26 October 2016

Hong Kong

STOP response to the judgment for the case of HKSAR v. Keishu Mercedes Gutierrez Alvarez

Date: 8 October 2016

A potential victim of human trafficking Keishu Gutierrez Alvarez was charged with trafficking of dangerous drugs and was found guilty by jury and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Click here to read the statement.

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Day 7 trial: (6 October 2016)
Day 6 trial: (5 October 2016)
Day 4/5 trial: (4 October 2016)
Day 3 trial: (30 September 2016)
Day 2 trial: (29 September 2016)
Day 1 trial: (28 September 2016)
Venezuelan accused of trafficking cocaine gave birth in prison, High Court hears (28 September 2016, South China Morning Post)

Asia

Vietnam faces growing human trafficking to China

Date: 24 October 2016
Source: The Jakarta Post

“Human trafficking into prostitution is less common now. The women are more often bought by poor Chinese men to become their brides. But because they are sold to poor families, their labor is also heavily exploited,” The police also issued warnings about new forms of human trafficking, including illegal trade of infants and fetuses, as well as human organs, in particular kidneys.

Click here to read the full article.

Report from Thailand | Part 4: Strengthening Investigations Through Collaboration

Date: 13 October 2016
Source: FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

Chiang Mai has long been a place where demand and supply of child sex meet. Yet no charges were ever filed against offenders because of the nature of the law. Passage of a new law in 2015 criminalizing the possession of child pornography closed the important loophole since sex tourists almost always have child pornography either in their phone or laptop.

Click here to read the full article.

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Part 3: It Takes a Village (6 October 2016, FBI)
Part 2: A New Emphasis on Helping Child Victims (20 September 2016, FBI)
Part 1: Confronting the Child Sex Trade in Southeast Asia (16 September 2016, FBI)

Vietnamese child bride alarms China as official says gender imbalance to weigh for years

Date: 12 October 2016
Source: CNBC

The gender ratio imbalance in China resulted from the decade-long One-Child Policy and cultural factors to favor boys over girls had caused a surge in demand for brides from neighboring countries for Chinese men. “Women and girls are kidnapped or recruited through marriage brokers and transported to China, where some are subjected to prostitution or forced labor,” the U.S. State Department said.

Click here to read the full article.

Related story:
Pregnant 12-year-old confirmed by Chinese authorities to have been abducted from Vietnam (11 October 2016, South China Morning Post)

Trial set for Ying Kai’s human trafficking case

Date: 11 October 2016
Source: Bangkok Post

Alleged con woman Monta “Ying Kai” Yokrattanakan entered a not guilty plea in the Criminal Court on Tuesday to a human trafficking charge.

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President Barack Obama blacklists North Korea for human trafficking violations

Date: 10 October 2016
Source: UPI

President Barack Obama included North Korea on a list of countries that are suspected of human trafficking violations.The presidential decree posted follows a U.S. Treasury decision to name Kim Jong Un a human-rights offender.

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Global

Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF)

Date: 24 October 2016
Source: U.S. Department of State

Click here to read John Kerry’s remarks.
Click here to access the newly released Fact Sheet.

Baby traffickers thriving in Nigeria as recession bites

Date: 11 October 2016
Source: Reuters

A Thomson Reuters Foundation investigative team spoke to more than 10 Nigerian women duped into giving up their newborns to strangers in houses known as “baby factories” in the past two years.

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Human trafficking report on sham marriages in Ireland

Date: 11 October 2016
Source: New Europe

Sham marriages is an emerging form of human trafficking in Europe. Strong indicators of trafficking include evidence of deception and control; movement across borders; appalling experiences of physical and psychological abuse; and incidents of rape, sexual abuse, and forced domestic servitude.

Click here to read the full article.

Human Trafficking Survivors Share 5 Ways To Help End Practice

Date: 11 October 2016
Source: The Huffington Post

11 survivors of sex and labor trafficking provide recommendations on how to improve federal trafficking policies ― ranging from legislation to public awareness campaigns to victims’ services.

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“I was kidnapped and sex trafficked in London as a student. It can happen to anybody”

Date: 10 October 2016
Source: The Telegraph

Frida Farrell decided to speak about her ordeal more than a decade after she was sex trafficked in her early 20s.

Click here to read the full article.

Resources

“Our time to sing and play” Child marriage in Nepal

Date: 7 September 2016
Source: Human Rights Watch

Thirty-seven percent of girls in Nepal marry before age 18 and 10 percent are married by age 15, in spite of the fact that the minimum age of marriage under Nepali law is 20 years of age. UNICEF data indicates that Nepal has the third highest rate of child marriage in Asia, after Bangladesh and India.

Click here to read the full paper.

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