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  • Advocacy Covid Style October 16, 2020
    Every year ACRATH staff, members and volunteers advocate on a range of issues. A feature of this advocacy is the annual week of meetings with MPs and others in Canberra on key issues. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions within ACRATH and across the country, our annual Canberra ‘chapter’ of advocacy had to be different. We ...
  • My Voice, Our Equal Future October 10, 2020
    International Day of the Girl Child is observed each year on 11th October. The theme for 2020 is My voice, our equal future. This day provides an opportunity for us to imagine, and work towards, a world where the human rights and gifts of all girls are respected and promoted. Every girl has the right ...
  • Victory for Migrant Workers October 8, 2020
    Migrant workers in Top Glove rubber glove factories in Malaysia will be remediated with respect to recruitment fees previously paid by the migrant workers to agents or other parties. Top Glove manufactures one-quarter of the world’s disposable gloves. During the Covid-19 pandemic their profits have soared. Repayments to workers will amount to a total of $40 ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 8, 2020
    The October 2020 issue of Stop Trafficking! focuses on the  vulnerability of indigenous peoples to human trafficking.  Articles include: Human Trafficking in Native American Communities Trafficking of Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada Trafficking of Indigenous People Globally Advocacy: What is being Done? Download a copy of Stop Trafficking! here.
  • Action for October October 1, 2020
    The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed each year on 17th October. The theme of this day for 2020 – Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for – addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all. While progress has been made in addressing income poverty, there has been ...
  • Proclaim the Act NOW! September 30, 2020
    In June 2018 the NSW Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act. However, despite receiving royal assent this ground-breaking legislation has never been proclaimed into law. While there is a Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act, the NSW Act is more robust providing for an Anti-Slavery Commissioner, awareness raising about modern slavery, creation of new modern slavery offences, ...
  • Forced Marriage in South Australia September 23, 2020
    Be part of a strategic response to Forced Marriage in Australia. Flinders University is holding a webinar via zoom for educators, health and child protection professionals, community groups, frontline responders and those interested to learn. The webinar will be facilitated by Liz Payne and Marilyn Ross. Liz is a member of ACRATH who has worked ...
  • Curriculum Planning Webinar September 23, 2020
    ACRATH will hold a Webinar to introduce its updated resource, Modern Slavery: A Teaching Kit for Senior Secondary Students. The purpose of the Webinar is to introduce teachers to the kit and its applications in the classroom. It will be ideal for teachers engaged in course planning for 2021. Webinar details are as follows: Date:      ...
  • Rubber Glove Industry During Covid-19 September 21, 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic has meant unprecedented demand for rubber gloves. Consequently manufacturers are recording enormous increases in profit. However for the worker little has changed. In Malaysia, where approximately 60% of the worlds rubber gloves are manufactured, workers continue to experience exploitation and debt bondage. CNN Business recently reported: “Many of the serious forced labor indicators identified ...
  • A Global Challenge September 21, 2020
    Human Trafficking is a global problem. The following article gives an insight into the impact this crime has on victims. “When the group of eight teenagers was first referred to the Preda Home for Girls, they were still in shock having been taken into police custody during a rescue. What they did not realize was they had been ...
  • Action Needed Now September 17, 2020
    The NSW State Parliament passed Modern Slavery legislation in June 2018. The Act was passed unopposed. The NSW Modern Slavery Act is groundbreaking legislation as it not only refers to slavery in supply chains but the rights of victims and their need for support is also part of the Act. Unfortunately despite the Act being ...
  • Temporary Migrants During Covid-19 September 17, 2020
    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic ACRATH has been concerned for migrant workers and international students and their vulnerability to exploitation. UTS Law’s A/Prof Laurie Berg and UNSW’s A/Prof Bassina Farbenblum co-directs of  the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative have recently undertaken research on the experiences of international students and visa holders during Covid-19.  Their finding from a ...
  • Latest ACRATH News September 16, 2020
    In the September issue of ACRATH News you can read about ACRATH’s new Forced Marriage Video Presentation which was launched in August. The Australian Federal Police participated in the launch and explored the issues facing local authorities working to combat forced marriage. Other stories include: ETIKO Fairtrade clothing and JINTA sports equipment is offering ACRATH readers a discount. Work ...
  • 2021 ACRATH Calendar September 9, 2020
    ACRATH’s 2021 calendar is now available. To date we have sold the ACRATH Calendar for $10.  However this year we acknowledge that many are directly effected by Covid-19, and would still like for you to receive the 2021 ACRATH Calendar. We value your support. Please feel free to order calendars complimentary, or make a donation. ...
  • Modern Slavery Risks in Business September 9, 2020
    The Australian Human Rights Commission has partnered with KPMG Banarra in developing guides to help Australian businesses understand and manage their modern slavery risks. Over a period of time five documents will be launched. The first of these, Property, Construction and Modern Slavery: Practical responses to managing risks to people,, has just been launched. This ...
  • Stop Trafficking! September 4, 2020
    Education is the key to the prevention of children becoming victims of human trafficking. This month’s issue of Stop Trafficking! focuses on human trafficking education in our schools.  Articles in this publication produced by US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking include Education on Human Trafficking, Children at Risk, Social Media in Schools and Red Flags. Download the ...
  • Support for Workers in Queensland September 2, 2020
    ACRATH’s Regional Coordinator in Queensland, Sr Janine Bliss fmm, has been spending a good bit of time in the Bundaberg area supporting seasonal workers in recent times. The workers are mainly from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste. These workers came to Australia through the Seasonal Workers Program, a government aid programme. It is a sad fact that ...
  • September Action September 1, 2020
    During the month of September talk with 5 – 6 others about the possibility of setting up a Social Justice Group in your parish to keep before parishioners the call of the Scriptures and the Church’s social teaching to act justly. In your Social Justice group hold a discussion about how to ethically produced tea, ...
  • Australian Institute of Criminology Research August 31, 2020
    The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a Research Report – Review of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19. The report outlines the activities of the Australian Government to address human trafficking and slavery during the years 2015-2019. The report documents the activities according to the four pillars of the National ...
  • IDC Report 2016-2017 August 31, 2020
    The Government has tabled the ninth report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery (the IDC), covering the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. The IDC has oversight of the Australian Government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19. The report notes that “During 2016-17, the AFP received 150 ...
  • Human Dignity, Freedom and Care August 26, 2020
    Talitha Kum, the International Network Against Trafficking in Persons, invites you to participate in an online “Conversation among women of faith on human dignity, freedom and care”. The event will be conducted in English with translation available in French and Spanish. This is the link to participate in the event on AUGUST 31 at 2pm CEST (Rome ...
  • South Sea Islander Slavery in Australia August 19, 2020
    ACRATH is pleased to invite you to take part in a webinar during which you will learn about the cruel act and generational impact of historical slavery for South Sea Islander people. Starting in 1847 over 62,000 south Sea Islanders, mostly men, were kidnapped, tricked and coerced from Vanuatu, Solomon’s and 80 surrounding islands with the ...
  • Forced Marriage Training Initiative August 17, 2020
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) will launch a suite of new and revised forced marriage resources during a zoom launch on Thursday August 27 2020. A highlight of the zoom launch will be the release of the 35-minute 2020 ACRATH Recorded Forced Marriage Video Presentation for educators, healthcare professionals and frontline responders ...
  • Calling All NSW Residents August 13, 2020
    It is now more than two years since the NSW Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act 2018(NSW). The Act received Royal Assent on 27th June 2018. However the Act still has not come into force. This means that the protections in the Act have not yet been implemented. An ePetition has been set up and ...
  • Impact of Covid-19 August 13, 2020
    Covid-19 has had, and continues to have, an incredible impact on the lives of many people including victims and survivors of human trafficking. The Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), UN’s lead inter-agency platform on trafficking in persons, recognizes the importance of global efforts to respond to such an unprecedented crisis. At the same ...
  • ACRATH Forced Marriage Resources Webinar August 10, 2020
    You are invited to join us for a ZOOM Webinar Launch of ACRATH’s new and updated suite of forced marriage resources on Thursday 27th August 2.00 to 3.30pm EST. The new resources will be live on the ACRATH website from this time. The Zoom Launch will feature a navigation demonstration of the Forced Marriage Resources Page on ...
  • Temporary Migration Inquiry August 9, 2020
    In December 2019 the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Temporary Migration to inquire into and report on the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions. ACRATH prepared a submission for this Inquiry. In developing the submission ACRATH drew on knowledge ...
  • In Australia! Slavery!!! August 5, 2020
    During these days when it is not possible to hold gatherings with guest speakers, ACRATH has developed a video resource that could be used to assist in raising awareness about human trafficking and slavery here in Australia. Schools may find this resources particularly helpful. The resources explains what human trafficking is and encourages viewers to ...
  • Register for Modern Slavery Statements August 2, 2020
    On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP, launched the Online Register for Modern Slavery Statements. Under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 businesses with an annual income in excess of $100 million operating in Australia will be required to submit an annual ...
  • August Actions Against Modern Slavery August 1, 2020
    Did you know that Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. The Act was passed by the Australia Parliament in November 2018. Under the Act companies with an annual revenue of more than $100 million must prepare annual statements for the Department of Home Affairs, setting out their actions to assess and address modern slavery risks ...
  • Prayer Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2020
    ACRATH members and friends participated in an online reflection today to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Participants reflected on the horror of human trafficking and spent time discerning actions they could take to work against human trafficking and slavery in our world today. If you were unable to join in this time of ...
  • Governments Urged to Intensify Efforts July 29, 2020
    On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Caritas Internationalis and COATNET urge governments to intensify efforts to identify victims of trafficking and exploitation, the number of which is worryingly increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Caritas Internationalis’ secretary general, Aloysius John, says that “Focused attention to the pandemic must not prevent us from taking care of ...
  • Hello Teachers July 28, 2020
    ACRATH is delighted to have supported a number of schools in educating their senior students about modern slavery by using ACRATH’s updated Teaching Kit. ACRATH would love to receive your feedback on the kit. How was the kit used? Did your students get engaged with this? Did the kit support you? Please send any feedback you may have to ...
  • People More Vulnerable to Traffickers during Covid-19 July 24, 2020
    ACRATH calls for support in lead up to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) today urged people to support those most vulnerable to trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACRATH President Sr Louise Cleary csb, who co-founded the organisation 15 years ago, urged people to support this ...
  • Letter From ACRATH President July 23, 2020
    Dear ACRATH Members and Supporters, As we head towards July 30, the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I’m reflecting on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking. It’s 16 years since I gathered with Sr Tania de Jong rgs, Sr Margaret Ng ...
  • Pray Online with ACRATH July 23, 2020
    ACRATH members have prepared a ten minute Prayer for the World Day Against the Trafficking in Persons. You are invited to join ACRATH on ZOOM on the 30th July.  Please click on the Zoom link below to attend.  If you are unable to attend download the PowerPoint and lead your community in prayer. Zoom details Topic: World ...
  • Implement NSW Modern Slavery Act July 21, 2020
    ACRATH is pleased to be part of a consortium of more than 117 organisations, academics, lawyers, community and faith leaders urging the NSW Premier to end the delay and bring the state’s historic Modern Slavery Act into force by 1 January 2021, two and a half years after it was passed by both houses of ...
  • ACRATH 2020 Fundraising Appeal July 9, 2020
    Many of you, your congregations, dioceses, parishes or communities, already donate to ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and may have already done so in recent months. Others have supported trafficked people through prayer, advocacy, companionship, purchasing slavery-free products and letter writing. Thank you! It takes an almighty community effort to build the momentum needed ...
  • Act Against Human Trafficking July 3, 2020
    ACRATH has developed a prayer to use as we mark the 2020 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This day is marked each year on 30th July. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are more than 40 million people in our world today who are victims of human trafficking. Forced labour and human ...
  • International Students Exploited July 3, 2020
    International Students and Wage Theft in Australia reveals unacceptable levels of wage left and poor working conditions experienced by international students. Over 5,000 students were surveyed for the study co-authored by UTS Law Associate Professor Laurie Berg and UNSW Associate Professor Bassina Farbenblum, who co-direct the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative. Key findings include: Three in four international ...
  • Actions for July 2020 July 1, 2020
    The UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is held on 30th July each year. As we prepare to mark this day later in the month perhaps we could focus on raising awareness about this heinous crime. It is estimated there are over 40 million people in slavery in our world today and most of ...
  • Donate to ACRATH Online June 30, 2020
    ACRATH is now able to accept online donations. Without the support received from generous donors ACRATH would not be able to continue working against human trafficking and slavery. Donations enable ACRATH to support survivors and to advocate for systemic change. Thank you to all who have supported us especially during these difficult times. ACRATH is able ...
  • Impact of Covid -19 on Human Trafficking June 29, 2020
    Sr Gabriella Bottani, International Co-ordinator of Talitha Kum, speaks about increased vulnerability to human trafficking during this period of Covid-19. ACRATH is a member of Talitha Kum, the International Network Against Trafficking in Persons. Click here to view video.
  • 20th Anniversary TIP Report June 27, 2020
    The 20th anniversary edition of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report had been released by the US State Department. In releasing the report John Cotton Richmond, Ambassador-at-large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons said: “The call of the 20th anniversary is clear. We must commit ourselves to our goal of freedom. What traffickers are ...
  • Slave Kept in Restaurant June 26, 2020
    A former Wangaratta Restaurant owner has escaped a jail term despite being convicted of a slavery offence. The offence related to a woman employed by the owner being paid no wages over a 14 month period. When she asked for her wages the women’s employer also threatened that he would withdraw his sponsorship for her ...
  • Coronavirus and Human Trafficking June 18, 2020
    The coronavirus has had and continues to have an incredible impact on our world. Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives. The impact on the world economy means huge numbers of people are unemployed and the businesses that employed them may never recover. The world is facing the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. ...
  • News from ACRATH June 17, 2020
    During this period of the global Covid-19 pandemic more people than ever are vulnerable to being trafficked and enslaved. Despite Covid-19 the work of ACRATH has continued. The June 2020 edition of ACRATH News highlights the work being done by ACRATH in the areas of forced marriage, forced labour and slavery-free supply chains. Download your ...
  • Covid 19 – Protect Children Now June 12, 2020
    Target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals calls for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025. It is estimated by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that approximately one in ten of all children worldwide are currently in child labour. The ILO launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 ...
  • Recognition for South Sea Islander Advocate June 10, 2020
    A Pacific communities advocate who has dedicated her working life to raising the profile of marginalised descendants of Australia’s indentured slave trade has been awarded top honours by the NSW Government. The Settlement Services International Human Rights Medal was awarded to Waskam Emelda Davis as part of the 2020 Premier’s Multicultural Community Medals. Ms Davis ...
  • Covid Fashion Commitments June 9, 2020
    Many sectors of our society have been affected by the Coronavirus and the fashion industry is no exception. Many garment workers are slipping into poverty as companies lay off their workers due to cancelled orders. Those still able to work are at risk of infection as they work in factories that over-crowded with poor ventilation ...
  • In the Name of Modelling June 9, 2020
    People are becoming more and more aware of the exploitation that is taking place in the garment industry. The April 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, killing at least 1,132 people and injuring more than 2,500 – April 2013 shocked the world and highlighted the poor working conditions and exploitation of ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 3, 2020
    The June 2020 issue of Stop Trafficking! is now available. This issue focuses on how art assists survivors of human trafficking give voice to the trauma they have experienced and aids in their rehabilitation process. Download your copy here. Stop Trafficking Newsletter is produced by US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, to serve as a forum for ...
  • Action for June June 1, 2020
    In 2019 Service or Servitude: A Study of Trafficking for Domestic Work in Australia was published. While the official number of recorded cases of domestic servitude in Australia is relatively small, this research found that many cases go undetected. And while Australia has a response framework for victims of trafficking, those who experience domestic servitude face ...
  • Human Trafficking – the Facts May 29, 2020
    Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery – what are the facts especially in this time of Pandemic and what would Catherine McAuley be Saying? This Webinar organised by Lorraine Phelan rsm, a Sister of Mercy and ACRATH Regional Coordinator for ACT/NSW was originally set up for those connected to the Sisters of Mercy in some way but ...
  • Modern Slavery Advisory Group May 29, 2020
    Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP, has announced the appointment of ten experts with extensive experience in combating modern slavery and supply chain management to a Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group. In announcing the members of the group Assistant Minister Wood said, “This new body will provide ...
  • Thank You ACRATH Volunteers May 18, 2020
    https://youtu.be/uVl21tiNkbY So much of what ACRATH achieves depends on our volunteers. They generously contribute many hours each year so that the mission of ACRATH can be realised. Especially during this Volunteers Week (18th -25th May), ACRATH says thank you for your support in the areas of advocacy, awareness raising and education, and for your commitment to a ...
  • Mercy Sister Goes Online to Fight Human Trafficking May 15, 2020
    Mercy sister Lorraine Phelan is running a zoom seminar on human trafficking which she hopes will inspire participants to get involved in a local or global action. Lorraine, who is ACRATH’s Regional Coordinator for the ACT and NSW has invited Mercy sisters and those connected to Mercy in some capacity, to participate in the webinar, ...
  • Special Rapporteur – Contemporary Forms of Slavery May 12, 2020
    In March 2020, the Human Rights Council appointed Mr. Tomoya Obokata as Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences. Mr Tomoya Obokata is a Japanese scholar of international law and human rights, specialising in transnational organised crime, human trafficking and modern slavery. (Photo: https://www.ohchr.org) The mandate on contemporary forms of slavery includes ...
  • Technology and Anti-Trafficking May 12, 2020
    The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), a network of over 80 NGOs worldwide focused on advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons. The April 2020 issue of this periodical has for its theme Technology, Anti-Trafficking, and Speculative Futures. Published in the midst of the Covid-19 ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 3, 2020
    The focus of the May 2020 Stop Trafficking! newsletter is to raise awareness of the health consequences of trafficking and how health professionals are becoming better equipped to identify and aid human trafficking victims. Articles include Behavioural Indicators of Human Trafficking, Health Effects of Human Trafficking, Barriers to Disclosure by Victims and Trauma Informed Care. ...
  • Action for May May 2, 2020
    The St Vincent’s Health Australia(SVHA) – ACRATH Human Trafficking Project is highlighted on the May page of the 2020 ACRATH Calendar. The Project has two main objectives: To increase the recognition and support of victims of human trafficking who seek healthcare at SVHA. To explore and investigate the supply chain of services and goods used by SVHA ...
  • Covid-19 Human Trafficking Implications April 29, 2020
    COVID-19 is a global pandemic affecting every country in the world. Similarly, modern slavery is a global threat that affects every country in the world. Hope for Justice has released a briefing that aims to highlight some of the global concerns and increased potential threats around modern slavery posed by COVID-19 and identify recommendations. The ...
  • Teaching Kit and Webinars April 28, 2020
    Secondary school teachers wanting to teach students about modern-day slavery now have a free on-line resource and follow up webinar support produced by ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). The Modern Slavery: A Kit for Senior Secondary Students, which can be found on ACRATH’s website acrath.org.au, was first developed with a focus on human ...
  • Coronavirus Impacts International Students April 26, 2020
    The onslaught of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) has caused much pain, suffering and hardship to Australians and people all over the world. During this time of fear and uncertainty we appreciate the Australian and State Governments’ efforts to stop the spreading of this contagious and deadly disease through social distancing and isolation. This has however, ...
  • Covid-19 and the People Who Make our Clothes April 18, 2020
    As the world faces this pandemic in unified isolation, Fashion Revolution is focusing on how the unfolding situation is affecting the people who make our clothes. Retailers are shutting their doors around the world, encouraging their customers to shop online instead. Yet the reality is that as we are forced to stay in our ...
  • Threads of Hope April 16, 2020
    On April 24, 2013 the eight-storey Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring more than 2,500 others. In the rubble of the building rescuers found labels for brands of clothing destined for Australia and other countries all around the world. At the time Pope Francis denounced as “slave labor” the ...
  • Risk of Trafficking During Covid-19 April 16, 2020
    Valiant Richey, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, has issued a statement urging the international community to be more vigilant and step up efforts in the fight against human trafficking during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is during times of crisis that exploitation of ...
  • Make Easter 2020 Fairest of All April 7, 2020
    Yes, Easter 2020 is surely going to be one to remember. But let’s make it count. “Make 2020 the Easter when we as a community send shockwaves through supermarkets because the product most in demand was – slavery-free chocolate,” said ACRATH Executive Officer Christine Carolan. Ms Carolan encouraged people to use their money this Holy Week ...
  • Easter Shopping Guide 2020 April 7, 2020
    Australia-based Be Slavery Free is urging Australian consumers to make a difference this Easter and buy chocolate eggs from companies that are addressing human rights and environmental concerns. Be Slavery Free has joined forces with USA based Mighty Earth and Green America to publish an Easter scorecard, analysing 13 major chocolate companies and 8 cocoa suppliers ...
  • Human Cost of Modern Slavery April 7, 2020
    With Easter nearly here we should remember the human cost of modern slavery. Particularly at this time of year when we all will be shopping for chocolate it’s important to shop ethically. This Easter make sure the chocolate you buy for friends, family or just for ourselves is marked with the symbol for fair trade, UTZ or rainforest ...
  • Leave No worker Behind April 7, 2020
    In these difficult times brought on by Covid-19 the Australian Government is to be commended for the financial packages being offered to workers who find themselves without work. However no worker must be left behind. If we abandon visa holders and casual workers, we abandon those workers who feed us, who care for us and ...
  • ACRATH Welcomes New Visa Arrangement April 6, 2020
    ACRATH welcomes the news that the Federal Government is making temporary changes to visa arrangements to help farmers access the workforce they need to secure Australia’s food and produce supply during COVID-19. These changes will assist those within the Pacific Labour Scheeme, the Seasonal Workers Program and working holiday makers who are currently in Australia. ...
  • Tackling Child Labour in Cocoa Supply Chains April 5, 2020
    In the Harken-Engel Protocol of 2001 chocolate companies assured the US Government and global markets that they could self-regulate and solve the slavery of young boys being trafficked from neighbouring countries into the cocoa farms of West Africa. They further committed that all cocoa sourced by the signatories would be certified cocoa by ...
  • ACRATH Member Visits Seasonal Workers April 3, 2020
    ACRATH Member, Fr Peter O’Neill ssc, has been working tirelessly to ensure Seasonal Workers in Australia are aware of their rights. Part of his work has involved advocating on behalf of 22 men from Vanuatu who were exploited while working on Australia farms some years ago. He recently wrote and article that was published in ...
