31 August 2018

Highlight of the Month

Our Programme Manager Tina shared the issue of human trafficking at The Vine Church.

Sunday the 12th, our Programme Manager Tina Chan shared the issue of human trafficking in Hong Kong and our experience working with trafficking survivors at The Vine Church. Tina and Pastor Andrew Gardener had an inspiring conversation on the community’s response to trafficking. We were also excited for the opportunity to exchange our opinion and concerns about this issue with visitors dropped by our booth at the church! Click here for Tina’s sharing on that day!


Hong Kong

A third of Hong Kong’s domestic workers’ income spent on agency fees or loans, NGOs say

Date: 7 August 2018
Source: Hong Kong Free Press

One-third of migrant domestic workers’ income is spent on agency fees or loans, according to NGOs Mission for Migrant Workers (MFWM) and Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants. They urged the Government should adopt comprehensive anti-human trafficking laws based on the United Nations’ Palermo Protocol.

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Court of Appeal calls on Hong Kong government to do more to investigate forced labour

Date: 3 August 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

A Hong Kong appellate court urged the government to act quickly to plug a loophole over its failure to investigate potential forced labour as seen in the case of a Pakistani man who launched the city’s first judicial review on the subject.

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More than 3,000 Vietnamese fell victim to human traffickers in 2012-2017

Date: 24 August 2018
Source: euronews

More than 3,000 people in Vietnam, most of them women and children, were trafficked between 2012 and 2017, many of them into China, the Ministry of Public Security said on Friday, as parliament sought to tighten laws to tackle the problem.

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Two dozen girls rescued from Indian women’s shelter amid sex exploitation claims after 10-year-old scaled a wall to escape

Date: 6 August 2018
Source: Daily Mail

Two dozen girls have been rescued from a women’s shelter in north-east India, following allegations of sex trafficking and domestic slavery. A 10-year-old girl staying a the shelter told police that those staying there were ‘treated like slaves’ and would be forced to cook and clean for the owners.

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Seafood remains a fraction of Thai human trafficking prosecutions

Date: 2 August 2018
Source: The Nation

Human trafficking remains a serious issue in Thailand with most cases involving prostitution despite years of efforts to tackle the menace by the military government, a report released yesterday by rights groups reveals.

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Exclusive: UK refusing asylum to more ex-child slaves despite safety fears

Date: 14 August 2018
Source: Reuters

Britain is refusing asylum to more former child slaves from nations such as Vietnam, Eritrea and Afghanistan since 2012 despite fears many will fall back into the hands of traffickers.

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Dozens of child trafficking victims found in European crackdown

Date: 15 August 2018
Source: Reuters

Children trapped in modern slavery are being failed, campaigners said after European authorities found dozens of suspected trafficking victims in a region-wide crackdown, one aged just two.

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OPINION: You don’t have to look far to find human trafficking victims

Date: 20 August 2018
Source: The Conversation

“I have found that many perpetrators find, entice and sell their victims right in their own backyards,” said an experienced nurse who once missed a victim of human trafficking.

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OPINION: Time for Hong Kong to do more to curb human trafficking

Date: 6 August 2018
Source: EJ Insight

If the government fails to deliver any substantial improvement regarding human trafficking in the short run, it is very likely that Hong Kong will be rated a Tier 3 region by the US State Department after 2019.

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