Funding slavery & terror: Part I

December 18, 2009


Muhammad, whom Muslims view as the perfect man to emulate, owned slaves.  It should therefore be not entirely surprising that, even in modern times, the average human trafficker is more likely to be a Muslim than a Christian or Jew.  Arutz Sheva ran a story this summer with the headline, “Muslim Countries Lead in Human Trafficking”:

Muslim countries in the Middle East and north-central Africa lead the world in human trafficking, according to a new U.S. State Department report. Of the 17 countries that were given the “Tier 3″ listing reserved for the worst offenders, nine were Muslim countries or countries with a large Muslim population from these two regions. Tier 3 countries are defined as those “whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards” of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and “are not making significant efforts to do so.”

The Middle Eastern countries with Tier 3 status are Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. The north-central African countries are Mauritania, Chad, Sudan, Niger, and Eritrea, all of which have very large Muslim populations.

This blog is not about slavery under Islam, but many analysts have pointed out modern day connections between human trafficking and terrorism.  Therefore, this three-day series will look at the financial interplay between the two wicked practices, including:

  1. Common funding sources
  2. Personal and financial collusion among traffickers and terrorists
  3. Anti-money laundering (AML) laws that can address trafficking and terrorism simultaneously.

Similar revenue channels

To illustrate the first point about overlapping funding sources, Mining Weekly published a useful example this fall (before the inception of Money Jihad) about stolen gold, terrorism, and trafficking in persons:

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Increasing gold theft from South African mines was funding international terrorism and human trafficking and amounted to a global money-laundering operation of huge magnitude, Pan African Resources CEO Jan Nelson said on Tuesday.

“Dirty money is coming in and clean gold is going out,” Nelson told Mining Weekly Online at question time during the company’s annual results presentation, where Pan African reported a 15% increase in underground gold production and 30% earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (ebitda).

“It’s a money-laundering operation on a huge scale. We have to attack this problem at various levels and the role players are interacting and there is assistance from government,” he said.

Pan African’s security costs have risen to close to 3%, which represents a total of $15/oz of gold produced. Of that $15/oz, $7/oz goes directly towards fighting criminal miners.

At international level, UN resolutions were being evoked and special programmes implemented.

“Interpol is involved, because the money leaves South Africa and it’s funding international terrorism and it’s also funding human trafficking,” Nelson divulged…

Nelson said, during question time in response to Mining Weekly Online, that “criminal mining” was on the increase at the company’s mines in Barberton and throughout South Africa.

“We have seen an increase in criminal mining. We are targeting the criminal syndicate leaders. We know who these people are, we know where they are, they are being tracked and they will taken out,” he told Mining Weekly Online.

The criminal miners were illegally entering the company’s operations, threatening Pan African’s employees and endangering the viability of the business.

A Presidential South African oversight committee had visited the mine and a special police task team had been assigned to the task of eradicating criminal mining at South African operations.

“We need to understand that criminal mining is not only a Barberton problem, but a South African problem and an international problem.

“We are linked into the precious metals committee and we have got the cooperation of the special task team of the South African police.

“On the first level, we are contributing $7/oz to fighting these criminals,” Nelson told Mining Weekly Online.

“We have to do it and we will do it because we will not lose our business, and so we’ve improved security measures and we’ve also improved our interrogation systems in terms of information.

“When a criminal miner is captured and he has a cellphone, we download all the information, which is supplied to the government and the special task teams that use that to look at the networks on a country basis.

“On the ground, we are fighting criminal mining with additional security, we’re looking at better information systems.

“But then, on the next level, at the tier-two level, we need special task teams from the police to fight the syndicate bosses. We are all coordinating our activities to do that, because you have the criminal miners doing the dirty work on the mines, but they are not earning a lot of money,” Nelson said.

Common revenue sources are just the beginning.  Tomorrow we’ll look at the personal and financial relationships among traffickers and jihadists.

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