  • Actions for April April 1, 2020
    Are your Easter eggs slavery-free? Before purchasing your Easter eggs this year reflect on the words of Pope Francis: “It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge thathuman beings are bought and sold like goods!” Many children in West Africa are enslaved to pick cocoa beans, a key ingredient of chocolate. Follow the example of ...
  • NSW Inquiry Report Recommendations Welcomed March 26, 2020
    The NSW Parliament passed a Modern Slavery Act in June 2018. However the Act has never been implemented. Instead it was put on hold while an Inquiry into the legislation was conducted. The Inquiry report was released on 25th March. ACRATH and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) prepared a joint submission for the Inquiry urging the ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2020 March 12, 2020
    The first ACRATH Newsletter for 2020 is now available. If you want to to know how to have a slavery-free Easter then this newsletter is a must for you to read. You can also find out how to have a slavery-free staffroom, school or workplace. You can support the work of ACRATH by participating ...
  • Modern Slavery in the Pacific March 12, 2020
    A report on the reality of modern slavery in the Pacific was launched recently. The report, issued by Walk Free and the Minderoo Foundation, identifies cases of slavery in the Pacific including the extremely exploitative practices of forced labour, the worst forms of child labour, and forced and early marriage. Factors contributing to vulnerability ...
  • Sweet and Bitter Chocolate March 10, 2020
    The Sweet and often Bitter truth about Easter Chocolate One indisputable truth. Chocolate is delicious. We know this because at Easter Australians spend millions of dollars buying hundreds of kilograms of chocolate to eat and give away. Another indisputable truth is that the cost of some chocolate is a child’s education, and sometimes his or her freedom. That’s because much of our ...
  • Campaign to Recoup Unpaid Wages March 5, 2020
    ACRATH is seeking your support for 22 men from Vanuatu who were exploited in Australia in 2014 while working under the Seasonal Workers Programme (SWP), a programme that is part of Australia’s aid program in the Pacific and is administered by the Department of Employment on behalf of the Federal Government. The men worked hard ...
  • Action for March March 5, 2020
    Talitha Kum is a worldwide network working against human trafficking. It facilitates collaboration and the exchange of information between networks around the world, and strengthens existing activities and initiatives to counter human trafficking everywhere. The member networks of Talitha Kum are organised in many different ways according to their particular contexts and cultures. Talitha Kum is ...
  • Believing Women for a Culture of Peace February 26, 2020
    Believing Women for a Culture of Peace invite you to celebrate international Women’s Day on 8th March by attending a presentation on Forced Marriage and Modern Slavery. Presenters at the event will be ACRATH members Liz Payne and Janine Bliss. Event details are as follows: Date: 8th March 2020 Time: 1.30-3.30 pm Place: Centre for Interfaith and ...
  • ACRATH National Committee 2020-2022 February 23, 2020
    During the recent ACRATH National Conference Sr Louise Cleary csb was elected as the President of ACRATH. Louise is one of the founding members of ACRATH. She has had extensive experience in advocating against human trafficking and slavery in Australia and beyond. At an international assembly of Talitha Kum (the International Network of Consecrated ...
  • Eliminating Human Trafficking – Here and Beyond February 19, 2020
    ACRATH members from around Australia have gathered in Sydney for their annual conference. The conference opened with ACRATH President, Noelene Simmons sm, delivering the annual report. The conference theme this year is Eliminating Human Trafficking – Here and Beyond. Over the two day conference members will be informed about human trafficking and slavery issues existing ...
  • Catholic schools lead push to eliminate slavery February 14, 2020
    A Make your school slavery-free resource kit was launched in Melbourne yesterday (Thursday February 13) to help students, teachers and staff eliminate slavery from Catholic schools. Archbishop Peter Comensoli and Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary, a co-founder of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) launched the Make your school slavery-free resource kit at ...
  • Stop Trafficking! February 10, 2020
    The focus of the February Stop Trafficking! Newsletter is the role of racism in human trafficking. The Newsletter begins with an article in which a survivor shares his experience. Other articles include Confronting Racism in Human Trafficking, the Racial Roots of Human Trafficking, and Cultural Oppression and Human Trafficking Download your February copy of Stop ...
  • Feast of St Josephine Bakhita February 8, 2020
    St Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of slaves and those who have been trafficked. Her feast day, 8th February, is the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. Inspired by her ability to overcome the experience of being exploited we pray that she will inspire hope in those those who are ...
  • February Focus February 1, 2020
    During February ACRATH invites you to mark the World Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Gather a few others to help organize an slavery-free Easter chocolate campaign in your parish, school and community. Use parish and school bulletins and social media  to invite others to join the slavery-free Easter campaign. Post feedback to ...
  • No Chains in Today’s Slavery January 29, 2020
    When thinking of slavery many people immediately think chains. In modern times this image is far from being accurate. Using such images gives a false impression and prevents people from seeing the real indicators of slavery that could be happening in their full view. Rather than physical restraint, slavery today is enforced through psychological coercion. ...
  • Prayer to End Human Trafficking and Slavery January 25, 2020
    Each year on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking. Born in 1869 in Sudan, Josephine was 7 years old when taken by slave traders. She was bought and sold many times in the following decade. Taken to Italy by a ...
  • 2020 Anti-Trafficking Toolkit January 17, 2020
    In December 2019 US President Donald Trump designated January 2020 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a Toolkit to assist in marking this month. the toolkit also provides resources for marking the World Day of Pray and Reflections Against Human Trafficking. This day, held on ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 17, 2020
    The first issue of Stop Trafficking! for 2020 highlights the intersection between migration and trafficking. Articles include Trafficking Risks for Refugees, the Global Compact on Migration, Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration, Gridlock: Labour, Migration and Human Trafficking in Dubai and Migrants and Trafficking: the Vulnerability of Movement. The January issue of Stop ...
  • Deaths of Children in Cobalt Mines January 12, 2020
    The parents of children injured or killed as part of cobalt mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo are suing five of the world’s largest tech companies, claiming they were complicit in their children’s exploitation. The parents, represented by the international human rights firm, International Rights Advocates, launched their case in Washington against Apple, ...
  • Action for the New Year December 31, 2019
    As we begin a New Year many people make New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe for 2020 your resolution could be to help organisations like ACRATH fighting against slavery and human trafficking. How can you help? Perhaps you could take time to prepare to mark St Josephine Bakhita’s Day on 8 February. St Josephine Bakhita is the patron ...
  • Hope for a Dignified Life December 31, 2019
    Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi message to the world on Christmas day acknowledged the darkness of injustice in our world and prayed that the Babe of Bethlehem  “may he bring his tenderness to all and brighten the darkness of this world.” “May the Son of God, come down to earth from heaven, protect and sustain all ...
  • Survivors Require Long-term Assistance December 12, 2019
    In a report to the UN Human Rights Council the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro  notes that rather than the current short term interventions survivors need long-term protection and assistance. She reminds States that social inclusion of victims and survivors of trafficking in persons is an ...
  • Forced Marriage Awareness December 11, 2019
    On the final day of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival ACRATH members Liz and Kathy held a workshop attended by 130 young people, on Forced Marriage and the referral pathways. The workshop was based on case studies with the young people asked to identify the common complexities, sensitivities and risk that need to be considered ...
  • Human Rights Day 2019 December 10, 2019
    Human Rights Day, observed each year on 10th December, marks the anniversary of the  day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In his 2019 message to mark this day the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres states: This year, on Human Rights Day, we celebrate the role of young people in bringing human ...
  • ACRATH Advocates at Youth Festival December 8, 2019
    Members of ACRATH in Western Australia have been busy preparing to take part in the Australia Catholic Youth Festival 8-10 December in Perth. The stall is now ready to welcome the pilgrims who will attend the festival. During the Festival ACRATH participated in a number of workshops: Three ACRATH members, Kathy, Liz and Tori, presented a ...
  • ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable December 7, 2019
    ACRATH President & National Executive Officer, Noelene Simmons sm & Christine Carolan, recently participated in the 11th annual meeting of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. Held in Parliament House Canberra, the event was convened by the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Jason Wood MP. Also in ...
  • Advocates for Change December 5, 2019
    St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) has embarked on a groundbreaking training program to help key staff identify and support vulnerable people who present to its hospitals who have been trafficked. The Advocates for Change initiative is part of a wider anti-trafficking project that SVHA began in 2017 in partnership with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against ...
  • Stop Trafficking! December 3, 2019
    The December issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the situation of men in human trafficking. Articles in this issue include Most Traffickers are Men, Digital Transactions Reveal Human Trafficking, Men Making a Meaningful Impact and many more. ACRATH would like to thank and congratulate Sr Jean Schafer sdf who has been editor of Stop Trafficking! for seventeen ...
  • December Action December 2, 2019
    In December our thoughts turn to Christmas and gift giving. This year why not seek out gifts that are ethically produced so that your gift giving is not tainted by slavery. For more information on ethical purchasing click here. Perhaps you might consider giving the gift of freedom this Christmas. Your donation to organisations such as ...
  • Extent of Human Tragedy in South Australia November 29, 2019
    Research from South Australia’s Flinders University has focussed on the 18 people documented to have been trafficked in South Australia between 2004 and 2019; the majority have been young women forced to marry. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has referred the 18 suspected victims of human trafficking in SA to the Support for Trafficked People ...
  • Stamping out Exploitation in Travel November 27, 2019
    A study benchmarking the travel industry’s progress in fighting human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children by ECPAT-USA. This study establishes a baseline to assess how 70 companies in eight travel industry sectors address and report on the protection of children from commercial sexual exploitation in their business practices. While it is evident that the travel industry ...
  • Slavery in Global Supply Chains November 25, 2019
    The 8.7 Alliance is a global partnership committed to achieving target 8.7 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Members of the Alliance have released new estimates of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains. The report, Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains, indicates that a significant share of child labour ...
  • Debit Cards in fight Against Human Trafficking November 24, 2019
    A number of banks are involved in a UN project to assist survivors of human trafficking. Survivors may have had their financial identity stolen and their credit ruined by their traffickers. “Having access to legitimate financial services is something many people take for granted,” said Sara Crowe, director of data analysis at the U.S.-based anti-trafficking group ...
  • Social Disadvantage and Human Exploitation November 23, 2019
    National Executive Officer of ACRATH, Christine Carolan, is one of the speakers at the Catholic Social Ministry Conference in Melbourne this month. The conference provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences about the nature, functions and priorities of Catholic Social Ministry. In her paper Christine uses Canon Joseph Cardijn’s ‘See-judge-act’ framework for engaging with ...
  • ACRATH National Committee Meets in Melbourne November 21, 2019
    ACRATH National Committee members met in Melbourne 20-21 November. The National Committee is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the ACRATH strategic plan and annual budget. At each meeting Regional Coordinators present a report on regional activities since the last meeting and outline plans for the coming months. ACRATH’s limited financial resources means that a ...
  • Merlyn Keeps Singing for Justice November 21, 2019
    People and organisations have long used music, particularly folk, in their struggles for justice and social change. Australian opera singer Merlyn Quaife AM has done her bit and more. A decade ago Merlyn, an acclaimed soprano, spoke to Victorian ACRATH member Stancea Vichie about human trafficking. She realised that her great gift, her voice, could ...
  • 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence Campaign November 17, 2019
    The 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence campaign is held each year beginning of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th November) and ending on International Human Rights Day (10th December). The 16 Day campaign reinforces the fact that violence against women is a human rights violation.  The 2019 theme is Ending ...
  • Thought for November October 31, 2019
    Have you ever wondered about the impacts of fast fashion? When St Ursula’s College ‘Not 4 Sale’ students not only thought about it they took action. They arranged a clothes swap.  The swap encouraged students to think more about where their clothes come from, and the impact of fast fashion. It also asked them to ...
  • Make Your School Slavery-free October 24, 2019
    Coffee anyone? Make mine slavery-free please ACRATH, in collaboration with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and the Archdiocese of Melbourne, has developed a Resource Kit to help schools, workplaces, parishes and homes, transition to a slavery-free environment by creating a slavery-free staffroom/kitchen. The kit explains ‘how to’ transition to new products, includes awareness raising resources, and a ‘where to buy’ slavery ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum in South Australia October 23, 2019
    On the 12th of September ACRATH SA organised a Human Trafficking Forum in collaboration with Flinders College of Business Government and Law and SA Red Cross. A copy of the forum programme can be accessed here. Speakers presented on numerous issues of human trafficking and modern slavery, including forced marriage, wage theft, labour exploitation, both ...
  • Modern Slavery ACT 2018 (NSW) Inquiry October 19, 2019
    In June 2018 the NSW Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act 2018. This ground-breaking legislation was welcomed by ACRATH. The Act recognised the NSW Government’s role in preventing human trafficking and slavery through education and legislation, protecting those who have been exploited by providing support and opportunities for rehabilitation and prosecuting those responsible for exploitative practices. Unfortunately ...
  • Forced Marriage Awareness Raising October 14, 2019
    ACRATH member Stancea Vichie mss recently gave a presentation on Forced Marriage to the Anglican Mothers’ Union at their church in Ormond, Melbourne. Stancea outlined the problem of forced marriage here in Australia and beyond.  ACRATH is grateful for the fund raising the Anglican Mothers’ Union conducted to support our work in raising awareness about this ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 14, 2019
    The October issue of Stop Trafficking!examines the correlation between sporting events and human trafficking. Articles include Sports and Trafficking: How are They Related, Japan and the 2020 Summer Olympics, Widening Awareness of Links Between Sports and Trafficking and The Dream: Professional Sports as a Way to Help My Family. Download your copy of Stop Trafficking! here.
  • Weaving a Web of Love October 2, 2019
    Weaving a Web of Love was the theme for the recent Talitha Kum Assembly(the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons)  in Rome. The event, hosted by UISG (International Union of Superior General) marked the 10th Anniversary of Talitha Kum. 86 people from 42 countries gathered. Oceania was represented by ACRATH members Angela ...
  • Take Action in October October 2, 2019
    In October the ACRATH calendar alerts us to a resource that enables us to make ethical fashion choices. How does your favourite brand rank in the 2019 Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide? Use this guide to help end worker exploitation in the fashion industry. October 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Given ...
  • Modern Slavery in Australia & the World September 26, 2019
    You are invited to attend a Neighbourhood Night on 18th October. Speakers from STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia, International Justice Mission, ACRATH and the Uniting Church in Australia will present on the topic Modern Slavery in Australia and the World. This will be followed by a Q & A session. Where:         Epping Uniting Church When:  ...
  • Talitha Kum Celebrates 10 Years September 24, 2019
    Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with an assembly in Rome (21-27 September). Present at the event are ACRATH members Christine Carolan, Claire Griffith and Louise Cleary. Talitha Kum has been a catalyst for connecting networks of Religious and their lay colleagues working to eradicate ...
  • Modern Slavery Free Campaign September 24, 2019
    Join with ACRATH and our Uniting Church partners in a postcard campaign calling on the Australian Government to implement the recommendations of Prof Allan Fel’s Migrant Workers’ Taskforce.  Late in 2018, the government agreed in principle to the recommendations outlined in the Migrant Workers’ Taskforce Report.  The postcard addressed to the Attorney General, Christian Porter, ...
  • ACRATH Archivist Retires September 6, 2019
    Members of ACRATH in Victoria recently gathered to honour Sr Anne McPhee ibvm who has been the ACRATH archivist for a number of years. Anne has worked as a volunteer to establish the archives and to maintain and catalogue the story of ACRATH through documents, articles and photos. ACRATH is very grateful to Anne for ...
  • Stop Trafficking! September 6, 2019
    The September issue of Stop Trafficking! focuses on child trafficking with an emphasis on the Philippines. Articles include The Backdrop for Exploitation of Filipino Children, Children Hanging Out Online: Potential Dangers and Child Sex Tourism. Resources for raising awareness about child trafficking are also given in the newsletter. Stop Trafficking! is a monthly Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter ...
  • 2020 ACRATH Calendar September 3, 2019
    The 2020 ACRATH Calendar is now available for purchase. The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, creates awareness of human trafficking, globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2020 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work of a range of organisations worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s work Provide ...
  • Actions for September August 31, 2019
    The September page of the 2019 ACRATH calendar reminds us that forced labour happens in Australia. Forced labour is more that a bad job. It happens when a person is not free to stop working because of threats, coercion or deception. Migrant workers and international students are particularly vulnerable. Anti-Slavery Australia offers specialist legal assistance ...
  • Creating Slavery-free Staffrooms in Melbourne August 29, 2019
    Throughout 2019 ACRATH’s Rosie Hoban has worked with Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and the Archdiocese of Melbourne, supporting the development of a Resource Kit to help schools and offices begin the transition to a slavery-free environment by creating a slavery-free staffroom. The kit guides the transitioning to new products, includes awareness raising resources, and an ...
  • Putting Modern Slavery on the Agenda August 21, 2019
    Staff at the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Office in Warragul took time out from their regular duties on recently to learn about modern forms of slavery, including human trafficking and child labour. Brigidine sisters Claire Griffin and Louise Cleary, both members of ACRATH, visited Sion House to share their knowledge and encourage action. While the session ...
  • Faces in the Fight Against Human Trafficking August 20, 2019
    On July 29, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN hosted an event entitled “Faces in the Fight Against Human Trafficking” at UN Headquarters in New York. It took place alongside a photography exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of the Talitha Kum Network and in commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.  Monsignor David Charters delivered the opening ...
  • Bollywood Event to Support ACRATH August 19, 2019
    Members of ACRATH in Western Australia recently held a Bollywood themed fundraising dinner. It was an amazing night of fun and dancing. Present at the event were 200 attendees consisting of ACRATH members, clergy, religious sisters, agency representatives, and friends of ACRATH. In her welcome speech, ACRATH WA Coordinator Kathy Fagan thanked those who generously ...
  • SDGs and Child Marriage August 19, 2019
    Child Marriage is a global problem with 21% of young women being married before they are 18 years old (UNICEF). Unless this practice is ended 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be realised. Child marriage is a human rights issue. Young girls have a right to education, to safety, to living ...
  • ACRATH Advocacy News August 13, 2019
    For two days in July a small but passionate group took ACRATH’s concerns to Federal Parliament. The latest ACRATH Newsletter outlines these concerns. Outcomes of the visit and reflections of some members of the advocacy team are also recorded in the newsletter. Download a copy of the newsletter here.
  • Stop Trafficking! August 13, 2019
    The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! looks at the ways in which colour has been used to highlight human trafficking issues. Articles include the United Nations Blue Heart Campaign, Why Pinwheels for Prevention, Purple Rose Campaign, Red Spots that Help Spot Potential Human Trafficking Victims and Human Trafficking not all Black and White. Download the ...
  • Fairtrade Fortnight Marked in Melbourne August 8, 2019
    To mark Fairtrade Fortnight the Archdiocese of Melbourne Office for Justice and Peace (OJP) joined with ACRATH to hold a Fairtrade morning tea to raise awareness about modern day slavery. OJP and ACRATH are founding members of the Victoria-Tasmania Catholic Modern Slavery Taskforce, intending to ensure that policies, practices and procurements of the four dioceses in ...
  • NSW Modern Slavery Laws at Risk August 7, 2019
    World-leading laws to tackle modern slavery could be at risk of being watered down or even dumped under the scope of a review into the legislation announced by the NSW Government, prominent Australian organisations have warned today. Groups including Oxfam Australia, Stop the Traffik and the Human Rights Law Centre are worried that the terms of ...
  • Speaking the Silence August 7, 2019
    Take part in an evening of critical conversation on the silence surrounding human trafficking and gendered violence globally. Human rights advocate, Angela Reed rsm, survivor and advocate,  Mely Lenario and Professor of Social Work, Marietta Latonia, will speak candidly of their advocacy for the dignity and human rights of trafficking survivors. This free event to take ...
  • Caritas Resource for Teachers August 7, 2019
    Caritas Australia has put out an education resource to help secondary teachers explore the issues of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery with their students.  Specific lesson plans and activities have not been included as a comprehensive unit of work is already available on the ACRATH website. The Caritas resource provides some additional resources, reflection questions and actions ...
  • Forced Marriage Education in Toowoomba August 7, 2019
    ACRATH members Stancea Vichie mss and Deidre Gardiner rsm were recently joined by the Executive Officer of Highways and Byways, Liz McAloon, to discuss the workshops on Forced Marriage that will take place in Toowoomba in the coming months. ACRATH is grateful to Highways and Byways for their support of this project. Highways & Byways ...
  • Australia Joins Global Initiative August 3, 2019
    On 30th July, UN World Day Against Trafficking in Person, Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, announced that Australia was joining the United Nations’ Blue Heart Campaign.  ThBlue Heart Campaign is a global awareness-raising initiative to fight human trafficking and its impact on society. In her media release Senator Payne commented, “Joining the United Nations’ Blue Heart ...
  • Exploited Workers Must be Paid August 2, 2019
    ACRATH has been calling on the Federal Government to compensate 22 ni-Vanuatu workers more than $100,000 in lost wages and expenses for farm work they completed back in 2014. The work was done by the men when they were recruited through the Seasonal Workers program for Pacific Workers, an Australian government aid program. ABC Radio Australia ...
  • Actions for August August 1, 2019
    In the August Page of the 2019 ACRATH Calendar we find the issue of forced marriage highlighted. ACRATH works in schools so that students, at risk of a forced marriage, know what to do and where to go. If you would like more information, or to arrange a training session in your school, contact [email protected] During August we ...
  • Eradicating Modern Slavery from Catholic Supply Chains August 1, 2019
    A two day conference aimed at helping Australian Catholic organisations to eliminate slavery from their supply chains was held in Sydney 30th-31st July. Organised by the Sydney Archdiocese Anti-slavery Task Force the conference was an opportunity for participants to be informed about modern slavery and the Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018 and to consider where ...
  • ACRATH meets with Archbishop Comensoli July 31, 2019
    Clare Griffin csb, ACRATH Co-ordinator Victoria, and Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, met with Melbourne’s Archbishop Peter Comensoli on 31 July. They discussed the recent ACRATH advocacy visit to Canberra with him. They also explored ways to promote awareness raising with regard to human trafficking, forced marriage and forced labour, particularly across different demographics.  
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2019
    “On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres The World Day Against Trafficking in Person is held each year on 30th July. Every country in the world is affect by the crime of human trafficking. Traffickers target the ...
