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The trafficking of young women for prostitution is a problem across the world.

But in Iraq, it has reached such proportions that a special police unit in Baghdad is now dedicated to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Filmmaker Simona Foltyn went behind the scenes to meet some trafficking victims and those trying to end this exploitative trade.

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Watch Part 1 here: https://youtu.be/RZ0xTalFLbI

With guns in their hands and faith in God at their side, many Republicans in the United States continue to believe that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.

As a result, the country remains deeply divided over the last contest for the White House - and the violent attempts at the Capitol that followed to overturn the result.

Now, as the November 2022 mid-term elections draw near, this poisonous ideological clash reflects such starkly contrasting interpretations of "freedom" and "authoritarianism", that some fear the very basis of America's democratic consensus is in peril.

In a special two-part report for People and Power, correspondent Bob Abeshouse investigates the reasons for this division - and those seeking to exploit it for political gain.

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Patti Smith's official music video for 'People Have The Power'. Click to listen to Patti Smith on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/PattiSSpot?IQid=PHP

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Lyrics:

I was dreamin' in my dreamin'
Of an aspect bright and fair
And my sleepin' it was broken
But my dream it lingered near

In the form of shinin' valleys
Where the pure air recognized
Oh, and my senses newly opened
And I awakened to the cry

And the people have the power
To redeem the work of fools
From the meek the graces shower
It's decreed the people rule

People have the power
People have the power
People have the power
People have the power

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The scars of Bosnia's devastating civil war have never fully healed but, for years, this divided country has kept a fragile peace.

Now, with Ukraine on fire and Europe on high alert for Russian meddling elsewhere across the continent, the mood is increasingly uneasy.

For several months, pro-Kremlin Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has been threatening to secede by taking his Republika Srpska enclave out of the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina that was established under the Dayton Peace Accords in December 1995.

As filmmaker Glenn Ellis found for this episode of People & Power, this has raised the dreadful spectre of conflict in the Western Balkans once more.

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The event followed a now familiar pattern: a small convoy of dusty 4x4 vehicles drove on to the edge of the airstrip at Galkayo in Puntland, north-central Somalia; armed security guards took up watchful positions nearby and a number of bemused-looking men stepped gingerly from the cars and lined up to have their photographs taken by the media.

On this occasion there were 11 of them; all had been hostages until that morning. They were sailors from a Malaysian cargo vessel that had been hijacked by Somali pirates a few years ago and held until a ransom was paid for their release.

One of them gave a brief account of what had happened. "On November 26, 2010 our ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean. Their demand was 20 million. After that, they threatened the owner. You now increase money or we will shoot the crew. The owner didn't increase the money and then one Indian is shot with just three bullets. Then they hit us and tortured us. Tell your family to bring us money, otherwise we will kill you!"

The crew had been held for three and a half years but they were the fortunate ones. Five of their crew mates had died in that time. Now the survivors were going home and a UN plane with two envoys on board was flying in to see them to safety.

Such scenes have become relatively commonplace in Galkayo in recent times. Eighty percent of global trade is carried by sea and Somalia sits on a key maritime route linking Europe and Asia. More than 18,000 ships pass its shores every year. Over the past decade, Somali pirates, often former fishermen whose traditional livelihoods have been destroyed by foreign trawlers and toxic waste dumping, have attacked more than 300 vessels and kidnapped 700 people.

Faced with such a threat, the international community responded aggressively. In 2008, European states, the US and others began sending naval forces to these seas. They are still there today - warships, planes and helicopters patrolling thousands of square miles and doing a fair job of keeping the hijackers at bay. The UN and others have also played an increasing role in facilitating negotiations for the release of hostages - such as those set free at places such as Galkayo - for whose liberty large ransoms have been paid.

But if the problem is now slowly coming under control in Somalia, the same cannot be said for other parts of the world where piracy is on the increase. Lawlessness, desperation, poverty, greed and even political radicalism have brought the phenomenon to the waters of South America, Asia and, perhaps most aggressively, to West Africa.

In an effort to understand the reasons why, Bertrand Monnet, a French academic and filmmaker, has been travelling to piracy hot spots around the coast of Africa. In an extraordinary and very tense series of encounters, he came to face to face with heavily armed pirate gangs operating in and around the Niger Delta, where Nigeria's huge offshore oil industry, which employs thousands of expatriates, offers rich ransom pickings. It gradually became clear that piracy in West Africa has many of the same root causes as piracy in Somalia and elsewhere, not least of which is that those who don't share in the benefits and profits of global trade have ever fewer reasons these days to respect the security of those who do.

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Watch Part 2: https://youtu.be/1Iygy8mVhUU

The phrase "you are what you eat" is in common usage, but what if you do not know exactly what you are eating? How about horse meat lasagne, or olive oil that is not actually made from olives, or tuna steaks laced with deadly nitrates?

These and other counterfeit and adulterated foods have been put on sale around the world – cheap and sometimes dangerous fakes of the real thing, sometimes of even the most expensive premium products. It is a secretive and deadly multibillion-dollar trade that defrauds legitimate producers and poses huge health risks to consumers.

So who is behind it?

In the first of a two-part investigation, People & Power shines a light on the criminal corruption running through the international food business and out onto our plates.

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Twenty years after Rwanda's genocide, should President Kagame be seen as a saviour or a dictator?

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Watch Part 2 here: https://youtu.be/FaYyG4VaB8o

With guns in their hands and faith in God at their side, many Republicans in the United States continue to believe that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.

As a result, the country remains deeply divided over the last contest for the White House - and the violent attempts at the Capitol that followed to overturn the result.

Now, as the November 2022 mid-term elections draw near, this poisonous ideological clash reflects such starkly contrasting interpretations of "freedom" and "authoritarianism", that some fear the very basis of America's democratic consensus is in peril.

In a special two-part report for People and Power, correspondent Bob Abeshouse investigates the reasons for this division - and those seeking to exploit it for political gain.

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