23 March 2017

Hong Kong

On #MyFreedomDay students all over the world stood up to slavery

Date: 15 March 2017
Source: CNN

On March 14, students at hundreds of schools, spread across six continents, did something amazing: they came together to form a global community, shining a light on modern-day slavery, including students from the Hong Kong International School.

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Hong Kong police break loan shark syndicate preying on Filipino domestic helpers

Date: 14 March 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

A loan shark syndicate that lent HK$10 million to Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong at interest rates of up to 120 per cent a year has been broken by police following the arrest of two suspected ringleaders and eight members.

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Two Korean women prosecuted for breach of conditions of stay and claimed police received sexual services during entrapment (Article available in Traditional Chinese only)

Date: 9 March 2017
Source: Ming Pao

Police raided a locally operated prostitution syndicate of Korean women. Members of the group involved were charged with section 129 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 226) for “Trafficking in persons to or from Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong does not have a comprehensive anti-trafficking law, but for “any person takes part in bringing another person into, or taking another person out of, Hong Kong for the purpose of prostitution shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 10 years.”

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Forced smiles mask pain of Hong Kong’s trafficked bar girls

Date: 28 February 2017
Source: Reuters

Rights activists say that hundreds of women have been trafficked to Hong Kong from mainland China, Southeast Asia, Europe and South America for forced prostitution in the city’s brothels, bars, spas and pornography industry.

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Asia

Human trafficking still on the rise in India as 20,000 women and children are lured into modern-day slavery

Date: 9 March 2017
Source: Daily Mail

There were more than 20,000 victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of nearly 25 percent. Police attributed the rise to increased public awareness of trafficking-related crimes and more police training.

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Uzbek campaigner against forced labour sent to psychiatric ward

Date: 3 March 2017
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation News

A campaigner against forced labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields was arrested ahead of an international meeting where she was scheduled to give evidence on human rights violations.

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Global

UK government awards £6m to projects working to end child slavery

Date: 15 March 2017
Source: The Guardian

Modern slavery innovation fund will back global projects to stop child exploitation in factories making products sold in Britain.

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‘A gift to human traffickers’: report warns of dangers of Trump immigration policy

Date: 10 March 2017
Source: The Guardian

Study claims hardened stance on immigration leaves undocumented migrant workers at greater risk of modern slavery and human rights abuses.

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Amid Libya’s chaos, human traffickers have free rein

Date: 2 March 2017
Source: Al-Jazeera

On February 21, the bodies of 74 migrants were found by the Libyan Red Crescent on the shore of Zawiya, a Libyan town known for being a capital of fuel smuggling and human trafficking.

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Resources

REPORT: Banks Can Help Fight Against Trafficking and Slavery

Date: 16 March 2017
Source: Voice of America

Banks could revolutionize the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery by reporting suspicious transactions and other financial activity that ring alarm bells, according to a report on Wednesday.

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REPORT: The Human Trafficking Of Domestic Workers In The United States

Date: March 2017
Authors: National Domestic Workers Alliance / Institute for Policy Studies

A new report s co-authored by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) establishes that domestic workers experience labor conditions that are often indicators of the most extreme form of labor exploitation – human trafficking.

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VIDEO: Rescued From Human Trafficking in Singapore

Date: 13 March 2017
Source: Films for Action

Human trafficking happens in Singapore. It is real and fiercely alive; a heinous crime that has devastated millions of innocent lives. These victims could be in our neighbourhoods or workplaces. By learning how to recognise signs of a victim, we will be better equipped to provide help, or even better; prevent a tragedy.

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