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Easter Eggs: Gone But Not Forgotten

Posted in May 6th, 2013

Preparing for Easter 2014

Easter eggs may be off our supermarket shelves but we haven’t forgotten that in 2013 once again it was difficulty to purchasing certified Easter eggs in many supermarkets.  Purchasing Easter eggs made from certified cocoa ensures child slavery has not been used to produce the cocoa.

Supermarkets are placing their 2014 orders now. So exercise your consumer muscle. Write to the CEO of your supermarket asking them to sell more certified eggs in 2014.

Join ACRATH in supporting the STOP THE TRAFFIK letter writing campaign and hopefully next Easter we’ll be eating certified eggs.

Click on the following links to download template letters:

Letter to CEO of IGA,  Letter to CEO of Woolworths, Letter to CEO of Coles

Fair Trade Fortnight 4 – 19 May

Posted in May 2nd, 2013

How Will You Celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight?

When you purchase goods carrying the Fair Trade logo you know that the product has been produced without the use of child labour or exploitative practices.  When purchasing everyday products such as chocolate, coffee, tea, and cotton opt for the Fair Trade products.  This will ensure that  the world’s poorest farmers get a decent price for their products.

The Fair Trade  Australia and New Zealand website reports that over the past five years the annual growth rate in Fair Trade purchases has been 50%.  By this small action you can make a big difference to eliminating exploitation of farmers and children.

To find where you can purchase Fair Trade products click here.

IOM Report Examines Recent Trends

The International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) first report on counter trafficking and assistance to vulnerable migrants indicates that 53% of the human trafficking victims brought to them for assistance in 2011 involved victims of labour exploitation.

In all 3,014 victims of labour exploitation were assisted by IOM.  Other forms of exploitation for victims of human trafficking assisted by IOM included sexual exploitation (27%), combined sexual and labour exploitation (5%) and begging (5%).  A disturbing trend was that 2,040 trafficked children were given assistance in 2011.  This represented a 27% increase on the 2008 figure of 1,565.

For more information download the full report here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in April 30th, 2013

Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 4

The April 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights how partnerships between the US Federal Government and faith based organizations, including Catholic women religious, further anti-trafficking.

Download your copy of the newsletter here.

Slavery is Slavery!

Posted in April 30th, 2013

UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, reported in The Guardian recently that she has often been asked to avoid using the word slavery because of the meaning and implication this word carries.

She writes ” Yet what other word describes people who have been beaten mercilessly, shut indoors, made to work without pay, sexually abused, poorly fed and threatened with more abuse against themselves and their family if they attempt to leave? This is not just violence or exploitation. What describes the situation in which a mother has no right over her child, or a father is forced to put down his own life – and those of his family – as collateral, working for nothing to try to repay a debt that will never go away? These are the forms of slavery that exist today…..By not speaking out, we are helping to perpetuate an industry that strips millions of their humanity and rights. ”

A full copy of the report can be read here.

EU States Slow to Respond to Trafficking

The European Commission recently reported that thousands of people are falling victim to human traffickers every year in the European Union but most member states have failed to implement tougher new laws agreed by the bloc to address the problem.  In releasing the first report on trafficking in human beings in Europe on Monday 15th April Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, said “In our free and democratic EU, 23,600 human beings are deprived of their liberty.”  The report, Trafficking in human beings, indicates that the number of people being trafficked in and to the EU increased by 18% from 2008 to 2010, but less traffickers end up behind bars, since convictions decreased by 13% over the same period.  Down load a copy of the report here.

The European Commission has also published an overview of the rights of the victims of trafficking in human being to provide clear, user-friendly information on the labour, social, residence and compensation rights individuals are entitled to under EU law.  Click here to down a copy of this publication.

Women Convicted of Child Trafficking

Posted in April 18th, 2013

First Conviction of Trafficking a  Child for Prostitution

An Australian newspaper has reported that a 41 year old Thai women has been convicted of trafficking her daughter into prostitution.  After pleading guilty the woman has been sentenced to nine years in jail with a non parole period of four years.  In sentencing her Justice David Boddice said that is was “shocking, despicable and reprehensible” that a mother should treat her child as a commodity.  Read more…

Students Raising Awareness Through Art

Posted in April 18th, 2013

Students Investigate Contemporary Slavery

After learning about modern day slavery as part of their transition year program, students from Presentation College, Bray in Ireland have painted a mural as a means of further raising awareness about the issue. The photograph shows the group of students in front of their mural.

Click here for more information on modern slavery and for an explanation of the mural.

Human Trafficking in PNG

Posted in April 15th, 2013

Forced Labor, Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Servitude

An International Organisaion for Migration(IOM) report recently released indicates that the domestic and transnational trafficking of adults and children is occurring at a high rate in Papua New Guinea.   The IOM research showed that the logging industry exposes persons to risks of trafficking as does work in and around market places, bars, restaurants and gaming clubs.  Female children were indicated as being over twice more vulnerable to becoming victims to trafficking than male children.

Research for the  Trafficking in Persons and People Smuggling Baseline Data Assessment Report was a partnership between the IOM, the Department of Justice and Attorney General and was funded by the United States government to combat human trafficking in PNG.  Download a copy of the report here.

Government Bans Foreign Flagged Fishing Vessels in NZ Waters

At the Prevent People Trafficking Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand, 11-12 April Dr Anne Gallagher praised the New Zealand Government’s effort to curb slavery at sea.  In 2012 the Government announced that foreign-flagged fishing vessels would no longer be able to legally operate in New Zealand waters after a four-year transition period.  Foreign vessels would then be required to meet New Zealand standards and requirements.

The Prevent People Trafficking Conference also addressed issues such as forced and underage marriage, migrant sex workers and ways to end the human trafficking practices.

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