23 August 2016

Hong Kong

Jail sentence likely for Hong Kong teen who forced child into prostitution

Date: 26 July 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

A teenage woman who made use of a penniless runaway child to earn money from prostitution and sent videos of her performing sex acts inside a karaoke lounge was convicted in Fanling Court on Monday.

Why is this a human trafficking case?

Trafficking in human beings does not necessarily involve crossing a border. It simply refers to the process through which individuals are placed or maintained in an exploitative situation for economic gain. And this case of Leung Sze-man is an example.

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Why Hong Kong needs new legislation to curb human trafficking

Date: 17 July 2016
Source: Time Out Hong Kong

Does Hong Kong have a problem with human trafficking? Is the government going to create some legislation to combat the practice? Dhruv Tikekar from Time Out Hong Kong goes in search of a few answers.

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Asia

Surviving Human Trafficking in China

Date: 18 August 2016
Source: Project Syndicate

China’s human-rights abuses against its own people are no secret. But its abuse of North Korean women who flee to China to escape human-rights violations at home has remained largely hidden. I, however, know the truth, because I am one of those women.

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Hopes for bilateral deal on Filipino maids’ pay

Date: 15 August 2016
Source: The National UAE

Contract substitution occurs when domestic workers sign a contract in the Philippines but are forced to sign new, inferior ones when they arrive in the UAE, and such practice is common. Philippines officials were negotiating with UAE government hoping to introduce a unified contract to counter the act of contract substitution, thus lowering the number of trafficked helpers.

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Malaysia aims to improve anti-human trafficking ranking to Tier 1 by 2020

Date: 15 August 2016
Source: New Straits Times Malaysia

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today launched the National Action Plan on Anti-Trafficking in Persons 2016 – 2020, in an effort to improve its ranking on US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report (USTIP). Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, vowed to upgrade Malaysia’s ranking to Tier 1 by 2020, after chairing a High Level Committee meeting on anti-human trafficking comprising various ministries.

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PH now a human trafficking destination

Date: 10 August 2016
Source: Inquirer.net

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration discovered a syndicate trafficking Vietnamese workers to the Philippines. This is the first time the Philippines has been recognised as a destination for human trafficking. The victims worked as domestic help, vendors, porters and carpenters earning P5000 a month.

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Can Cambodia put an end to human trafficking?

Date: 2 August 2016
Source: Deutsche Welle

Human trafficking continues to be a major problem in Cambodia, with a number of men, women and children subjected to forced labor – in factories, on farms and fishing vessels – as well as sexual exploitation. Despite years of efforts, Cambodia finds it difficult to eliminate the practice of human trafficking in the country. An expert on trafficking, about the reasons behind its prevalence.

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Global

Amid Olympic Rush, Brazil’s Hotels Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Date: 4 August 2016
Source: World.Mic

As the world’s eyes focus on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this month, hotel workers in Rio will have their eyes trained on something else entirely — they will be watching out for telltale signs of human trafficking.

With as many as half a million visitors expected to visit Brazil for the Olympics, the global hospitality industry is seizing on the moment as an opportunity to address two important issues at once: human trafficking and youth unemployment. The two are closely related.

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Rio Child Sex Trafficking ‘Epidemic’ Could Rocket During The 2016 Olympics – Here’s Why

Date: 13 August 2016
Source: Huffington Post

Sex with Brazil’s child prostitutes can cost as little as two Brazilian Real (less than HK$5) and sex work is said to be taking place at the heart of the Games, including the district of the Olympic village where athletes are staying. These girls were either drugged, kidnapped or promised a job working for events like Olympics and World Cup.

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Why human trafficking is a public health problem

Date: 25 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. It is marked by hurdles, as well as by surprising gifts like losing my sight, discovering art and receiving life-changing, holistic, trauma-informed care. It has also been marked by our nation’s failure to call trafficking what it is: a public health problem.

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Resources

Human trafficking is all around you. This is how it works

Date: March 2015
Source: TED Talk

For people new to the issue of human trafficking and interested in learning more, here is an informative video presented by TED.

Behind the everyday bargains we all love — the $10 manicure, the unlimited shrimp buffet — is a hidden world of forced labor to keep those prices at rock bottom. Noy Thrupkaew investigates human trafficking – which flourishes in the US and Europe, as well as developing countries – and shows us the human faces behind the exploited labor that feeds global consumers.

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