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Boss of your own belly

  • Family
  • Health
  • Organised crime

ISRAEL/PALESTINE/GEORGIA - This article aims to map the thriving surrogacy business between Israel and Georgia, with particular attention to the role of women in this increasingly global and more lucrative baby business.

Baas in eigen buik

Criminal practices behind the puppy trade

  • Organised crime

Dog has been man's best friend for ages. While he used to work for his owner in the old days, he is spoiled by the whole family today. The changed status, fashion trends and online sales platforms ensure the demand for cute puppies continues to rise. For example, the European dog trade has grown over the past decade into a lucrative business that is almost as profitable as the trade in arms and drugs.

The way to El Dorado

  • Human Rights
  • Conflict
  • Organised crime
  • Security
  • Politics

Strikingly absent in the American political debate: the issue of the Central American refugee crisis. Journalist Arthur Debruyne traveled along the migration route between Mexico and the United States.

Maffia

  • Corruption
  • International
  • Justice
  • Organised crime

An investigation into the contemporary Italian mafia in Europe. Or how the mafia made its way to the Low Countries.

The Heroin Route

  • Health
  • International
  • Organised crime

Each year, 115 tonnes of heroin from Afghan poppy fields is exported to Europe. Who wins? Who loses? And what is the impact of lucrative drug smuggling on people who live along this Balkan route?

Women of Juárez

  • Conflict
  • International
  • Organised crime

JUAREZ - "How much you own, that's how much you're worth. That's how it works here. For us poor people, there's no justice." Susana's daughter Lupita went into town 6 years ago to buy shoes. She never came back. There are thousands of Lupitas in Juárez, Mexico. Lynn Cornelis and Sofie Meelberghs want to know who's behind the wave of kidnappings and murders.

Hunt for the cyber paedophile

  • Organised crime
  • Youth
  • International

There is a vast global and growing demand for webcam child sex. Every hour at least 750,000 pedophiles and other sex predators are cyber hunting minors. Investigative journalist Pierre Vandenbrugghe (alias) descends into this vastly expanding, new branch of cyber pornography in the Philippines.

Broken freedom

  • Organised crime
  • Conflict
  • International
  • Equal opportunities

How terror became more important than human rights. And why this only leads to more terror. Three lessons from Chechnya, Kashmir and Sri Lanka.

Through my fault

  • Organised crime
  • Youth
  • Health
  • Religion

In April 2015 it will have been exactly five years since the start of the scandal involving Bruges bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who was accused of having sexually abused several children. In the book Through my fault Machteld Libert, journalist for Flemish public broadcaster VRT, investigates how sexual abuse in the Church could have happened.

Mercenaries, secret agents and diplomats

  • Politics
  • Organised crime
  • Conflict
  • International

In 1964 some 2000 hostages were saved out of the hands of Congolese rebels by Belgian para troopers. But the events behind that success story paved the way for the autocratic regime of President Mobutu.