  • ACRATH Advocating in Federal Parliament July 28, 2019
    ACRATH members will once again be walking the halls of our Federal Parliament on 29th & 30th July. During this visit ACRATH will be congratulating the Parliament for passing the Modern Slavery Act 2018. While The Modern Slavery Act is an achievement in the fight against human trafficking and slavery there is still more work ...
  • People are NOT for Sale July 26, 2019
    As we head towards the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30 we would like to thank those of you who have donated to our national appeal. On July 30 the spotlight is shone on human trafficking and the cost to millions of people worldwide. It is estimated that more than 40 million ...
  • The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea July 26, 2019
    The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea: a Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery is a new book by Human Rights Defender Award winner and human trafficking survivor Vannak Anan Prum. It is an account of Mr. Prum’s life, the events leading up to him being trafficked, and his experiences as a slave in the ...
  • Victim-Offender Overlap in Trafficking in Persons for Sexual Exploitation July 22, 2019
    Flinders University PhD candidate and member of ACRATH, Alexandra Louise Anderson Baxter, recently published a paper entitled When the Line between Victimization and Criminalization Blurs: The Victim-Offender Overlap Observed in Female Offenders in Cases of Trafficking in Persons for Sexual Exploitation in Australia. Between 2004 and 2015 nine females were convicted under divisions 270 (Slavery and ...
  • Inherent Dignity Webinar Series July 14, 2019
    Mercy Global Action held a three session interactive webinar series to take a closer look at Mercy International Association’s publication Inherent Dignity, an anti-human trafficking advocacy guidebook.The Inherent Dignity Guidebook can be accessed here.  The webinar series aimed to engage participants with the major learnings of this guidebook and address the following questions: What is the human-rights based ...
  • Stop Trafficking! July 14, 2019
    Want to know more about the 2019 TIP Report? Download the July issue of Stop Trafficking! Read the statement delivered by US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, John Cotton Richmond, when he released this year’s report. Be inspired by the stories of the 2019 TIP heroes. The table of Tier Placements ranks of ...
  • ACRATH combats forced marriage in Australia July 8, 2019
    Samin was 20 when she discovered her parents intended sending her out of Australia to marry in another country. She had been promised to a relative. Samin did not want to leave Australia to marry a stranger. She made contact with an agency and disclosed the imminent marriage. The person she spoke to had participated ...
  • Actions for July July 1, 2019
    As we prepare to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons please consider a donation to ACRATH.  The following case study gives you an indication of one of the ways in which your donation will assist the work of ACRATH. Maria was only 22 when she responded to an advertisement with a job agency in ...
  • Knowing Your Supply Chain June 29, 2019
    Three ACRATH members attended the Implementing Australia’s Modern Slavery Act: Knowing Your Supply Chain Conference held in Sydney 26-27th June 2019. Australia’s Modern Slavery Act requires businesses with an income threshold in excess of $100 million are required to report on incidents of slavery in their supply chain and the measures they are undertaking to ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter – People Are NOT for Sale June 25, 2019
    The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter highlights three situations in which ACRATH has been able to contribute to the fight against human trafficking and slavery. Download a copy of the ACRATH Newsletter here. Without support from our generous donors that would not have been possible. ACRATH sincerely thanks all our donors. But the fight against  human ...
  • Talitha Kum Coordinator a 2019 TIP Hero June 21, 2019
    Congratulations to Sr Gabriella Bottani, international coordinator of Talitha Kum, who has been named a 2019 TIP (Trafficking in Person) Hero by the US State Department in the Annual TIP report. In acknowledging the work of Sr Gabriella the TIP report states: ” Talitha Kum, a global network across 77 countries of more than 2,000 Catholic nuns working ...
  • 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report June 21, 2019
    The National Nature of Human Trafficking: Strengthening Government Responses and Dispelling Misperceptions is the theme of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report. The report was released by the US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, and US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, John Cotton Richmond, in a ceremony held in Washington DC. During the ceremony ...
  • It Happens in Australia June 20, 2019
    Human trafficking and slavery takes on many forms. And yes, it happens here in Australia. An article authored by UTS Professor of Law, Jennifer Burn, explains some of the forms of human trafficking and slavery experienced in Australia. Comic genre is used to illustrate experiences of domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced labour and servitude. The ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 20, 2019
    The June issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights issues affecting trafficked persons and what they see as helpful in their journey towards healing. Articles include Survivors Speak, A Victim Struggles to Overcome, The role of Professionals in Addressing the Needs of Women Suffering Oppression, Trafficked Survivors Identify What was Helpful in their Transitions and more. Download a ...
  • Servitude or Service? June 20, 2019
    Service or Servitude: A Study of Trafficking for Domestic Work in Australia by Heather Moore is the first report to analyse 30+ cases of domestic servitude in Australia. The report compiles new and existing information from a range of sources, including national and international data on domestic work and migration, current government statistics and personal accounts ...
  • Call to Help Combat Modern Day Slavery June 12, 2019
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has launched its national fund-raising appeal today in a bid to raise $400,000 to continue its work fighting human trafficking and modern slavery. ACRATH now relies entirely on donations after last year losing its $125,000 a year grant from the Federal Government. ACRATH’s Executive Officer Christine Carolan said the ...
  • Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams! June 12, 2019
    The International Day Against Child Labour is observed each year on 12th June. The theme for 2019 is Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams! Yet today, 152 million children are still in child labour. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture. On ...
  • Forced Marriage: Community Voices, Stories and Strategies June 4, 2019
    The Australian Red Cross recently launched their report Forced Marriage: Community Voices, Stories and Strategies, which can be accessed on the Red Cross website. Red Cross’s experience working with individuals and communities impacted by forced marriage has shown that across many communities, there are members who are applying appropriate and effective strategies to negotiate good outcomes and ...
  • Action for June June 4, 2019
     Asylum seekers and refugees forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution or natural disasters are most vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking. By supporting the work of ACRATH you can bring hope to the lives of those who have been or are in danger of being exploited. ACRATH needs your help. Support ACRATH’s ...
  • Sydney Woman Found Guilty May 16, 2019
    A NSW District Court Jury has found a Sydney woman guilty on two accounts of intentionally possessing a slave, exercising powers of ownership over a slave and dealing with the proceeds of crime. When giving evidence the two Thai women testified their passports had been taken and not returned till they had paid off a ...
  • A Snapshot of ACRATH Involvement May 10, 2019
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxfLASREimA During the 2019 ACRATH National Conference Sr Louise Cleary csb was interviewed about her association with ACRATH. Louise explains how, after meeting some trafficked persons, she became one of the founding members of ACRATH. Louise goes on to explain her present involvement with ACRATH.
  • Stop Trafficking! May 7, 2019
    The May issue of Stop Trafficking is now available. Download the newsletter to learn more about the forces that make people vulnerable to human trafficking and how organisations use creative means to intervene. Articles include Entrepreneurship: Reaching the Vulnerable, Uzbekistan: Cotton Harvesting, Cobalt: Clean Energy and Abusive Child Labour and Film: The Secret Gardeners. Download ...
  • Actions for May May 7, 2019
    During this month of May let us take time to recall the plight of those who have experienced slavery and exploitation in Australia. From the 1860s thousands of Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland on cotton or sugar plantations, often by force or trickery. The practice became known as blackbirding. ...
  • #whomademyclothes April 23, 2019
    April 24 2019 marks the sixth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. Over 1,100 garment workers lost their lives and many more were maimed for life. Now, 6 years later what has changed? The reality is that many garment workers are still being undervalued and under paid. Workers trying to campaign for a ...
  • WA Events Raise Awareness about Forced Marriage April 17, 2019
    March 12th to 15th 2019 provided four days of events in WA to raise awareness and educate over 300 frontline responders, service organisations, government and non-government organisations, members of the clergy and members of the education community of Perth and beyond. On Tuesday 12th March, 120 members of 61 organisations came together for the WA Inaugural ...
  • First Conviction of Forced Labour April 17, 2019
    A Brisbane couple have been found guilty of the offence of forced labour. This is the first time there has been a conviction for the offence of forced labour in Australia. A jury also found the wife to be guilty of trafficking. The couple forced a Fijian woman to work as their domestic slave for ...
  • Human Trafficking Commercializes the Other April 13, 2019
    Speaking at a  Vatican conference that examined the implementation of the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking on 11th April, Pope Francis described human trafficking as a most dramatic manifestation of commercializing the other. “Those who are guilty of this crime damage not only others, but also themselves. Indeed, each one of us is created to love ...
  • May the Power of the Cocoa Bean Story Continue Long after Easter April 12, 2019
    Champion School – St Thomas More’s Primary School Canberra  Sonja Mingay, School Chaplain at St Thomas More’s Primary School in Canberra, hopes the story of slavery-free chocolate will be remembered long after Easter. Sonja worked with the school community last year and during term 1 to understand the importance of buying ethically sourced chocolate and what ...
  • Are Your Easter Eggs Slavery-free? April 11, 2019
    Still looking to purchase your Easter Eggs for 2019? Did you know that not all eggs are slavery-free? You will enjoy your Easter Eggs even more if you know that the eggs you purchase are free of child slavery and help farmers to earn a living wage. ACRATH and Be Slavery Free have been campaigning for ...
  • Looking for Ethical Fashion? April 11, 2019
    ACRATH welcomes the eagerly awaited 2019 Ethical Fashion Report that has now been released by Baptist World Aid. The Guide grades more than 400 brands on the strength of their systems to reduce the risks of slavery, child labour, exploitation, and environmental degradation in their supply chains. If you want to shop ethically this guide is a must have.  Use ...
  • ACRATH Members Share Wisdom at Conference April 8, 2019
    https://youtu.be/KxuVV-HQcgk Sr Joan Kennedy pbvm, a member of ACRATH in Victoria, was interviewed during the recent ACRATH Annual Conference. She comments on her own involvement in ACRATH and the wisdom that was shared by conference participants. The Conference gave Sr Joan lots of information about what ACRATH is doing throughout Australia to work against human trafficking.
  • April News From ACRATH April 3, 2019
    The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. It contains informative articles about recent ACRATH activities including the ACRATH National Conference and ACRATH’s participation in activities for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action against Human Trafficking held each year on the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. You can also learn how ...
  • Stop Trafficking! April 2, 2019
    In the April issue of Stop Trafficking articles are focused on the issue of housing for survivors of human trafficking and the healing that is needed. Articles include Sheltering & Healing: Victim to Survivor to Thriver, Stages in Effective Healing, Resource Materials: Healing and many more. Download a copy of Stop Trafficking here.
  • Action for April March 31, 2019
    As part of Easter reflections in your parish or community, arrange a reflection time at which people are invited to consider Pope Francis’ words – “It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods!”  What challenge or invitation to life does this offer you? You ...
  • ACRATH Conference Reflections March 30, 2019
    https://youtu.be/dVXjXIxILtk Sr Lynne Crilley reflects on why she became a member of ACRATH and her participation in the 2019 ACRATH National Conference.
  • Migrant Worker Exploitation Unacceptable March 14, 2019
    For many years ACRATH has advocated for migrant workers to have improved access to information about their rights as workers in Australia and for the licencing of labour hire firms as one means of reducing labour exploitation. Exploitation of migrant workers in Australia is not to be tolerated. In 2016 the Federal Government established the Migrant Workers ...
  • Campaign for Justice March 8, 2019
    You are invited to join with ACRATH is seeking justice for 22 workers from Vanuatu who were exploited in Australia. The workers arrived in Australia in July 2014. For seven weeks they worked tirelessly on six farms sometimes receiving only one meal a day. When they were not paid their salaries and asked for their payment ...
  • Action for March March 7, 2019
    International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on 8th March. Women and Girls make up the greater percentage of those who are trafficked. During the month of March you are invited to pray for vulnerable women and girls. The March page of the ACRATH calendar highlights the work of Franciscans International who are working to bring about ...
  • Human Face, Human Impact, Human Stories February 26, 2019
      ACRATH members from across Australia have gathered in Sydney for their annual Conference. The theme for the 2019 conference is Human Face, Human Impact, Human Stories.The conference began with a prayer reflection on the Dignity of the Human Person. ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons, presented the ACRATH Annual Report assisted by the National Executive Officer ...
  • Talitha Kum International Coordination February 20, 2019
    The Talitha Kum International Coordination Committee meeting took place in Rome 11-13 February. The committee comprises the International Coordinator of Talitha Kum, Sr Gabriella Bottani, and six Continent Coordinators. ACRATH member Sr Colleen Jackson attended this meeting as the Oceania Coordinator. An important part of the meeting was preparing for the International Talitha Kum Assembly which ...
  • Dark Figure of Human Trafficking February 20, 2019
    Human Trafficking is an under reported crime therefore it is difficult to compile accurate statistics. The Australian Institute of Criminology has released its latest publication, Estimating the dark figure of human trafficking and slavery victimisation in Australia. A new technique known as multiple systems estimation (MSE) which counts the overlap of victims appearing in different combinations ...
  • Stop Trafficking! February 20, 2019
    The February issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the growth of partnerships aimed at eliminating human trafficking and provides some examples. Articles include The 4th P: Partnership, Interpol Partnerships, Public Private Partnerships and Faith-Based Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking. There is also an article about Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in ...
  • Participating around Australia and Beyond February 11, 2019
    ACRATH members around Australia have participated in events to mark the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. This day is held annually on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudan woman who was sold into slavery at a very young age. On the vigil of the feast ACRATH members ...
  • Pope Francis Invites Prayer for Human Trafficking Victims February 8, 2019
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6zCPq1JHtI During this month of February Pope Francis invites us “to pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.”
  • February Action February 1, 2019
    Easter eggs are already in the shops so now is the time to begin preparing for a slavery-free Easter. As the Modern Slavery Act comes into force in Australia we as consumers need to be aware of whether there is slavery in the supply chain of the goods we purchase. Talk with your friends, work ...
  • Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action January 30, 2019
    Pope Francis has declared the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, which is celebrated each year on 8th February to be the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. St Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of victims of slavery and of Sudan. Australians are being urged to work together, through grass roots ...
  • Pastoral Orientation on Human Trafficking January 18, 2019
    Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking is a new document produced by the Migrant and Refugee office of the Vatican. The Orientations are for use by Catholic dioceses, parishes and religious congregations, schools and universities, by Catholic and other organizations of civil society and by any groups willing to respond. Pope Francis’s insistent teaching on HT provides the foundation for the present ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 14, 2019
    The January 2019 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights helpful websites that provide education and action options around the issue of human trafficking. This Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter also recognises that January is Anti-Trafficking month in the United States. Article include The Internet and Safe Browsing, The Global Reality of Child Labour, Connecting the Dots and Ethical ...
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Day January 10, 2019
    In the United States Human Trafficking Awareness Day is celebrated on 11th January. The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center has prepared a prayer service for this day. Let us unite in praying for an end to human trafficking and slavery in our world. Download a copy of the prayer service here.
  • Together Against Human Trafficking January 10, 2019
    Are you ready to celebrate the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on February 8th? It is not too early to start preparing. The theme for the 2019 celebration is Together Against Human Trafficking. Resources for schools, parishes, organisations and individulas are available on the ACRATH website – click here. Pope Francis established ...
  • Global Report on Trafficking in Persons January 10, 2019
    Mandated by the General Assembly through the 2010 United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons the 2018 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons is the fourth of its kind.  The report is based on trafficking cases detected in 142 countries between 2014 and 2016. The report indicates an increase in the number of ...
  • 5 Anti-slavery Goals for 2019 January 3, 2019
    A recent article published by Reuters says that in order to meet the UN goal of ending human trafficking and slavery by 2019 the world needs to sharpen its focus. The article lists five priorities for the global anti-slavery movement – high tech toolkits, companies living up to their anti-slavery commitments, support for survivors including ...
  • Action to Begin the New Year January 1, 2019
    Welcome to 2019. Why not begin the new year by committing to do something to work against human trafficking. The January page of the ACRATH calendar tells us why some ACRATH members commit themselves to this work. No matter how small or large your contribution to this work you will make a difference. Perhaps you ...
  • Early Support Critical December 31, 2018
    Principles that Underpin Early Support Provision for Survivors of Trafficking, a document recently released by the British Red Cross, the Human Trafficking Foundation, the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group and the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit, affirms the UK Governments decision to establish Places of Safety so that adult victims of trafficking leaving immediate situations of exploitation could be given ...
  • NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner December 21, 2018
    Earlier this year the NSW Government passed the NSW Modern Slavery ACT.  This Act allows for the appointment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner for NSW. ACRATH is delighted to learn that Professor Jennifer Burn, director of Anti-Slavery Australia, has been appointed as the NSW Interim Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Over the years ACRATH has worked closely with Jennifer. ...
  • Donations Keep ACRATH Afloat December 19, 2018
    ACRATH will continue its anti-trafficking programs and advocacy, despite losing $125,000 Federal Government funding in June. Following the funding blow, ACRATH launched a national fundraising campaign and has been overwhelmed with the response. ACRATH’s Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said the organisation is deeply grateful for the support and the generosity of people, especially religious groups, who ...
  • Global Compact for Migration December 15, 2018
    On 10th December, International Human Rights Day, the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, was adopted by the majority of UN member states at the Intergovernmental Conference on Migration in Marrakesh.  The Global Compact marks the enhanced cooperation on international migration in all its dimensions and reiterates the human rights of all migrants. It sets out ...
  • Stop Trafficking! December 15, 2018
    The December issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the vulnerability of those forced to migrate and how nation states influence the outcomes of their journey. Articles include Complexities in the Fight Against Smuggling and Trafficking, Immigrant Women Exploited in Europe, Climate Change and Forced Migration, Modern slavery and Climate Change: the commitment of cities and Criminal ...
  • December Actions December 8, 2018
    Make this a slavery free Christmas! Shop ethically when purchasing Christmas gifts such as chocolates, sporting goods, clothing or other cotton products for family members and friends. Tell at least five other people why you are making choices such as these. The ACRATH calendar December page reminds us that we do have the power to ...
  • Slavery Bill Almost Law November 29, 2018
    Less than twenty four hours after passing the Senate the Modern Slavery Bill has passed the House of Representative. The Bill now awaits assent by the Governor General for it to become law. This is great news for the many members of Parliament, government departments, NGOs and business that have collaborated and advocated for a ...
  • Modern Slavery Bill passes Senate November 28, 2018
    Australia has moved a step closer to having a Modern Slavery ACT. After a period of debate the Modern Slavery Bill was passed in the Senate today. ACRATH congratulates all who have had a part in bringing the bill to this stage. It is hoped the Bill will pass the House of Representative before Parliament ...
  • 16 Days Campaign November 22, 2018
    Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2018 is: Together we can end Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work The campaign looks at ...
  • Health Services to Focus on Human Trafficking November 16, 2018
    Many of Australia’s largest Catholic health care providers will gather across three cities on Monday to hear how they can slavery-proof their supply chains and better treat people who have been trafficked. St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) joined forces last year in a groundbreaking project to change ...
  • Call for Effective Action Against Slavery November 16, 2018
    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York on Nov. 9 addressed a conference on “Practical Solutions to Eradicate Human Trafficking”. In his statement the Archbishop reaffirmed the Church’s commitment to fight the scourge of human trafficking and slavery. This commitment involves tackling the drivers that fuel the scourge ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Work of Religious Congregations November 15, 2018
    The involvement of Catholic Religious Congregations in anti-trafficking work has been highlighted in a report by the Arise Foundation recently launched in London. The research shows that Religious Congregations have not allowed their changing demographic to prevent them from contributing in important ways to the antislavery movement. During the launch of the study Sr Jane Maltby ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 15, 2018
    The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! examines the relationship between cobalt mining abuses to the demand for cobalt in green energy uses. Articles include: Electric Cars, Smartphones and Slave Labour, The Cobalt Supply Chain, The Cobalt Industry Must Become and Advocate for its Workers and Advocacy for Children Trapped in Labour Trafficking.  Download the November 2018 ...
  • Using Nobel Peace Prize to Fight Trafficking November 9, 2018
    At age 19, Nadia Murad was kidnapped from her home in Kojo, a village in the Sinjar region of Iraq, and held hostage by the Islamic State. During that attack, militant fighters killed over 3,000 people Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq. Nadia’s mother and six of her brothers were among those killed, and though Naia ...
  • Talitha Kum Launches New Logo November 9, 2018
    Established in 2009, Talitha Kum is the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. The new logo returns to the figure of the hand poised to ‘#end human trafficking’ as a symbol of life and network-based commitment worldwide. According to Sr. Gabriella Bottani, Talitha Kum International Coordinator: “The new logo perfectly synthesizes our history and ...
  • ACRATH celebrates Opening of WA Office November 2, 2018
    It was a very joyous occasion when members of ACRATH in Western Australia gathered for the opening of the ACRATH office. Situated within the Newman Siena Centre in Doubleview the office space has been made available by the Archdiocese of Perth and will be staffed by ACRATH volunteers. ACRATH member Rosa Ranieri welcomed about 35 guests who ...
  • November Activity October 31, 2018
    You have the power to help bring about an end to human trafficking and slavery. As consumers we make choices. Become informed about the existence of slavery in the supply chain of various products so that you can make ethical consumer choices. Behind the Barcode, a resource from Baptist World Aid, can assist you in this regard. During ...
  • Follow the Money October 31, 2018
    According to the ILO (International Labour Organization) slavery generates $150 billion profit each year. Traffickers illegally launder illicit gains, take advantage of informal banking systems and benefit when investors unknowingly back companies that profit from slavery in their supply chains. On the other hand people with limited access to cash and credit become vulnerable to human ...
  • ACRATH Office Opens in WA October 29, 2018
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) will open an office in Perth on October 29 to further its work nationally. The office has been provided by the Archdiocese of Perth and will be staffed by ACRATH volunteers.  ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, said “ACRATH’s anti-trafficking work, particularly our work to eliminate forced ...
  • Wage Theft in Silence October 29, 2018
    The recently released report, Wage Theft In Silence: Why Migrant Workers Do Not Recover Their Unpaid Wages in Australia, reveals that although most migrant workers are paid well below minimum wage, the overwhelming majority endure wage theft in silence. The report draws on responses of 4,322 international students, backpackers and other temporary migrant workers, who participated in ...
  • With Her: A Skilled Girl Force October 11, 2018
    Celebrated each year on 11th October the International Day of the Girl Child aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The theme for this day in 2018 is With Her: A Skilled Girl Force. When young girls are educated and ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 10, 2018
    The October 2018 (Vol.16 No.10) issue of Stop Trafficking! is now available. This issue highlights how financial institutions, hospitals, hotels/motels and housing needs both foster and prevent human trafficking. Articles include The Human Trafficking-Business Connection, Red Flags of Trafficking Within the Financial Services Industries and Use of Shelters, Hotels and Other Housing. Download your copy ...
