23 November 2016

Hong Kong

‘Abused’ maid challenges Hong Kong law that forces her to live with employer

Date: 17 November 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

A foreign domestic helper who claims to have suffered severe abuse at the hands of her employer has challenged the law requiring them to live with their hosts.

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Migrant charity offers lifeline to Hong Kong’s domestic helpers

Date: 16 November 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

In Sheung Wan, at one of the charity’s two hostels, she shares a room with several other women facing similar battles, including domestic abuse by their employers. They have been waiting to have their cases heard at a tribunal or criminal court.

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Jutting’s victims: how two Indonesian women met their deaths in Hong Kong

Date: 8 November 2016
Source: The Guardian

After two years of waiting, the case of two Indonesian women who killed by the British banker Rurik Jutting finally has a closure.

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Finance, wealth and … slavery? Hong Kong one of Asia’s worst for forced labour

Date: 29 October 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

Hong Kong, a city commonly associated with finance and wealth, has one of the highest proportions of people enslaved across Asia, a new report has found.

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‘Cursory’ contracts leave Hong Kong’s foreign domestic helpers open to abuse

Date: 29 October 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

Puja Kapai, Faculty of Law, HKU, said the employment contract failed to stipulate maximum working hours and the extent of a helper’s duties, and that abolishing the live-in rule might be one step towards empowering them

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Asia

Australian nurse running a fertility clinic in Cambodia is arrested by anti-human trafficking police

Date: 20 November 2016
Source: Mail Online

An Australian nurse operating a fertility clinic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has been arrested following a crackdown on surrogacy.

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Related stories
Cambodia arrests Australian nurse over alleged surrogacy service (20 November 2016 | The Japan Times)
Australian Founder of Surrogacy Firm Arrested After Ban (20 November 2016 | The Cambodia Daily)
Anti-trafficking police arrest surrogacy trio (21 November 2016 | The Phnom Penh Post)

Nepal earthquake survivors are falling prey to human trafficking

Date: 15 November 2016
Source: Public Radio International

Prem Tamang is doing everything to keep his family together, but without a home or reliable job, his family is vulnerable to the human traffickers preying on the victims of last year’s earthquake in Nepal.

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Global

Child trafficking victims disappearing from UK care at ‘alarming’ rate

Date: 14 November 2016
Source: The Guardian

Child trafficking victims and unaccompanied children are going missing from local authority care at an “alarming” rate according to a new report, which reveals that in one year, nearly 30% of all UK child trafficking victims and 13% of unaccompanied children disappeared from care services.

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‘I Was Going to Starve’: A Story of Trafficking and Escape in Kuwait

Date: 7 November 2016
Source: News Deeply

“I was told harshly to get in the car as the woman exchanged money and my travel documents with an Arab man,” said a survivor of human trafficking, one of the plight of Zimbabwe women trafficked into servitude in Kuwait. Along with seven other women, she worked 23 hours a day cleaning the 15-bedroom house, forced to survive on leftovers that she secretly ate in the bathroom.

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Resources

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place” ─ a documentary shed light on illegal activities of employment agencies

Date: 1 November 2016

A short documentary film and report by the Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers – Hong Kong as Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU), documents the illegal activities of employment agencies in Hong Kong, and the failure of the government to protect the rights of Filipino migrant domestic workers.

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Human rights abuses infographics

Source: Alliance 8.7

A compilation of infographics depicting facts and figures which tell a devastating story of human rights abuses in the areas of forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour.

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