28 December 2017

Hong Kong

Hong Kong domestic helpers march to demand stronger legal protection against abuse

Date: 18 December 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

About 50 people marched in Hong Kong on Sunday, submitting petitions to several foreign consulates to protest against employment agencies overcharging migrant workers and demand better legal protection from abuse and exploitation.

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How Hong Kong failed Madagascar’s domestic helpers

Date: 17 December 2017
Source: South China Morning post

From the dozens of domestic workers who came from Madagascar seeking to provide a better life for their family, a number of them found themselves in court fighting for their rightful salaries. “I could not stand my work any more … And the income was too low considering what I was doing … I never received the full salary,” said a Madagascan domestic helper, adding that by the time she left she had paid back about HK$16,000 in fees.

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Asia

First Cambodian helpers arrive in Hong Kong as demand rises and abuse scandals threaten to create shortage

Date: 27 December 2017
Source: South China Morning post

Cambodia on Wednesday sent its first batch of maids to work in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is home to more than 300,000 foreign maids, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. But high-profile cases of abuse and forced labour have made headlines in recent years and threatened to stem the tide of migrant helpers.

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From Cambodia to India, job matching sites and mobile apps take aim at trafficking

Date: 22 December 2017
Source: Reuters

Technology innovations such as a free recruitment service for low-skilled workers in Cambodia and mobile apps for on-demand domestic workers in India could help curb trafficking by eliminating fraudulent middlemen, their developers say.

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Trafficked girls raped and burnt into submission in India’s brothels

Date: 5 December 2017
Source: South China Morning Post

The testimonies of child sex traff­icking survivors in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta offer a glimpse into the violence young girls endure before they are pushed into the sex trade. Fifty-five per cent of the survivors were beaten with obje­cts and some were fo­rced to witness the murder of other mino­rs.

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Global

Government failing in its bid to tackle modern slavery, audit report finds

Date: 15 December 2017
Source: The Independent

The Government is failing in its bid to tackle modern slavery, a damning report has found. The report accuses the Home Office of having an incomplete picture of the crime, warning that there remains “much more to do” to ensure victims in the UK are protected.

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Aeromexico crews learning to detect signs of human trafficking

Date: 13 December 2017
Source: Reuters

An estimated 40 million people around the world live in slavery, which includes human trafficking. Illegal profits are thought to be about $150 billion a year. Aeromexico and the Mexican government are teaming up to train airline staff and crew to spot possible victims of human trafficking, a global crime fueled by “lack of visibility, indifference and tolerance,” officials said.

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Modern slavery: ‘I had to eat the dog’s food to survive’

Date: 11 December 2017
Source: BBC News

Maria (not her real name), Philippines domestic worker in Brazil, once had eat meat for dog to survive. “I didn’t have [any other] choice to survive,’ said Maria. Her case is not unique. Brazil has the world’s highest number of domestic workers. Many suffer abuse and prejudice, and officials say some are kept in conditions that amount to modern slavery.

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Resources

REPORT: Reducing modern slavery

Date: 15 December 2017
Source: National Audit Office

Until the government is able to establish effective oversight of the modern slavery system as a whole, it will not be able to significantly reduce the prevalence of modern slavery or show that it is achieving value for money.

According to report from National Audit Office, there were 2,527 referrals of potential adult victims of modern slavery to the National Referral Mechanism in 2016, 46% percentage of all referrals made had not received a conclusive grounds decision as at March 2017 and 80 defendants prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act, for 155 offences in 2016.

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OPINION: Modern slavery remains a reality

Date: 4 December 2017
Source: IOL News

You may be one who think slavery was abolished 150 years ago. You probably have a job you chose to work at willingly. But in many parts of the world, including Europe, people are still bought and sold and made to work like slaves despite these legal prohibitions.

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ARTICLE: Human trafficking and the legal profession’s role in combating the crime in Hong Kong

Date: December 2017
Source: The Official Journal of The Law Society of Hong Kong

Human trafficking is one of the most severe violations of human rights that confronts the world today. While around the world men, women and children are exploited in countless ways, in Hong Kong, victims are mostly exploited for the purposes of labour and sex. Slavery seems to be a thing of the past, but modern forms of slavery have developed exponentially over the last few decades.

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