27 October 2017

Hong Kong

Moms away from home: stories of Hong Kong’s domestic helpers

Date: 12 October 2017
Source: Asia Times

A new feature-length documentary titled The Helper, which began screening in cinemas in Hong Kong on Thursday, tells the stories of female domestic helpers who left their homes in the Philippines and Indonesia to find work in the city.

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Hong Kong domestic helper launches bid to end rule saying she has to live with her employer

Date: 3 October 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

A domestic helper on 2 October asked a Hong Kong court to grant her and 350,000 others the choice of living apart from their employers, in the first judicial review of the live-in rule imposed since 2003.

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Qatari labor reforms could finally end ‘modern day slavery’ for migrant workers

Date: 25 October 2017
Source: HuffPost

Qatar announced a series of major reforms on Wednesday, which could put an end to the oppressive “kafala” labor system that international trade unions and human rights groups have long likened to “modern day slavery.”

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Landmark Indian child bride verdict may curb traffickers: experts

Date: 12 October 2017
Source: The Reuters

A ruling by India’s top court criminalizing sex with underage brides could prevent thousands of girls being trafficked and sold on the pretext of marriage, campaigners said on Thursday.

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FBI rescues more than 80 children in nationwide human trafficking sting

Date: 19 October 2017
Source: HuffPost

The FBI, along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, recovered 84 children and arrested 120 suspected traffickers as part of a nationwide initiative to clamp down on the sex trafficking of minors.

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Modern slavery referrals up 300% in UK due to improved identification

Date: 16 October 2017
Source: The Guardian

The UK National Referral Mechanism has been a 300% increase in the number of victims of modern slavery referred for support in the past six years, and a huge increase in the number of men from Vietnam trafficked to work in illegal cannabis farms.

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Human trafficking trio guilty of running sex ring

Date: 5 October 2017
Source: BBC News

Three people accused of luring women to the UK from China and Korea have been found guilty of running a prostitution network. The judge described the operation as a “sexual conveyor belt”. Sussex detectives had identified 19 victims, many of whom were believed to be debt-bonded to traffickers in China.

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Priti Patel: Modern day slavery must be tackled at source ‘like terrorism’

Date: 2 October 2017
Source: The Independent

Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development, has backed the Independent and Evening Standard special investigation into modern slavery.”[Modern slavery] is like terrorism,” said Patel. “If we don’t tackle the root causes, the victims will come to Europe via Libya and Italy, and those problems will manifest themselves on the streets of London.”

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REPORT: Stolen freedom: the policing response to modern slavery and human trafficking

Date: 24 October 2017
Source: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services

The report concluded that there were signs of progress in the policing response to modern slavery. However in too many cases, police work was reactive and showed little understanding of the nature and scale of modern slavery and human trafficking.

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Date: 8 October 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

The Helper documentary gives voice to Hong Kong’s domestic labourers. It brings to light the sacrifices made by domestic helpers to support local families and back home. British filmmaker Joanna Bowers shared her thoughts on the film both as a director and a mother of a three-month-old.

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