30 August 2017

Hong Kong

Diplomats call for end to illegal work orders for Hong Kong domestic helpers

Date: 20 August 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

The Indonesian and Filipino consulates in Hong Kong have urged the government to stop employers forcing domestic helpers to work on the mainland, after a 28-year-old Filipino domestic helper who fell from a building in Shenzhen after being sent there to work by her Hong Kong employers.

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Plug Hong Kong’s legal loopholes on
human-trafficking and forced labour, legislator tells officials

Date: 1 August 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

Dennis Kwok, a pro-democracy lawmaker in Hong Kong is stepping up his push to enact legislation against human-trafficking and forced labour in the city, vowing to introduce a bill to the legislature himself if the government refuses to act.

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Asia

Asia’s biggest budget airline trains crew to spot human traffickers

Date: 16 August 2017
Source: Reuters

AirAsia, the biggest budget carrier in Asia, is training thousands of its staff to fight human trafficking, becoming one of the first airlines in the continent to crack down on the global crime.

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Increase in cases of Indians being trafficked to China: Government

Date: 8 August 2017
Source: The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The number of cases of trafficking of Indians to China and subsequent duping on the pretext of good salary and jobs has seen an increase this year, the government today informed Parliament.

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Global

Middle school coach among 11 men arrested in human trafficking sting

Date: 17 August 2017
Source: USA Today

A Sullivan North Middle School coach, a youth leader and others are facing felony charges after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Kingsport Police Department announced results from a Human Trafficking investigation.

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Eleven members of the same family convicted over modern slavery ring

Date: 11 August 2017
Source: The Independent

Eleven members of the same family have been convicted of running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in “truly shocking” conditions for decades.

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Human trafficking and slavery affecting ‘every large town and city in UK’

Date: 10 August 2017
Source: The Independent

National Crime Agency warns true scale of modern slavery is ‘far more prevalent’ than previously estimated, with alleged victims as young as 12 being sold to families in the UK from Europe.

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Modern slavery risks to supply chains rise across Europe as migrants exploited

Date: 9 August 2017
Source: Forbes

As hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have entered the EU by sea in recent years, the risk of modern slavery occurring in EU countries has increased. This has increased the risk to companies across Europe of human trafficking in their supply chains.

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Resources

REPORT: Modern Slavery Index 2017

Date: 10 August 2017
Source: Verisk Maplecroft

Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the European Union over the last year, reveals an annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

Access the report here.