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ACRATH Newsletter May 2015

Posted in May 13th, 2015

ACRATH Logo 2015 - smallLatest ACRATH News

The May 2015 issue of ACRATH News is now available.  It reports on experiences of networking in Rome, the 2015 Easter campaign and current advocacy issues.  An update on the government funded Forced Marriage Project is given. Liz Payne, the new employed Forced Marriage Project Worker, is also introduced. To find out more about ACRATH’s efforts to work against human trafficking download your copy of ACRATH News here.

Fair Trade Fortnight, 8-22 May

Posted in May 10th, 2015

Fair Trade Fortnight 2015You Can Make a Difference

Buying Fairtrade products means supporting better working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers in developing countries.  Farmers then have more control over their lives and can decide how to invest in their future. When you buy Fairtrade products you can be confident that the product has been produced according to internationally agreed standards which have been independently certified.  These standards include fairer terms of trade, minimum price for sellers of the produce and the protection of workers rights.

The protection of workers rights means that human trafficking and child labour have not been part of the production process.  Look for the Fairtrade logo nest time you are shopping for goods such as chocolate, tea, coffee, sugar. Read more…

Slavery in Australia!!!

Posted in May 7th, 2015

Slaving AwaySlaving Away: A Four Corners Report

A recent Four Corners report, Slaving Away, has uncovered the exploitation of migrant workers on farms and in factories in Australia. The workers, most of whom are on 417 working holiday visas, experience slave-like conditions. They labour for long hours, are underpaid and often live in sub standard conditions.  The fruits of their labours are sold in our major supermarkets and fast food chains. As a result of the Four Corners report exposing this situation the Victorian Government has announced an inquiry into labour exploitation. The head of the Queensland horticulture group, Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, has backed calls for an undercover taskforce to crack down on the exploitation of foreign workers. (Photo:

Slaving Away may be viewed here.

Vatican & COATNETVatican and COATNET Team Up

The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has teamed up with COATNET (Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Human Beings) in the fight against human trafficking.

Council President, Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, and the Caritas Internationalis International Policy Director recently presented a “Christian Commitment Paper” on human trafficking which raises awareness in Episcopal Conferences and Church organizations and provides guidelines in the fight against the global slave trade that affects thousands of people.

Linking together many Christian groups which are fighting human trafficking, COATNET aims to raise public awareness about the phenomenon; fight the root causes of vulnerability; advocate for policies to reduce the vulnerability of people to trafficking; advocate for better anti-trafficking laws; cooperate with authorities, churches and civil society to challenge human trafficking; restore dignity to survivors.

Caritas Internationalis International Policy Director Martina Liebsch says “The document is a call to explain what  trafficking is, what is behind trafficking but also what can be done by Caritas organizations, other charitable organizations and also by the Church hierarchy.” Download a copy of “Created in the image of God, treated like slaves….” here.


Australian Fashion Report 2015

Posted in May 5th, 2015

Fashion report 2015Behind the Bar Code

The Australian Fashion Report recently released by Baptist World Aid points to the increased risk of child and forced labour in the garment industry because most local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains.

Gershon Nimbalker co-author of the report said while there had been improvements at the final stages of production in the two years since the organisation’s first audit of the fashion industry, very little had been done to address working conditions earlier in the supply chain, where some of the worst abuses often occur.

“Most of us are at risk of being connected to slavery in the cotton fields because companies who we’re buying from haven’t traced their cotton to make sure that there is no forced labour and child labour,” he said. “We don’t want to see another Rana Plaza equivalent deeper in the supply chain before fashion companies start taking action.”

Download a copy of the Australian Fashion Report 2015 and become informed about the garments you are purchasing.  Use your consumer power to help prevent the exploitation of workers in the garment industry.

Alert to Child Trafficking

Posted in April 24th, 2015

Trafficking in American SchoolsHuman Trafficking in America’s Schools

A recent report written under a U.S. Department of Education Grant looks at the issue of child trafficking. In 2013 the International Labour Organization estimated that children represent 26% of victims of human trafficking worldwide.  As many of these children could be in schools it is important that teachers and administrative staff know how to deal with situations they come across.

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Stop Trafficking!

Posted in April 24th, 2015

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 4

In the April 2015 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the potential connections of natural disasters with the subsequent exploitation of vulnerable populations by human traffickers. There is also an article outlining a protocol to help trafficked victims in hospital settings. Read more…

pope francisPope Francis addresses the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

At a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in Rome on 18th April Pope Francis expressed gratitude for the work that is being done to find new ways of eradicating human slavery. Referring to the Beatitudes Pope Francis indicated that those who suffer from the evils of human slavery are the poor among us.  He commented that civil societies and civil authorities must do more to combat human trafficking.   He said, “many times these new forms of slavery are protected by the very institutions who should defend the population from these crimes.” He urged the Pontifical Academy to continue the work of eradicating human trafficking which “constitutes a regression of humanity.”

15th Anniversay of UN Trafficking Protocol

Posted in April 16th, 2015

U.N._LogoProtocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. Australia is a signatory to this protocol.  This anniversary is an opportune time to review the impact of the protocol and how the Protocol can be more useful in the decades ahead to people who are trafficked, as well as to women, migrants and workers who are also affected by anti-trafficking policy. The Anti-trafficking Review has devoted its Issue No 4, 2015 to looking at these questions.  It contains articles by a range of academics, experts and practitioners. A copy of the review can be accessed here.


Slavery in Australia

Posted in April 6th, 2015

Forced Labour StampLabour Trafficking Conviction

A Federal Court Judge has ordered that an Indian man trafficked to Australia and exploited in a restaurant in a Sydney suburb be paid $186,000 by the restaurant owner.  The man had been brought into Australia on a 457 visa and kept in slave-like conditions by his employer.  His passport and visa had been confiscated, he had a debt bondage, he was forced to work 12 hours a day seven days a week and had to sleep in a dry storeroom within the restaurant. Under the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013 forced labour is a criminal offence in Australia. To date this is the only conviction of labour trafficking in Australia. Read more…

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