23 September 2016

Hong Kong

Time for action not words on agony of human trafficking in Hong Kong

Date: 5 September 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

Strong laws are necessary to deter traffickers and protect victims, but they must also be dedicated and comprehensive. Hong Kong’s efforts, however, have been found wanting.

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No more window cleaning: domestic workers to march in Hong Kong after helpers die in falls from high-rises

Date: 3 September 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

Domestic workers in Hong Kong will take to the streets on Sunday to call for a ban on cleaning windows, following several deaths of helpers who fell from high-rise buildings. They are also demanding a pay rise, a limit on their working hours and a clear definition of “suitable accommodation”.

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Asia

Building of new city in south India raises fears of debt bondage, campaigners say

Date: 22 September 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The building of a new capital city in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will fuel demand for migrant labour and put thousands of poor workers at the risk of debt bondage, campaigners said, demanding a “dignified work policy” for them.

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Human Trafficking Victims are Mostly Mainlanders

Date: 14 September 2016
Source: Macau Daily Times

Victims of human trafficking found in Macau are mostly mainland Chinese. Director of Judiciary Police revealed that 80 to 90 percent are mainlanders. According to him, some trafficking cases were coordinated by suspects from both Macau and the mainland.

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Cases of human trafficking on the rise: Reports

Date: 14 September 2016
Source: Kathmandu Post

There has been a steady rise in human trafficking cases being reported and a large number of those who fall prey are adolescents, according to Nepali Police data. In 81 percent of the 181 cases of human trafficking recorded by police in fiscal year 2014-15, people aged below 18 years were the victims, according to a report published by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW).

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Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation

Date: 12 September 2016
Source: ABC Online

Under the mound of dry dirt, surrounded by rocks as a border, is the body of 19-year-old Yulfrida Selan — a poor, uneducated young woman and a victim of human trafficking. Police acknowledge Yulfrida was targeted by a human trafficking ring and, just 10 months after she was sent to Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to work as a maid, her body was returned to her shocked family.

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Special agency needed to protect Indian children from traffickers

Date: 5 September 2016
Source: Reuters

Decades of neglect of Indian children’s rights have created a breeding ground for children to be trafficked and abused, said a prominent lawmaker on Monday, calling for a dedicated agency to detect and prosecute child traffickers.

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Global

Serbia arrests 16 for trafficking migrants to Western Europe

Date: 22 September 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Serbia has arrested 16 people suspected of trafficking refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as part of increased efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants trying to reach Western Europe, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

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Human Trafficking of Chinese Citizens Is Big Business in Argentina

Date: 20 September 2016
Source: InSight Crime

A new report sheds light on the phenomenon of human trafficking involving Chinese citizens in Argentina, highlighting some of the factors underlying this illicit business.

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Fijian man guilty in New Zealand’s first ever human trafficking conviction

Date: 16 September 2016
Source: The Guardian

A Fijian man, who lured 15 compatriots with the promise of good wages, has been found guilty of human trafficking in New Zealand – the first conviction for the crime in the country’s history.

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In related news, Exposed: The dark underbelly of human trafficking in New Zealand (Published 22 September)

Resources

VIDEO : Canada’s stolen daughters

Date: September 2016
Source: CNN Freedom Project

Many of Canada’s indigenous people live in remote, isolated communities — and that makes them prime targets for sex traffickers.

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