  • October Action October 4, 2018
    During the month of October we observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Given that poverty makes millions of people vulnerable to being exploited and trafficked, organize a letter-writing campaign asking federal politicians to increase rather than cut Australia’s aid to impoverished nations. This month the ACRATH calendar invites us to speak out ...
  • Determined to End Slavery September 26, 2018
    Australia’s Foreign Minister, Senator Marise Payne, spoke of Australia’s determination to end modern slavery at the Stepping Up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking event at the United Nations in New York. Senator Payne commented on Australia’s history of working domestically and internationally to end human trafficking and slavery. At the same ...
  • Modern Slavery Bill Progresses September 25, 2018
    The Australian Parliament is currently considering a Modern Slavery Bill. On Tuesday 18th September the Bill was passed in the House of Representatives. To mark this event the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator Linda Reynolds has released a statement which can be accessed here. The Bill will now be debated in the Senate. While ACRATH ...
  • Impact of Modern Slavery on Women September 17, 2018
    Ms. Urmila Bhoola, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, recently presented a report to the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council. In her report she spoke of the impact of slavery and servitude on marginalized migrant women workers in the global domestic economy and the responsibility that States have to protect these women. She ...
  • 2019 ACRATH Calendar September 10, 2018
    The 2019 ACRATH Calendar is now available for purchase. The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, creates awareness of human trafficking, globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2019 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work of a range of organisations worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s work Provide ...
  • Campaign re Modern Slavery Bill September 10, 2018
    Modern Slavery legislation is currently before the Australian Parliament. ACRATH is keen for the Modern Slavery Bill to be enacted but believes it is important that the legislation be amended to include provision for an independent statutory officer. You can play a part in supporting this legislation. Write to the Senators in your state asking ...
  • Stop Trafficking September 10, 2018
    The September issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights several reports that describe the complexities of human trafficking and all the remedies needed. Articles include Advocates Report, Exploitation: a Theme Through Life, Legal, Yet Trafficked and Seeking Justice just to mention a few. Download your copy of Stop Trafficking here.
  • September Action September 3, 2018
    Did you know that forced marriage is an issue in Australia? While reliable statistics do not exist, it is believed one case is reported to Australian Federal Police every week. The September page of the 2018 ACRATH calendar highlights the ACRATH forced marriage education resource – My Rights, My Future forced marriage. For more information contact [email protected] ...
  • Where Do Odd Socks Go? August 25, 2018
    Have you ever wondered where do odd socks go? Yvonne has for most of her life. So much so, she’s written a 36-page book for 5 to 10-year-olds, Where Do Odd Socks Go?  Yvonne draws on her experience as a human rights advocate and a carer for troubled youth to take kids on a journey ...
  • Senate Reports on Modern Slavery Bill Inquiry August 24, 2018
    Over recent weeks the Senate Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee has conducted an inquiry regarding the Modern Slavery Bill that was introduced into the Australian Parliament in June 2018. The report of this inquiry has now been released. It contains six recommendations. ACRATH is delighted to see the report recommends that an independent statutory officer be ...
  • Help for Filipino people forced into labour in Australia August 24, 2018
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) is running a campaign in several community languages, including Tagalog, across Australia to alert workers to action they can take if they are being seriously exploited at work. The Radio and Print Project (RAPP) is focussing on the Filipino, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities to support people who ...
  • Canberra Advocacy Report August 21, 2018
    ACRATH’s week of advocacy in the Australian Parliament in 2018 saw a team of 14 ACRATH members and colleagues in Canberra to advocate for improved approaches to combatting human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking and slavery-like practices, and forced marriage. Several weeks of preparation at ACRATH’s office preceded the team’s arrival in Canberra for an afternoon of orientation, preparation ...
  • ACRATH Advocacy Begins in Parliament August 13, 2018
    The ACRATH Advocacy Team has begun meeting with members of Federal Parliament. As we do this work we are conscious that we have the privilege and responsibility to speak on behalf of those who do not have a voice. ACRATH is grateful to the members of Parliament who have accepted to meet with us. We ...
  • Denounce the Injustice of this Shameful Crime August 11, 2018
    Pope Francis continues to speak out against the plague of human trafficking. During his Angelus message the day prior to the International Day Against Trafficking in Persons he said: “Dear brothers and sisters, tomorrow is the UN-sponsored World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This plague reduces many men, women and children to slavery for the purposes ...
  • ACRATH Advocating in Federal Parliament August 9, 2018
    An ACRATH team of fourteen will be walking the halls of Federal Parliament 13-16th August. In their meetings with members of Parliament they will be advocating around three issues: support for the passage of the Modern Slavery Bill through Parliament while at the same time recommending inclusions, in particular the appointment of an independent anti-slavery commissioner establishment ...
  • Stop Trafficking! August 7, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 8 The role money plays in various types of human trafficking and in efforts to find perpetrators is the theme of the latest issue of Stop Trafficking! Issues such as adoption fraud, orphan fraud, labour exploitation in private prisons and elder guardianship abuse are highlighted. Download your copy of Stop Trafficking! ...
  • ACRATH Loses Government Funding July 30, 2018
    National Fund-raising Appeal ACRATH has launched a national fund-raising appeal after today’s announcement from the Federal Government revealed that it would not be funding ACRATH this year. ACRATH’s $125,000 one-year grant from the Federal Government ran out on June 30 2018. We need your help now, more than ever, to continue our vital work to end human trafficking and modern day slavery.  To ...
  • Responding to the Trafficking of Children and Young People July 30, 2018
    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons This year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen ‘responding to the trafficking of children and young people‘ as the theme for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This theme highlights the fact that almost a third of trafficking victims are children. The theme draws attention ...
  • Inherent Dignity July 26, 2018
    Guidebook to Prevent Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation “Inherent Dignity”, an advocacy guidebook to preventing trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and to realising the human rights of women and girls throughout their lives has been launched by Mercy International Association: Mercy Global Action at the UN (MIA-MGA). The guidebook was born from extensive research which exposed ...
  • Labour Migration and Trafficking July 23, 2018
    Humanitarian Consequences The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva,  recently released a report entitled Addressing the Humanitarian Consequences of Labour Migration and Trafficking. The report states that” globally, 56% of all migrant workers are men and 44% are women. Currently, one in every five migrant workers in the world is in the Asia Pacific ...
  • Suggested Action for the Month of July July 9, 2018
    Donate Today Human trafficking and slavery happens in our world and yes, even in Australia. As we approach the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30 July you are asked to consider making a donation to ACRATH and so join the fight to end this evil crime. With your donation ACRATH can: work to eliminate human ...
  • Root Causes of Human Trafficking July 5, 2018
    Global Sisters Report interviews Sr Angela Reed rsm Australian Mercy Sr. Angela Reed represents Mercy International Association / Mercy Global Action at the United Nations. As Mercy International Association’s global action coordinator, Reed oversees her congregation’s advocacy work at the global body, with a particular focus on the trafficking of women and girls. Angela is also ...
  • Stop Trafficking! July 5, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 7 The July 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights information contained in the 2018 Trafficking in Persons(TIP) report issued by the US State Department. Articles in this issue include Child Institutionalization and Human Trafficking, How Governments Address Domestic Servitude in Diplomatic Households, Victim Stories and TIP Heroes. Read more…
  • 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report June 30, 2018
    Modern Slavery Has No Place in the World In releasing the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report US Secretary of State, Michael R Pompeo said: “Modern slavery has no place in the world, and I intend to ensure, through diplomatic engagement and increased action, that the United States government’s leadership in combating this global threat is sustained ...
  • Modern Slavery Bill 2018 June 29, 2018
    Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement A bill aimed at reducing the risk of goods and services in Australia being tainted by slavery has been introduced into the Australian Parliament. If passed 3,000 large companies and other entities will be required to publish annual public statements on their actions to address modern slavery in their supply chains and operations. ...
  • Challenges in the Identification, Referral and Protection of Victims June 24, 2018
    UN Special Rapporteur Reports to UN Human Rights Council UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, recently delivered a report to the UN Human Rights Council. Her report raises an alarm about the fact that results have been very modest regarding identification and assistance of trafficking victims and potential victims ...
  • Why No Prosecutions? June 23, 2018
    Victims Reluctant to Come Forward Forced Marriage became a criminal offence in March 2013 but to date there have been no prosecutions despite 230 cases being referred to the Australian Federal Police. At the recent inaugural conference on forced marriage participants from Australia and beyond considered the reasons for this situation. Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery ...
  • Curbing Human Slavery June 23, 2018
    Human Slavery Exists in Australia Eureka Street consulting editor, Fatima Measham, recently spoke with ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, about the existence of human trafficking and slavery in Australia. In the interview Christine speaks about the origins and work of ACRATH. She outlines examples of slavery and exploitation present in Australia, our complicity through our consumer choices ...
  • Students Could Not Remain Silent June 19, 2018
    Benefit Concert to Support ACRATH Students from Genazzano FCJ College in Kew, Melbourne, put their talents on show recently to help raise money for ACRATH. Several members of ACRATH were among the audience at the recent 7th Annual ACRATH Benefit Concert held at the College. A welcome by Ms Karen Jebb, Principal of the College, followed by ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 18, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 6 The June issue of Stop Trafficking! is now available. It highlights the trauma suffered by victims of sexual exploitation and  the issues involved in their treatment and healing. Articles include Trauma & treatment, Biderman’s chart of coercion, Trauma coerced bonding and Interventions for Traumatized children. Download the June issue of ...
  • When Saying No I Not an Option June 17, 2018
    Forced Marriage in Australia and New Zealand The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a research paper entitled When saying no is not an option: Forced marriage in Australia and New Zealand.  In  a media statement releasing the report the Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Alex Hawke MP, said “This report is the first of its kind ...
  • ACRATH Needs your Help June 12, 2018
    World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Appeal ACRATH has today launched its fundraising appeal and hopes to raise more than $100,000 in the lead up to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. The money will help ACRATH maintain vital programs to combat human trafficking, especially forced marriage and forced labour. While you are reading ...
  • Help for people in forced labour in Australia June 6, 2018
    ACRATH Radio & Print Project ACRATH is running a campaign in several community languages across Australia to alert workers to action they can take if they are being seriously exploited at work. The Radio and Print Project (RAPP) is focussing on the Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese communities to support people who may not know what services are ...
  • Suggested Action for the Month Of June June 5, 2018
    Accessing Human Rights for the Vulnerable The ACRATH calendar page for the month of June informs us of the struggles that some people who have been trafficked into Australia experience. Unable to meet the criteria for government funded support services, their experience of trauma and vulnerability is exacerbated. They rely on NGOs such as ACRATH to ...
  • Forced Marriage put on the Agenda in Toowoomba June 5, 2018
    Learning about this Assault on Human Dignity A series of events in Toowoomba has created awareness of the risk of forced marriage of young women and provided support for people in how best to respond. The Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba organised the visit by Liz Payne, a forced marriage expert with ACRATH who facilitated the ...
  • Government Response to Modern Slavery May 10, 2018
    Announcement from Minister Alex Hawke MP Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Minister Alex Hawke MP, has announced that the Government will be introducing legislation into Parliament by mid June to establish a Modern Slavery Act. The Act will require more than 3,000 large corporations and other entities to publish annual public statements on their actions to address ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 8, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 5 The May 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights how vulnerability among children leads to exploitation and sex trafficking. Articles include Girls – Parental Hurt, Boys – Silent Victims, Unidentified Children Online, Educating Children about Trafficking and Marriott Hotels Train Staff. Download your copy of Stop Trafficking! here.
  • ACRATH’s Thai Banquet May 3, 2018
    Event to Support the Goals of ACRATH At Seton Catholic College on Friday 6th, ACRATH members in Western Australia recently hosted a Thai banquet. The event held at Seton Catholic College was attended by 130 guests. Proceeds of the evening will be used to further ACRATH’s goal to eliminate all forms of human trafficking in sexual exploitation ...
  • ACRATH News May 2, 2018
    ACRATH Newsletter May 2018 The latest ACRATH Newsletter is now available. This issue focuses on Just Work, celebrations for the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita 2018, a counter trafficking working group starting in Melbourne and a fundraising event in Western Australia Download your copy here. If you would like to have the ACRATH Newsletter delivered to your ...
  • Suggested Action for the Month of May April 30, 2018
    You Too Have the Ability to End Slavery For the month of May the ACRATH calendar highlights the work done by ACRATH members in offering companionship to people who have been trafficked into Australia. Perhaps you are wondering what you can do to help. One simple action is to review whether your parish/school/workplace staffroom serves only ethically ...
  • Supporting Human Dignity April 27, 2018
    In Solidarity to Alleviate Poverty “I have come that all may have life and have it to the full.” ACRATH takes as its mission statement these words of Jesus recorded in John’s gospel. While people are living in poverty and unable to access their human rights they are unable to experience fullness of life. They are also ...
  • ACRATH Recognised for Catholic Social Innovation April 25, 2018
    Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis The largest humanitarian crisis on record is underway today – more people are displaced now than at any time in our history, with nearly 20 people displaced every minute. Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), the leading Catholic philanthropic network in the United States, has just completed a global ...
  • April Action to Eliminate Human Trafficking April 20, 2018
    ACRATH Calendar and Prayer Reflection for April During the month of April the ACRATH Calendar invites us to reflect on the face of human trafficking and slavery in Australia. While we are in the season of Easter the ACRATH prayer brochure encourages us to consider the words of Pope France: “It is not possible to remain indifferent ...
  • Resource for Parishes, schools & Community Groups April 20, 2018
    Helping to Eliminate Human Trafficking and Slavery Have you ever wondered what you can do to help in the fight against human trafficking and Slavery? ACRATH has developed a resource for Communities, Parishes, Schools and Social Justice groups. This resource will help groups and individuals to integrate into their yearly programs awareness raising, prayer and action to ...
  • 2018 Ethical Fashion Guide April 18, 2018
    End Worker Exploitation The 5th edition of the Ethical Fashion Report has been published by Baptist World Aid. The grades awarded by the Ethical Fashion Report are a measure of the efforts undertaken by each company to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains. Each company’s labour rights ...
  • Be the Voice of the Voiceless April 17, 2018
    Defend Victims of Modern Slavery While in Western Australia sharing some of his experiences of missionary work in Taiwan, Columban priest Fr Peter O’Neill SSC told his audience that the Church needs to “show the love of Christ towards migrants and defend those who are victims of human trafficking. We have to be the voice of ...
  • Enjoying Darrell Lea Chocolate April 16, 2018
    Thank You Darrell Lea When Victorian ACRATH members gathered recently for their monthly meeting they delighted in the recent announcement from Darrell Lea that they are committed to sourcing their cocoa from sustainable sources. ACRATH has been engaged in campaigning for this issue for many years. We strive to use our consumer choices to send a ...
  • Eliminate Slavery in Supply Chains April 11, 2018
    Br Shane cfc reflects on the ACRATH National Conference sessions about Supply Chain issues. ACRATH partners with other organisations advocating for slavery-free supply chains.
  • Thank You Darrell Lea April 8, 2018
    Commitment to use Sustainable Cocoa The news that the board of Darrell Lea unanimously voted to source  sustainable cocoa is cause for great joy and celebration. The company is now in the process of selecting a Certification Body and endeavouring to achieve 100% sustainable cocoa procurement within the next 12 months. In collaboration with STOP THE TRAFFIK, ACRATH ...
  • Stop Trafficking! April 8, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 4 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! considers the issue of sexual exploitation. A copy of the April 2018 issue can be downloaded here.
  • A Matter of Taste April 4, 2018
    Report on Chocolate ‘A Matter of Taste’ examines how three different supply chain actors within the chocolate industry – certification bodies, chocolate manufacturers and cocoa production companies – are attempting to address the issue of child labour, worst forms of child labour and human trafficking on cocoa farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. It explores what ...
  • Eliminate Labour Exploitation March 27, 2018
    Working Group Prepares Recommendations The National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Labour Exploitation Working Group was set up in 2016 to develop recommendations for Government’s consideration on measures to address serious forms of labour exploitation in Australia. The group comprised representative of Government agencies and civil society. ACRATH was a member of this working group. Having considered ...
  • Sydney Teachers Learn to Combat Slavery March 19, 2018
    Human Trafficking In-Service Teachers from Catholic secondary schools will take an important step forward in the move to slavery-proof supply chains of goods and services in the Sydney Archdiocese. The teachers are participating in a human trafficking in-service run by ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). ACRATH president Sr Noelene Simmons sm will run the ...
  • Raise Awareness by Talking about Human Trafficking March 18, 2018
    In reflecting on her experience of being part of the 2018 ACRATH National Conference, Marinella highlights the importance of raising awareness about human trafficking, especially with those who may be in a position to do something about it.
  • Stop Trafficking! March 18, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 3 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the hidden slavery among fishers at sea and the effort of human rights groups to expose and correct the abuse. Articles include Slavery at sea, How slave labor feeds the seafood supply chain, Reports exposing slavery at sea and Seafood slavery’risk tool’. Download ...
  • Choose Slavery-Free this Easter March 14, 2018
    How Do I know Which Easter Egg to Purchase? For many years now ACRATH has joined with STOP THE TRAFFIK in asking chocolate companies to place certification labels on their products as a message to consumers that steps have been taken to address child labour and trafficking in their supply chains and for that certification to ...
  • ACRATH Conference Inspires Action March 14, 2018
    Planning On-Going Action The recent ACRATH National Conference held in Sydney had as its theme Working to Eliminate Human Trafficking: Reclaiming the Vision; Planning On-going Action. Participants appreciated the opportunity to deepen their understanding about issues such as Forced Marriage, Forced Labour and Slavery in Supply Chains, and to reflect on action that might be taken ...
  • Prevent Forced Marriage March 12, 2018
    After attending the 2018 ACRATH Conference session on Forced Marriage Fr Ray suggests a way to offer support to women who have been forced into a marriage or who may be fearful of this happening.
  • ACRATH Event in Western Australia March 12, 2018
    Thai Banquet ACRATH is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking and slavery in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and globally. Please join them for a Thai Banquet to raise funds to assist this work. 7pm | 6th April 2018 | Seton College Gymnasium Tickets can be obtained at https://www.trybooking.com/UKXX. Limited seats available at the door. For further ...
  • Celebrating International Womens Day March 8, 2018
    #PressforProgress International Womens Day is a significant event on the ACRATH calendar. On this day we join with others in pressing for progress. In the 2017 report of the UN Secretary General on the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, António Guterres indicated “gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities.” ACRATH ...
  • #TimeisNow March 8, 2018
    International Women’s Day 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXCnHvQzoOU Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In his message for International Women’s Day 2018 UN Secretary General, António Guterres, states “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights ...
  • Learning About Forced Marriage March 7, 2018
    ? A member of ANZRATH (Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) was present at the ACRATH National Conference in February 2018. Sr Adrienne shared her thoughts following on from the session on forced marriage.
  • Working to Eliminate Human Trafficking February 28, 2018
    Reclaiming the Vision ACRATH members from across Australia have gathered in Baulkham Hills for their annual conference. The theme of the 2018 conference is working to Eliminate Human Trafficking: Reclaiming the Vision; Planning On-going Action. The conference opened with ACRATH President Sr Noelene Simmons delivering the ACRATH Annual Report. The remainder of the conference will focus ...
  • Stop Trafficking! February 22, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 2 The February 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights recent reports that shed light on the complexities of human trafficking. Articles include Examining the complexities that drive human trafficking, Confronting root causes: Forced Labour in Global Supply chains, and Global Estimates of Modern Slavery Report – and a critique . ...
  • Workers on the Move: the Quest for Social Justice February 21, 2018
    World Social Justice Day The United Nations General Assembly recognizes that social development and social justice are indispensable for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security within and among nations and that it cannot be attained in the absence of respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms. On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly ...
  • Santa Marta Group Meets February 19, 2018
    Church and Law Enforcement Collaborate The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis, to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. The fifth international Santa Marta conference took place at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences from 8 – ...
  • Greater Access to Support February 15, 2018
    Minister Announces  Enhanced Support for Victims of  Forced Marriage ACRATH is delighted with the news that, for a trial period of twelve months, victims of forced marriage in Australia will be able to access support from the Support for Trafficked People Program for 200 days (formerly only  90 days were possible). In making this announcement Assistant ...
  • Feastday Highlights Realities of Modern Slavery February 8, 2018
    Bishops and ACRATH Release Media Statement The Catholic Church in Australia and around the world will recommit to fighting slavery and human trafficking in the coming days as it celebrates the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Pope Francis, who has continued the papal tradition of clear denunciation of human trafficking and slavery, has designated February 8 as a day ...
  • Slavery Free Easter Chocolate February 5, 2018
    Is Your Easter Egg Slavery Free? In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Thousands of children in West Africa pick cocoa beans that are used in chocolate production. Most of the children don’t know what the cocoa beans are ...
  • Celebrate St Josephine Bakhita February 1, 2018
    World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking Communities throughout the world are preparing to celebrate the World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking which is held each year on 8th February, the feastday of St Josephine Bakhita. If you live in Sydney or Melbourne you might like to attend a Mass to celebrate and reflect on the ...
  • Stronger Action Needed January 29, 2018
    Anti-Slavery Commissioner Contacts 25 FTSE 100 Firms UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, has contacted 25 FTSE 100 firms concerning their failure to meeting reporting requirement of the UK Modern Slavery Act. Hyland said: “Despite some encouraging, positive change since the legislation came into force, 2016’s corporate modern slavery statements were patchy in quality, with some companies failing to ...
  • 2018 World Day of Prayer January 12, 2018
    Migration Without Trafficking The theme for the 2018 World Day of Prayer and Action Against Human Trafficking is Migration without Trafficking. The day is observed on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Josephine was sold into slavery as a very young child. After gaining her freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and ...
  • Women Thrive SDG5 Toolbox January 10, 2018
    Achieve Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls The 17 Sustainable Development Goals includes one goal on gender equality. Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls – has nine targets, one of which aims to “eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual ...
  • Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking January 8, 2018
    Evidence from Mediterranean Routes On 21 december IOM (International Organization for Migration) issued a report on “Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Evidence from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Migration Routes”. The report. In this unprecedented time of mass migration one in seven people is a migrant. For some migrants the path they must take in ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 7, 2018
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 16 No 1 January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is the US. The January 2018 issue of Stop Trafficking! provides education materials to be used during this month. Articles include What is Human Trafficking, Forced Labour on Fishing Vessels, Tackling Forced Labour in Company Supply Chains and Forced Labour as ...
