30 March 2018

Highlight of the Month

Training at the U.S. Consulate General

Thanks for the invitation from the Consular Section of the U.S. Consulate General to conduct a victim identification training for their staff on 1st of March. We interacted with 40+ staff and shared with them our encounters on the front-lines. It was a collaborative, informative session that all appreciated greatly.

 

CNN #MyFreedomDay March 14th

We had the delightful opportunity to work with CNN  and German Swiss International School this year for their #MyFreedomDay initiative, a student-driven event to raise awareness of modern-day slavery. As part of the CNN Freedom Project, our very own Programme Manager Tina Chan led a forum to talk about our latest Cards Against Trafficking campaign. Stay tuned for the interview CNN Freedom Project did with us!

Hong Kong

Philippines recalls Hong Kong labour attaché, known for his strong anti-human trafficking views, sparking outrage

Date: 26 March 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Philippines has recalled Jalilo Dela Torre, labour attaché of its consulate in Hong Kong a year before he completes his term. Dela Torre is an outspoken voice against human trafficking. “Whatever the outcome is, I will continue to fight human traffickers and rogue agencies wherever I am,” he said.

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Hong Kong launches action plan on human trafficking but critics say more must be done

Date: 21 March 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

The government has launched an action plan to step up the fight against human trafficking and protection for foreign domestic helpers. Advocates and workers welcomed the plan but said the move still fell short of fully addressing the problem and that introducing anti-human trafficking laws must be the priority.

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‘Hong Kong slow to act on suspected money-laundering scheme that duped Filipino maids, legal experts say

Date: 4 March 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Legal experts warned Hong Kong was fast becoming a “hotbed” for scams preying on migrant workers either to extract money or as portals for human trafficking. Jurisdictions like Hong Kong are woefully unprepared to deal with such issues.

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Asia

Female slavery survivors unite to back India anti-trafficking law

Date: 8 March 2018
Source: Reuters

Female survivors of modern slavery are joining forces in India’s capital to urge lawmakers to urgently pass a tough new anti-trafficking law that aims to help victims rebuild their lives.

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‘Progress and persistent abuses’ in Thailand’s fishing industry, says U.N

Date: 7 March 2018
Source: Reuters

Fishermen in Thailand remain at risk of forced labor, and the identity documents and wages of some continue to be withheld, despite pressure from major retailers to clean up the industry, the International Labor Organization said on Wednesday.

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Global

‘Sisters’ help women trafficked from China for sex industry flee US massage parlours

Date: 12 March 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Members of concern groups befriend women trafficked from China for sex industry in the US and provide them with counselling and lawyers. “A lot of time, they will call their counsellors as my jie jie (sister),” said the director.

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One in four female modern slavery survivors pregnant when they escape from captors, finds report

Date: 8 March 2018
Source: The Independent

One in four female modern slavery survivors in the UK are pregnant when they escape from their captors and with two thirds not receiving antenatal care until they are over seven months pregnant, prompting urgent calls for the Government to better protect vulnerable victims in the aftermath of their ordeal.

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Resources

REPORT: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: National Referral Mechanism Statistics Annual Report 2017

Date: 26 March 2018
Source: National Crime Agency

The report shows that 5,145 potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery were referred into the National Referral Mechanism in Britain in 2017, an increase of more than a third from 3,804 in 2016.

Access the report here.

OPINION: Hong Kong’s new human trafficking action plan – a rhetorical manoeuvre or reason for hope?

Date: 22 March 2018
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

On 21 March, the Hong Kong Government launched the “Action plan to tackle trafficking in persons and enhance protection of foreign domestic helpers.” The proposed measures are limited to mere administrative and policy levels with little change in the way of legal recognition of the offence of human trafficking or legislation.

Access the article here.

FEATURE: Survivors of human trafficking, in their own words

Date: 12 March 2018
Source: The Atlantic

As part of The Atlantic’s special report about forced work, “The Unfree,” and with assistance from the nonprofit National Domestic Workers Alliance, the orgainzation is presenting three essays written by women who have survived human trafficking.

Access the essays here.