31 January 2018

Hong Kong

Abused maid pledges to fight for workers’ rights

Date: 15 January 2018
Source: Asia Times

After winning a compensation claim against her former employer, Indonesian Erwiana Sulistyaningsih says she will lobby through trade unions for better safeguards for migrant domestic workers.

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Underage migrant workers pay price for child trafficking by agencies

Date: 22 January 2018
Source: Indonesia Expat

Hundreds of underage Indonesian migrant workers have been lured to work in Hong Kong and Singapore on account of fraud and child trafficking practices by recruitment agencies, according to migrant worker rights activists.

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Human trafficking and violence still rife in Thai fishing industry

Date: 23 January 2018
Source: The Telegraph

Human trafficking and forced labour is still rife across Thailand’s fishing industry, despite government pledges to reform, a new report has revealed. It discloses that fishermen, mainly from Burma and Cambodia, are still being trafficked into bonded labour, forced to work in dirty and dangerous conditions, and chronically underpaid.

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Finding their voice, trafficked Indian girls testify against abusers

Date: 15 January 2018
Source: Voice of America

Pinki, the lead singer of a rock band in southern India, wants to learn to play the guitar. She wants to “strum the guitar like a boy” on stage and use music to forget her journey from a brothel to the band that is hired to perform at weddings and parties, the 19-year-old said.

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Secret notes from students help Indian police nab traffickers

Date: 2 January 2018
Source: Reuters

Young girls from poor families in India are lured with promises of marriage or jobs and trafficked to cities. West Bengal police has launched “letter box” scheme at a high school to prevent human trafficking. “The anonymity of that box gave students the confidence to ask questions, alert authorities and slowly we built a campaign around it to stop child marriages and prevent trafficking,” said a teacher.

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Modern slavery victims ‘hidden in plain sight’, councils warn

Date: 17 January 2018
Source: BBC

Local councils in England and Wales reported 1322 modern slavery cases in 2017, a near 50% increase on the previous year. Simon Blackburn, of the Local Government Association, said many victims were hidden in “plain sight”.

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Shedding light on the Invisible People trapped in modern slavery

Date: 8 January 2018
Source: British Journal of Photography

Commissioned by the National Crime Agency, British photographer Rory Carnegie released a project Invisible People to raise awareness of modern slavery. “The victims of modern slavery are living and working in abject conditions but will, if they can, hold on to some degree of dignity,” says Carnegie.

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London police rescued 15 women from human traffickers in 2017

Date: 7 January 2018
Source: CBC News

London police rescued 15 girls and women from human traffickers in the last year. Police say the youngest girl rescued was 14 years of age. A total of 16 human trafficking charges were laid as well as more than 220 other criminal code charges in 2017

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REPORT: Hidden Chains: Rights Abuses and Forced Labor in Thailand’s Fishing Industry

Date: 23 January 2018
Source: Human Rights Watch

Despite several years of highly publicized efforts to address problems in the Thai fishing industry, the Thai government has not taken the steps necessary to end forced labor and other serious abuses on fishing boats. The report assesses government efforts to address labor rights violations and other mistreatment of migrant fishers.

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OPINION: We cannot end sex trafficking without addressing demand

Date: 11 January 2018
Source: Forbes

Those working to counter human trafficking want to abolish, or at a minimum dissuade, the use of the Internet to advertise commercial sexual exploitation (often called sex trafficking) on well-known websites. Public discourse tends to focus on prosecuting traffickers and the perversion of the Internet to facilitate their relationships with unsuspecting victims.

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VIDEO: I am little red – Trailer

Date: January 2018
Source: Vimeo

I AM LITTLE RED is a 10-minute animation aimed at children most at-risk for sex trafficking with the goal of prevention and awareness. The film, written by 10 survivors aged 14-21 along with writer and director, addresses the four tactics a “wolf” (trafficker/pimp) will typically use to lure a Little Red off her path.

Access the video trailer here.