21 April 2017

Hong Kong

Fake passports fuel child trafficking to Hong Kong, Singapore

Date: 19 April 2017
Source: Reuters

Exploitative recruitment agencies in Indonesia are believed to have trafficked hundreds of children to Hong Kong, Singapore, and other Asian countries to work as domestic workers by using forged documents and bribing officials, rights groups say.

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Excessive agency fees one of the top problems facing Hong Kong’s domestic workers, NGO says

Date: 6 April 2017
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Excessive fees collected by recruitment agencies, long working hours and lack of privacy remain top issues facing the city’s foreign domestic workers, NGO Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW) has found.

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Asia

Village heads take on human traffickers in rural Indonesia

Date: 18 April 2017
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

In Saepudin’s village of Kebonpedes on Indonesia’s Java island, it is so common for women to leave to work as domestic helpers abroad that one local neighborhood is dubbed the “Jeddah block”.

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Best way for India’s sex trafficking victims to get justice? Study law

Date: 6 April 2017
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Ishika as a sex trafficking survivor never thought that being sold by her parents to a brothel in Kolkata at the age of six would inspire her to pursue a career in one of the most prestigious professions – law.

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Global

Cairo court acquits Egyptian-American of human trafficking charges

Date: 16 April 2017
Source: Reuters

A Cairo court acquitted on Sunday an Egyptian-American woman and seven others who worked with street children and had been detained for nearly three years on human trafficking charges, in a case that had raised concerns in Washington.

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A reporter’s path to uncovering human trafficking

Date: 13 April 2017
Source: The New Yorker

“Last September, I boarded a rescue boat run by the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières [….] The journey to Italy would take two and a half days. I walked around the ship, speaking to migrants about why they’d left home. Most were eager to talk about the horrors that they had endured in Libya, but on the lower deck I noticed a group of teenage Nigerian girls, sitting together in silence.”

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Eyes of the highways: Raising a ‘trucker army’ for trafficking fight

Date: 12 April 2017
Source: CNN Freedom Project

There was a time when truck driver Kevin Kimmel knew little about the scourge of human trafficking. That all changed when he pulled into a gas station in New Kent County, Virginia, on the morning of 6 January, 2015.

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Migrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’

Date: 10 April 2017
Source: The Guardian

New testimony from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) describes how the normalisation of human trafficking in Libya has led to a disturbing new trend of public ‘slave markets’.

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Resources

REPORT: Making Workers Pay – Recruitment of the Migrant Labor Force in the Gulf Construction Industry

Date: April 2017
Source: NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

New NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights report on the broken model for migrant worker recruitment into the GCC construction industry. The report focuses on the role of construction companies and their clients in perpetuating the model, and what they can do to fix it.

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REPORT: Service Report 2016

Date: April 2017
Source: Mission for Migrant Workers

According to to the Service Report 2016 released by the Mission for Migrant Workers, of the 5,038 clients served by them, long working hours, lack of private accommodation, and rest days and holidays still characterize the working and living situation of many FDWs, while insufficient food provision was revealed as an emerging concern.

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