25 January 2017

Hong Kong

How Hong Kong contributes to China’s human rights law

Date: 23 January 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

The human trafficking case of ZN reveals Hong Kong’s human rights law is a lot closer to the mainland model than we like to admit.

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The courts and the UN have spoken, now Hong Kong must act to end human slavery

Date: 18 January 2017
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Our very own Steering Committee member Tony Read says on Hong Kong Free Press that after the judgment of ZN handed down last month, it is time for the Hong Kong Government to take on real action to draft legislation.

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Human trafficking victim wins case against Hong Kong authorities

Date: 28 December 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

A Pakistani who has been ruled to be a victim of human trafficking for forced labour says he still lives in constant fear despite recently winning a legal battle against local authorities for ignoring his complaints.

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Judge criticises Hong Kong’s human trafficking regime after officials ignored forced labour victim

Date: 24 December 2016
Source: South China Morning Post

A High Court judge on Friday weighed in on the city’s efforts to combat human trafficking while ruling in favour of a Pakistani forced labour victim who was given the cold-shoulder by local authorities

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Asia

NGOs Urge Government to Legalize Sex Industry

Date: 20 January 2017
Source: The Cambodian Daily

A top anti-human trafficking official said on Thursday that she was in discussion with NGOs that have been urging the government to legalize sex work, though she doubted much would come of the proposal.

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Nearly 40 traffickers jailed in southern India in rare success for prosecutors

Date: 18 January 2017
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

An Indian court has sentenced 39 people to 10 years in prison each for buying and selling girls in Karnataka state, signaling a rare victory for prosecutors in a country where fewer than two in five trafficking cases ends in a conviction.

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Beyond survival: lessons from domestic worker organising campaigns against human trafficking and labour exploitation

Date: 16 January 2017
Source: openDemocracy

The strength of campaigns is rooted in the leadership of domestic workers, who are willing to weave their personal stories as survivors of trafficking into political action.

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Brickyard owners off the hook

Date: 10 January 2017
Source: Myanmar Times

Prosecution against brickyard owner who allegedly forced workers, including children, to work 19-hour shifts for reduced pay, will be dismissed; because the children were sent by their parents.

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Global

Other View: A good step toward helping survivors of human trafficking

Date: 19 January 2017
Source: Effingham Daily News

It is essential for healthcare professionals to be trained in order to reach victims of human trafficking as they are in a unique position to come into contact and speak alone with victims.

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Brazil urged to distribute land to stop modern slavery after landmark court ruling

Date: 18 January 2017
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nearly half of Brazil’s rural land is in the hands of less than one percent of the population. Therefore distributing land to rural people is an effective way to break the vicious cycle that makes people vulnerable to forced labour.

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Resources

VIDEO : The sickest Mannequin Challenge

Date: 28 December 2016
Source: Protect & Save The Children

79% of child trafficking is for sexual exploitation. Hearing and reading about sex trafficking is one thing, but this video literally put us THERE! It’s a little too close for comfort.

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RESEARCH : Worker Exploitation in New Zealand: A Troubling Landscape

Date: December 2016
Source: The University of Auckland Business School

In an exploratory research conducted by The University of Auckland to determine the extent to which worker exploitation is occurring in New Zealand. It was found that worker exploitation is widespread especially in labour-intensive industry and among migrants workers.

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