  • Christmas Wishes December 24, 2017
  • Domestic Slavery December 24, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctyoth2o98w&t=5s The 2017 Trafficking in Person Report commented on the existence of domestic servitude in Australia. This YouTube clip from Freedom United outlines why domestic workers can be vulnerable and the signs of domestic slavery.
  • Economic Impacts of Child Marriage December 24, 2017
    Negative Impacts on Girls, their Children, Families, Communities and Nations Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals has as one of its targets to “eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.” A recent study suggests that many countries have begun to adopt strategies to end the practice and investments are ...
  • Hidden in Plain Sight December 11, 2017
    A Modern Slavery Act for Australia? Throughout 2017 the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade conducted an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act similar to the one in the UK. After receiving 225 submissions, holding 10 public hearing and extensive consultation with civil ...
  • Migration Without Trafficking December 5, 2017
    Global Compacts & Human Trafficking Fr. Michael Czerny is Undersecretary of the Migrant and Refugee Section of the Holy See. He was recently interviewed about the significance of the theme, Migration Global impacts and the proposals of the Church with regard to the Migration and Trafficking.
  • Stop Trafficking December 3, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 11 The December issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the vulnerability of children especially in the travel and tourism industries. Articles include Travel & Tourism…& Trafficking, Exploitation of Children by Tourists, Efforts to Prevent Human Trafficking in the Tourism Industry and Leaders Unite to Stop Global Sexual Exploitation of Children through ...
  • Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate November 30, 2017
    Protect the Dignity, Human Rights and Freedom of All The Vatican’s Migrants & Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development  is a small action-oriented Vatican office personally directed by Pope Francis. This office has released a set of 20 Pastoral Action Points and 20 Action Points for the Global Compacts, providing concrete leads for implementing the four actions ...
  • Confront the Roots of Slavery November 29, 2017
    Holy See Intervention During Security Council Open Debate On November 21 H. E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave an intervention during Security Council Open Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations.” He called on the international community to work towards the ...
  • Temporary Migrant Workers in Australia November 29, 2017
    Survey Exposes Exploitation Research conducted by the University of NSW and The University of Technology Sydney found that 30 per cent of temporary migrant workers in Australia earn $12 an hour or less, while fruit and vegetable pickers, petrol station attendants, car washers and child-care workers routinely suffered wage theft. The National Temporary Migrant Work Survey is ...
  • We Are Part of the Problem November 29, 2017
     Buying Good and Services is a Moral Choice In an article recently written by ACRATH member Sr Margaret Ng, we are reminded that because of our consumer habits we are part of the problem when it comes to the existence of slavery in our world today. We are constantly demanding cheaper goods and service. She challenges us ...
  • Leave No One Behind November 25, 2017
    End Violence Against Women The International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women is celebrated each year on 25th November. The theme of this day for 2017 is Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Children. In a recent report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, stated: “Gender inequality persists ...
  • Uzbekistan Cotton Update November 23, 2017
    Decline in the Use of Forced Labour Over a number of years ACRATH has joined with other organisation in campaigning against the use of child and forced labour in the Uzbekistan Cotton Industry. It seems our efforts are bearing fruit. Human Rights Watch has reported: “President Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed forced labor in his speech to the UN ...
  • Women Judges and Prosecutors Meet in the Vatican November 21, 2017
    Vatican Summit Shares Best Practices https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBeEKFhztIE Women judges and prosecutors from all around the world recently met for two days in the Vatican to discuss the dangers of organized crime and combat the modern slavery of the 21st century, human trafficking. The Summit was organised by the Pontifical Academy of Science. Participants valued the opportunity to meet and learn from each other. ...
  • What She Makes October 30, 2017
    OXFAM Campaign for a Fair Wage for Garment Workers https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=WfVWt3Z1d3g Did you know the women who make our clothes aren’t paid enough to escape poverty. No matter how hard they work, they can’t afford basic food and shelter for their families — wages are just too low. A life of poverty can leave people vulnerable to human trafficking ...
  • NSW Inquiry into Human Trafficking October 30, 2017
    Report Tabled in NSW Parliament Throughout 2017 the NSW Government has been conducting an inquiry into human trafficking. Following a call for submissions, public hearings were conducted. On 19th October the Inquiry Committee tabled the report of its finding in the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament. A copy of the report along with submissions, transcripts of ...
  • 16Days October 28, 2017
    Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The theme for this event in 2017 is: Together we can end Gender Based Violence in Education The campaign looks at the ...
  • ACRATH News October 24, 2017
    ACRATH Newsletter October 2017 The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. This issue gives an update regarding the campaign for a Modern Slavery Act. ACRATH has been very active in this campaign. Join the Campaign You are invited to join with ACRATH in advocating for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. Page 1 of the ACRATH ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2018 October 12, 2017
    2018 Calendars Now Available The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2018 edition continues to: promote awareness of human trafficking issues promote ACRATH and its work showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations, worldwide and within Australia fundraise for ACRATH’s work provide ...
  • EmPOWER Girls: Emergency Response and Resilience Planning October 10, 2017
    International Day of the Girl Child https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=66&v=QYhw_TXSAL0 The International Day of the Girl Child aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human right. The 2017 theme for this event – EmPOWER girls: emergency response and resilience planning – aims to draw attention to the ...
  • Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism October 10, 2017
    Reviewing Australian Legislation The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism. In particular the inquiry is investigating the offence of Organ Trafficking under division 271 of the Criminal Code and whether it would be practicable or desirable for: this offence to have extraterritorial application; and Australia ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 7, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 10 The October 2017 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the role of the legal profession and law in stemming human trafficking. Articles in this issue include Pro bono lawyers fight for trafficked persons, Child marriage, Tahirih Justice Centre and Business law and social responsibility. Download a copy of the October issue ...
  • Contemporary Slavery – Causes and Consequences September 25, 2017
    UN Special Rapporteur Reports to Human Rights Council Urmila Bhoola, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, has presented her report to the thirty-sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council. In the report she comments on the challenges and obstacles encountered by persons subjected to contemporary forms of slavery to access justice and remedies. She spoke ...
  • Making a Difference September 23, 2017
    Iona Presentation College Supports ACRATH Iona Presentation College recently celebrated MAD (Making a Difference) Week, an initiative introduced by the Student Leadership Council (SLC) to promote ways that the Iona girls can get involved in helping others less fortunate than themselves. The college’s core value for 2017 was Social Justice and MAD week was centred on this ...
  • Stop Trafficking! September 23, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 9 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights how men’s growing addition to pornography is fueling human trafficking. Human trafficking and the role of men, The role of demand, Who is Buying sex and Sex addiction and the internet are just some of the article in the September issue of ...
  • Team ACRATH 2017 in Canberra September 15, 2017
    58 Meetings held in 4 Days An energetic team of 8 ACRATH members recently walked the Halls of Parliament. during their meetings with members of Parliament they raised issued concerning forced marriage, a modern slavery act for Australia and funding for Anti human trafficking NGOs. The ACRATH team was heartened by the level of engagement they ...
  • ACRATH in Parliament September 3, 2017
    Speaking for the Vulnerable ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) members from WA, NSW and Victoria, will walk the halls of Parliament House for four days this week (September 4-7), urging MPs to do more to combat human trafficking in Australia. It is the 12th year the ACRATH members have taken the case to politicians ...
  • Breaking the Bonds of Human Trafficking and Slavery August 25, 2017
    Faith Groups lead the Fight Many people think that slavery is a thing of the past. Sadly this is not so. Faith groups in Australia have taken up the challenge to fight against human trafficking and slavery and to reach out to those who have been affected by this crime. A recent article written by Siobhan ...
  • Modern Slavery and Global Supply Chains August 25, 2017
    Government Committee Releases Interim Report Having received submission and held a number of public hearings the interim report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia has been released this week. The report recommends that the Australian Government consider in-principle support for the development of a Modern ...
  • Businesses to Report Slavery in Supply Chains August 16, 2017
    Proposed New Legislation The Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has announced that legislation will be introduced into Parliament requiring large Australian companies to report annually on measures they are taking to combat modern slavery in their supply chains. In the media statement Minister Keenan states: “The proposed reporting requirement will ensure large businesses and other entities ...
  • Stop Trafficking! August 14, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 8 The August issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the trafficking of homeless youth. Articles include The WEB that is human trafficking, Homeless youth in the United States, How are homeless youth affected and A protective response model for youth intervention.Download you copy of Stop Trafficking! here.
  • ACRATH Advocates for Modern Slavery Act August 2, 2017
    Public Hearing in Melbourne The Federal Government Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act. To provide a submission for this inquiry ACRATH partnered with The Freedom Partnership, the Justice and International Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia Victoria and Tasmania ...
  • Minister Announces Anti-Trafficking Funding July 30, 2017
     Marking the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons In a media release to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has announced the Federal Government is committing “$500,000 to four Australian Civil Society organisations for projects to prevent and deter these deplorable crimes. The specialist organisations include the Salvation Army, ...
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 29, 2017
    Join the Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking The United Nations has declared 30th July to be the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. To mark this day Talitha Kum (International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons) has released a declaration. Down load the Talitha Kum declaration here. ACRATH is a member of Taitha Kum. We urge ...
  • ACRATH National Committee July 24, 2017
    ACRATH Committee Meets in Melbourne For two days in July the ACRATH National Committee met in Melbourne. With gratitude for the past and hope in the future set the atmosphere for the two day meeting. As June 30, 2017 had marked the end of a three year strategic plan the meeting provided an opportunity to reflect ...
  • Human Trafficking, Slavery and Slavery-like Practices Inquiry July 24, 2017
    Law Enforcement Committee Releases Report In December 2015, the Parliament of Australia Joint Committee on Law Enforcement initiated an inquiry into human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. Having received submission and conducted public hearings in Sydney Melbourne and Canberra the Committee has released a report on their finding. The report contains 20 recommendations. ACRATH wrote a submission ...
  • Stop Trafficking! July 12, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 7 The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released by the  US State Department recently. The July issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights some of the issues raised in this report. It also profiles some of the 2017 TIP heroes named when the report was released.  Download your copy of the July ...
  • ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign July 9, 2017
    ACRATH Needs your Help ACRATH has launched a fundraising campaign following the end of Federal Government funding on June 30 2017.  While ACRATH, and several other organisations, have been invited to apply for funding as part of a competitive grants program, we have no guarantee of success. ACRATH needs to secure funding now and so we have ...
  • Big Picture, Big Task July 5, 2017
    Ending Slavery Slavery is the world’s second largest fastest growing illegal crime and it touches us every day – through food we eat, clothes we wear and products we purchase. There is a global movement to end it. International advocate against slavery, Matt Friedman, is coming to Australia and will speak on the breadth and range of human ...
  • 2017 TIP Report June 30, 2017
    Human Trafficking is Global in Scope Us Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, launched the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report in New York on 27th June. In addressing readers of the report Tillerson states, “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 30, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 6 The June issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights various reports that help the reader realise the complexities of human trafficking. Articles include What does human trafficking look like inn the US, Fashion makes me uncomfortable, How state courts can assist trafficked victims and How the hospitality sector can assist the exploited. Access ...
  • Risks Faced by Domestic Workers June 17, 2017
    Do You Know the Difference Between Domestic Work and Slavery? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctyoth2o98w
  • Remembering Susan Newland June 17, 2017
    A Women of Integrity, Vitality and Sensitivity Susan Newland was a member of ACRATH SA since 2013. In her capacity as Director of the Archdiocesan Resource and Information Centre she actively promoted the work of ACRATH with the Archbishop and  through the Catholic Education Office, the Archdiocesan Office, and Catholic Media. A high point of her ...
  • ACRATH News June 17, 2017
    ACRATH Newsletter June 2017 The latest edition of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. Articles in this newsletter tell of the ACRATH National Conference, the World Day of Prayer in the Parramatta Diocese, Slavery Free Chocolate, the Modern Slavery Inquiry and a Forced Marriage Workshop in Perth. Details of the ACRATH Fund Raising Appeal are also ...
  • International Domestic Workers Day June 16, 2017
    Domestic Worker have Rights In 2017, 21.3 million people worldwide are refugees displaced from their homelands. One of the few employment options available to women (and girl) refugees, who account for 50 per cent of this population, is domestic work. Working behind closed doors in private homes, many have few legal protections and regularly experience exploitation ...
  • Protect Children from Child Labour June 12, 2017
    World Day Against Child Labour The World Day Against Child Labour was launched by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2002 to focus attention of the extent of child labour and the need to eliminate it. It is celebrated on 12th June each year. This year will focus on the impact of conflicts and disasters on ...
  • Groundbreaking Anti-Slavery Project June 8, 2017
    A First for Australia’s Health Care Sector Australia’s leading anti-human trafficking group and a major health and aged care provider have joined forces in a groundbreaking effort to change the way hospitals treat trafficked people and how to ‘slavery proof’ the goods and services they use. ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and St Vincent’s ...
  • UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner in Australia June 6, 2017
    ACRATH Members Meet Commissioner Hyland The Australian Freedom Network recently hosted an afternoon at Parliament House in Sydney with Kevin Hyland, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. ACRATH members in Sydney were delighted to be present to hear of the UK experience since the enactment in 2015 of the Modern Slavery Act. Currently in Australia the Commonwealth Government is conducting ...
  • Eliminate Slavery in Supply Chains June 5, 2017
    Commitment from Archbishop Anthony Fisher The Archbishop of Sydney, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, appeared before a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Slavery in NSW in March. During his evidence he committed the Archdiocese of Sydney to slavery proofing its supply chains and urged the NSW Government to do the same. Since making this commitment ...
  • An Interview with Sr Margaret May 29, 2017
    https://youtu.be/EeYRpxFlSdA Sr Margaret Ng rsj is the current NSW Coordinator of ACRATH. In this clip she is interviewed about her anti-trafficking work.
  • Progress in Uzbekistan May 28, 2017
    ILO Monitoring in the Cotton Industry in Uzbekistan For a number of years ACRATH and other NGOs have been speaking out about child labour in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan. In a report released in February 2017 the International Labour Organization (ILO) indicated that organized child labor is now socially unacceptable in Uzbekistan and the practice ...
  • Human Trafficking Response Program May 25, 2017
    Dignity Health – Shared Learnings Manual A 2017 survey report from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) found that over half of labor and sex trafficking survivors surveyed had accessed health care at least once while being trafficked. Nearly 97% indicated they had never been provided with information or resources about human trafficking while visiting ...
  • Q & A with ACRATH President May 25, 2017
    Global Sisters Report Global Sisters Report is an independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons, was recently interviewed about ACRATH’s efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking, to work against this heinous crime and their advocacy on behalf of people ...
  • Speaking on Behalf of Trafficked Women May 21, 2017
    2017 One Heart Many Voices Catholic Mission Conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTyS3aQs6ZM Marietta Latonio is a social worker who lives and works in Cebu, Philippines and is a long time friend of ACRATH. She attended the 2017 One Heart Many Voices Catholic Mission Conference in Sydney recently to speak on behalf of women in Cebu who have been trafficked into sexual exploitation ...
  • Promising Azra May 19, 2017
    A Book About Forced Marriage in Australia ‘Promising Azra’, by the Australian writer, Helen Thurloe, was published in 2016.  It is a novel which centres around the life of a sixteen year old student, who because of recent academic success is given a place in a nationwide science competition.  Little does she know that as she prepares ...
  • Best Practice to Combat Forced Marriage May 16, 2017
    Exchanging Knowledge, Building Relationships ACRATH joined three other Australian organisations for a forced marriage fact finding mission and information exchange to Jakarta recently. A focus of the two-day event was how to reduce child and forced marriage in Indonesia and Australia. Participants also explored many of the cultural and religious practices driving forced marriage. The April event ...
  • ACRATH at Public Hearing into Human Trafficking May 9, 2017
    Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Listens to Evidence from NGOs On Thursday 4th May 2017 ACRATH National Executive Officer, Christine Carolan, gave evidence at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Inquiry into Human Trafficking. The Joint Standing Committee on Law Enforcement is conducting this inquiry which is looking at: the prevalence of human trafficking in Australia, including in culturally and linguistically diverse communities; the ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 8, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 5 Human Trafficking is a hidden crime. The May 2017 issue of Stop Trafficking! reveals how people are beginning to see what for too long has been “hidden from plain sight.” Articles in this issue tell how people in the transport, medical and hospitality industries have been instrumental in the rescue of ...
  • 2017 Ethical Fashion Report May 8, 2017
    Are Your Garments Ethical? The fourth edition of the Ethical Fashion Report was recently released by Baptist World Aid. It grades over 106 companies… that’s 330 brands! It includes firsthand accounts of what life is like for garment workers around the world. And, for the first time ever, the research has been expanded to include New Zealand’s favourite fashion brands! The ...
  • Labour Exploitation in the Construction Industry April 29, 2017
    Australian Institute of Criminology Research Paper There have been a number of alleged cases of labour exploitation involving temporary migrant workers in Australia since the late 1990s. The Australian construction industry was identified as particularly problematic, with allegations of deception in relation to work contracts, lack of compliance with employment standards, limited autonomy and threats of ...
  • Interview at 2017 ACRATH Conference April 29, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5BJ2mBW-ZA Umes, a participant at the 2017 ACRATH National Conference, explains how human trafficking differs in Australia and Nepal.
  • Rana Plaza Anniversary April 25, 2017
    Four Years on Has Anything Changed? Who could forget the scenes of devastation that we saw on 24th April 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 garment workers? Now four years on what has changed? The New Daily reports that after the tragedy 200 international apparel brands and retailers from about 20 ...
  • The Problem with Chocolate April 15, 2017
    Sr Sarah Puls speaks about Slavery in the Cocoa Industry In a recent interview aired on ABC Radio National ACRATH member, Sr Sarah Puls sgs, spoke on the link between chocolate and child slavery. Sarah explained that most of the chocolate we eat in Australia comes from West Africa. People in this area are at risk of exploitation because ...
  • A Matter of Taste March 31, 2017
    Help Drive the Demand for Traffik-free Chocolate Since the more recent media exposé of the traffcking of children and child labour on cocoa farms in 2000, the chocolate industry has been trying to address the issue, albeit sometimes slowly. All of the major chocolate manufacturing companies now have a Code of Conduct – a promise to protect the environment and the human rights and ...
  • Commitment to Fight Against Human Trafficking March 31, 2017
    Change can Happen Newly elected ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons sm, believes that when people work together change can happen. “It doesn’t matter how small your action is; just do it and tell others about it. Just take one step to counter human trafficking and change will happen.” Human trafficking is an enormous global tragedy and, sadly, ...
  • UNANIMA International’s 2017 Woman of Courage March 28, 2017
    Congratulations Marietta Latonio ACRATH is pleased to congratulate Marietta Latonia on being named UNANIMA International’s 2017 Woman of Courage. Marietta Latonio is a social worker who lives and works in Cebu, Philippines. She has been the director of many welfare programs; led implementation of community-based programs for more than 20 years; worked for many NGOs focused ...
  • Stop Trafficking! March 28, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 3 The March 2017 issue of Stop Trafficking! looks at how ordinary citizens and computer specialists assist victims of human trafficking via the internet. Article include: The internet: Locus of human trafficking and locus of efforts to stop it, Hackers help to find traffickers, and “Ban Human Trafficking App. Download your ...
  • What comes First? the Child or the Egg March 22, 2017
    Your Choice is Your Voice STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of NGOs working against human trafficking and slavery. ACRATH is an active member of this coalition. For ten years STOP THE TRAFFIK has been asking chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the ...
  • Looking for Slavery-Free Easter Eggs? March 18, 2017
    Help Spread the Word If you know where you can buy Easter Eggs certified free from child slavery tell your family and friends. Consumer demand can make a big impact on both the producer and the retailer of a product. In past years some people have found it difficult to find Slavery-free Easter Eggs so we ...
  • Sold as a Slave to Ireland March 17, 2017
    Remembering St Patrick On this day people around the world celebrate the great apostle of Ireland. History tells us that as a young boy Patrick was taken captive and sold as a slave to Ireland. After working as a herdsman he escaped and eventually became a priest. He was made a bishop of Ireland and is ...
  • #BeBoldForChange March 8, 2017
    International Women’s Day 2017 The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. This day invites us to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in taking steps to promote gender parity. Did you know that according to the UNODC 2016 Global Trafficking in Person Report 71% of all trafficking victims are women or ...
  • Slavery-free Easter February 28, 2017
    Will Your Easter Eggs  Be Slavery-free? In 2015, Pope Francis said that “every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” Cocoa is a key ingredient of chocolate. Much of the chocolate sold in Australia is made using cocoa beans picked by children, many of ...
  • ACRATH Acknowledges Sr Anne Tormey rsm February 27, 2017
    Thank You for Your Commitment and Vision At the recent ACRATH National Conference, Sr Anne Tormey rsm (on right in photo) stepped down as President of ACRATH. In thanking Anne for her three years of leadership, Carmel Heagerty rsm reflected: Anne gifted us with: her capacity to listen, even when many wanted their voices heard at National Committee ...
  • Sister of Mercy to Take Up UN Role February 24, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHt7ZfAxctU Congratulations to Sr Angela Reed, an Australian Sister of Mercy and Member of ACRATH. On 1st March Angela will take up her new role as MIA (Mercy International Association) Global Action Coordinator at the UN in New York. Angela is a graduate of RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Melbourne, Australia, where ...
  • Reflecting on the 2017 ACRATH Conference February 19, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcijZGaZiCw Having attended her first ACRATH Conference Sr Elizabeth Young rsm shares some thoughts on the experience.
  • ANZRATH at ACRATH Conference February 19, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5I7PS29Okc ACRATH members were delighted to welcome Sr Margaret Vaney sm to the ACRATH conference in Sydney recently. In this interview Sr Margaret explains the work she is doing as a member of ANZRATH (Aotearoa-New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) in New Zealand.
  • End the Scourge of Human Trafficking February 15, 2017
    ACRATH National Conference ACRATH members from across Australia have gathered in Sydney for their National Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is ACT Now to End the Scourge of Human Trafficking. The conference opened with the launch of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council’s (ACSJC) publication Human Trafficking and Slavery written by ACRATH members Christine ...
