23 May 2017

Hong Kong

Slave Husbands of Hong Kong: The Men Who Marry Into Servitude

Date: 21 May 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

Vulnerable men from India and Pakistan are being tricked into arranged marriages and trafficked to Hong Kong where they work as bonded labourers and indentured servants for their in-laws, too afraid or ashamed to speak out.

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Study finds Hong Kong domestic helpers subjected to employment terms abuse by more than 70 percent of agencies

Date: 11 May 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

More than 70 percent of employment agencies in Hong Kong charge excessive fees to domestic helpers, withhold their passports, or engage in other illegal practices, a seven-month undercover investigation has found.

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Hong Kong students design app to help human trafficking victims

Date: 1 May 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

Students from Hong Kong have designed an app which allows victims of human trafficking to continually collect and store evidence of mistreatment until they find a way or decide to go to the police. The Safe House smartphone app is the result of weeks of research, coding, and interviews with experts.

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Asia

Forced into pornography: Japan moves to stop women being coerced into sex films

Date: 15 May 2017
Source: The Guardian

Increasing reports of women being tricked or coerced into the porn industry has forced the Japanese authorities to take action. Some victims say they were forced to have sex without protection, or were gang-raped.

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Survey: Human trafficking getting worse

Date: 8 May 2017
Source: Bangkok Post

While the U.S. TIP Report 2016 said human trafficking in Thailand has greatly improved, the recent poll conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida Poll) tells us otherwise.

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Global

Human trafficking victims sold to sham-marriage gangs

Date: 10 May 2017
Source: The Times

Humans for Sale, to be broadcast this evening by the BBC, reports that people are now the second most lucrative criminal commodity after drugs, with work and sexual exploitation the most common reasons for trafficking to Scotland.

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Road to Brexit: Leaving EU could make it ‘impossible’ to tackle human trafficking, warn campaigners

Date: 9 May 2017
Source: Independent

Britain’s withdrawal from the EU could dramatically curtail efforts by UK police forces to tackle slavery and human trafficking, making it harder and in some cases “impossible” to protect victims from abuse, leading charities, the police and security experts have warned.

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Bank staff will ‘red-flag’ trafficking suspects with powerful new tool

Date: 2 May 2017
Source: Reuters

Bank employees will now be trained to spot and report signs of human trafficking using a practical toolkit – including “red-flag indicators” and case studies – launched by the European Bankers Alliance and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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Resources

VIDEO: What happens when people fall victim to human trafficking?

Date: 10 May 2017
Source: BBC

BBC Scotland goes undercover to expose human trafficking gangs and organ trading. Investigative journalist Sam Poling went undercover to highlight the ruthless tactics used in the supply chain. She traveled across Eastern Europe to track down victims sold for sex.

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