April 2019

Hong Kong

Death of Filipino helper whose chronic illness could have been treated with medication puts focus back on conditions for domestic workers in Hong Kong

Date: 21 April 2019 
Source: South China Morning Post

Filipino Maristel Pepito, 35, worked in Hong Kong for barely half a year before she died in hospital on February 18. Now friends and family members say her brief time in the city as a domestic worker was marked by long hours at work, insufficient food and rest, and a lack of care from her employers when she fell seriously ill.

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Asia

Chinese men using China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) to lure Pakistani women for trafficking to China as ‘brides’

Date: 20 April 2019 
Source: TIMES NOW

Chinese men with the help of local brokers are marrying young Pakistani women by making cash payments and bringing them to China. Taking advantage of the influx of Chinese workers coming to Pakistan for the CPEC project, illegal operators have been targeting disadvantaged and vulnerable young women for illegal marriage.

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Stop the music! Indians shun trafficked dance troupes at weddings

Date: 18 April 2019 
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Many families in India have stopped paying for dancers at their weddings, hoping that the dip in demand will stem the supply of trafficked girls from West Bengal and Nepal. “I couldn’t reconcile the fact that while my daughter was getting married, somebody else’s daughter was being forced to put up a show and entertain largely drunk men,” a mother said.

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Eight arrested after Indonesian authorities bust four human-trafficking syndicates that lured 1,200 victims to work as domestic workers

Date: 10 April 2019 
Source: Reuters

Indonesia has arrested eight suspects in what police called the country’s largest ever human trafficking bust, involving 1,200 victims taken abroad as domestic workers. Police said they had uncovered four syndicates that trafficked victims to Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkey with the promise of high-paying jobs since 2014.

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I was sold seven times, says Rohingya refugee

Date: 7 April 2019 
Source: Free Malaysia Today

Rohingya refugee Ziaur Rahman, then 20, was kidnapped while he was walking around his settlement in Bangladesh and sold a total of seven times over the next three months.

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Global

Pope’s Good Friday service focuses on sex trafficked girls

Date: 18 April 2019 
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Church has set its sights on human trafficking in recent years, with Pope Francis branding forcing women into prostitution a ‘crime against humanity’.

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Brisbane couple jailed for keeping Fijian woman as servant

Date: 17 April 2019 
Source: ABC News

Australian couple who forced a Fijian woman to work as their domestic servant for eight years has been found guilty of forced labour offences – the first convictions in Australia.

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Brazil names major fashion company to its slavery ‘dirty list’

Date: 3 April 2019 
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Brazil’s “dirty list” is considered one of the South American nation’s most effective measures against slave labor, and companies named to it are barred from access to credit from state banks or other public financial support.

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Resources

Report: They said we wouldn’t have to pick and now they send us to the fields: Forced Labor in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Harvest 2018

Date: 3 April 2019 
Source: Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF)

Forced labour remains a reality in Uzbekistan, where about 2.6 million people are forced to work in the annual cotton harvest every year. ILO has been monitoring the cotton harvest for forced labour and child labour and this latest report reveals some progress made by the Uzbek government as well as the ongoing challenges.

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