  • Human Trafficking – Its Reality and Consequences February 8, 2017
    World Day of Prayer Media Release The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and ACRATH have released a media statement for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking which is held each year on 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. “On the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita today, 8 February, bishops and religious ...
  • They are just Children! NOT SLAVES February 7, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2vx09AJymE As we celebrate the World Day of Prayer Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking let us remember the children of our world who are trafficked into child slavery. We pray they will be released from the bonds of slavery and that their right to love, protection and education will be respected.
  • Forced Marriage in Melbourne January 31, 2017
    Melbourne Magistrate Court Charges Cleric In early January 2017 a Melbourne Magistrate Court charged a cleric over the forced marriage of a child. The marriage took place in September 2016. The man she was married to has also been charged for his part in the forced marriage. The case will continue to be heard in February. Read more… Forced ...
  • Human Trafficking And Slavery January 19, 2017
    A Response From Australian Catholics On the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking join Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta Diocese, and Sr Noelene Simmons sm, NSW Regional Co-ordinator of ACRATH to learn what you can do to work against human trafficking and Slavery. The World Day of Prayer is ...
  • 2016 World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking January 13, 2017
    Be Inspired by St Josephine Bakhita and Help Combat Human Trafficking Australians are being urged to become more aware of the extent of human trafficking and slavery in this country and to respond to Pope Francis’ call to join with the global community in ending the injustice against so many people, particularly children. Pope Francis has designated ...
  • Prayer to End Human Trafficking January 11, 2017
    Preparing for the World day of Prayer, Reflection and Action In the USA, 11th January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To mark this event and to prepare for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking the Sisters of St Joseph of Orange have produced and prayer and reflection sheet. You are invited ...
  • Reframing Human Trafficking January 7, 2017
    Sr Angela Reed at Notre Dame University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLhc-WzIYa8&feature=youtu.be Sr. Angela Reed RSM, a member of ACRATH, is currently currently acting-coordinator of Mercy Global Action at the UN.She recently spoke at the Notre Dame Law School explaining how her research findings subvert stereotypes of a homogenous sex trafficking experience and point to the need for a life course, ...
  • 2017 Presidential Proclamation January 7, 2017
    US National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, in proclaiming January 2017 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, called upon businesses, national and community organizations, families, and all Americans to recognize the vital role they must play in ending all forms of slavery. “From factories and brothels ...
  • UN Security Council Condemns Human Trafficking January 6, 2017
    Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution 2331 (2016) At a meeting held in December 2016 the UN Security Council strongly condemned human trafficking in areas of conflict.  The 15?member Council responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security, after hearing from 70 spekers, specifically condemned the sale of, or trade in, persons for purposes of sexual slavery, and exploitation ...
  • Interfaith Tool Kit on Human Trafficking January 5, 2017
    Information, Resources and Suggested Actions An Interfaith Toolkit has been prepared by Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community Working Group on Human Trafficking. The toolkit contains basic information about trafficking, as well as specific information on the connection between consumerism and trafficking, which is the theme of the 2017 toolkit. We encourage communities to focus on the way ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 5, 2017
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 1 The first issue of Stop Trafficking! for 2017 explores the growing victimization of people, especially women and children, in the sex trade in North America. Articles include Human trafficking rampant in Canada, Deadly human trafficking business on Mexico-Us Boarder, Human Trafficking flourishes in US cities and Consumer power matters.  Download your ...
  • UNODC Trafficking In Persons Report 2016 December 28, 2016
    Global Report on Trafficking in Persons The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime has released the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. In the preface to this report Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC) wrote: “Perhaps the most worrying development is that the movement of refugees and migrants, the largest seen since World War ...
  • Australian Government Response to Human Trafficking December 22, 2016
    Report of Interdepartmental Committee 2015-2016 The eighth  report of Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery Practices has been released. The report outlines the work of the Australian Government and its partners to combat human trafficking and slavery in the period 1st July  2015 – 30th June 2016. The report indicates that the Australian Federal Police  received ...
  • Workplace Exploitation, Human Trafficking and Slavery December 22, 2016
    Australian Institute of Criminology Publication The Australian Institute of Criminology has released the latest paper in the Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice series (No. 527?December 2016). This publication, Migrating for work and study: The role of the migration broker in facilitating workplace exploitation, human trafficking and slavery, examines the role of migration brokers in alleged ...
  • Christmas: A Time for Giving December 16, 2016
    The Birth of Christ Brought Life and Hope for All People Human trafficking robs people of their dreams and their dignity. Help ACRATH to restore life, hope and dignity. Make a donation to support the work of ACRATH. Direct bank account deposit/transfer details: Bank:      Commonwealth Bank of Australia Account Name:   ACRATH Public fund Account BSB:      063 ...
  • ACRATH News December 14, 2016
    ACRATH Newsletter December 2016 The latest issue of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. It  includes information about recent and upcoming events including: Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics – The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery. Bakhita Day 8 ...
  • Naughty or Nice Campaign December 7, 2016
    Ask Clothing Companies to Publish their Factory Lists Since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 their has been progress made in encouraging companies to protect their workers and ensure their supply chains are slavery free. However there are still a number of companies hiding their supply chains. Do you want to know more about the ...
  • Breaking the Chain of Forced Marriage December 7, 2016
    Jasvinda’s Story At the age of 16 Jasvinder Sanghera took a brave step running away from home in order to avoid a forced marriage. Since that day she has had to deal with the grief of losing a family but deep in her heart she knows that she did the right thing. She hopes her story and ...
  • 8th Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery December 5, 2016
    Government Collaboration with Civil Society ACRATH participated in the 8th National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery held in Parliament House Canberra on Monday 28th November. Convened by the Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and  Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, the meeting was attended by government agencies, civil ...
  • Time for an Act against Modern Slavery December 2, 2016
    Australian Faith Leaders Against Slavery Eighteen national faith leaders of the Australian Freedom Network have called on the Federal Government for an Act of Parliament to discourage slavery-like conditions both in Australia and in our trading partners. In an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to coincide with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, ...
  • 16 Days 16 Stories November 24, 2016
    16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence The UN sponsored 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence takes place from 25th November to 10th December each. This year Mercy Global Action at the United Nations in partnership with the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd as part of this campaign presents #16Days16Stories. ...
  • Pope Francis Meets RENATE November 23, 2016
    Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation The 2nd European Assembly of RENATE (Religious of Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) took place in Rome 6th-12th Nov 2016. During the Assembly participants attended an audience with Pope Francis. In addressing the Assembly Pope Francis said: “As you well know, one of the challenges to this work of advocacy, education and coordination ...
  • RENATE: A Mapping Across Europe November 23, 2016
    Mapping the Extent of Human Trafficking In Europe The RENATE Mapping Across Europe Report provides rich insights into the contribution being made by women religious, their congregations and associates in the world-wide efforts to bring an end to Human Trafficking. The report illustrates the diverse actions undertaken by RENATE members in 13 countries from East, Central and ...
  • Special Rapporteur For Migrants in Australia November 22, 2016
    Visit of UN Human Rights Expert The UN Special Rapporteur for Migrants is Mr François Crépeau. Special Rapporteurs are independent from any government or organization. Their role is to make fact finding visits to countries to investigate human rights compliance for various themes. Mr Crépeau visited Australia 1-18 November “to assess, in a spirit of cooperation and ...
  • Against Trafficking in Children and Adolescents November 17, 2016
    Kids They Are! Not Slaves! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU_NDK47fPI&feature=youtu.be The theme for the next World Day of Prayer Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking has been launched by Sr Gabriella Bottani, co-ordinator of Talitha Kum (the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Human Trafficking). The 2017 theme is Against Trafficking in Children and Adolescents while the slogan for this theme ...
  • Learning About Human Trafficking November 17, 2016
    Training Day for Teachers On Friday 28th Oct, the Education group conducted the fourth of its major Education Training days for senior secondary teachers. Once again Melbourne Catholic Education supported ACRATH by providing the venue and catering for the participants, in addition to granting Professional Development Accreditation  to participants. We were delighted to have three excellent ...
  • Human Trafficking and Slavery November 15, 2016
    ACSJC and ACRATH announce a new paper on human trafficking The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council and ACRATH are delighted to announce the publication of a new paper on human trafficking and slavery. ‘Human trafficking and similar forms of exploitation affect every country on earth. They flourish because of society’s greed for cheap goods and services and ...
  • ACRATH Members Learn of United Nations Mechanisms November 10, 2016
    Franciscans International Training Day Mr Budi Tjahjono, Asia Pacific Coordinator for Franciscans International (FI), facilitated a training day in which participants learnt about the United Nations Mechanisms on Human Rights, including the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review and the Human Rights Treaty Bodies. Seven NSW ACRATH members were in attendance. Following on from Budi’s excellent presentation participants were able to ...
  • Motion to Provide Forced Marriage Awareness Raising November 9, 2016
    Work of ACRATH Supported Mr Graham Perrett MP, ALP Member for the Federal electorate of Moreton put forth a motion in the House of Representatives on Monday 7th November calling on the Federal Government to “immediately renew funding to further provide awareness of child marriage and forced marriage in Australian schools and the broader community.” In ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 5, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 11 The November 2016 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights forced labour abuses and technological methods being employed to expose and correct these. The work being done in Australia by Baptist World Aid to investigate suppy chains in the fashion and electronic industries is outlined. Read more…
  • Bike Ride to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking November 2, 2016
    Does this Give you Any Ideas? Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order recently completed a 4,000-km (2,485 mile) bicycle trek from Nepal’s Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India to raise awareness about human trafficking in the remote region. They rode through treacherous terrain and hostile weather and camped ...
  • Young Girls at Risk of Forced Marriage November 1, 2016
    Forced Marriage is a Criminal Offence in Australia Despite legislation being introduced to criminalise forced marriage in Australia in 2013 the practice is continuing. Young girls are being taken out of Australia to marry men who are often much older. This is a form of child trafficking. Here in Australia they are also being taken out ...
  • Human Trafficking Survivors Report October 31, 2016
    Ways to Help Eliminate Human Trafficking For the first time ever the US Government has released a report on human trafficking written by survivors. The survivors are all members of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. They have outlined recommendations on how to improve federal trafficking policies ranging from legislation to public awareness campaigns to victims’ services. The ...
  • Does Your Car Have Glittery Mica Paint October 30, 2016
    Perhaps the Mica was Mined by Children The Guardian has recently brought to light the fact that children in India are working in situations of child labour and debt bondage to mine the mica. The mica is being used in paint for automobiles. Child rights campaigners estimate that up to 20,000 children work in hundreds of small-scale ...
  • Santa Marta Group Meets October 29, 2016
    Church Leaders and Police Chiefs Working to Combat Human Trafficking Established in 2014, the Santa Marta Group recently held a two day conference in the Vatican. Representatives from thirty countries participated in the conference. In addressing the conference delegates, Pope Francis lamented “The number of these victims – international organisations say – grows, unfortunately, every year. They are ...
  • Trafficking Victims Need Compensation October 25, 2016
    Compensation is a Right not a Privilege Human trafficking and slavery happens here in Australia. People are being exploited and controlled in situations of  servitude, forced labour, deceptive recruiting for labour services, forced marriage and debt bondage. Human trafficking is a heinous crime that violates a person’s human rights.  Human trafficking is a federal crime. To empower ...
  • Child Trafficking October 25, 2016
    A Study on Services, Resources, Policies and Practices The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a study that presents the features of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care program model that most effectively meets the specialized needs of foreign-born child victims of human trafficking. Also shared are key findings from the study related to individual ...
  • Slavery in Supply Chains October 13, 2016
    Do You Know Where Your Clothes Come From? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvVlFJvHB-k Walk Free has produced this video clip to inform consumers about the power they have to make a difference. Demanding cheaper goods can fuel the demand for slave labour. What choices will you make in the future?
  • 16Days October 10, 2016
    Join the International Community for 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence November 25 is the start of the United Nations-declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, finishing on December 10 – Human Rights Day. The campaign looks at the different forms of violence that women and girls face. The theme this year is, ‘From peace ...
  • Sr Mary Mercer rsj October 4, 2016
    Woman of Faith & Graciousness, True Follower of St Mary Mackillop St Ignatius Church in Norwood, Adelaide, was filled to capacity with people of all ages for the requiem Mass for Sr Mary Mercer on Tuesday 4 th October. Members of ACRATH SA were among this gathering of people whose lives Mary had touched and who were ...
  • Calendars September 29, 2016
    2017 ACRATH Calendars The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015 created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2017 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations, worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s work Provide some ...
  • Business Engagement at the United Nations September 28, 2016
    High-Level Political Forum on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Held at the United Nations in July 2015, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF)  serves as a platform to review country, major groups and other stakeholders’ progress on attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). During this Forum there was a High-Level Side-Event on Partnerships to End Forced Labour in ...
  • Judges Summit on Human Trafficking September 26, 2016
    Opening New Paths of Justice In June 2016 a summit was held in the Vatican. Over a hundred judges, magistrates, prosecutors, and representatives of legal organizations from some 20 different countries gathered to share best practice from their experiences of working to fight trafficking, slave labour and the trade in human organs. The event was organized by ...
  • ACRATH Advocacy Report September 23, 2016
    2016 Visit to Federal Parliament The latest issue of ACRATH News provides a report on ACRATH’s recent visit to Federal Parliament. Over a four day period ACRATH met with 51 Members of Parliament, including 4 meetings with Ministers and Ministerial advisors. The MPs were from the Government, the Opposition and the Crossbench; they were from both the House of ...
  • New Zealand Bans Forced Marriages September 21, 2016
    New Domestic Violence Legislation On 13th September 2013 the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, announced changes to the Domestic Violence Act. Among the fifty changes was the banning of  coercive or forced marriages. The legislative changes have been welcome by a number of anti-domestic violence charities including Shine, Women’s Refuge New Zealand and Shakti New Zealand. Read ...
  • 2016 Advocacy Visit to Federal Parliament September 18, 2016
    Speaking on Behalf of People Who Have Been Trafficked During the week beginning Monday 12th September, twelve members of ACRATH met with members of Federal Parliament to advocate on behalf of those who have been trafficked into Australia. ACRATH asked for measures to be put in place to protect the human rights of overseas workers brought to Australia ...
  • Stop Trafficking! September 18, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 9 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the complex issues that result from allowing a society to profit from the sexual exploitation of women.  Article in the newsletter include Germany: Time for Change, Challenging Businesses: Get out of Sex Exploitation and Good Business Practices: Thank the Wine Industry. Download your copy ...
  • Advocating in Federal Parliament September 6, 2016
    Being a Voice for People Who Have Been Trafficked ACRATH’s annual visit to Federal Parliament will take place during September. ACRATH members will gather in Canberra on 11th for briefing sessions before descending on the halls of Parliament on Monday 12th September. During our visit we will acknowledge the bipartisan support that exists for this issue and ...
  • My Rights – My Future: forced marraige September 6, 2016
    New Learning & Teaching Resource A new learning and teaching resource relating to forced marriage has been made available on the mybluesky website: https://www.mybluesky.org.au/learn-more/resources/ My Rights – My Future forced marriage A Kit of Learning and Teaching Materials and support documents for Australian Secondary Schools: Issued April 2016 Together with nine pilot schools, and numerous government and non-government organisations, ACRATH  (Australian ...
  • Eradicating & Preventing Debt Bondage September 4, 2016
    Report of the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery In her report to the thirty third session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slaver, Urmila Bhoola, spoke about debt bondage as a key form of slavery in our contemporary world. As well as defining debt ...
  • Students Respond to ACRATH Spirit September 2, 2016
    Desire to Promote a More Just Society ACRATH member, Sr Joan Kennedy PBVM, gave a presentation on ACRATH’s advocacy work to a group of Year 11 & 12 students at Avila College in Mt Waverley, Victoria. The young women pictured were mid way through the ACRATH produced lessons, as part of their studies in the subject ‘Society and Religion’. ...
  • We Cannot be Indifferent August 31, 2016
    From MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES 2016 ‘No one can claim to be indifferent in the face of new forms of slavery imposed by criminal organizations which buy and sell men, women and children as forced labourers in construction, agriculture, fishing or in other markets. How many minors ...
  • Supporting Women Who Have Been Trafficked August 19, 2016
    Pope Francis Visits Shelter for Women In keeping with his strong stance against human trafficking Pope Francis recently visited the Pope John XXIII community. This community houses approximately 20 women who have been rescued from sexual slavery. The women come from countries such as Romania, Albania, Nigeria, Tunisia and Ukraine. The women are given protection as they ...
  • Ending Slavery Is Everyone’s Work August 15, 2016
    US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking In their summer newsletter the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) outline the activities they have recently been engaged in. Activities included a ten week campaign to build support among Senate women for S. 1968 the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act. USCSAHT members sent hundreds of e-mails and ...
  • ACRATH Attends Anti-Human Trafficking Events August 15, 2016
    Advocating for People Trafficked into Australia ACRATH Members were present on 4 August at the Australian Government event to mark World Day Against Human Trafficking. The theme of the events was ‘How can government, civil society and the private sector work together to more effectively combat human trafficking?’ Chaired by Australia’s Ambassador for People Smuggling and Human Trafficking, HE Andrew ...
  • Stop Trafficking! August 15, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 8 The August 2016 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the results of global corporate business models that utilize supply chains to decrease costs and increase profits at the expense of workers. Articles in this issue include: Corporate Profit, Corporate Greed, Corporate Trafficking Inside Supply Chains Understanding Illicit Trade: Impact of human trafficking & ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter August 2, 2016
    Latest ACRATH News Once again the ARATH Newsletter highlights the many activities ACRATH members have been engaged in across Australia during recent months. Read about human trafficking awareness raising events in Western Australia, Music for Freedom in NSW, engagement with Australian Catholic University students, a religious education conference in Melbourne and a forced marriage awareness raising and education ...
  • World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2016
    Raising Awareness and Protecting the Rights of those Who Have Been Trafficked In 2014 the United Nations General Assembly designated 30th July to be the World Day against Trafficking in Persons aware of the need for “raising awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” Human trafficking is a ...
  • Cotton On Sourcing Ethical Cotton in Kenya July 27, 2016
    Ethical Fashion Products Soon to Be in Australian Stores The Australian Newspaper recently reported that Cotton On has been working towards selling ethical fashion products in Australian stores by sourcing cotton from farmers in Kenya. Working in partnership with Business for Development (BFD), the hope is to develop sustainable sources of cotton. Tim Diamond, the general manager of ...
  • Eliminate Trafficking in Children July 21, 2016
    The Holy See at the United Nations The Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, gave a speech on 13 July dedicated to the elimination of trafficking in children and young people. Archbishop Auza told the assembly that “the Holy See has long spoken out against the evil of human trafficking, forced labour and ...
  • Stop Trafficking! July 17, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 7 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the topics covered in the 2016 Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) Report. This years report has articles that reflect on what makes a person vulnerable to being trafficked and strategies to prevent human trafficking around the globe. The report looks at what each country ...
  • Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Conflict Situations July 9, 2016
    Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women & Children The thirty-second session of the United Nations Human Right Council, in response to the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, in conflict and post conflict situations, has put forth a number of recommendations to member States. The Council adopted the recommendations without a ...
  • Human Trafficking is Not to be Tolerated July 1, 2016
    2016 Trafficking in Person Report In launching the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report US Secretary of State John Kerry made the following remarks: “When we talk about “human trafficking,” we’re talking about slavery – modern-day slavery that still today claims more than 20 million victims on any given time. And all 20 million are people just like everybody here. ...
  • Play for Life June 30, 2016
    Take a Stand Against Exploitation in Sport As we approach the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Network of Religious Against Trafficking in persons,  “Um Grito pela Vida”, is running the “Play for Life” campaign. The slogan Play for Life was used during the 2014 football World Cup also held in Brazil. At that time it contributed ...
  • The World We Want June 30, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvQjBjqmNLM End Child Marriage Every year, approximately 14 million girls are married before they turn 18, robbed of their rights to education, health and a life free of violence. Child marriage undermines our efforts to build a healthier, safer, just and more prosperous world for all. Solutions exist. Child marriage can end. But we must work together. This new ...
  • We Are Girls, Not Brides June 26, 2016
    Child Marriage in Africa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUehNPRin5o Child marriage is very prevalent in Africa. A young Zambian women wrote a song about child marriage and got her classmates sing it with her. Girls Not Brides filmed the song launching the video on the Day of the African Child (June 16)
  • Global Profits from Dangerous Child Labour June 22, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4pzdlosTmkM&app=desktop Millions of children risk pain, sickness, injury, and even death to produce goods and services for the global economy. Human Rights Watch has documented hazardous child labor in agriculture, mining, the leather and apparel industry, and other sectors.
  • Striving for a Child Labour Free World June 15, 2016
    One Organisation’s Efforts to End Child Labour It is a sad but true fact that child labour still happens in our world today. Child labour occurs in many industries but especially the cocoa industry. One organisation trying to journey the road to a child labour free world is UTZ. Siriki Diakité, UTZ Regional Representative for West Africa, Côte ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 15, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 6 The June issue of Stop Trafficking is now available. This issue highlights various forced labour abuses and technological methods being employed to expose and correct them. Articles include Trapped in Qatar, Risk Assessment Tool for Global Fisheries, Combatting Forced Labour and many more. There is also a report on the winners of the recent  Rethink ...
  • Child Labour in Supply Chains June 11, 2016
    World Day Against Child Labour “Child labour has no place in well-functioning and well regulated markets, or in any supply chain. The message that we must act now to stop child labour once and for all has been affirmed by the Sustainable Development Goals. Acting together, it is within our means to make the future of work ...
  • Voices of Women – I Don’t June 9, 2016
    Forced Marriage in Australia https://vimeo.com/143703856 Despite being illegal, forced marriage is practiced in Australia. As a community we are starting to understand both the nature and extent of forced marriage in our community. Voices of Women – I Don’t is a film clip released by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY). CMY is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting ...
  • Judges Summit on Human Trafficking June 6, 2016
    Pope Francis Addresses Summit The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences held a two day conference on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime. the conference was attended by judges and prosecutors from around the world. In addressing the conference Pope Francis urged the participants “to fulfill their vocation and their crucial mission — to establish justice — without which ...
  • Talitha Kum June 2, 2016
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp3WZTs-5q0 Talitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons. Talitha Kum is an expression found in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 5, verse 41. The words, translated from the Aramaic mean: “little girl, I say to you, stand-up”. The expression “Talitha Kum – arise” has the transformative power of compassion and mercy, which ...
