February 2019

Hong Kong

Churches are playing a ‘key role’ in the fight against human trafficking

Date: 23 February 2019 
Source: Christian Today

Churches and faith groups are making an important contribution to efforts to eliminate human trafficking, reported an Anglican Church representative to a UN human rights committee. Examples include a community outreach programme called ‘Help for Domestic Workers’ led by St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong.

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Interview: Eni Lestari: Fighting for Migrant Workers in Hong Kong

Date: 1 February 2019 
Source: Monthly Review

Eni Lestari describes how worker unions in recent years have turned their focus to employment agencies overcharging fees. Exorbitant fees can be used to create conditions of debt bondage.

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Asia

Look out for signs of child sex trafficking, UNICEF tells Malaysians

Date: 22 February 2019 
Source: Free Malaysia Today

UNICEF has urged the Malaysian public to help wipe out child sex trafficking. A representative urged hotels, transport operators and members of the public to better understand the signs of trafficking and lodge reports when they suspect a child is trafficked.

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Indonesia finds 193 trafficked Bangladeshis locked up in shop house

Date: 8 February 2019 
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Indonesian police found 193 Bangladeshis locked up in a shop house after human traffickers had lured them with the promise of getting them to Malaysia. Some of the men had been held by the traffickers for three months.

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Global

Survivors draw on personal pasts to design anti-trafficking software

Date: 20 February 2019 
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A nonprofit organization, AnnieCannons, trains survivors of human trafficking in software engineering, believing that they have a special insight into the needs of trafficking victims.

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Child soldiers more than doubling

Date: 12 February 2019 
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A global count finds that cases of child soldiers are more than doubling. Children are recruited to be fighters, informants, messengers and as domestic and sexual slaves.

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How Venezuela’s crisis is fuelling prostitution and sex trafficking on Spain’s Costa del Sol

Date: 1 February 2019 
Source: The Telegraph

Driven out by Venezuela’s economic crisis, more than 200,000 Venezuelans have fled to Spain over the last few years. Some of them have been forced into prostitution.

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Resources

Report: Increased Transparency of Forced Labour and Money Laundering in Seafood Supply Chains

Date: February 2019 
Source: Liberty Shared

This briefing paper sets out recent improvements to the transparency of seafood supply chains. It describes the techniques and resources that civil society use to identify exploitative activities.

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Report: Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector

Date: 30 January 2019 
Source: Blum Center, University of California Berkeley

While increased attention is given to wages and working conditions of garment factory workers, few people know of the plight of millions of informal, home-based garment workers. Facing conditions of forced labour, they are paid an average of HKD $1.2 per hour, a new study by UC Berkeley finds.

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