31 July 2018

Highlight of the Month

Tina shared our experience working with trafficking survivors in the monthly SCMP staff event.

Friday the 21st our Programme Manager Tina Chan, together with our CEO Tom and Roy from ROAD, were invited by South China Morning Post to share at their monthly staff event ‘The Inside Source’, shedding light on the difficult conditions victims of human trafficking, refugees and asylum seekers live in, and the challenges our front-line staff encounter on a day-to-day basis.

 

 

We delivered a victim-identification training workshop to members of PLUDW-HK.

Learning is always a two way street. Sunday the 29th we were greatly inspired by the enthusiasm and energy of a group of 20 Filipino migrant domestic workers from PLUDW-HK, with whom we shared our experiences and knowledge of human trafficking.

 

 

 

 


Hong Kong

Six percent of migrants to HK in forced labour

Date: 30 July 2018
Source: RTHK

The Civil Society Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force which is made up of 27 civil society groups on Monday said six percent of around a thousand cases it looked into between last August and this June were victims, the majority of them domestic helpers.

Access the article here.

The data that lays bare the hidden links in Hong Kong’s domestic helper employment industry

Date: 15 July 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

While agencies and moneylenders sharing addresses may not suggest anything illegal, developers say they want to arm workers and employers with knowledge of who they are dealing with.

Access the article here.

Give Hong Kong’s asylum seekers the right to work, NGO leader says

Date: 7 July 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

Tom Franz, CEO of Branches of Hope, says a segment of the asylum seeking population in Hong Kong were victims of human trafficking but they often went unnoticed and received little support.

Access the article here.

Asia

Fighting human trafficking in Nepal: on patrol with the activists trying to put a stop to sex trade to India, China and the world

Date: 15 July 2018
Source: Post Magazine

A Nepalese NGO Maiti, backed up by police and army personnel, monitored the border between India and Nepal and identified potential trafficking victims. It is saving thousands of rural women and girls from being tricked into modern-day slavery.

Access the article here.

Pregnant Cambodian women charged with surrogacy and human trafficking

Date: 7 July 2018
Source: Reuters

33 pregnant Cambodian women hired to act as surrogate mothers were formally charged with surrogacy and human trafficking offences.

Access the article here.

Global

Australia imports $12bn worth of goods at risk of being made by slaves – report

Date: 19 July 2018
Source: The Guardian

Australia imports nearly US$12bn worth of goods “at risk” of being made using slavery each year, including more than $6bn in computer products and $4bn in garments from China, as well as fish, cocoa and even human organs from around the world, the latest Global Slavery Index reports.

Access the article here.

Modern slavery widespread in UK car washes, new report claims

Date: 13 July 2018
Source: Metro

Modern slavery is happening in car washes across the UK, a new report has found. There have been over 350 cases of modern slavery in car washes in the last two years, with over 2000 potential victims indicated, according to the report from Unseen, a modern slavery charity.

Access the article here.

Resources

REPORT: Global Slavery Index 2018

Date: 19 July 2018
Source: Walk Free Foundation

Walk Free Foundation published the annual Global Slavery Index to measure the extent of modern slavery country by country, and the steps governments are taking to respond to this issue. This year, it identified North Korea as having the highest prevalence of modern slavery, followed by Eritrea, Burundi and the Central African Republic.

Access the report here.

VIDEO: How does modern slavery happen?

Date: 16 July 2018
Source: The Mekong Club

The Mekong Club produced an e-learning series on modern-day slavery. The current episode of Unit 3 explains some of the methods traffickers use to hold slavery victims in place.

Watch the video here.

REPORT: Modern Slavery In Car Washes – A View From Unseen’s Modern Slavery Helpline

Date: 13 July 2018
Source: Unseen

326 calls and 147 webforms were received by the Modern Slavery Helpline in the 21 months from its launch in October 2016 to June 2018. 360 cases of modern slavery were recorded with 2,170 potential victims indicated by the Helpline

Access the report here.