The Trust had operations in Tirana, Shkoder, and Peshkopi by 2000. The highest incidences of trafficking children happened in Tirana and Shkoder (used as a waypoint for other countries) by 2000. In Peshkopi, the KLA used it as a torture camp waypoint for harvesting organs at yellow houses during the conflict.
Trust (minutes of Parliament, 1999): "The Trust will concentrate its work in three areas of the country, where there is a critical need for the basic of life... Tirana, where the Trust has its head offices. Shkoder--where it has a base and effective programme using local personnel and resources; and Peshkopi--where the Minister for Labour and Social Protection has specifically asked us to work."
Mafia: (childtrafficking.org): Albania is the most important transit country from the Balkans to Italy because of the ports Vlore and Durres...93% of the 125 trafficked women have identified the Shkodra road that runs from former Republic of Yugoslavia to Albania as the road they travelled with their traffickers.
Mafia: (childtrafficking.org): Ukrainians... to reach Albania, the majority of known victims crossed Lake Shkodra. Romanians...who crossed into Albania from Montenegro crossed Lake Shkodra. Moldovans have been known to transit via Romania...crossing into Albania near Lake Shkodra. Onwards from Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, trafficking follows these routes...into Albania across Lake Shkodra and then onto Italy... from Kosovo, primarily from FYROM into Albania... or into Greece by land, or directly into Albania and then into Italy across the Adriatic Sea.
Mafia 2: (childtrafficking.org): "In the southern Shkodra area, participants estimated that 90% of the girls do not attend school. "Most people don't send their girls to school after the age of 13 years." "Even if the girl is the best student, she can only go to school if she is accompanied by her father or a brother." "I want to send my child to school, but I am very frightened of the dangers of trafficking." "The school is just 15 minutes away, but I will not let my girl go. It is too dangerous."
[Note 1: Vlore was a common trafficking point for those from Bosnia Herzegovina. Again, this was the American charity's turf and was overseen by Berisha's mafia clan which wasn't on good terms with Thaci (whose trafficking operations were in tandem with the European Children's Trust here)]
[Note 2: Shkodra is clearly an important hub for trafficking. And yet, it makes little sense to do only child welfare work when the town is not particularly large or significant. All research indicates this town only became a point of interest for trafficking during the 1990s]
KLA Organ Harvesting: (thebloodyellowhouse.wordpress.com): This KLA member...who is responsible for multiple kidnappings and murders committed in 1999, testified that he drove two waste disposal trucks from Kosovo to Pastrik... the second [truck] he transported the kidnapped Serbs who were still alive. They were first tortured and then killed in the KLA death camps in Tropoje and Peshkope, in Albania... according to these witnesses, in organ harvesting and trade, KLA was also being helped by some mujahedeen [read: Al Qaida that was training the KLA] with "good connections" in the Middle East hospitals... soon after the war, it was discovered...organs were harvested for the benefit of the rich buyers from Western Europe and Middle East states.
KLA Organ Harvesting 2: Marty's report named Thaci as the leader of organized criminal enterprises that flourished in Kosovo and Albania in 1999, and implicated him in kidnappings, murders, and organ-trafficking operations that claimed the lives of Serbs, Roma, Albanians, and persons from other ethnic groups...some of whom were abducted in Kosovo, transported across the border to secret detention camps in Albania, and eventually killed. Wikileaks also reveals an intelligence report indicating the UN knew about this and they banked upwards of 45k per organ. .
Note: Peshkopi is a tiny-nothing village which has no other association but with the military. This is a huge red flag that this "charity" was serving a dual purpose for the KLA's benefit.
*As for trafficking today, look at the "donor countries" in Europe: they overlap with the regions discussed here--Romania, Moldova, Albania, Kosovo, Ukraine...
*Here's a link where an Israeli "adoption agency" preyed on Romanian orphans for organ sale: "The Romanian officials are trying to ascertain if all such children arrived in Israel with all organs in their bodies." Gee, how could that happen...
*Oh look, here's a 2008 article showing that people are still organ harvesting in Kosovo. Israel seems to be a common thread here. Rahm Emanual fingerprints? He's big in the "organ donation awareness" scheme in Chicago.
The trust worked in a rural area, Schkoder, and Tirana, an urban center. They had ties to Italy. Shkoder became a well known high-trafficked area with people then moved into Tirana, and then onward to Italy.
Trust: (see UK Parliament reference above)
Mafia: (per childslavery.org's report): Each country or territory is, to varying degrees, a country of origin, transit or destination. Some countries, such as Albania, which is equally a country of transit [Tirana] and origin [Schkoder], have more than one primary role.
Mafia: (per the book, Sex trafficking) One of the most recent trends I observed [in Europe] was a two-step process of movement from a rural area [Schkoder] to an urban center in the same country [Tirana], followed by the international transportation of a select number of slaves for exploitation internationally [Italy/Greece].
The Trust emphasized working closely with local officials in every country of operation. Corrupt local officials are the biggest problems to stemming human trafficking.
Trust: "The Trust's social worker took up the Head of Social Welfare in Tirana Municipality and they worked closely with the Ministry of Justice to draft legislation, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and the General Administration of Social Service. Traffickers report collusion between the mafia and all levels of government." (see 1999 annual return regarding other country ties)
Mafia: (wikileaks Tirana cable) "The illegal activities of the traffickers went on under the noses of corrupt officials in the Vlora district [former President Berisha's area]. In some instances there was evidence of official involvement in human trafficking... in general, a lack of coopertion from other ministries, particularly the Ministries of Labor and Justice [yup, ECT worked with both of those divisions] to implement anti-trafficking efforts hampers the efforts... occasional resistance still also occurs at the regional or municipal government level... corruption is widespread and endemic at all levels and all sectors of Albanian society, and this is a major barrier to reducing human trafficking.
Save the Children has a boat linked with the Italian coast guard that makes several off-the-record trips from Africa up through Italy. The trafficking prosecutor of Italy emphasizes that a lack of cooperation between countries is the biggest hurdle.
Save the Children: (Great zerohedge article posted here) During the two months of our operation, we have monitored at least 39,000 Africans illegally smuggled into Italy, which was done with the full consent of the Italian and European authorities. The Vos Hestia search and rescue ship, chartered by the charity, Save the Children, like many of the NGO vessels it is under the supervision of the Italian coastguard.
Mafia:(book, Sex Trafficking) Bianconi, a top trafficking prosecutor in Italy, told me that the single largest hurdle she faces in prosecuting sex traffickers is the paucity of cooperation between Italy and origin countries such as Albania, Moldova, and Romania, where attempts to gather information are met with jurisdictional wrangling and policial delays.
[Note: What's the link between Save the Children going from Africa to Italy? According to childtrafficking.org: "IOM data show that primary countries of origin [for Italy's sex trade] include Romania and Moldova, followed by Albania, Nigeria, and Ukraine." I remember being really confused why Nigeria showed up randomly in the sex trafficking stats for Italy... turns out it's Save the Children's sex trafficking work. Makes sense now].