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Earthquakes and Child Trafficking

Posted in July 31st, 2015
by ACRATH

Interview with Caritas Worker, Rupa Rai

Following on from two major earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year on would think the biggest threat for children would be disease and trauma.  However this is not the case.  Nepalese children who have been displaced through these events are easy targets for traffickers.  During her recent visit to Australia Caritas worker, Rupa Rai was interviewed on ABC Radio National by Andrew West on the Religion and Ethics Reports programme. Hear what she has to say about the situation in Nepal here.  (Photo: www.fedonepal.org)

UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Posted in July 30th, 2015
by ACRATH

htBring Hope to Those Affected by this Horrendous Criminal Activity

Human Trafficking is an issue that affects every country. Did you know the good you purchase, the clothes you wear and the food you eat may have been produced using the forced labour of people who have been trafficked and exploited? We all have a responsibility to alert ourselves and those around us about this criminal activity. We can then use our consumer demand to send a message that human trafficking and modern day slavery is not acceptable. You can make a difference by taking part in campaigns that call for an end to forced labour and human trafficking.

In his message for the 2015 United Nations Day Against Trafficking in Person UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said, “Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit.  Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human trafficking victims, including those driven into degrading sexual exploitation. Trafficked persons are often tricked into servitude with the false promise of a well-paid job. Migrants crossing deadly seas and burning deserts to escape conflict, poverty and persecution are also at risk of being trafficked.  Individuals can find themselves alone in a foreign land where they have been stripped of their passports, forced into debt and exploited for labour.  Children and young people can find their lives stolen, their education blocked and their dreams dashed. It is an assault on their most basic human rights and fundamental freedoms…..Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all.”

To mark the 2015 UN Day Against Trafficking in Person, Minster for Justice, Hon Michael Keenan MP, and the Minster Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Hon Michaelia Cash, have released a statement on behalf of the Australian Government.

To mark this day you are invited to use a prayer resource developed by the SNJM Anti Trafficking Committee.

Trafficking in Person Heroes

Posted in July 28th, 2015
by ACRATH

At the ceremony to launch the Trafficking in Person s Report 2015 Secretary of State, John Kerry, name eights Trafficking in Persons Heroes.  These people are an inspiration.  They have been courageous and passionate in their efforts to prevent human trafficking and to assist those who have experienced the trauma of this horrendous crime.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2015

Posted in July 28th, 2015
by ACRATH

TIP 2015“To Enlighten, To Energise, To Empower”

In launching the TIP Report 2015 US Secretary of State, John Kerry indicated that the purpose of this report is “to enlighten and to energize, and most importantly, to empower people” so that they can bring about reform and work to prevent human trafficking and modern day slavery.

“This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace,” said Secretary Kerry. “It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains. The bottom line is that this is no time for complacency. Right now, across the globe, victims of human trafficking are daring to imagine the possibility of escape, the chance for a life without fear, and the opportunity to earn a living wage. I echo the words of President Obama and say to them: We hear you, and we will do all we can to make that dream come true. Read more…

Veritas Youth FestivalEngaging with Young People to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

ACRATH was recently invited to have a stall at the inaugural Veritas Youth Festival in July at Santa Maria College, Perth. The festival was an initiative of the Catholic Youth Network, a collection of youth agencies, communities and movements across the Perth Archdiocese.

Over 400 young people attended the first night and approximately 150 continued for the weekend. Many of the participants asked questions about ACRATH and took away brochures and some asked to be put on a mailing list. As a result of being involved in this event ACRATH has been asked to  speak to a YCS (Young Christian Students) group. (Image: ACRATH members Carol & Lucy are pictured with Phoung)

Jail Sentence for Father of Child Bride

Posted in July 17th, 2015
by ACRATH

Forced marriageTwelve Year Old Girl Married in Ceremony at Family Home

The father of a twelve year old girl has been sentenced to six years in jail after he allowed her marriage.  The girl, now thirteen, was married to a 26-year-old man in a ceremony by a local sheikh at the family home in the Hunter Valley last year. Since the marriage took place the young girl has experienced a miscarriage. In sentencing the father Judge Sweeney commented on the seriousness of the crime and the father’s failure in his duty to protect his daughter. The man she was married to is serving a sentence of  seven and a half year. These sentences are also seen as a deterrence to others.  Forced and Child Marriage is not acceptable and is illegal in Australia. Read more…

Teaching Resource on Fair Trade

Posted in July 16th, 2015
by ACRATH

Kildare FairtradeYear 9 Geography at Kildare College

Year 9 Kildare College students have been studying the impact Fair Trade can have on people in developing countries; in particular they explored what this means for the cocoa farmers around the world. During the unit students were posed the question ’Should supermarkets stock only Fair Trade chocolate?’

The classes created names for their own fictitious supermarkets – ‘Foodworld, Colesworth’s and Grocery Heaven and adopted the roles of various stakeholders in this argument; these included the supermarket executives, Fair Trade executives, Nestle’bury executives, Fair Trade cocoa famers, non-Fair Trade cocoa farmers, socially conscious chocolate addicted consumers and chocolate addicted pensioners.

Each group debated their perspective of why or why not the supermarket should stock only Fair Trade chocolate during an Expo in Week 8. The Year 8 students were invited to hear the arguments and cast their votes on whether they agreed or not. The presentations involved many hours of research and preparation, and provided the Year 8 students with an opportunity to participate in fun activities and taste chocolate.

ACRATH is grateful that the HASS Faculty of Kildare College is willing to share the resource with other teachers through the ACRATH website.  Download the resource using the following links.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in July 16th, 2015
by ACRATH

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 7

In the July 2015 issue of Stop Trafficking! you can read about the plight of children and other labourers in mineral mines. This isssue also contains articles outlining how some quarters of the US business sector is advocating against human trafficking. Download your copy here.

Fair Food for Australia

Posted in June 24th, 2015
by ACRATH

Support the Fair Food Agreement

Many of you will be aware that some workers, particularly those coming into Australia on a range of visas, are working in conditions that are unjust. This issue was highlighted in a recent edition of the ABC’s Four Corners program, Slaving Away. Find the Four Corners program here.

Governments, unions and justice organisation, including ACRATH, are concerned that all workers in Australia are treated fairly, and that people do not have to work in slave-like conditions to provide us with food. The Federal Government inquiry into Australia’s temporary work visa programs has also begun and supermarkets were invited to attend the Melbourne hearing. Woolworths accepted the invitation and their response to issues around food supply chains, as well as evidence from unions and other organisations, can be read in the inquiry’s hearing report.

Unions have also mobilised to try and ensure unfair conditions for workers. The National Union of Workers is circulating a petition which you are encouraged to sign. This can be done on-line or you can print the petition and circulate it to family and friends.

All petitions should be returned (by email or by mailing in hard copy), by July 20 2015 to:

Godfrey Moase
Assistant General Branch Secretary
National Union of Workers
833 Bourke St, Docklands 3008, Victoria

or email to gmoase@nuw.org.au

Involving Migrant Chaplains

Posted in June 18th, 2015
by ACRATH

Janine & migrant chaplains

Raising Awareness in Queensland

QLD ACRATH was recently invited to give a presentation on human trafficking to the Migrant Chaplains of Brisbane.  There were about 20 chaplains representing different migrant groups including: Sudanese; Chinese; Vietnamese; Indonesian; East Timorese; and Latin American.  The invitation came about through contacts Rosie Hoban, ACRATH RAP co-ordinator,  made in Brisbane. The ACRATH RAP program is a multi-language anti-human trafficking awareness project. For more information on the RAP project  contact Rosie on rap@acrath.org.au.

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