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Report into Human Trafficking in Australia

Posted in September 2nd, 2013

Research Paper

Many Australians would be shocked to know that human trafficking and slavery is taking place in their cities and communities. This research looks at human trafficking in the context of Australia, as a destination country for victims of human trafficking and demonstrates the extent to which it is occurring in Australian states and territories.  This report was undertaken by Madelaine Curnow for Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans as part of a student work placement with La Trobe University in 2012.

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Children Labour in Toxic conditions

Posted in August 29th, 2013

 Tanzania’s Gold Mines

Thousands of children, some as young as eight year old, are working in Tanzania’s gold mines reports the Huffington Post.  They dig and drill in deep, unstable pits, work underground for shifts of up to 24 hours, and transport and crush heavy bags of gold ore. Children risk injury from pit collapses and accidents with tools, as well as long-term health damage from exposure to mercury, breathing dust, and carrying heavy loads.  These children are also at serious risk of mercury poisoning.  Many of the children are orphans or other vulnerable children who lack the basic necessities.  Girls on and around mining sites face sexual harassment, including pressure to engage in sex work.

The employment of children in dangerous mining work is one of the worst forms of child labour under international agreements, to which Tanzania is a party.  A report recently released by Human Rights Watch – Toxic Toil: Child Labor and Mercury Exposure in Tanzania’s Small-Scale Gold Mines  – calls on the Tanzanian government to expand access to secondary school and vocational training and improve child protection.  Read more…

Download a copy of the Human Rights Watch Report here.

Australia’s First Ethical Fashion Report

Posted in August 27th, 2013

Baptist World Aid Report Aims to Empower Consumers

The Australian Fashion Report summarises the ethical standards of the fashion industry and provides a detailed grading of the systems fashion brands have in place to protect the workers in the their supply chain from exploitation, forced labour and child labour.  The report has been condensed into the Ethical Fashion Guide, a pocket guide providing consumers with easy to read information about brands while they shop.  The guide focuses on three main areas:

  • the overall grades brands received in the Australian Fashion Report
  • whether the brand guarantees workers receive a living wage
  • whether the brand has commited to boycott the use of Uzbekistan cotton, picked using the labour of ten of thousands of the nation’s school children

Gershon Nimbalker, Advocacy Manager at Baptist World Aid said, “We’ve been working with thousands of Australians to put pressure on fashion brands to adopt ethical sourcing practices.  We are excited that this guide will empower Australians to use their collective voice as consumers.

Visit Baptist World Aid’s Behind the Bar Code website to access copies of the Ethical Fashion Guide and The Australian Fashion Report.

International Labour Organization (ILO) Training Guide

Countries across the globe are working towards eliminating the worst forms of child labour and are preparing to showcase their progress during the upcoming Global Child Labour Conference in Brazil (in October 2013). Many have asked for ILO technical assistance.

In response, ILO developed a training guide for policy-makers in governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations and international and non-governmental organizations. It is aimed at assisting them in developing, or refining and updating existing national responses to the worst forms of child labour. The guide is a training resource, draws heavily from the globally adopted theRoadmap for Achieving the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour by 2016, and offers a succinct text that touches upon the most important policy considerations without pretending to be exhaustive, along with a series of training exercises, illustrative text boxes, and specific advice for the various key stakeholder groups.  Read more…

Pope Calls for Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

Posted in August 27th, 2013

Vatican Conference in November 2013

Pope Francis has called for a conference with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking.  The meeting will take place in November 2013.  The Pontifical Academy of Science along with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations will meet to discuss a Vatican action plan to help combat what is often referred to as the modern slave trade.

“Trafficking in human beings is a terrible offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights,” Bishop Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, told Vatican Radio on Aug. 22. “In this century, it acts as a catalyst in the creation of criminal assets.”  Read more…

Modern Slavery in India

Posted in August 27th, 2013

Franciscans International Report

Franciscans International(FI) is an international non-government organisation working on human rights, the environment and peace-building.  Since the 1980’s FI has been working on raising awareness about the issue of Trafficking in Person and other Contemporary Forms of Slavery which include forced and bonded labour. In 2012 FI produced a publication which focuses on contemporary forms of slavery in India.  While the document outlines the concepts of contemporary forms of slavery, trafficking in persona, forced labour and bonded labour, it also outlines cases of bonded labour and of child labour informed by the daily experiences of Franciscans working on the ground in India.  It also proposes suggestions for effective advocacy work.  Download a copy of the document here.

