31 Dec 2018

Highlight of the Month

 Run for STOP

A massive thank you to all donors and all runners who supported and participated in Run for STOP, which took place on Sunday 16 December in Ma On Shan. The funds raised will be used to support survivors of human trafficking on their journey of recovery and their pursuit of justice.

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Hong Kong

Enslaved workers in Hong Kong ‘an affront to human dignity’

Date: 24 December 2018
Source: Asia Times

A recent exposé by newspaper Sing Tao Daily has shed light on disquieting stories about modern day slavery in Hong Kong. The report notes that foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong easily fall victim to human trafficking and exploitation in the form of intimidation, coercion or violence.

Access the article here.

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Asia

‘Unimaginable violence’ spurs call for Indian crackdown on bonded labour

Date: 27 December 2018
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Violence faced by more than 50 workers rescued from a ginger farm in southern India has prompted calls for authorities across the country to step up efforts in 2019 to end modern-day slavery.

Access the article here.

‘Sold by my brother’: the Mekong women pressed into marriage in China

Date: 11 December 2018
Source: Channel News Asia

Nary, from Cambodia, was sold by her brother at the age of 17 to be a bride in China. She returned home from the six-year ordeal destitute and humiliated. She is one of tens of thousands of young Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laos and Myanmar women – and girls – who marry Chinese men each year, plugging a gender gap incubated by Beijing’s three-decade-long one-child policy.

Access the article here.

Malaysian palm oil giant sanctioned by sustainability body over alleged forced labour, trafficking

Date: 30 November 2018
Source: Malay Mail

Malaysian palm oil giant FGV is facing sanctions over labour rights abuses on its plantations. The firm was found to be involved with alleged forced labour, trafficking in workers, and providing dire living conditions for them, among other widespread illegal wrongdoings.

Access the article here.

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Global

Chinese women trafficked to UK for sex languish in notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Date: 13 December 2018
Source: South China Morning Post

In the UK, a worrying number of vulnerable Chinese women, many of whom are trafficking victims, are being detained under threat of deportation, without access to legal representation or medical care, campaigners and lawyers say.

Access the article here.

UK: Rubber gloves made in Malaysian factories linked with forced labour

Date: 9 December 2018
Source: The Guardian

Malaysian factories which supply the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK with rubber gloves have been accused of forced labour. Migrants are allegedly subjected to forced overtime, debt bondage, withheld wages and passport confiscation.

Access the article here.

At last, Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. Here’s what you’ll need to know

Date: 2 December 2018
Source: The Conversation

Australia joins the ranks of a growing number of countries with a dedicated modern slavery law, while Hong Kong continues to deny the need for a new law. Australia’s Modern Slavery Act 2018 will come into effect on 1 Jan and require businesses to address slavery in their supply chains.

Access the article here.

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Resources

Opinion: HK can’t be in denial over human trafficking problemDate: 12 December 2018
Source: EJ Insight

“The government’s denial of the human trafficking problem raises concern as to whether the existing mechanism can truly and effectively identify human trafficking victims in the city,” writes legislator Leong Kai-Cheong.

Access the article here.

Research: Estimating trafficking of Myanmar women for forced marriage and childbearing in China

Date: 7 December 2018
Source: John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

New research finds that thousands of women and girls are being trafficked from Myanmar to China and forced to marry and bear children. This report is the first systematic effort to quantify the scale of a problem that has important implications for cross-border migration and marriage policies and protection programs.

Access the report here.