20 June 2016

Hong Kong

Hong Kong domestic helpers’ dreams dashed by debt

Date: 17 June 2016
Source: Post Magazine

Caught between unscrupulous employment agencies and an apathetic government, many Hong Kong domestic helpers find themselves locked in a vicious cycle of poverty.

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RI workers in HK jailed for overstaying

Date: 13 June 2016
Source: The Jakarta Post

A report alleges that many Indonesians fall victim to forced human trafficking practices, criticizing both the Indonesian and Hong Kong governments for failing to adequately enforce regulations protecting migrant workers from exploitation by their recruiters.

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Labor Exploitation Usual in Town, Migrant Association Claims

Date: 7 June 2016
Source: Macau Daily Times

The 2016 Global Slavery Index has listed Hong Kong as one of the worst places in the world at taking action against modern slavery, along with North Korea and Iran. But Hong Kong was the only one of the three described as “wealthy and stable.”

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HK ranks with Iran, N Korea in slavery fight: poll

Date: 31 May 2016
Source: Radio Television Hong Kong

The Walk Free Foundation, which publishes the index, says there are 29,500 people enslaved here and little has been done about the problem. But STOP. project manager Tina Chan said the number cited in the survey’s findings is way too low and the number here is much more.

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Asia

US seafood lawsuit makes human trafficking claims

Date: 17 June 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters

Rural Cambodian villagers have filed a lawsuit against four US and Thai companies, accusing them of trafficking and making them work in forced-labour conditions in a Thai seafood factory.

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Govt should use human trafficking angle in Rita’s defense

Date: 6 June 2016
Source: The Jakarta Post

The government should use the human-trafficking angle in its defense strategy against the death penalty handed down by a Malaysian court to Rita Krisdianti, an Indonesian migrant worker, even though it would contradict Indonesia’s relentless commitment to the fight against illegal drugs, experts have said.

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Why modern slavery is widespread in Asia

Date: 1 June 2016
Source: Deutsche Welle

Two-thirds of world’s modern-day slaves are found in Asian countries, reveals a new study. DW talks to one of the report’s authors about the reasons behind it and the measures needed to combat the problem.

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Global

Suspected human trafficking kingpin extradited from Sudan to Italy

Date: 8 June 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters

An Eritrean man suspected of running a huge human trafficking network that sent thousands of migrants to Europe, leaving many to die on the way, was extradited from Sudan to Italy overnight, officials said.

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A remarkable shift in the Netherlands

Date: 2 June 2016
Source: Exodus Cry

On Tuesday, in a nation with arguably the most famous red light district in the world, something remarkable happened. In the Netherlands, members of parliament in the Dutch lower house voted to criminalize the purchase of sex in cases where the buyer had suspicion that the woman was there by force or threat.

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U.S. impounds PureCircle stevia under new forced labor law

Date: 1 June 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters

The United States has seized low-calorie sweetener stevia imported from China by PureCircle Ltd, making it the latest company to be targeted by a new law that bans imports of products made by forced labor.

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Resources

The Global Slavery Index 2016

Date: May 2016
Source: Walk Free Foundation

The Global Slavery Index measures the number of people living in modern slavery country by country. It also measures the prevalence of the issue, government responses to the problem and also factors within each country that make people vulnerable to exploitation.

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