Invitation to Human Trafficking Forum

Posted in August 26th, 2013

Trafficking in Australia?

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) invites you to attend a forum on Human Trafficking.  This is an opportunity to learn about modern day slavery.

 Where does it happen?
Why does it happen?
What forms does it take?
What is forced marriage?
How does it affect us?

There are two possible dates and venues.  Choose the one that best suits you.  For more details download a copy of the flyer.

When Will Toblerone Be Traffik-Free

Posted in August 26th, 2013

Child slavery in the Cocoa Industry

Thousands of children are trafficked into the cocoa industry each year.  The cocoa beans they harvest are used to make our chocolate.  These children have never tasted chocolate.  What can you do about this form of forced child labour?

Send a postcard to Mondelez, the world’s largest chocolate company asking them to take action to help end child trafficking in the cocoa industry.

Thousands of STOP THE TRAFFIK campaigners around the world have been in touch with Mondelez since November last year asking for two things:

  1. When will Toblerone be traffik-free?
  2. When will they release a public timeline committing to certifying the rest of their range?

…but despite recent announcements there’s still no clear answer to these questions.  Your help is needed to get Mondelez’s attention.

Details for obtaining postcards can be found here.

All That Glitters…

Posted in August 26th, 2013

Are Children Being Forced to Work So You Have Make-Up?

If you check the packaging of many cosmetic products you may see ‘Mica’ listed among many other ingredients.  This is the most common mineral used in mineral make-up, giving lip gloss, foundation, powder, eye-shadow and nail-polish its sleek shimmer.  What it doesn’t list in the ingredients is that children risk their lives to put this sparkle into western cosmetics.

Thousands of children as young as six are involved in the “illegal” collection of Mica from the soil before it is exported to major brands in the West.

Collecting Mica involves working in the mines of Jharkland and Bihar, India, which are often 3 to 4 kilometres deep into the jungle, where the pieces of Mica can be found within the mud on the ground.  Retrieving the particles involves repeatedly digging up mud, sieving it, setting aside anything valuable and moving onto the next bit.  Mica mining has multiple dangers and is sometimes fatal. Whilst scavenging in the rocky ground children risk snake and scorpion bites as well as being buried alive by collapsing slag piles whilst digging holes.  They regularly suffer from cuts, bruises and infections and the Mica dust can cause respiratory disease.  This forced child labour also means the children are being denied their right to an education.

A social movement called Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) which means ‘Save the Childhood Movement’ in Hindu runs schools in the area and the some children have been enrolled. However, due to the remoteness and political instability of the area, there is little help available from government or NGOs to tackle this and the BBA are one of few agencies working there.  Read more…
(picture and article from STOP THE TRAFFIK)


Posted in August 26th, 2013

A Tool to Identify and Help Victims of Human Trafficking

SPOT THE TRAFFIK is a tool to equip community members and frontline professionals to identify and help victims of trafficking.  Funded by the Home Office and developed with Sea Communications, STOP THE TRAFFIK UK is excited to announce the launch of SPOT THE TRAFFIK, a pioneering multimedia tool. This new resource includes free online materials and the opportunity for face-to-face training.  This innovative project provides a clear, accessible route for frontline professionals to get informed and equipped about what to look for so they are alert for indicators that are cause for concern.

Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK comments, “In recent years it has been encouraging to read the columns written and reports presented raising the issue of people trafficking within the UK. However, our thinking and our talking is not enough. STOP THE TRAFFIK exists to find ways to make it possible for anyone, in this case frontline professionals, to act wisely and effectively to stop it. We believe that SPOT THE TRAFFIK will set people free.”  Read more…

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