  • Human Trafficking Prosecutions June 2, 2016
    Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 6 Worldwide the number of prosecutions for human trafficking is low. In the latest issue of the Anti-trafficking Review read about the practical and policy issues affecting the number of human trafficking prosecutions. This review contains a guest editorial article by Australian Anne T Gallagher AO – The Problems and Prospects of Trafficking ...
  • Child Trafficking After Earthquake June 2, 2016
    Child Traffickers Target Vulnerable Children When a 7.6 quake caused huge loss of life and devastation of homes child traffickers took advantage of children who had lost their families and were homeless. The traffickers sold children into child labour, forced marriage and sexual servitude. Poor people were also targeted by organ traffickers who offered quick cash ...
  • Second Child Trafficking Conviction in Australia May 30, 2016
    Father Abuses Twin Girls A Victorian man has been convicted of thirty seven charges including two counts of child trafficking and twenty of incest. He paid an overseas surrogate to give birth to twin daughters who he then brought to Australia. He filmed himself sexually abusing the girls and then shared the footage with other paedophiles. The abuse took place over ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 25, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 5 The May 2016 issue of Stop Trafficking is now available. It highlights aspects of labour trafficking and methods used to fight all forms of trafficking. Learn about exploitation in the garment industry in Bangladesh, slavery in the fishing industry in Thailand, financial transactions that could point to human trafficking and the ...
  • Preventing Exploitation of Migrant Workers May 19, 2016
    Working to Inform Workers of their Rights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwZZR-3y9_Y ACRATH members in Bundaberg are working to ensure that migrant workers in the area are informed of their rights as workers. There hope is to prevent migrant workers know who they can turn to for support so that they can avoid being exploited and avoid situation of forced labour.
  • Music for Freedom May 18, 2016
    Students Donate Their Time to Promote Freedom Music for Freedom, held in Strathfield on 14th May, was opened by Jodi McKay MP, the member for Strathfield, and compared by John Cleary from ABC Radio. The event was held to raise awareness about the existence of human trafficking and slavery in our world and to raise funds to ...
  • Role of Global Partnerships in Eradicating Modern Slavery May 9, 2016
    Cardinal Nichols Addresses the UN The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis, to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Leader of the Santa Marta Group, addressed the UN at a Conference ...
  • Fair Trade Fortnight 6-22 May May 8, 2016
    Why Support Fairtrade? When you choose Fairtrade certified products you’re voting with your dollars for a fairer global marketplace free of child labour and the exploitation of vulnerable people. Fair Trade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things fair trade & the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers & workers in developing countries. ...
  • ACRATH Campaigning in Adelaide April 30, 2016
    Young People Visiting Supermarkets and Dessert Bars https://youtu.be/Fd2vCP9jr8c Young ACRATH member, Francesca, tells of young people in Adelaide raising awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry. They have been encouraging supermarkets and dessert bars to sell chocolate produced with Fairtrade cocoa.
  • Pope Francis: The Joy of Love April 29, 2016
    References to Human Trafficking in Apostolic Exhortation In his latest Apostolic Exhortaion, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis made a number of references to human trafficking: “Migration is particularly dramatic and devastating to families and individuals when it takes place illegally and is supported by international networks of human trafficking. This is equally true when it ...
  • Music for Freedom April 29, 2016
    Don’t Miss this Opportunity: Book Your Seats Now Have you booked your seat for Music for Freedom yet? Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be entertained and support the work of ACRATH’s anti-human trafficking initiatives at the same time. When:  Saturday 14th May at 7pm Where: Del Monte School Hall, Strathfield, NSW (corner of The Boulevard & Carrington Street) Bookings: Tickets: ...
  • Backwards NOT Forwards April 28, 2016
    Modelez Reduction in Certified Cocoa Products Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, are trafficked to pick and harvest Cocoa beans? We believe chocolate companies have a responsibility to seriously address the key issues that contribute to children being trafficked to work on cocoa farms and prevent the ...
  • Strategies to End Child Marriage April 28, 2016
    Check List from GIRLS NOT BRIDES GIRLS NOT BRIDES is a civil society partnership of more than 550 member organisations that are based in over 70 countries. Their aim is to give the issue of child marriage worldwide attention so that strategies can be put in place to end it. In February 2016 they issued A Checklist ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter April 26, 2016
    Latest ACRATH News The latest edition of the ACRATH Newsletter is now available. Read about the activities ACRATH has been involved in during the first four months of this year. The Newsletter includes articles on ACRATH meetings in Canberra, Slavery Free Chocolate Easter Campaign, Visa News, ACRATH Calendar, The 2016 ACRATH National Conference, the Australian Freedom ...
  • Revolution in the Fashion Industry April 21, 2016
    Three Years On From Rana Plaza It’s time to reform the fashion industry!  Did you know that many of the people who make our clothes work in shameful and dangerous conditions for very low pay? Three years ago on 24 April 2013, the clothing industry’s worst industrial disaster occurred. Fast facts: The Rana Plaza, an eight-storey building, constructed on ...
  • 2016 Australian Fashion Report April 21, 2016
    The Truth Behind the Barcode Baptist World Aid Australia have released the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. In a media release to introduce the report it is noted that “when it comes to the efforts of the Australian fashion industry, we’re continuing to see even more progress!” The report covers 87 companies representing over 300 ...
  • Loreto Sisters at the UN April 18, 2016
    Prevent Human Trafficking The Loreto Sisters (IBVM) have devoted the latest issue of IBVM at the United Nations to the issue of Human Trafficking.  The Newsletter shares stories of awareness raising, advocacy, prayer and direct attention to victims. It includes articles about how parish interfaith groups can work to eliminate human trafficking, human trafficking and forced labour in supply ...
  • Gender Dimension of Human Trafficking April 15, 2016
    Study Commissioned by European Commission Launched in Brussels in March 2016 Study on the Gender Dimension of Trafficking in Human Beings  was commissioned by the European Commission in the framework of the EU commitment to combat human trafficking. The report develops a series of recommendations, on the different aspects of the EU work on trafficking in human beings: ...
  • A Matter of Taste April 13, 2016
    The Impact of Certification Systems Since 2000 the world has been aware of the scandal of children being trafficked to harvest and produce cocoa in West Africa. In 2001 the global chocolate industry publically acknowledged the use of forced, child and trafficked labour in their operations and signed a collective agreement – the Harkin-Engel Protocol – to ...
  • Stop Trafficking! March 31, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 3 The March 2016 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the negative impact of pornography in society, leading to the furthering of human trafficking. This issue also includes an article entitled” Challenges for Trafficking Survivors: Financial Stability and Housing.” While this article refers to the situation in the US, the challenges it ...
  • Myanmar Garment Makers March 31, 2016
    From Sweatshop to Switzerland A recent Oxfam survey has revealed exploitation of workers in Myanmar’s garment industry. Reflecting on his reent visit to Myanmar Oxfam’s Head of Global Campaigns, Max Lawson, writes: “Myanmar’s garment sector is expanding fast, now employing around 300,000 people – 90% female and mostly under-25. Daily average wages of $2.80 are not enough to survive on…almost half ...
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade March 25, 2016
    Celebrating Heritage and Culture For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to ...
  • International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery March 24, 2016
    Australia’s Commitment to Being a Regional Leader Australia’s International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery was launched in Bali on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. The documents states: “To better realise the vision of Australia as a regional leader in combating human trafficking and slavery, this strategy will amplify the impact of Australia’s international efforts by: 1. setting strategic priorities for our ...
  • Celebrating International Womens’ Day in Canberra March 24, 2016
    ACRATH Member Speaks of Human Trafficking To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day the Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, in Canberra, hosted a Women’s Breakfast event at which Sr Genny Ryan OSU was asked to speak about the work of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). Approximately 35 women attended this event.  ...
  • #traffikfree Easter Eggs March 22, 2016
    Join the Campaign Against Child slavery Are you finding it difficult to find #traffikfree Easter eggs? Why bother looking for them? In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, children and young people are still trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa in order to supply our loved Easter chocolate. Choosing to buy Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ labeled products tells us ...
  • Child-Slaves Dig Coltan March 22, 2016
    Coltan – Key Element in Electronic Equipment Coltan stands for Columbite Tantelite, an ore containing a mix of niobium and tantalum. It is the key element in mobile phones, DVD players, laptops, hard drives, and the PS3 – essentially almost any piece of home or industrial electronic equipment. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) is ...
  • Talitha Kum Declaration March 22, 2016
    Networking Against Human Trafficking Talitha Kum is an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons. ACRATH is a member of the Talitha Kum network. Working as a network facilitates collaboration and the interchange of information between consecrated men and women in 70 countries. Talita Kum is an expression that is found in the Gospel ...
  • Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality March 8, 2016
    International Women’s Day 2016 The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The United Nations observance on 8 March will reflect on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new ...
  • Human Rights-Life Course Five Point Framework To Address Human Trafficking March 6, 2016
    Sr Angela Reed rsm Speaks at the Special High Level Event at the UN Sister of Mercy and member of ACRATH, Sr Angela Reed, is currently in residence at the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Global Action Office at the UN in New York. She recently made an oral intervention at the Special High Level Event at the ...
  • Banning Imported Goods Produced with Child and Forced Labour March 4, 2016
    President Obama Signs New Law President Obama has signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. This law prohibits the import of goods produced by child and forced labour into the US. In the past if the demand for goods outstripped the domestic supply goods such as fish, electronics and chocolate could be imported irrespective ...
  • Seeking the End of the Line for Human Trafficking March 4, 2016
    Encourage the Government to Act Human trafficking and forced labour occurs in industries in Australia such as construction, the meat industry, manufacturing, hospitality and people who are forced to live-in as house keepers. Goods imported from overseas can be tainted by forced labour, human trafficking and slavery. People coming to work in Australia from overseas expect ...
  • Strengthening Counter-Trafficking Collaboration in PNG March 1, 2016
    Papua New Guinea Police Sign MoU with IOM In February 2016 the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen an already well-established cooperation between the two organizations in the field of migration management. The agreement will help the RPNGC and IOM work together more effectively in areas including counter-trafficking, human security, ...
  • Stop Trafficking! February 27, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 2 Articles in the February issue of Stop Trafficking highlight the expanding forms of sexual exploitation, especially pornography, and offers means for parents and professionals to safeguard potential or actual victims. Download a copy of the February issue here.
  • Forced Marriage from a Gender Perspective February 25, 2016
    Report on Forced Marriage in the EU Forced marriage from a gender perspective is a report giving an overview of the practice of forced marriage in the EU from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. It analyses the definitions of forced marriage and puts forward a definition from a gender perspective. It also provides an overview ...
  • Exploitation or Dignified Work? February 25, 2016
    Pope Francis Meets With Workers and Employers in Mexico Speaking to 3,000 workers and employers in the Mexican boarder town of Ciudad Juarez Pope Francis said “God will hold today’s slavers accountable, and we must do everything to make sure that these situations do not happen again. The flow of capital cannot determine the flow and ...
  • Consumers Urged to Rethink Electronic Purchases February 25, 2016
    2016 Ethical Electronics Guide The 2016 Electronics Industry Trends report released  by Baptist World Aid and Not For Sale shows the electronics industry has not made sufficient progress in implementing steps to protect workers. “Forced labour, child labour and exploitation remain as significant problems in the supply chain of the electronics Industry. This is the most valuable ...
  • Will Your Easter be #traffikfree February 25, 2016
    The Good Egg Guide In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, children are still trafficked and forced to harvest cocoa in order to supply our loved Easter eggs. Look for Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ  labeled products. The label tells us steps have been taken to prevent and disrupt this abuse. Want to know which eggs are #traffikfree in shopping ...
  • NO to Exploitation, YES to Dignity February 23, 2016
    2016 ACRATH National Conference ACRATH members from around Australia gathered in Sydney 16-18 February for the ACRATH National Conference. The theme of the conference was NO to Exploitation, YES to DignitySr Anne Tormey rsm, President of ACRATH, opened the conference with a reflection on the Year of Mercy and the presentation of her annual report. Understanding and ...
  • Your School, Parish and Community Can Help End Slavery February 9, 2016
    Make Your Easter Chocolate Slavery Free – Please! “Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic – act.” (Pope France 2015) School students and parish communities are being urged to eat only slavery-free chocolate this Easter and not buy Easter eggs and chocolate that might have been ...
  • St Josephine Bakhita February 8, 2016
    World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHRjm1dDzzI St Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once freed she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery, and comforting the poor and suffering. At the request of women religious, Pope Francis established her feastday, 8th February, ...
  • Australians Cannot be Indifferent to Human Trafficking January 29, 2016
    ACBC & ACRATH Media Release Australians cannot be indifferent to human trafficking and must rise to the challenge to stop this global issue, the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life (BCPL) and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) said on the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita. On 8 February 2016, the Church in ...
  • Vatican to Slave-Proof Supply Chain January 24, 2016
    Eliminating Forced Labour At a recent gathering of The Global Foundation, an Australian based organization that seeks to encourage dialogue about global governance, sustainability and other issues, Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariate of the Economy, made the following announcement: “I am pleased to confirm that the Vatican itself will commit to slavery-proofing its own supply ...
  • Day of Prayer, Action and Reflection Against Human Trafficking January 18, 2016
    How Will You Mark this Day? Pope Francis has declared the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, 8th February, to be the International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking. Josephine Josephine Bakhita was born in 1869, in a small village in the Darfur region of Sudan. She was kidnapped while working in the fields with her family and subsequently ...
  • Ethical School Uniforms??? January 18, 2016
    Exploitation of Workers On Sunday 17th January the Sydney Morning Herald reported that while major retailers in Australia are selling some items of school clothing for as little as $2, the factory workers making these items are being paid wages that do not provide for their basic living expenses.  In Bangladesh wages can be up to 45 ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 14, 2016
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 14 No 1 In the first issue of Stop Trafficking for 2016 examples of partnerships in the work against human trafficking are highlighted. Articles include Unshackling Development: Why we Need Partnerships to end Modern Slavery, The Value of Anti-Trafficking Task Forces and Collaborating Against Human Trafficking: Cross Sector Challenges and Practices. Download a copy of Stop ...
  • Human Rights in Supply Chains January 12, 2016
    In Australia businesses are discovering that protecting human rights is not just the right thing to do but it is also good for business. As key manufacturers and purchasers of labour, materials and products, the Australian business community finds it cannot turn a blind eye to human rights abuses in its supply chains, regardless of whether businesses’ contributions are direct ...
  • Slavery and Forced Labour in the Seafood Production January 10, 2016
    Advocating for Slavery Free Seafood Reports that have identified slavery and forced labour in the Seafood production and processing in Thailand and SE Asia are alarming. Australian law makes it illegal for any Australian company to engage in any financial transaction involving a slave, regardless of where it occurs in the world. The work of Coles, Woolworths and ...
  • ACRATH Develops Forced Marriage Education Kit January 10, 2016
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has developed a forced marriage education kit for government, Catholic and independent schools across Australia to raise awareness and to educate people about what they can do if they, or someone they know, is being forced into a marriage. The material and kit, My Rights – My Future: ...
  • Buying Ethically this Christmas December 20, 2015
    Cotton Field to Closet As Christmas approaches with its promise of celebration, gifts and summer, a nagging little question worms itself into my brain:  How can I tell whether the products I’m about to buy have been ethically sourced and produced? Let’s take cotton for example.  For some years now global markets have abounded in cheap cotton ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Parish Toolkit December 11, 2015
    End Human Trafficking through Education The Sisters of St Francis of the Holy Cross in Wisconsin have developed a a parish-based toolkit aimed at ending human trafficking through education and action. The kit can be used by adult faith formation groups, social concerns groups, interfaith dialogue groups and others. It contains infographics, PowerPoint presentations an other resources. You ...
  • Human Rights Day December 10, 2015
    Our Rights. Our Freedoms Always Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50thanniversary of the two International Covenants on ...
  • Inspirational People of 2015 December 9, 2015
    ANZRATH Advent Calendar Aotearoa-New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans have developed an advent calendar.  Learn about 25 people who have been an inspiration to us this year. Each day also has an advent thought to reflect on. Access the Advent Calendar here.
  • Stop Trafficking! December 9, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 12 The December issue of Stop Trafficking! provides basic information about human trafficking that can be used to educate others.  It contains useful resources that can be used in January which is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the US. Articles include Shopping and Slavery, Little Understood Forms of Human Trafficking and ...
  • Unshackling Development December 9, 2015
    Why Do We Need Global Partnerships? Dr James Cockayne is the author of a report released this month entitled Unshackling Development: Why Do We Need Global Partnerships? The report reminds us that we unwittingly feel the touch of slavery in our smartphones, the palm oil in our cosmetics and shampoo, the seafood we buy at supermarkets, our rice bowls, ...
  • Speaking About Modern Day Slavery December 7, 2015
    ABC Radio – Sunday Nights with John Cleary John Cleary, host of Sunday Nights, ABC Local Radio’s weekly national program that opens up conversations on important issues concerning religion, spirituality, ethics and values, invited four guests to speak on modern day slavery following on from the launch of the Australian Freedom Network in Canberra on 2nd December. ...
  • ACRATH Present at Launch of Australian Freedom Network December 2, 2015
    Faith Leaders Pledge to Work for Freedom ACRATH members, Srs Genny Ryan and Noelene Simmons, were present at the launch of the Australian Freedom Network in Parliament House, Canberra on 2nd December. Also present at the launch was Sr Rosemary Grundy pbvm, Director of Catholic Religious Australia. Seventeen faith leaders signed a declaration committing their faith ...
  • We Can Make a Difference December 2, 2015
    Archbishop Denis Hart Makes Declaration Against Modern Slavery On December 2, Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, joined with other faith leaders of Australia to make a declaration against modern slavery. This event launched the Australian Freedom Network. “In the words of Pope Francis, today slavery is rooted in the notion of the human being ...
  • Australian Freedom Network December 2, 2015
    Many Faiths, One Goal – #endslavery The Australian Freedom Network (AFN) is a reflection of the Global Freedom Network, launched by Pope Francis on 2 December 2014. The Global Freedom Network is founded on the premise that religious faith can be a powerful motivating force to inspire individual and community action both spiritually and practically. The Australian Freedom ...
  • Forced Marriage Laws Strengthened in Australia December 2, 2015
    Clearer Definition and Stronger Penalties for Offenders The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Act 2015 came into force on Friday 27 November 2015. This act makes it clear forced marriage includes situations where a person is not able to understand the nature and effect of marriage for reasons such as age and mental ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2016 November 30, 2015
    Anti-Trafficking Resource Calendar National and international efforts to combat human trafficking and forced labour in Australia are showcased in ACRATH’s 2016 calendar produced by long time ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) member Sr Janine Bliss fmm. The calendar illustrates the range of projects and people collaborating to combat the problem, described by ...
  • International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women November 25, 2015
    White Ribbon Day 2015 Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961). In 1999 the United Nations called on all governments, organisations and NGOs ...
  • ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons November 24, 2015
    27th ASEAN Summit On Sunday 22nd November 2015 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Person.  In signing this document they recognised that trafficking in persons is a violation of human rights and reaffirmed their commitment to strong regional and international co-operation against trafficking in persons and ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 23, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 11 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking! looks at the people who may be rubbing shoulders with us daily but for whom exploitation, fear and coercion may be their daily fare. Articles include In Plain Sight, But Hidden Exploitation,  Labour Trafficking and Temporary Work Visas and Business Sustainability begins with Fair ...
  • Sustainable Development Goals November 23, 2015
    Post Millennium Development Goals At a United Nations summit in September 2015 the post-2015 development agenda know as the Sustainable Development Goals were adopted. These goals build on the work accomplished through the Millennium Development Goals and take this action further. The 17 Goals and 169 targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of ...
  • Pope Denounces Exploitation of Migrant Workers November 12, 2015
    Speaking During Visit to Prato https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-DPDs-IR6w During a visit to Prato, an Italian town near Florence which attracts Chinese workers for the textile industry, Pope Francis chose to speak about the exploitation of migrant workers and the sweatshop conditions many of them have to work in.  It was in Prato in December 2013 that  seven Chinese workers, five ...
  • Thank you Nestlé November 11, 2015
    Milo & KitKat are Certified Traffikfree Nestlé, are playing their part. We were excited when ?Nestlé certified its chocolate products in Australia and New Zealand to prevent the use of human trafficking, forced and child labour in 2013. And now they have taken another exciting step! Milo and the global KitKat range will now also be ...
  • Susan Coppedge Appointed Ambassador-at-Large November 11, 2015
    Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons President Obama has appointed Susan Coppedge as the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. In this role she will lead the United State’s global engagement against human trafficking. The State Department’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons assesses global trends, provides strategic foreign assistance funding and engages ...
  • Freedom Award for Sr Maree Marsh csb November 8, 2015
    Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards 2015 Congratulations to ACRATH member Sr Maree Marsh csb who has been awarded a 2015 Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Award. The Anti-Slavery Freedom Awards recognise  the outstanding work and contributions of individuals and organisations for initiatives against slavery and slavery-like practices including forced labour, forced marriage and human trafficking .Maree’s award acknowledged the ...
  • ACRATH Member at UNANIMA International November 3, 2015
    Beginning Internship at UNANIMA Having recently begun her experience as an intern at UNANIMA International ACRATH member, Susan Newland, was asked to introduce herself in the UNANIMA International Newsletter. She wrote: “‘In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.’ (This comment written by ...
  • Report of Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking October 30, 2015
    Australian Government Response to Trafficking in Persons The seventh report of the Interdepartmental Committee on Human Trafficking and Slavery was tabled in Federal Parliament recently.  This report provides an outline of the work of Australian Government agencies during the 2014-2015 period. In the executive summary it states: “The Australian Federal Police received 119 new referrals relating to ...
  • ACRATH Calendar 2016 October 29, 2015
    Support the Work of ACRATH The ACRATH calendar, first published in 2015, created awareness of human trafficking globally and here in Australia. We hope this 2016 edition continues to: Promote awareness of human trafficking issues Promote ACRATH and its work Showcase some of the anti-trafficking work being done by a range of organisations worldwide and within Australia Fundraise for ACRATH’s ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 19, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 10 The Stop Trafficking! October 2015 issue reflects on the interrelationship of social unrest and war with the spread and persistence of human trafficking among vulnerable populations. Articles include Slavery in times of war: exploitation and war,  ‘Comfort women’ in World War II and UN peacekeeping forces. This issue also ...
