30 April 2018

Highlight of the Month

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung delivered speech on the International Conference on Combatting Human Trafficking

We had the delightful opportunity to be one of the co-organizers of International Conference on Combatting Human Trafficking 2018. The Conference brought together over 150 local and international stakeholders to discuss ways to combat human trafficking in HK. The need for a comprehensive law against modern slavery dominated discussions at the Conference along with a call for closer partnerships between government, NGOs and businesses in fighting this heinous crime.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong ‘in denial’ about human trafficking problem, British lawmaker says

Date: 27 April 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

The leading British lawmaker behind his country’s latest anti-slavery law said on Friday that Hong Kong was “in denial” about its human trafficking problem and that a single, dedicated piece of legislation would be a good start to curbing exploitation.

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Domestic helper agency in Hong Kong places more than 2,000 Filipino maids without charging them fees

Date: 21 April 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

The co-founder of the Fair Employment Agency believes that Hong Kong is on the right track to eradicate the exploitation of domestic workers by 2024, noting his organisation has placed more than 2,000 Filipino helpers at no cost to them.

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Legislator and lawyers push for bill against human trafficking in Hong Kong

Date: 8 April 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

An anti-human-trafficking law for Hong Kong drafted by a legislator, a human rights lawyer and a barrister is expected to be discussed at the city’s panel on security next month. The long-awaited legislation has been repeatedly called for by advocates in a city that has been rattled by cases of human trafficking, mostly involving domestic workers.

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Hong Kong Sevens joins Olympics and Super Bowl in fight against trafficking and sexual exploitation of children

Date: 5 April 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

In partnership with local organisations Stop Trafficking of People and the Mekong Club, as well as the Hong Kong Rugby Union, the UK-based charity It’s a Penalty uses Hong Kong Sevens as a vehicle to fight against the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.

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Asia

India prepares to introduce death penalty for child rapists but is the system willing to hold traffickers to account?

Date: 24 April 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

India’s Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act which allows lifetime prison sentences for people who sexually assault children is being amended to introduce the death penalty for the rape of children below age 12. But authorities have consistently failed to use the law to prosecute child sex trafficking, said a leading campaigner.

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Exclusive: Pakistan could face U.S. aid cuts over human trafficking – sources

Date: 12 April 2018
Source: Reuters

The Trump administration is warning Pakistan it could lose U.S. civilian aid worth tens of millions of dollars this year if Washington finds that the South Asian nation has not done enough to combat human trafficking, U.S. officials said.

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Global

Trump signs law to punish websites for sex trafficking

Date: 12 April 2018
Source: Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at penalizing website operators that facilitate online sex trafficking and chipping away at a legal protection for the technology industry.

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Rejected, stigmatized by society, human trafficking survivors shun Libyan horrible experiences, ready to travel

Date: 11 April 2018
Source: The Nation Newspaper

Trafficking survivors say their joy of returning to Nigeria from Libya is being cut short by rejection and stigmatization from family, friends and the society. They are ready to leave the country at whatever cost again.

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Resources

REPORT: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Annual Report 2017 – Joint Report to the European Parliament and the Council

Date: 24 April 2018
Source: European Commission

In line with the commitment given to the European Parliament in 1997, an annual report is issued on developments in Hong Kong. European Commission’s new annual report on HKSAR says: ‘Trafficking in human beings remains a concern, particularly in the absence of a single legislative and policy framework.

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REPORT: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017

Date: 21 April 2018
Source: U.S. Department of States

The most significant human rights issues included in Hong Kong: the central PRC government’s encroachment on the SAR’s autonomy, and government actions that had a chilling effect on political protest and the exercise of free speech and trafficking in persons.

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OPINION: Hong Kong human-trafficking law could be a regional leader – if it protects victims

Date: 16 April 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Some people argue that Hong Kong doesn’t require a human trafficking law. In recent months, new legislation related to human trafficking has been proposed for Hong Kong. The proposed new law on anti-human trafficking would be a major step forward for the government of Hong Kong.

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