22 February 2017

Hong Kong

[VIDEO] Hong Kong’s vulnerable domestic workers

Date: 22 February 2017
Source: CNN

Today on CNN – STOP. Project Manager Tina Chan and Social Worker Janice Ma share with The CNN Freedom Project how the situation in Hong Kong makes their work and their clients’ lives difficult. This video also features one of STOP’s clients – Mallika’s story.

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Hong Kong human trafficking case leads to landmark court ruling

Date: 22 February 2017
Source: CNN

STOP. Project Manager Tina Chan told CNN that Hong Kong needs to step up its efforts to help victims. “The truth is, whenever we come across a victim of trafficking and that person requires a shelter or medical support the answer we get from different government departments is no,” Chan says.

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‘I was forced to sell my body in a Hong Kong bar’: a Filipino’s experience of trafficking, prostitution

Date: 19 February 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

“There were too many women to count, these girls are deceived… then forced into prostitution,” said a survivor of sex trafficking who was issued a domestic helper visa during her ‘work’ in Hong Kong.

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[BOOK] Beaten, hit with an iron, doused in bleach: the Hong Kong domestic helpers facing systemic abuse and how city could protect them

Date: 12 February 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

Hong Kong academic Hans Ladegaard tells 300 helpers’ stories of abuse and examines its patterns, causes, steps that can be taken to safeguard them and deal with ‘evil’ employers

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Ex-pimp helps trafficked women cook their way to new HK life

Date: 1 February 2017
Source: Reuters

Ex-pimp Biswas teaches sex trafficking victims how to cook their way out of the red light area of Hong Kong, providing alternatives so that trafficking survivors do not fall prey to economic pressures.

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Asia

North Korea: End Rampant Forced Child Labour

Date: 13 February 2017
Source: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch detailed forced labour including farming, rock breaking, scrap-metal collecting, and other abuses faced by North Korean children.

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Related resources:
[VIDEO] North Korea: Child exploitation lands country in hot water (10 February 2017, news.com.au)

Young Indian girls sold to sex tourists for sham marriages

Date: 2 February 2017
Source: CNN

Young girls from poor neighborhoods in India, sold by their parents without their consent, to elderly tourists who come here looking for sex.

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Global

Kutcher passionately testifies on his anti-sex trafficking efforts

Date: 16 February 2017
Source: CNN

“We have identified over 6,000 trafficking victims, 2,000 of which are minors;” “Another tool called “Solis” has taken investigation times from dark web material from three years to three weeks.”

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UK Border Force ‘failing to identify thousands of modern slavery victims’

Date: 2 February 2017
Source: The Huffington Post

Report by two official watchdogs finds ‘significant failings’ at UK’s agency responsible for targeting traffickers and identifying victims.

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Resources

RESEARCH: Understanding the psychosocial and mental health needs of bonded labourers in south-eastern Nepal

Date: January 2017
Source: The Freedom Fund

This research identified that many of the bonded labourers experienced emotional suffering, primarily arising from their situation of bonded labour.

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REPORT: The Great Palm Oil Scandal

Date: 2016
Source: Amnesty International

A report from Amnesty International revealed abusive working conditions in Indonesian palm plantations other than child labour and forced labour notoriously known in the industry.

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STOP. 2016 Annual Report

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Do you know we have reached out to over 6,800 people through talks and seminars we delivered last year? Do you know we have conducted 48 outreach visits and assisted 32 victims of trafficking? Everything you need to know about STOP can be found in our 2016 annual report. For more information, visit www.stophk.org.