21 December 2015

Hong Kong

I’m not biased: Hong Kong judge Kevin Zervos refuses to step down from landmark human trafficking review

Date: 14 November 2015
Source: South China Morning Post

A High Court judge has refused to disqualify himself from hearing a landmark judicial review on Hong Kong’s human trafficking laws after an unprecedented government bid to remove him due to his “positive stance” in addressing “exploitation”.

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To defeat human trafficking, we must first know its scale

Date: 11 November 2015
Source: South China Morning Post

Monique Villa and Matthew Friedman say the still uncoordinated global fight against modern-day slavery shows a failure to harness the power of using data to track and disable crime syndicates.

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US human trafficking report was ‘not softened for political reasons’, says State Department

Date: 6 November 2015
Source: South China Morning Post

US State Department said rankings of countries such as Malaysia and Cuba in Trafficking in Persons report this year was not watered down because of concerns about how it might affect trade deals or diplomatic relations.

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Data Protection Guidelines

Date: November 2015
Source: Liberty Asia

Data protection is often an overlooked issue in organisations that are constantly firefighting and supporting very vulnerable people with very limited resources. Guidelines have been created to clarify the protections available in the law and assist NGOs with protecting sensitive data to better serve their clients and, ultimately, strengthen the fight against slavery.

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Asia

Nuns open crisis center for human trafficking survivors in Manila

Date: 12 November 2015
Source: International Justice Mission

Survivors were often taken to a random government building or back to the police station — not an ideal setting to open up and share difficult details of abuse. Thanks to a generous group of nuns, girls rescued from human trafficking now have a safe place to go immediately after rescue.

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Malaysia to study Britain’s approach in fighting human trafficking

Date: 11 November 2015
Source: The Star Online

Malaysia will study the experiences of Britain in addressing human trafficking in terms of approach and preventive measures through more stringent laws, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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Thai military general, the alleged ‘lynchpin’ in human trafficking, among 88 charged in junta-led crackdown

Date: 10 November 2015
Source: South China Morning Post

Dozens of people arrested in Thailand’s human trafficking crackdown, including a senior general, appeared in court Tuesday, days after the police officer in charge of the investigation tendered his resignation saying he feared for his life.

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Human Trafficking at Sea: Reporter’s Notebook

Date: 9 November 2015
Source: New York Times

Read about one reporter’s journey as he uncovered stories and details about human trafficking in the Philippines.

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Diary of a sex slave: Police rescue 5 girls, including a 12-year-old,from sex ring in West China; five more still missing

Date: 2 November 2015
Source: South China Morning Post

Five girls aged 12 to 17 were rescued from a gang that lured them with fake waitressing and forced them to work as prostitutes in Xining, Qinghai province in West China.

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Global

Tech-savvy sex traffickers stay ahead of authorities as lure teens online

Date: 15 November 2015
Source: Thomson Reuters

Traffickers worldwide are increasingly using social media to contact vulnerable teenagers and sell them into sex work, quick to adopt the latest online platforms popular with teenagers that has created new challenges for law enforcement agencies.

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Video: Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times

Date: 10 November 2015
Source: The CNN Freedom Project

23-year old Karla Jacinto shared with the CNN how she escaped the cycle of sexual exploitation as a human trafficking victim and became an outspoken advocate.

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Human traffickers are preying on refugees across Europe and forcing them into slave labor or child prostitution

Date: 2 November 2015
Source: Daily Mail

Young refugees and migrants arriving in Europe are being targeted by child sex trafficking gangs. With hundreds of thousands fleeing their homelands for the EU, many minors are arriving unaccompanied by adults, making them extremely vulnerable to criminal organisations.

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Pope Francis: Combating human trafficking is moral imperative

Date: 30 October 2015
Source: Vatican Radio

Pope Francis has sent a message to the Santa Marta Group, an initiative launched by the Holy Father in the battle against human trafficking, involving the security forces of various countries, episcopates, social organisations and representatives of various religious confessions. The group is currently gathered at the San Lorenzo del Escorial in Spain, a meeting inaugurated this Friday by Queen Sofia and attended by cardinals, bishops, social activists and around fifty heads of police from around the world.

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Resources

The Freedom Fund – Slavery Research Library

Date: 16 November 2015
Source: The Freedom Fund

Slavery Research Library is a newly launched platform by The Freedom Fund. It is designed to provide busy readers in the anti-slavery community with a various types of resources from across the globe. Individuals can also suggest material to share, or review the latest highlights from the Slavery Research Bulletin on new and interesting research.

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The Modern Slave Trade: Public Health Impacts

Date: 10 November 2015
Source: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A global scourge, human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that traps millions of people in lives of forced labor and sexual exploitation. Political instability and extremism leave people, especially women and children, vulnerable to predation. In this Forum, anti-trafficking and human rights experts convened to discuss the public health implications of the shadowy world of trafficking. What drives and sustains the industry? How are governments, NGOs, and other agencies fighting trafficking in their communities, including in the U.S.? What interventions work? And why is this issue so important to public health?

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ILO InfoStories App

Source: ILO and iTunes

InfoStories is an excellent resource for students and a teaching tool for educators looking for authoritative information in an accessible form. It will also be useful for labor activists, government officials, businesses, CSR specialists and development practitioners.

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Modern slavery and human trafficking: Myths and facts

Source: 50forFreedom

A simple resource of text, images and infographics outlining the truths about common myths on modern slavery and human trafficking.

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