31 May 2018

Highlight of the Month

Our Programme Manager Tina shared our frontline experience at Chinese International School.

May was a busy month for us! In addition to participating in public consultation meetings and submitting reports to government and UN bodies, we also took time to raise awareness about human trafficking and our activities. Education is a powerful tool and we recognise the importance of reaching to HK’s youth. On May 14, we were invited to share our frontline experience with a group of enthusiastic students from the Chinese International School. We were truly impressed by the meaningful and thought-provoking questions they raised. It was a pleasure spending the afternoon with them!

Our Research and Policy Officer, Jacqueline Au, spoke at the Legislative Council’s Panel on Constitutional Affairs’ Meeting on the draft outline of its fourth report under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. She spoke about the need for a comprehensive anti-trafficking law in HK, called for greater engagement with civil society and up-to-date research and data collection on sex trafficking. Click here for our written submission to the Panel

Hong Kong

Traffickers nabbed with migrants

Date: 24 May 2018
Source: The Standard

Hong Kong and mainland police have nabbed 14 people, including six illegal Vietnamese immigrants, after smashing a human-trafficking syndicate plying its trade via Shenzhen over the past six months.

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Forced labour must be criminalised in Hong Kong to protect thousands of ‘invisible’ victims, Raza Husain QC tells High Court

Date: 10 May 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

The two-day appeal hearing related to HK’s first judicial review on human trafficking ended at the High Court on Wednesday. Representing Zn, the Pakistani man at the center of the case, a barrister called for criminalization of the offence, noted “there are many people who remain invisible and not protected, and the perpetrators remain free”.

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Human trafficking complainant ‘no victim’, David Pannick QC, defending Hong Kong government, tells High Court in forced labour case

Date: 9 May 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

A top London barrister representing the Hong Kong government in an appeal case argued in court that the city’s administration had no obligation to introduce a specific offence criminalising forced labour.

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Asia

China agrees on anti-human trafficking cooperation

Date: 14 May 2018
Source: Khmer Times

An action plan to strengthen the prevention of human trafficking to China has been agreed upon between the Cambodian and Chinese governments. The executive director of Affiliated Network for Social Accountability said the cooperation shows that both countries are willing to protect the image of China and at the same time, protect Cambodian women from forced marriages in China.

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Cambodian, Thai govts join forces to aid migrants

Date: 9 May 2018
Source: Bangkok Post

The Thai and Cambodian governments are working closely with NGOs to provide safe channels of migration as cases of human trafficking persist and workers’ rights are not being well-taken care of, a seminar in Bangkok heard.

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Global

More than 120 child refugees missing in UK after being trafficked from France, report finds

Date: 28 May 2018
Source: The Independent

A new report has revealed more than 120 child refugees believed to have been trafficked to the UK from northern France have gone missing. Children as young as 11 had been sexually abused and forced to take drugs by traffickers.

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Waiting for asylum in the UK is like “prison” trafficking victims say

Date: 24 May 2018
Source: Reuters

Foreign trafficking survivors wishing to stay in the UK say their health has suffered as they struggle to cope with insensitive staff, a lack of information and years in limbo, without the right to work, due to a backlog of asylum claims.

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UK slavery victims secure legal aid in govt U-turn

Date: 1 May 2018
Source: Reuters

Modern slavery survivors wishing to stay in Britain have secured the right to free government legal advice following a case hailed by campaigners on Tuesday as a boost for victim support.

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Resources

VIDEO: Hong Kong’s human trafficking problem

Date: May 2018
Source: CNN

It’s one of the world’s most developed cities, but Hong Kong isn’t protecting its vulnerable migrant workers from abuse, says anti-trafficking lawyer Archana Kotecha.

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FEATURE: Slavery in the Amazon: Thousands forced to work on Brazil’s cattle ranches

Date: 11 May 2018
Source: CNN

“They are being treated, without any exaggeration, like animals. Sleeping in the same corral as the cattle,” said a slavery victim in the Amazon.

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OPINION: Time for HK to legislate against human trafficking

Date: 7 May 2018
Source: EJ Insight

Fighting human trafficking with a single and specific piece of legislation has become a leading trend in advanced overseas jurisdictions that are governed by the rule of law, and has proven to be a highly effective way to combat the menace.

Access the article here.