31 January 2019

Highlight of the Month

Training with Thai Migrant Workers Union

Knowledge is the first step to empowering communities to prevent human trafficking. On Sunday 20 January, STOP had the privilege of delivering a training on human trafficking for the awesome women at FADWU and Thai Migrant Workers Union.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong plans to improve protection of foreign labour rights

Date: 22 January 2019
Source: The Jakarta Post

While visiting Jakarta, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Labour and Welfare stressed that, although incidents such as debt bondage and human-trafficking occurred in only 0.01 percent of all foreign labor contracts, the issue of foreign labour rights would not be neglected.

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Hong Kong lawmaker vows fresh push for UK-style anti-slavery law

Date: 9 January 2019
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A Hong Kong lawmaker says there is “no room” for delay as thousands of victims are trapped in the city and vows to launch a renewed push for an anti-slavery law.

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Asia

Thai top court orders compensation for Myanmar workers in landmark case

Date: 15 January 2019
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

In a landmark case, Thailand’s highest court ordered compensation be paid to Myanmar workers who complained about forced overtime, being paid less than the minimum wage, confiscation of passports, and limited freedom of movement.

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Singapore urged to fix rules on hiring domestic workers to stop forced labor

Date: 15 January 2019
Source: The Jakarta Post

The estimated 250,000 migrant domestic workers in Singapore are “highly susceptible” to forced labor due to a lack of legal protections and the isolated nature of their work, according to a report released by two charities.

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EU under fire after lifting threat to ban Thai seafood imports over illegal fishing

Date: 10 January 2019
Source: The Guardian

The EU has lifted the ‘yellow card’ on Thailand as one of the countries that could be banned from EU fishing imports for unsustainable practices. However, campaigners say illegal fishing, human trafficking and labour abuses are still happening in the industry.

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Global

Sex traffickers hold 20,000 Nigerian women and girls in Mali, agency says

Date: 23 January 2019
Source: Reuters

As many as 20,000 women and girls are feared to have been trafficked from Nigeria to Mali where they are stranded after being forced into prostitution, says Nigeria’s anti-trafficking agency.

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She Survived Sex Trafficking. Now She Wants to Show Other Women a Way Out

Date: 17 January 2019
Source: TIME

A survivor of sex trafficking has spent the past decade campaigning against sexual exploitation and advocating for victims across the U.S.

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US sex trafficking victim granted clemency after 15 years in prison

Date: 8 January 2019
Source: CNN

In the US, a woman serving a life sentence for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was 16 years old has been granted clemency.

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Human trafficking worsens in conflict zones as militants deploy slaves – UN

Date: 7 January 2019
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

From girls forced to wed to boys made to cook and clean, militants are using trafficking as a tool to boost their control, the UN said.

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Resources

Report: Behind Closed Doors: Forced Labour in the Domestic Work Sector in Singapore

Date: 15 January 2019
Source: HOME

Despite having the second largest number of migrant domestic workers in Asia, Singapore has few protections in place for this community. This new report details particular case studies that offer insights into the conditions and contexts that enable and lead to forced labour situations.

Access the report here.

Report: UNODC 2018 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

Date: 7 January 2019
Source: UNODC

The 2018 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons covers 142 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels. In this latest report, the UNODC also provides special insight into the issue of trafficking in contexts of armed conflict.

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Opinion: What’s Wrong with India’s Efforts to Check Human Trafficking?

Date: 3 January 2019
Source: The Diplomat

Author Avinash Giri refers to a recent case of human trafficking in discussing gaps in India’s law enforcement efforts.

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