28 February 2018

Cards Against Trafficking Launch and Exhibition Wrap-Up

Over 80 attendees joined our Cards Against Trafficking Launch

Our Cards Against Trafficking launch and exhibition was finally over! We would like to express gratitude to every single one of you who attended and helped to make it happened. During the week of exhibition we were glad to meet many of you from all walks of life. Gary Tong, our campaign designer from TGIF, decorated the entire exhibition venue with card boxes to signify how people were commodified under the crime of human trafficking. Apart from just looking at the exhibiting cards, visitors were also encouraged to write down how they would take a stand against human trafficking by writing on the exhibition boxes. Cards Against Trafficking campaign was a success because of all your support, and we are grateful to have you journey with us in this fight.

Starting from next week our Cards will be sold at several bookstore locations. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Hong Kong

Fed up with human trafficking, Hong Kong migrant workers hold vigil demanding justice

Date: 25 February 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Almost 500 people, including migrant workers from Indonesia and several Hongkongers, gathered in Causeway Bay on Sunday for a candlelight vigil and prayed for victims of human trafficking after the shocking death of a young Indonesian domestic worker in Malaysia.

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‘Rise, resist, unite’: Hong Kong domestic workers join One Billion Rising solidarity event

Date: 14 February 2018
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Hundreds of migrants gathered outside City Hall on Sunday as part of the One Billion Rising global solidarity event against exploitation and violence against women in Hong Kong and in their countries of origin. This year’s theme, “Solidarity Against the Exploitation of Women,” also encompassed Hong Kong foreign domestic workers’ campaign for the three W’s: wages, working conditions and worker’s rights.

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Asia

Australian man sentenced to life in Philippines prison for child trafficking and pornography

Date: 21 February 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

A Philippine court has sentenced an Australian man to life imprisonment after finding him guilty on human trafficking and child pornography charges.

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Death of maid treated ‘like a dog’ casts spotlight on migrant abuse in Malaysia

Date: 12 February 2018
Source: Reuters

An 21-year-old Indonesian maid forced to sleep outside next to a dog has died after suspected abuse by her employer in Malaysia. Reports of abuses remain common although regulations to protect domestic workers has introduced. Last month, the government said it would set up a special court to hear human trafficking cases.

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Chinese police arrest human traffickers selling Vietnamese brides to men in China

Date: 4 February 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Seventeen Vietnamese women sold as brides to men in China have been rescued in a series of raids on a cross-border human-trafficking network. Sixty people including traffickers and buyers were arrested in eight Chinese province

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Global

Police urge Filipino expat community to help fight human trafficking

Date: 27 February 2018
Source: Khaleej Times

The Dubai Police have called on leaders of the Filipino expat community to help in its efforts to combat human trafficking locally and to enhance the UAE’s role in eliminating cross-border human trafficking crimes.

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Airbnb vows to tackle pop-up brothels and sex trafficking in its rental homes

Date: 19 February 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Short-term home rental company Airbnb would invest in new technology to crack down on modern slavery amid concerns that traffickers are turning its properties into “pop-up brothels” to sexually exploit vulnerable women and girls.

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For sex traffickers, is the Super Bowl really the biggest game of the year?

Date: 2 February 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Dozens of agencies are gearing up to bust criminal networks and rescue victims during Sunday’s Super Bowl, dubbed the biggest sex-trafficking event in the United States. “All this is, is a one-day snapshot into what otherwise is a 365-day problem,” said the anti-slavery group.

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Resources

REPORT: Report concerning the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Slovenia

Date: 15 February 2018
Source: Council of Europe

Slovenia is primarily a country of destination and transit of victims of trafficking in human beings rather than a country of origin. In 2013-2016, the number of identified victims of human trafficking for different purposes in Slovenia was 119. In 2013-2016, trafficking charges were brought against 52 persons, and a total of 10 persons were convicted of human trafficking offences.

Access the report here.

OPINION: If you don’t like it here, get out: why Hong Kong’s downtrodden domestic helpers can never win

Date: 17 February 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

“If you don’t like it here, you can always leave,” is a regular refrain to discourage the less fortunate from speaking out about their plight. The Filipino maid who challenged the live-in rule received hateful messages and court ruling reminding her that she could leave if she didn’t like.

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OPINION: Commentary: There Are Still 40 Million Slaves Worldwide. How Can We Free Them?

Date: 1 February 2018
Source: Fortune

From the gulags of North Korea to the battlefields of Iraq and Syria and the brothels of Eastern Europe, an estimated 40.3 million people are enslaved worldwide. Despite feeding off of poor and vulnerable populations, the practice generates a staggering $150 billion for traffickers per year—an average of $3,722 per victim.

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