20 July 2016

Hong Kong

I would have liked to have done more on the issue of human trafficking, says outgoing US envoy

Date: 12 July 2016
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Outgoing US Consul General Clifford Hart said one of the issues that he would like to have done more on was helping Hong Kong address the question of human trafficking. He described the issue as “basically slavery.”

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Hong Kong must lead the fight against human trafficking, rather than just do the bare minimum

Date: 8 July 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

Tony Read says the government needs to first admit that the city plays a role in the global problem, and then enact an anti-trafficking law that can be a model for the region.

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Hong Kong downgraded to join ranks of Uzbekistan, Niger, Afghanistan in annual trafficking report

Date: 1 July 2016
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Hong Kong has been downgraded to the Tier 2-Watchlist on the US State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons report, meaning that the city has joined the ranks of countries such as Uzbekistan, Niger and Afghanistan in its performance in combating human trafficking within its borders.

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Related stories:

Hong Kong losing the fight against human trafficking, US report finds (1 July 2016, South China Morning Post)

Latest U.S. country rankings on human trafficking raise eyebrows in some Asian nations (10 July 2016, The Japan Times)

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Asia

Human trafficking on the rise in north-east region

Date: 17 July 2016
Source: The Times of India

Human trafficking is witnessing an increase in the north-eastern states this year, Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights member Keisham Pradipkumar said on Sunday.

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China main sponsor of human trafficking in Myanmar: police records

Date: 12 July 2016
Source: Eleven Myanmar

The bulk of human trafficking victims was sold to China the over past 10 years, according to records of the Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Force. Most of the victims have been women and were either sold as brides to Chinese men or forced into prostitution. Thailand is the second-largest buyer of humans trafficked from Myanmar.

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Woman Caught Trafficking Brides to China

Date: 7 July 2016
Source: Cambodia Daily

A woman from Kratie province believed to have trafficked about 30 women to China to work or be sold as brides was caught and arrested on Tuesday evening at a Phnom Penh guesthouse with six potential victims, including two minors, an official said on Wednesday.

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Global

25% of Canada’s human trafficking victims are minors: Statistics Canada

Date: 19 July 2016
Source: Global News

In a recent report, Statistics Canada noted that minors not only make up a significant portion of victims of forced labour or sex trafficking crimes, but that they also make up around seven per cent of the perpetrators.

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“Fast Fashion”: Anne Elizabeth Moore on the Global Garment and Sex Trades

Date: 17 July 2016
Source: Truth Out

For more than five years, Anne Elizabeth Moore and the Ladydrawers Collective have been creating incisive comics that probe at the intersections of gender and labor. Their just-released book, Threadbare, combines art, storytelling, consciousness-building and old-fashioned muckraking to expose the connections between the fashion industry and the sex trade around the world.

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Measuring slavery encourages governments to do better

Date: 16 July 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters

Modern slavery is currently receiving unprecedented attention from political and religious leaders, and in the international media. Yet for all this welcome attention, we can’t answer the most basic question about this horrendous crime – namely, is it increasing or falling around the world?

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Woman forced into teen prostitution weds in ceremony led by judge who prosecuted her traffickers: ‘I believed I would never be able to love a man again’

Date: 15 July 2016
Source: New York Daily News

The last time she appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court she was a victim. She returned Friday as a beaming, beautiful bride. Carmen is also a survivor. Forced into prostitution at 14 by human traffickers from Mexico’s notorious town of pimps, she bravely testified at her tormentors’ sentencings in 2014.

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Iceland “Destination And Transit Country” For Human Trafficking

Date: 14 July 2016
Source: The Reykjavik Grapevine

A new report from the US Department of State on global human trafficking notes Iceland’s need for improvement. According to the report, Iceland is called “a destination and transit country for women subjected to sex trafficking and men and women subjected to labor trafficking”, and broke down the demographics as such: “Women from Eastern Europe, the Baltics, West Africa, and Brazil are subjected to sex trafficking, often in nightclubs and bars. Men and women from Africa, Eastern Europe, South America, and South and East Asia are subjected to forced labor in construction, tourism, restaurants, fish factories, and as au pairs in private houses.”

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‘Why human trafficking is a public health problem’

Date: 11 July 2016
Source: CNN

“You might think that when a trafficking victim escapes, their life is saved. In reality, though, survival is much more complicated. My journey of survival began nearly 20 years ago, and continues to this day.”

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Human trafficking: “Few victims go to court because we don’t protect them enough”

Date: 11 July 2016
Source: European Parliament Newsroom

Human trafficking is a highly profitable international crime in which people are traded for use in prostitution, forced labour or other forms of exploitation. In a resolution adopted in plenary last week, MEPs condemned it as a modern kind of slavery and one of the worst forms of human rights violations. Resolution author Barbara Lochbihler, a German member of the Greens/EFA group, told us victims needed more protection and that more needed to be done on forced labour and money laundering.

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Modern slavery and human trafficking on the rise in UK

Date: 10 July 2016
Source: The Guardian

Efforts to eradicate modern slavery in the UK are failing, with the number of potential victims being trafficked into Britain rising by 245% over the last five years, according to official figures.

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Resources

2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

Date: July 2016
Source: U.S. Department of State

Every year, the U.S. Government publishes a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to measure governments based on US perceptions of their efforts to acknowledge and combat human trafficking.

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The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil

Date: July 2016
Source: International Labor Rights Forum

Conflict Palm Oil is palm oil which has been produced illegally or under conditions associated with labor or human rights violations. This report explores the extent of labour exploitation among Indonesian palm plantations.

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Related:

VIDEO : The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil (July 2016, International Labor Rights Forum)