23 May 2016

Hong Kong

Ex-domestic helper Xyza Bacani on her Hong Kong photo show about human trafficking

Date: 18 May 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

Magnum Fellowship winner’s new exhibition depicts the human cost of modern-day slavery but with a focus on the hope amid the horror. ‘Victims do not have to look sad,’ she says

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A cynical appeal to xenophobia: Hong Kong’s ‘fake refugee problem’ is fake in itself

Date: 15 May 2016
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Since the beginning of this year, certain media outlets, political parties and government officials have been exaggerating the asylum seeker/refugee issue, despite a lack of official statistics to prove that crime related to “refugees” has risen in the last year. Nevertheless, politicians continue to produce sensational figures and make irresponsible statements when describing Hong Kong’s “refugee crisis.”

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15-hour days with no pay or holiday: Indian domestic helper testifies against Hong Kong boss

Date: 10 May 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

An Indian domestic helper told a Hong Kong court on Tuesday that she worked fifteen hours a day without pay or holiday for four months straight from January to May last year, despite repeatedly “begging” for her salary.

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Asia

Cheated out of a job… in Singapore

Date: 15 May 2016
Source: The Straits Times

In two versions of a similar tale, some foreign workers here paid thousands of dollars for promises of jobs overseas that did not materialise, while other foreign workers chalked up debt to work in Singapore, only to find that those who hired them are shell companies and they are left to fend for themselves. The Sunday Times investigates how some foreign workers are lured here while others are lured away.

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South Asian Countries Plan Free Helpline to Fight Human Trafficking

Date: 13 May 2016
Source: Voice of America

South Asian countries will set up a toll-free helpline and online platform to fight human trafficking, which is growing on a massive scale in one of the world’s poorest and most populous regions.

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Cambodian men testify in Thai fishing boat trafficking case

Date: 12 May 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters

Labour brokers duped Cambodian men with promises of work in Thailand, trapping them on fishing boats and forcing them to work more than 20 hours a day, lawyers said as a court heard evidence against three defendants accused of human trafficking.

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Lawmaker in India’s Goa charged with buying, drugging and raping teen girl

Date: 6 May 2016
Source: Reuters

A lawmaker in India’s beach state of Goa has been charged with buying, drugging and raping a 16-year-old girl in a case which will be closely watched by anti-slavery activists as the country moves to crackdown on human trafficking.

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VIDEO : Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Left For Dead (Part 2)

Date: 11 May 2016
Source: Vice News

In recent years, democratic reforms have swept through Myanmar, a country that for decades was ruled by a military junta. As the reforms took hold, however, things were growing progressively worse for the Rohingya, a heavily persecuted ethnic Muslim minority concentrated in the country’s western state of Rakhine.

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Global

Human traffickers ‘using migration crisis’ to force more people into slavery

Date: 19 May 2016
Source: The Guardian

Criminal gangs are taking advantage of Europe’s migration crisis to force more people into sex work and other types of slavery, according to an EU report on human trafficking.

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Human trafficking survivor who smashed triathlon world record

Date: 17 May 2016
Source: CNN

What does it sound like inside Norma Bastidas’ head? The 49-year-old mother-of-two is a celebrated ultra-marathoner, known to have trekked 150 miles across the scorched deserts of Namibia or run double-marathons over an icy tundra in Antarctica.

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Traffickers v smugglers: the refugee crisis is changing how migrants are moved

Date: 12 May 2016
Source: NewStateman

The government’s decision to accept unaccompanied refugee children from Europe is little cause for celebration. Whatever number it takes will hardly scratch the surface of a new trafficking challenge posed by the migrant crisis.

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‘Number of trafficked children rose 46% last year, crime agency says

Date: 6 May 2016
Source: The Guardian

The number of children identified as being trafficked, chiefly for labour but also for sexual exploitation, increased by 46% last year, according to data published by the National Crime Agency.

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Resources

Interview with Julia O’Connell Davidson on Modern Slavery

Date: 6 May 2016
Source: The Culture & Society

In this interview for the TCS Website, Angelo Martins Jr. interviews Professor Julia O’Connell Davidson about her recent book ‘Modern Slavery: the Margins of Freedom (2015).

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Cantonese-English Human Trafficking Glossary of Terms

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On 30 March, we launched our first publication “Human Trafficking Glossary of Terms” 「香港人口販運英粵詞典」. Free copies available at two locations were all snapped up by our supporters within 3 hours. We received a lot of very positive feedback on how useful the glossary was to your work. We thank you to you all for your support and encouragement. THANK YOU!Click here to view it online.