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Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia

Posted in November 5th, 2014
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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
by ACRATH

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.

Progress on Ending Child Marriage

Posted in October 26th, 2014
by ACRATH

UNICEF Report

End Child MarriageA recent UNICEF report indicates that the practice of child marriage is slowly declining. “Progress is most dramatic when it comes to the marriage of girls under 15 years of age. Globally, 1 in 4 young women alive today were married in childhood versus 1 in 3 in the early 1980s.
The proportion of young women who entered into marriage before age 15 declined from 12 per cent to 8 per cent over the same period.”   Of the world’s 1.1 billion girls, 22 million are already married. Hundreds of millions more are at risk.  Bringing an end to child marriage will make it possible for more girls to be educated and find employment thus also helping to end the cycle of poverty.  Read more…

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in October 25th, 2014
by ACRATH

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 10

The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights issues around providing assistance to human trafficking survivors for their healing journey.  One article speaks of the work being done by The Coalition of US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) to curb modern day slavery.  Download your copy here.

Freedom Sunday – 19th October. Are you Ready?

Posted in October 14th, 2014
by ACRATH

freedom_sunday_imageHow Will You Take Part?

Freedom Sunday is a global day of worship, prayer and action on human trafficking.  On Sunday 19th October 2014 or Saturday 18th October (for those for whom Saturday is the Sabbath), churches all over the world will join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the world our compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited emotionally, phsyically and sexually.

Download the Freedom Sunday toolkit which contains a selection of worship materials from different cultures and denominations to provide a rich resource for you to use. Resources include prayers, sermon thoughts and stories. Please use all of these resources as flexibly as you wish and select what will appropriately lead and inspire your church community.  Find out more…

UN Experts Stress Empowerment of Girls

Posted in October 12th, 2014
by ACRATH

Empowerment Vital to End Violence Against Women and Girls

U.N._LogoOn the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child a group of United Nations experts have stressed the importance of empowering adolescent girls to reach their potential is a key factor in eliminating violence against women and girls.  “Empowerment through skills and education of girls to prevent them being trapped in contemporary forms of slavery, child marriages and domestic servitude, among others, is critical to the advancement of their human rights.”  

The panel included:
Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children
Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Frances Raday, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice

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Child Advocates Win Nobel Peace Prize

Posted in October 11th, 2014
by ACRATH

Joint Winners – Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

MalalaPakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai was the other winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace prize. At 17 years old she is the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She has campaigned for the right to education for all children, especially girls since she was 11 years old.  As a result of her campaigning she was shot by the Taliban but this has not deterred her from speaking out.

Indian children’s right activist Kailash Satyarthi has been named as a joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.  Mr. Satyarthi, 60, a veteran, soft-spoken activist based in New Delhi has contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights, succeeded in freeing tens of thousands of child workers forced into bonded labour or slavery, promoted ethical employment practices among global companies and given those freed children new employment and educational options.

ACRATH congratulates the 2014 Nobel Peace Recipients.  Their courage and determination are an inspiration to all who work to promote the rights of children, especially those who are vulnerable and exploited.  Read more…

(Photo:  R. Raveendran/E.Wole / AFP)

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