29 November 2017

Hong Kong

Hong Kong must act to curb human trafficking

Date: 27 November 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

The Hong Kong government steadfastly rejects claims the city has become a hub for the trade in human misery of people and drug trafficking. In the case of drugs, major seizures and joint interception operations with foreign law enforcement agencies suggest otherwise. In the case of human trafficking, new revelations suggest the city’s reputation is at stake if officials do not heed calls to plug legal loopholes.

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Russia connection in maid smuggle probe

Date: 14 November 2017
Source: The Standard

At least five Hong Kong agencies are allegedly trafficking Filipino domestic helpers to Russia and other countries, according to the labor attache of the Philippine consulate general Jalilo Dela Torre.

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Hong Kong maid called ‘dog’, fired and left homeless for being pregnant exposes plight of city’s domestic staff

Date: 8 November 2017
Source: The Independent

As soon as Indonesian domestic worker Anisa discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her heart sank. “(My employer) would say awful things to me, calling me a dog and that I was giving birth to a dog, that my baby would be born mentally disabled, and without arms or legs”said Anisa.

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Human trafficking in India rose 25 per cent in 2016: Experts

Date: 25 November 2017
Source: The Indian Express

Experts cited data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) at the opening day of the two-day International Anti-Human Trafficking Conference on Saturday to show how traffickers lure thousands of people each year. According to the figures, nearly 20,000 women and children were victims of human trafficking in India in 2016, a rise of almost 25 percent from the previous year.

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Charity for victims of modern slavery in London sees 30% rise in cases

Date: 20 November 2017
Source: The Guardian

A new report by Hestia says that two-thirds of the modern slavery victims it worked with in London in 2016 had been forced into prostitution – a far higher proportion than the rest of the country. The charity that supports the majority of victims of modern slavery in London says it has seen a 30% increase so far this year in the number of victims it helps.

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People for sale: where lives are auctioned for $400

Date: 14 November 2017
Source: CNN

“900 … 1,000 … 1,100 … Sold,” said the auctioneer. Not “merchandise” at all, but two human beings auctioned for 1,200 Libyan dinars—the equivalent of US$800. CNN uncovered African migrants are being sold at a network of “slave auctions” in Libya for US$400 each.

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Former child trafficking victim: Awareness needs to produce action

Date: 9 November 2017
Source: Catholic News Agency

Former trafficking victim Rani Hong, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery at seven years old, is speaking out, saying we’ve raised awareness, but now it’s time to put our knowledge into action to help victims.

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OPINION: In Hong Kong ‘community care’ means subsidising people to exploit foreign domestic workers

Date: 25 November 2017
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

The new Secretary for Labour and Welfare rushed to visit Cambodia soon after he took office. Against a backdrop of “One Belt One Road”, the Hong Kong and Cambodian governments signed a trade agreement – one of the terms of which was that Hong Kong would allow Cambodia to “sell people” to Hong Kong as domestic workers.

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REPORT: Underground Lives: The Reality of Modern Slavery in London

Date: 21 November 2017
Source: Hestia

Using data and responses from over 600 survivors, the report reveals the true face of modern slavery in London is different to the national image. The statistics around modern slavery in London differ greatly from the figures for the rest of the UK. In 2016, two thirds of all victims in the capital were sexually exploited (vs. almost half nationally). Because of this, 81% of victims of modern slavery in London are female (vs. national average 51%).

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OPINION: Why do so many Indian children go missing?

Date: 19 November 2017
Source: The New York Times

One day in April last year, 13-year-old Savitri was walking down a road with her mother in Dataganj district, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, carrying a flask of tea to her father, a laborer at a brick kiln, when five men pulled her into a moving jeep. One of them was from their village.

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