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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
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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…

Britain Passes New Slavery Laws

Posted in April 2nd, 2015
by ACRATH

slaveryLife in Prison for Traffickers

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received royal assent in the British Parliament on 26th March. It is estimated that there are 13,000 victims of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude in Britain.  This act of Parliament  increases the maximum jail sentence for traffickers from 14 years to life imprisonment and allows the authorities to seize traffickers’ assets and force them to pay compensation to their victims. (Image: www.parliament.uk) Read more…

 

 

Still Looking for #Traffikfree Easter Eggs?

Posted in March 30th, 2015
by ACRATH

16th MarchMake Sure Your Easter Egg is Not Made with Traffiked Labour

Perhaps you are finding it difficult to find #Traffikfree Easter Eggs. Tell your local supermarket that you want more #Traffikfree products next year before the 2016 orders are placed.

Why buy #Traffikfree products?  Children who have never tasted chocolate are enslaved on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast. The cocoa they harvest goes into the chocolate we eat. Watch this short video clip about Abdul’s story to find out more – Abdul’s Story.

Not sure which eggs to buy? Download the Good Egg Guide for some suggestions. Make this a happy Easter not only for yourself but also for children  like Abdul.

 

SOLWODI Newsletter

Posted in March 30th, 2015
by ACRATH

Solwodi Newsletter logoSolidarity With Women In Distress

In the March 2015 issue of the SOLWODI Newsletter Lutz-Ulrich Besser, founder and leader of the Centre for Psycho-Trauma and Trauma-Therapy in Lower-Saxony, is interviewed on the topic Humans are Being Dehumanized.  SOLWODI is regionally active through the counselling centres, women’s homes and shelters, as well as through political and practical work, not only nationally, but also Europe wide. You can read about SOLWODI’s activities in places such as Munich, Berlin and Paris. Download the newsletter here.

Forced Marriage in Australia

Posted in March 29th, 2015
by ACRATH

Forced marriageHusband and Father Charged

A twelve year old girl  was married in the back yard at the family home in the Hunter Valley by a local sheikh in January 2014. The girl now 13 miscarried after falling pregnant. The twenty seven year old “husband” has been sentenced to a minimum of seven and a half years in jail while the father is currently on trial. Forced marriage is a criminal offence in Australia. It is illegal for any person under the age of sixteen, or two people under the age of eighteen, to marry. If you think someone is in, or at immediate risk of a forced marriage, call the Australian Federal Police on 131 237. In an emergency, dial Triple Zero (000). Read more…

Advocating for Certified Easter Eggs

Posted in March 26th, 2015
by ACRATH

Noelene & CarolynACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK Collaborate for #Traffikfree Easter

Over recent weeks many ACRATH members have been distributing postcards to Coles and Woolworths asking for them to increase their supply of certified Easter Eggs in 2016. We invite you to take the same message to the supermarkets. Your efforts could help to bring about an end to child slavery in the cocoa industry. (Photo: ACRATH member, Sr Noelene Simmon,s and STOP THE TRAFFIK Director, Carolyn Kitto, are shown outside a Coles store with one of the postcards.)

Download a copy of the postcard here.  It is important that we act now as orders for 2016 Easter products will be placed by supermarkets very soon. You could make a difference in the life of a child.

Take Action This Easter

Posted in March 25th, 2015
by ACRATH

26th march CertificationLet’s get their attention!

Make a quick call to your local supermarket, urge them to double their certified Easter products in 2016 and help us make chocolate Traffik- Free. Coles http://store-locator.coles.com.au and Woolworths http://www.woolworths.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/website/tools/store+locator.

Why purchase certified products? When you buy certified chocolate you support farmers and workers to improve their lives and their communities. The certification means that the ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet social, economic and environmental standards.

Buy certified chocolate this Easter. Join with ACRATH members and STOP THE TRAFFIK to make Easter #TRAFFIKFREE. Read more…

Forced Marriage - AGDSafety Plan Guidelines and Introductionn of New Legislation on Forced Marriage

On 19th March 2015 Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, announced that to assist young women and girls at risk of forced marriage in developing secret safety plans to escape the illegal practice the Australian Government has uploaded a how-to guide to the Attorney-General’s Department website.  The plan includes suggestions such as how to get ready to leave home quickly and safely, how to make sure you’re not taken overseas to be married, using “safe” words that can confirm your identity and many more.

Minister Keenan also announced that new legislation was introduced into Parliament to clarify what constitutes forced marriage and to increase penalties for conduct that causes a person to enter into a forced marriage. Download a copy of the media release from the Minister for Justice here. (Image: Attorney General Department Website)

 

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