery.
The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution to tackle illegal smuggling of endangered wildlife like elephants and rhinoceros.
Smugglers rake in €5.6bn every year from human trafficking between Africa and Europe and between Latin and North America, even as thousands continue to die.
The UN Security Council is cracking down on ivory hunters and traffickers who finance armed groups in Africa in a new initiative which has been welcomed by conservationists.
Malaysia torched nearly three tonnes of seized scales of endangered pangolins worth $9m in a bid to deter illegal wildlife trafficking from Africa.
Ten people accused of running a brothel in Cape Town have made a brief appearance in the Western Cape High Court.
A Thai court is issuing rulings in a major human trafficking trial with more than 103 defendants, including a senior army officer, accused in a modern-day slavery trade.
The Hawks have rescued 26 women from a brothel in Klerksdorp.
The illegal trade in wildlife is the fourth-largest transnational illegal trade globally and is believed to be worth up to $19bn per year, says airlines body Iata..
Spanish police have arrested 19 suspected of trafficking Russian and Ukrainian women for prostitution.
Niger's head of parliament, who faces questioning in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has turned up in Belgium, an opposition official says.
More women are being suspected of assisting syndicates in child trafficking along the South African border.
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