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Stop Trafficking!

Posted in November 20th, 2014

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 11

The November 2015 issue of Stop Trafficking looks at the issue of labour trafficking and efforts being taken to address it.  Read about people being ensnared on fishing vessels and trapped in domestic servitude.  The need for transparency in supply chains is also noted.  There are a number of links to informative websites given at the conclusion of some of the articles in this issue. Download your copy here.

First Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner for UK

Posted in November 19th, 2014

Implementing Modern Slavery Bill in UK

Kevin HylandKevin Hyland, former head of the Metropolitan Police’s world renowned Human Trafficking Unit, has been appointed as the first independent UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner.  The creation of an Independent Commissioner is one of the main provisions of the landmark Modern Slavery Bill, currently going through Parliament.  Mr Hyland will act as designate Commissioner until the Bill achieves Royal Assent, expected to be next year. His work will complement the already existing role of Victims’ Commissioner. Home Secretary Theresa May said: “The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner will play a crucial role in driving improvements in the law enforcement response to modern slavery and the protection of victims.”

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland said: ““I have seen first hand how modern slavery can devastate lives and rid people of their dignity and humanity. I am proud to take up this position to work in the interests of these brave victims and to prevent more people becoming victims in the first place.”

The Commissioner will have a UK-wide remit, ensuring that modern slavery issues are tackled in a coordinated and effective manner across the whole of the UK. He will work closely with law enforcement agencies, local authorities and third sector organisations to encourage good practice in the identification of victims and the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery crimes, including international collaboration.  The Commissioner will act strongly in the interests of victims – and potential victims – by making sure that the law enforcement response to modern slavery is focused, coordinated and effective. (Photo: BBC News UK)


ACRATH at CSSA Leadership Forum

Posted in November 6th, 2014

ACSSCHuman Trafficking in Australia and Advocacy

ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, gave a presentation on human trafficking and modern day slavery at the Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) Leadership Forum held in October.  CSSA envisages a fairer, more inclusive Australian society that reflects and supports the dignity, equality and participation of all people. During her presentation Christine showed the Anti-Slavery Australia community service video clips about labour trafficking into Australia as well as a UNODC clip on sex trafficking. She then spoke of ACRATH’s success in advocacy within Australia.

Voices of Trafficked & Oppressed Women

Posted in November 5th, 2014

G20 Prayer VigilG20 Prayer Vigils

PRAYER and fasting has been called for as an act of solidarity with marginalised people around the world whose voices will not be heard in Brisbane’s G20 Leaders Summit on November 15 and 16. The call from Christian Church leaders comes in the midst of a series of prayer vigils around Brisbane churches under the banner, The Lord Hears the Cries of the People.

The theme for the third G20 Ecumenical Prayer Vigil on Friday 31st October 2014 at The Little Flower Church Kedron was “Voices of trafficked and oppressed women”. Sr. Janine Bliss fmm, Queensland Co-ordinator of ACRATH, prepared the prayer for this event.

Your Voice Counts

Posted in November 5th, 2014

End Trafficking in the Chocolate Industry

MondelezActivists all over the world are continuing to raise their voices, together calling for an end to the use of trafficked child labour in the production of our favorite chocolate treats. The world’s largest chocolate companies have a vital role to play in ending this injustice. They must ensure that child slavery, the bitter hidden ingredient, is removed for good!

Click here to take action now!

Join the campaign so that Mondelez (owners of Cadbury, Milka and Toblerone amongst others) can be shown we won’t give up until every chocolate bar is traffic free.

Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia

Posted in November 5th, 2014

Victoria Police sex crimes unitNumbers Rising

Recent media report indicate  that the Australian Federal Police(AFP) are experiencing a rise in the number of human trafficking and forced marriage cases being reported.  However there is still gross underreporting of these crimes and therefore few convictions. Many of those trafficked into Australia are too afraid to come forward.  Victoria Police are working with the AFP in an effort to disrupt human trafficking syndicates.  A campaign has been launched by Victoria Police’s sex industry co-ordination unit to educate state police on the indicators of human trafficking. (Photo: The Age, 31st October 2014)

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Trading Lives

Posted in October 31st, 2014

Government Responds to Human Trafficking and Slavery Report

Trading LivesThe Trading Lives: Modern Day Human Trafficking report resulted from an inquiry in human trafficking and slavery conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.  The Australian Government response to this report was table in Parliament on October 27th. ACRATH participated in the original inquiry and will continue to advocate on some of the recommendations of this report.

Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP releases the government’s response to this report…

Learn more about the Government’s response to this report…

Protect the Rights of Domestic Workers

Posted in October 31st, 2014

DW Campaign Supporter ImageCampaign to End Slavery-like conditions in Australia

The Salvation Army & Walk Free have launched a campaign that asks for the Australian Government to put measures in place to protect the rights of Domestic Workers in Australia. The campaign asks are drawn from The Salvation Army’s direct experience with domestic workers who have experienced slavery-like conditions in Australia. The campaign has 3 key asks:

  1. Ratify ILO Convention 189
  2. Grant bridging visas to domestic workers who wish to pursue civil cases against their employer if other visa options are not available
  3. Provide culturally appropriate rights information to people intending to obtain employment as domestic workers prior to their departure to Australia, and implement safety and welfare compliance checks once they arrive.

You can make a difference by joining the on-line campaign and demanding dignity for Domestic Workers in Australia.

Uzbekistan harvest 2014Forced Labour in Uzbekistan Cotton Fields

It is disturbing to learn that during the 2014 cotton harvest in Uzbekistan there was an increase in the number of adults and children who lost their lives or experienced serious injury.  Injuries and deaths occurred as a result of accidents relating to transportation of cotton, living conditions and lack of safety, compromised health conditions, and suicide. (Photo: Cotton Chronicle, Issue 6, Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights)

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Trafficking in Canada

Posted in October 31st, 2014

Canadian Women’s Foundation

logo_enThe Canadian Women’s Foundation aims to empower women to move out of violence and poverty and into confidence.  They have released a number of reports reflecting on sex trafficking in Canada.  The reports include stories from survivors and strategies for ending sex-trafficking in Canada.

View reports here.

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