28 July 2017

Hong Kong

Helper claiming work led to schizophrenia challenges Hong Kong policy requiring maids live with employers

Date: 18 July 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

A foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong subjected to “seriously alarming” working conditions that led to schizophrenic episodes has lodged a judicial review against the government’s policy requiring maids live with their employers.

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Abusive Erwiana employer will find it tough fending off civil claim, Hong Kong judge says

Date: 18 July 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

A Hong Kong employer jailed for torturing Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih would have a difficult time fending off a civil damages claim from another helper whom she assaulted because of her past convictions, a judge said on Monday.

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Asia

Justice served: Thai army general is convicted of human-trafficking

Date: 19 July 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

A Thai army general was one of the most prominent figures found guilty in a major human-trafficking trial that included more than 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade.

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Busts on human trafficking double

Date: 12 July 2017
Source: The Phnom Penh Post

Operations against human trafficking networks in Cambodia increased by a whopping 127 percent compared to the same period in 2016, according to a six-month report released yesterday by the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT).

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Global

‘Human-trafficking’ tragedy: nine die in sweltering Texas truck

Date: 23 July 2017
Source: The Guardian

At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said on Sunday as they described an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

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Financial sector not using its full power to fight human trafficking

Date: 12 July 2017
Source: Reuters

The global financial sector is not fully using tools it has at hand to help fight human trafficking, from reporting suspicious credit card activity to seizing assets, said a report released by a United Nations think tank.

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House passes sweeping overhaul of law to combat human trafficking

Date: 12 July 2017
Source: USA Today

The House approved a sweeping reauthorization of the nation’s most comprehensive law to combat human trafficking, in a rare bipartisan vote. The bill allocates $520 million over four years toward programs that aim to identify and aid victims of trafficking and prevent it from occurring.

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Resources

Trafficking in Person Report 2017

Date: 23 July 2017
Source: U.S. Department of State

The Trafficking in Persons Report, or TIP Report, is an annual report issued by the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. It ranks governments based on their perceived efforts to acknowledge and combat human trafficking.

Access the report here.