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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Posted in July 30th, 2016

World-Day-against-Trafficking-in-PersonsRaising Awareness and Protecting the Rights of those Who Have Been Trafficked

In 2014 the United Nations General Assembly designated 30th July to be the World Day against Trafficking in Persons aware of the need for “raising awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

Human trafficking is a global problem. No country is immune from this crime. People can be enslaved and exploited in situations of sexual slavery, forced labour in agriculture, hospitality, construction, mining and fishing industries; people can be enslaved and exploited in domestic servitude, by having their organs harvested, and in times of conflict and following natural disasters.

Since 2005 ACRATH has been working towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and globally. Perhaps you can bring the issue of human trafficking and slavery to light this week within your own community or Parish. Or you might like to make a donation to support the work of ACRATH. For more information on ACRATH’s counter human trafficking work click here and also visit the ACRATH website.

Cotton On Sourcing Ethical Cotton in Kenya

Posted in July 27th, 2016

Ethical Fashion Products Soon to Be in Australian Stores

The Australian Newspaper recently reported that Cotton On has been working towards selling ethical fashion products in Australian stores by sourcing cotton from farmers in Kenya. Working in partnership with Business for Development (BFD), the hope is to develop sustainable sources of cotton. Tim Diamond, the general manager of Cotton On’s not-for-profit arm, the ­Cotton On Foundation, told a recent business forum, “We are now seeing some ­incredible results. The Kenyan cotton farmers have now doubled their income which is amazing and it is filling us with hope and opportunity for something that we never really thought about until it was brought to us.” Read more…

Eliminate Trafficking in Children

Posted in July 21st, 2016

The Holy See at the United Nations

The Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, gave a speech on 13 July dedicated to the elimination of trafficking in children and young people. Archbishop Auza told the assembly that “the Holy See has long spoken out against the evil of human trafficking, forced labour and all forms of modern slavery. And through the dedicated work of so many Catholic religious institutes, national and diocesan programs, and groups of faithful the Catholic Church has sought to fight to address its various causes, care for those it victimises, wake people up to the scourge, and work with anyone and everyone to try to eliminate it”. He noted that in Targets 5.2 and 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community committed itself to “eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.” (Photo: Vatican Radio) Read more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in July 17th, 2016

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 7

The latest issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the topics covered in the 2016 Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) Report. This years report has articles that reflect on what makes a person vulnerable to being trafficked and strategies to prevent human trafficking around the globe. The report looks at what each country is doing to prevent human trafficking, to protect those who have been trafficked and to prosecute traffickers. It also names the nine TIP heroes, people who have been inspirational in their efforts to work against human trafficking. Download a copy of the July issue of Stop Trafficking here.

Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women & Children

TOHCHR-logo-White-450x300he thirty-second session of the United Nations Human Right Council, in response to the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, in conflict and post conflict situations, has put forth a number of recommendations to member States. The Council adopted the recommendations without a vote on 30th June 2016. The decision of the Council was based on a conviction that there is a “need to protect and assist all victims of trafficking, with full respect for the human rights and dignity of the victims.” Download a copy of the Document here.

Human Trafficking is Not to be Tolerated

Posted in July 1st, 2016

2016_Report_Cover_200_12016 Trafficking in Person Report

In launching the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report US Secretary of State John Kerry made the following remarks:

“When we talk about “human trafficking,” we’re talking about slavery – modern-day slavery that still today claims more than 20 million victims on any given time.

And all 20 million are people just like everybody here. They have names. They have or had families in many cases. And they are enforced to endure a hell – a living hell in modern times that no human being should ever have to experience.”

Access a copy of the report here.

Play for Life

Posted in June 30th, 2016

Olympic CampaignTake a Stand Against Exploitation in Sport

As we approach the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Network of Religious Against Trafficking in persons,  “Um Grito pela Vida”, is running the “Play for Life” campaign. The slogan Play for Life was used during the 2014 football World Cup also held in Brazil. At that time it contributed to a 42% increase in the number of complaints of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and of situations of human trafficking.

Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons of which ACRATH is a member, supports the campaign. We invite all the tourists travelling to Rio for the Olympics to denounce all forms of exploitation that are brought to their knowledge, especially any sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. In Brazil, the number to dial for assistance is 100. It is a toll free number where complaints may be lodged, even anonymously. Do not remain indifferent!

The campaign “Play for Life” invites us to take a stand, not to submit passively to the arrogance of those who want to manipulate and use ALL, even  SPORT and LIFE for power, pleasure and greed. Read more…

The World We Want

Posted in June 30th, 2016

End Child Marriage

Every year, approximately 14 million girls are married before they turn 18, robbed of their rights to education, health and a life free of violence. Child marriage undermines our efforts to build a healthier, safer, just and more prosperous world for all. Solutions exist. Child marriage can end. But we must work together.

This new video from Girls Not Brides looks at how we can work together to make child marriage history and improve the lives of millions of girls around the globe.

We Are Girls, Not Brides

Posted in June 26th, 2016

Child Marriage in Africa

Child marriage is very prevalent in Africa. A young Zambian women wrote a song about child marriage and got her classmates sing it with her. Girls Not Brides filmed the song launching the video on the Day of the African Child (June 16)

Global Profits from Dangerous Child Labour

Posted in June 22nd, 2016

Millions of children risk pain, sickness, injury, and even death to produce goods and services for the global economy. Human Rights Watch has documented hazardous child labor in agriculture, mining, the leather and apparel industry, and other sectors.

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