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ACRATH Newsletter October 2013

Posted in October 15th, 2013

Latest ACRATH News


ACRATH members continue to work with enthusiasm to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern day slavery in our world and to support those who have been trafficked and enslaved.

The latest ACRATH News reports on a variety of activities including links with international initiatives, Music Against Child Labour, slavery free supply chains and many others.

Download the latest issue of ACRATH News here.

International Day of The Girl

Posted in October 11th, 2013

Innovating for Girls’ Education


International Day of the girl is celebrated each year on 11th October.  The 2013 theme is Innovating for Girls’ Education.  ACRATH has be a long time campaigners for girls’ education.  We believe that education provides girls with more opportunities and traffickers with less opportunities.

In his statement for the 2013 International Day of the Girl UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said “Empowering girls, ensuring their human rights and addressing the discrimination and violence they face are essential to progress for the whole human family. One of the best ways to achieve all of these goals is to provide girls with the education they deserve.”

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Join the Toblerone Thunderclap

Posted in October 10th, 2013

When Will Toblerone Be Traffik Free


STOP THE TRAFFIK has been campaigning since November 2012, asking Mondel?z 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?

Despite their recent announcements there is still no clear answer to these questions!

Your help is needed to get Mondel?z’s attention.  So this Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October join the STOP THE TRAFFIK Thunderclap.  Add your voice and ask Mondel?z this one question: When will Toblerone be traffik-free?

Click here to join the campaign.

‘Beacon to the World’

Posted in October 10th, 2013

Proposed New Legislation in Scotland

Scottish Labour Party member, Jenny Marra, is proposing new human trafficking legislation.  The proposed Human Trafficking Bill would make it illegal to punish people forced to commit a crime as a result of trafficking, calls for a survivor service for victims and calls on the Scottish government to publish an anti-trafficking strategy every three years and to establish a new single criminal offence of aiding, abetting or attempting to commit human trafficking.

In a September 2013 BBC News report Ms Marra said  ”One victim of human trafficking is found in Scotland every four days, yet only five people have ever been convicted of human trafficking offences in Scotland…  The Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group has found evidence that victims of human trafficking, including children, are being held in Scottish jails for crimes they were forced to commit by traffickers.”

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Strategies to End Child Marriage

Posted in October 7th, 2013

ICRW Child MarriageICRW Research Reported at the UN

A blueprint summarizing five strategies identified by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) used to effectively address child marriage was released at the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently.  ICRW stresses that “ending child marriage must be a priority in the next generation of development goals. Indeed, tens of millions of girls worldwide are at risk of being forced to wed.”

ICRW identified five programmatic strategies used to delay or prevent child marriage:

  • Empower girls with information, skills and support networks
  • Educate and rally parents and community members
  • Enhance girls’ access to a high-quality education
  • Provide economic support and incentives for girls and their families
  • Encourage supportive laws and policies

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Counter Child Trafficking Conference

Posted in September 26th, 2013

Counter Child Trafficking

Free Global On-line Conference

The Global On-line Counter Child Trafficking Conference 2013 is the first event of its kind.  Its aim is to further encourage collaboration and the creation of partnerships to strengthen the global response to child trafficking and exploitation.

The programme has a strong practical focus.  It is hoped that participants will leave with practical information, tools and resources that they can explore and implement in their own work.  This free conference consists of 44 webinars over three consecutive days with no travel necessary.  For further information and registration details click here.

ILO Reports Decline in Number of Child Labourers

Posted in September 24th, 2013

Marking Progress against Child Labour

Asia-Pacific Has Greatest Decline But Largest Numbers

A new International Labour Organisation (ILO) report states that since 2000 the global number of child labourers has declined by one-third.In the period 2008-2012, the global number of child labourers fell from to 215 to 168 million with the largest decline occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.  However this region still has more child labourers than any other region.

The report, Marking Progress Against Child Labour:  Global Estimates 2000-2012, indicates that almost 11% of children are still in child labour.  while the progress made is something to be celebrated the report also cautions that the 2016 target set by the international community for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour will not be met.

“We are moving in the right direction but progress is still too slow. If we are serious about ending the scourge of child labour in the foreseeable future, then we need a substantial stepping-up of efforts at all levels. There are 168 million good reasons to do so,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

Download a copy of the report here.

Domestic Workers Convention

Posted in September 24th, 2013

ILOILO Treaty Now Legally Binding

The Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers came into force on 5th September 2013.  It is reported that there are 50-100 million domestic workers in our world.  These workers are mainly girls and women.  Their tasks include cooking, cleaning and looking after children and the elderly. Such workers are often poor and employed outside their home country, making them particularly vulnerable to abuse and slavery.  The treaty gives employees the right to claim basic rights, including days off each week, set hours and the minimum wage. Eight countries have ratified the convention, including Italy, the Philippines, South Africa and Bolivia. More are poised to follow suit, including Germany and Switzerland.

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Child Trafficking in Haiti

Posted in September 23rd, 2013

3,000 Children Trafficked out of Haiti Annually

The American Journal Counter Punch reports that UNICEF estimates approximately 300,000 Haitian children are restavèk (child slaves) and that 3,000 children are trafficked out of Haiti each year.  However, these figures are widely considered conservative both because there are no serious studies to date on this subject and because the very definitional basis of trafficking needs to be rigorously redefined in order to more precisely represent the reality of children whose lives are bartered, traded and sold under the guise of various legal and illegal institutions.

Julian Vigo wrote “Though adoption and child slavery might seem like diametrically opposed cultural practices, they often operate in tandem with one legitimating the practice of the other (ie.  adoptions are legitimated because some perceive them as saving a child from slavery) or one covering up the other (ie.  adoptions are often exchanges of children for the sole purpose of child sexual exploitation and/or child labor).  What is also important to understand the relational dynamics between these two practices is how the seemingly innocuous practice of international adoption has fed a larger system of economic exchange between richer Western subjects and poor Haitians whereby the material exchanged is a human life, regardless of the underlying emotional and moral issues buttressing contemporary practices of adoption.”

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The Fight Against World Poverty

2013-SJS-statement-coverConscious that the 2015 target date for the  Millenium Development Goals that were committed to by many nations, including Australia, is drawing near the Australian Catholic Bishops are urging Australians to confront the challenge of world poverty.  The Social Justice Statement 2013-2014 issued by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has as its title Lazarus at Our Gate.

ACRATH has long campaigned for the realization of the Millenium Development Goals as we believe alleviating poverty and ensuring all children have at least primary education will reduce vulnerability to human trafficking.  While there have been important achievements because of the MDGs, such as the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has halved since 2000,  the task is by no mean finished.  ACRATH will continue to campaign for the MDGs.  In particular we call on the Government of Australia not to cut foreign aid but to ensure that in line with our MDG commitment made in 2000 Australia’s overseas development aid will increase to at least 0.05% of national income by 2015.

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