  • Unlock the Power of girls October 13, 2015
    Video to Mark International Day of the Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrE8yJczlgc Child rights organisation Plan International commissioned this video – Unlock the Power of Girls – to mark International Day of the Girl in 2015.  Based on the poem “Yet” written by young British writer, singer and performer Keisha Thompson, it features 13 girls from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Nicaragua, ...
  • Vale Pauline Coll sgs, AOM October 11, 2015
    A Passion for Justice and the Promotion of Human Rights ACRATH members mourn the loss of Good Samaritan Sister, Pauline Coll, co-founder of ACRATH. Pauline, a true Good Samaritan woman, recognised the unmet needs of vulnerable people being trafficked into Australia, and determined to address these.  Pauline had a passion for justice and the promotion of human ...
  • International Day of the Girl Child October 11, 2015
    The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030 On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme for this day focuses on adolescent girls and the ...
  • ACRATH Education Resource October 5, 2015
    Training Day for Secondary Teachers On 4th Sept.2015, the Education Committee of the Victorian Region of ACRATH led by Ms Anne Walsh held a Training Day for senior secondary teachers on the Education Program as found on the website. We were fortunate to be sponsored and financially supported by the Melbourne Catholic Education Office without which ...
  • Freedom Sunday – 18th October 2015 September 29, 2015
    Global Day of Worship, Prayer and Action on Human Trafficking In 2015 Freedom Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 18th October. 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 ...
  • Abusive and Fraudulent Labour Recruitment September 28, 2015
    A Call to Prevent and Respond In today’s globalized economy, workers are increasingly compelled to look for job opportunities far away from home, and many find employment in countries other than their own. While labour mobility brings benefits to millions of workers and their family members, for many it comes at a high price, particularly when it ...
  • Changes Sought for Labour Brokers in Australia September 26, 2015
    Join the Coalition of Action ACRATH has joined with a network of NGO’s including, Justice & International Mission Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Uniting Church in Australia, Walk Free and the Salvation Army, seeking regulation of labour hire companies in Australia. ACRATH has expressed deep concern to the Justice Minister Michael Keenan of the human trafficking into some Australian ...
  • World Tourism Day – 27th September September 25, 2015
    Prevent Human Trafficking in the Tourism Industry As one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world, tourism has become a key player in international commerce and is one of the main sources of income in many developing countries, with millions working in the tourism sector. Help us raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries ...
  • Make Fashion Traffik Free September 24, 2015
    Join a Fashion EXCHANGE Event SWAP, LEARN & BUY to play your part in making fashion free from human trafficking! Clothes Swap = Bring Clothes to Swap. For every item you bring you will receive a token to choose an item (NB: Women’s fashion and accessories ONLY) WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING? LISTEN to inspiring speakers SEE a fashion show, VIEW the STOP THE TRAFFIK ...
  • Speaking Up about Forced Marriage September 20, 2015
    Jasvinder Sanghera to Visit Australia ACRATH is pleased to be supporting the visit of Jasvinder Sanghera, a forced marriage survivor and an internationally renowned author and activist. For the first time in Australia, Jasvinder will share her life story and help break the silence on violence against women. Join an event from from 6-8pm for drinks, canapés and a conversation that matters. Tickets ...
  • Canberra Advocacy Report September 18, 2015
    ACRATH Newsletter September 2015 Eleven ACRATH advocates were in Canberra for advocacy from 06 to 11 September. During the visit ACRATH was able to acknowledge the recent positive changes to the Human Trafficking Visa Framework and the establishment of the Supply Chains Working Group of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. The two main advocacy points for this ...
  • Stop Trafficking! September 16, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 9 The September 2015 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights how demand for services can subtly promote sexual and labour exploitation and subsequent human trafficking. Articles in this publication include Demand for services: exploitation and trafficking, Human harvest and Clothing industry: Argentinian Sweatshops Download your copy here.
  • The Voices of Trafficked Women September 16, 2015
    Listening, Relating, Responding Sister of Mercy and ACRATH Member, Angela Reed rsm, has given a human face to victims of sex trafficking in the Philippines, the country where she chose to do her Ph D research, aided by her bi-lingual Filipina assistant, social worker and university lecturer Marietta (Mayet) Latonio. Through her research she explored the complex ...
  • ACRATH in Federal Parliament September 9, 2015
    Advocacy Visit is Under Way On Sunday 6th September eleven ACRATH members gathered in Canberra to prepare for their week of advocacy in Parliament House. The two key advocacy issues for this visit relate to forced marriage and forced labour. After two days of advocacy we can say we have had some remarkable uptake of our key ...
  • Successful ACRATH Concert in WA September 6, 2015
    Audience Well Entertained A fundraising concert organised by Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) in WA recently raised more than $4000. The concert was held at the Loreto Nedlands Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, 30 August, and was attended by more than 200 people. The funds raised will go towards supporting victims of trafficking, raising further ...
  • ACRATH to Advocate in Federal Parliament September 4, 2015
    Forced Marriage and Forced Labour Issues Beginning on Monday 7th September ten ACRATH members will begin their annual week of advocacy in Federal Parliament.  During their time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Ministerial advisors, Departmental staff and Embassy staff. ACRATH will acknowledge the work of the Australian Government in reviewing the Human ...
  • Exploiting Vulnerable Workers September 3, 2015
    Migrant Workers Exploited A Four Corners Repot has revealed that migrant workers in 7-Eleven stores around the country are being paid minimal wage and working long hours. Instead of the award wage of $24/hour some workers are receiving as little as $10/hour with no weekend or penalty rates. One worker reported not having been paid for ...
  • Aiming to Reduce Violence Against Women September 1, 2015
    Family Safety Pack The Australia Government has recently released a Family Safety Pack in an effort to reduce violence against women, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. It provides information  on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage. The pack also explains the rights of women coming into ...
  • Enhanced Monitoring Program on Human Trafficking and Slavery September 1, 2015
    Australian Institute of Criminology Research The Australian Government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015–19 reports “the Australian Institute of Criminology is developing a human trafficking and slavery monitoring framework for the Australia (and the Asia-Pacific region) that will improve our evidence base for trends and patterns of trafficking activity.” A Technical and Background Paper (No ...
  • Hair Stylists Support Survivors of Human Trafficking August 31, 2015
    ACRATH Involved in Style for Life Day On Sunday 26 July, ABC 774 Melbourne and radio announcer Libbi Gore presented the Great Broadcast and Blow-dry live from a Hair Salon in Point Cook, Victoria. The radio segment was in support of the Style for Life Day; a campaign in which hair salons all over Australia donated their time to ...
  • I HAVE A VOICE: Trafficked Women in Their Own Words August 28, 2015
    Ground-breaking Book on Trafficking Launched A ground-breaking book, focussing on the lives of 40 trafficked women in the Philippines and the sinister and structural oppression of young women on which the sex trade thrives has been launched. The book, by Sister of Mercy Angela Reed PhD, overturns the popular and sensationalised image of trafficking as a ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter August 2015 August 23, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News Read about ACRATH’s recent activities in the August 2015 ACRATH Newsletter.  Articles include the Forced Marriage Project, advocacy regarding forced labour, an update on the recent Attorney-General’s Department Grant to ACRATH, and many others. Download your copy of the Newsletter here.
  • Enforcing Accountability of States & Businesses in Supply Chains August 22, 2015
    Report of UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery At the UN General Assembly on 8th July 2015 the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, Urmila Bhoola, presented a report in which she provided a thematic study on enforcing the accountability of States and businesses for preventing, mitigating and redressing contemporary forms of slavery in supply ...
  • Help Stop Human Trafficking Concert August 20, 2015
     ACRATH Fundraiser in Western Australia You can be entertained and help stop Human Trafficking at the same time.  Come along to the Help Stop Human Trafficking Fundraising Concert on Sunday 30th August at the Loreto Nedlands Performing Arts Centre, 69 Webster Street Nedlands. Be seated at 2pm for a 2.15pm start. Artists for the afternoon include Terry Burridge, ...
  • Combatting Forced Marriage in Australia August 13, 2015
    House of Representatives Passes New Legislation The Hon Michael Keenan, Minister for Justice, has announced the passing of new legislation on Forced Marriage by the House of Representatives.  These laws clarify what constitutes a forced marriage and introduce tougher penalties for those who cause a forced marriage to occur. Under the new legislation a child under ...
  • David Jones Launches Ethical Sourcing Programme August 13, 2015
    David Jones “Helper, Leader and Encourager” David Jones Chief Executive, Ian Nairn, has launched the David Jones’ Ethical Sourcing Program.  The hope is that all 1,600 brands in the department store, whether fashion, cosmetics, electronics or any other product, will eventually become sustainable, environmentally friendly, and child and slave-labour free.  Nairn said David Jones he said was gearing ...
  • Stop Trafficking August 9, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 8 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report and the global debate over Amnesty International’s proposed policy on prostitution. Read more…
  • Are your Clothes Ethical? August 9, 2015
    Two Years After the Rana Plaza Collapse In April 2013 the Rana Plaza factory collapse resulted in the death of over 1,100 workers with thousands of others maimed for life. Following the collapse unions, non-profit organisations and industry groups developed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. Eight of Australia’s top 10 Fashion companies have committed ...
  • Earthquakes and Child Trafficking July 31, 2015
    Interview with Caritas Worker, Rupa Rai Following on from two major earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year on would think the biggest threat for children would be disease and trauma.  However this is not the case.  Nepalese children who have been displaced through these events are easy targets for traffickers.  During her recent visit to Australia ...
  • UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2015
    Bring Hope to Those Affected by this Horrendous Criminal Activity Human Trafficking is an issue that affects every country. Did you know the good you purchase, the clothes you wear and the food you eat may have been produced using the forced labour of people who have been trafficked and exploited? We all have a responsibility ...
  • Trafficking in Person Heroes July 28, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zafWGbWxZw4 At the ceremony to launch the Trafficking in Person s Report 2015 Secretary of State, John Kerry, name eights Trafficking in Persons Heroes.  These people are an inspiration.  They have been courageous and passionate in their efforts to prevent human trafficking and to assist those who have experienced the trauma of this horrendous crime.
  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 July 28, 2015
    “To Enlighten, To Energise, To Empower” In launching the TIP Report 2015 US Secretary of State, John Kerry indicated that the purpose of this report is “to enlighten and to energize, and most importantly, to empower people” so that they can bring about reform and work to prevent human trafficking and modern day slavery. “This year’s Report places ...
  • ACRATH Participates in Veritas Youth Festival July 26, 2015
    Engaging with Young People to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking ACRATH was recently invited to have a stall at the inaugural Veritas Youth Festival in July at Santa Maria College, Perth. The festival was an initiative of the Catholic Youth Network, a collection of youth agencies, communities and movements across the Perth Archdiocese. Over 400 young people attended ...
  • Jail Sentence for Father of Child Bride July 17, 2015
    Twelve Year Old Girl Married in Ceremony at Family Home The father of a twelve year old girl has been sentenced to six years in jail after he allowed her marriage.  The girl, now thirteen, was married to a 26-year-old man in a ceremony by a local sheikh at the family home in the Hunter Valley last year. ...
  • Teaching Resource on Fair Trade July 16, 2015
    Year 9 Geography at Kildare College Year 9 Kildare College students have been studying the impact Fair Trade can have on people in developing countries; in particular they explored what this means for the cocoa farmers around the world. During the unit students were posed the question ’Should supermarkets stock only Fair Trade chocolate?’ The classes created ...
  • Stop Trafficking! July 16, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 7 In the July 2015 issue of Stop Trafficking! you can read about the plight of children and other labourers in mineral mines. This isssue also contains articles outlining how some quarters of the US business sector is advocating against human trafficking. Download your copy here.
  • Fair Food for Australia June 24, 2015
    Support the Fair Food Agreement Many of you will be aware that some workers, particularly those coming into Australia on a range of visas, are working in conditions that are unjust. This issue was highlighted in a recent edition of the ABC’s Four Corners program, Slaving Away. Find the Four Corners program here. Governments, unions and justice organisation, including ...
  • Involving Migrant Chaplains June 18, 2015
    Raising Awareness in Queensland QLD ACRATH was recently invited to give a presentation on human trafficking to the Migrant Chaplains of Brisbane.  There were about 20 chaplains representing different migrant groups including: Sudanese; Chinese; Vietnamese; Indonesian; East Timorese; and Latin American.  The invitation came about through contacts Rosie Hoban, ACRATH RAP co-ordinator,  made in Brisbane. The ACRATH ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 16, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 6 The June issue of Stop Trafficking! focuses on the plight of thousands who seek employment only to be trapped in exploitive situations. It includes articles on the exploitation of domestic workers, Qatar World Cup 2022 workers, trafficking in the garment industry and the call for domestic worker reforms.  Download ...
  • Slavery on Thai Fishing Vessels June 16, 2015
    Kidnapped, Sold and Enslaved Recently 550 young men from Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand crawled out of Benjina’s jungle, out of incarceration in tiny iron cages and off the decks of fishing boats. They had been slaves, kidnapped, sold and coerced as boys in their home countries, only to be brutalised for years by Thai fishing masters ...
  • NO To Child Labour-YES To Quality Education June 12, 2015
    World Day Against Child Laour The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Around the world, large numbers of children are engaged in paid or unpaid domestic work in the home of ...
  • Professional Development for Teachers June 8, 2015
    Human Trafficking in the Curriculum The ACRATH Victorian Education Committee has organised a Professional Development Day for Teachers in Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools on Friday, 4 September 2015. The Catholic Education Office Melbourne has generously agreed to sponsor this day which will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre (CLC), Corner Victoria Parade and Hoddle Street, ...
  • Australian Visa Reforms Welcome May 27, 2015
    New Visa Framework for People Trafficked into Australia In a media release on Wed 27 May 2015  two federal government Ministers announced visa changes for people trafficked into Australia. The changes address concerns we in ACRATH have raised with the federal government over and over again during the past 6 years. I just want to acknowledge the ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter May 2015 May 13, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News The May 2015 issue of ACRATH News is now available.  It reports on experiences of networking in Rome, the 2015 Easter campaign and current advocacy issues.  An update on the government funded Forced Marriage Project is given. Liz Payne, the new employed Forced Marriage Project Worker, is also introduced. To find out more about ACRATH’s ...
  • Fair Trade Fortnight, 8-22 May May 10, 2015
    You Can Make a Difference Buying Fairtrade products means supporting better working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers in developing countries.  Farmers then have more control over their lives and can decide how to invest in their future. When you buy Fairtrade products you can be confident that the product has been produced according to ...
  • Slavery in Australia!!! May 7, 2015
    Slaving Away: A Four Corners Report A recent Four Corners report, Slaving Away, has uncovered the exploitation of migrant workers on farms and in factories in Australia. The workers, most of whom are on 417 working holiday visas, experience slave-like conditions. They labour for long hours, are underpaid and often live in sub standard conditions.  The fruits of ...
  • Created in the image of God, treated like slaves…. May 5, 2015
    Vatican and COATNET Team Up The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples has teamed up with COATNET (Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Human Beings) in the fight against human trafficking. Council President, Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, and the Caritas Internationalis International Policy Director recently presented a “Christian Commitment Paper” on human trafficking which raises awareness in Episcopal ...
  • Australian Fashion Report 2015 May 5, 2015
    Behind the Bar Code The Australian Fashion Report recently released by Baptist World Aid points to the increased risk of child and forced labour in the garment industry because most local companies are unable to trace or fail to monitor their supply chains. Gershon Nimbalker co-author of the report said while there had been improvements at the final ...
  • Alert to Child Trafficking April 24, 2015
    Human Trafficking in America’s Schools A recent report written under a U.S. Department of Education Grant looks at the issue of child trafficking. In 2013 the International Labour Organization estimated that children represent 26% of victims of human trafficking worldwide.  As many of these children could be in schools it is important that teachers and administrative staff ...
  • Stop Trafficking! April 24, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 4 In the April 2015 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the potential connections of natural disasters with the subsequent exploitation of vulnerable populations by human traffickers. There is also an article outlining a protocol to help trafficked victims in hospital settings. Read more…
  • “Human Trafficking is a Plague on Humanity” April 19, 2015
    Pope Francis addresses the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences At a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in Rome on 18th April Pope Francis expressed gratitude for the work that is being done to find new ways of eradicating human slavery. Referring to the Beatitudes Pope Francis indicated that those who suffer from the evils ...
  • 15th Anniversay of UN Trafficking Protocol April 16, 2015
    Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children This year marks the 15th anniversary of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. Australia is a signatory to this protocol.  This anniversary is an opportune time to review the impact of the protocol and how the Protocol can ...
  • Slavery in Australia April 6, 2015
    Labour Trafficking Conviction A Federal Court Judge has ordered that an Indian man trafficked to Australia and exploited in a restaurant in a Sydney suburb be paid $186,000 by the restaurant owner.  The man had been brought into Australia on a 457 visa and kept in slave-like conditions by his employer.  His passport and visa had been confiscated, ...
  • Britain Passes New Slavery Laws April 2, 2015
    Life in Prison for Traffickers The Modern Slavery Act 2015 received royal assent in the British Parliament on 26th March. It is estimated that there are 13,000 victims of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude in Britain.  This act of Parliament  increases the maximum jail sentence for traffickers from 14 years to life imprisonment and allows ...
  • Still Looking for #Traffikfree Easter Eggs? March 30, 2015
    Make Sure Your Easter Egg is Not Made with Traffiked Labour Perhaps you are finding it difficult to find #Traffikfree Easter Eggs. Tell your local supermarket that you want more #Traffikfree products next year before the 2016 orders are placed. Why buy #Traffikfree products?  Children who have never tasted chocolate are enslaved on cocoa farms in Ivory ...
  • SOLWODI Newsletter March 30, 2015
    Solidarity With Women In Distress In the March 2015 issue of the SOLWODI Newsletter Lutz-Ulrich Besser, founder and leader of the Centre for Psycho-Trauma and Trauma-Therapy in Lower-Saxony, is interviewed on the topic Humans are Being Dehumanized.  SOLWODI is regionally active through the counselling centres, women’s homes and shelters, as well as through political and practical work, not only nationally, ...
  • Forced Marriage in Australia March 29, 2015
    Husband and Father Charged A twelve year old girl  was married in the back yard at the family home in the Hunter Valley by a local sheikh in January 2014. The girl now 13 miscarried after falling pregnant. The twenty seven year old “husband” has been sentenced to a minimum of seven and a half years in jail while the father is currently on ...
  • Advocating for Certified Easter Eggs March 26, 2015
    ACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK Collaborate for #Traffikfree Easter Over recent weeks many ACRATH members have been distributing postcards to Coles and Woolworths asking for them to increase their supply of certified Easter Eggs in 2016. We invite you to take the same message to the supermarkets. Your efforts could help to bring about an end ...
  • Take Action This Easter March 25, 2015
    Let’s get their attention! Make a quick call to your local supermarket, urge them to double their certified Easter products in 2016 and help us make chocolate Traffik- Free. Coles http://store-locator.coles.com.au and Woolworths http://www.woolworths.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/website/tools/store+locator. Why purchase certified products? When you buy certified chocolate you support farmers and workers to improve their lives and their communities. The certification ...
  • Federal Government Acts to Prevent Forced Marriage March 20, 2015
    Safety Plan Guidelines and Introductionn of New Legislation on Forced Marriage On 19th March 2015 Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, announced that to assist young women and girls at risk of forced marriage in developing secret safety plans to escape the illegal practice the Australian Government has uploaded a how-to guide to the Attorney-General’s Department website.  The ...
  • ACRATH in Karratha March 20, 2015
    Raising Awareness in the Karratha Community West Australian ACRATH member Brianna Lee has been busy raising awareness about human trafficking in Karratha. Concerned community members had raised concerns about human trafficking and so one of their group set about organising a number of workshops and a display.  Brianna was delighted to be invited to present at ...
  • Thinking About Which Easter Egg to Buy? March 18, 2015
    Make Your Easter #Traffikfree Download the Good Egg Guide. It will give you and your family a large selection of Certified Easter Eggs to choose from! Can’t find certified Easter Eggs in your local supermarket?  Next time you are shopping hand over an Easter leaflet to ensure your local supermarket knows how important it is to you ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2015 March 16, 2015
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter provides a summary of the 2015 ACRATH National Conference.  The Conference was an opportunity for ACRATH members to reflect on the global context in which they work and a time to reflect on the ten year history of ACRATH.  Sr Angela Reed presented on her recently completed PhD thesis, Exploiting Vulnerability: ...
  • ACRATH National Conference 2015 March 10, 2015
    Global Learnings Impact on the Australian Reality The 2015 ACRATH National Conference took place in Melbourne 25-26 February. The conference opened with a welcome to all to participants, an Acknowledgment of the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the conference was held and the presentation of the ACRATH President’s report by Sr Anne Tormey sm. ...
  • Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) March 10, 2015
    Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  from all regions of the world attend the session. At the Fourth ...
  • Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It March 8, 2015
    International women’s Day 2015 International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March every year.  It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The 2015 theme for International ...
  • Looking for Certified Easter Eggs? March 2, 2015
    Can’t Find Them? Join ACRATH and STOP THE TRAFFIK in asking Coles and Woolworths to double the number of certified Easter products they sell next year. They will start ordering Easter Eggs for 2016 very soon, so it’s urgent that they hear from you today. Order your cards today at www.stopthetraffik.com.au or download a copy of the ...
  • Stop Trafficking! February 28, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 2 The February issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the complexities of modern day slavery and challenges those working against it to avoid over simplifying the solutions’  This issue includes an article by Australian Anne Gallagher, an independent scholar and legal advisor to the UN and Association of South East Asian nations, in which ...
  • ACRATH Celebrates 10 Years February 26, 2015
    Looking Back to Look Forward ACRATH members gathered in Melbourne for their National Conference took time to celebrate the work of ACRATH over the last ten year.  Three founding members of ACRATH, Srs Margaret Ng rsj, Tania De Jong rgs and Louise Cleary csb, were present at the conference and shared their memories of the beginnings of ACRATH. ...
  • One In A Thousand Stories February 25, 2015
    Creative Response to Human Trafficking and Forced Labour One In A Thousand Stories is Brother David O’Brien’s creative response to human trafficking and forced labour. This 20-page booklet brings together his tapestries, his words, facts and figures and the thoughtful and sometimes challenging words of others working in the area. Brother David, a Salesian Brother, decided to ...
  • Women’s Voices Heard in Sex Trafficking Research February 23, 2015
    Research by ACRATH Member Sr Angela Reed rsm Sister of Mercy Angela Reed thought she knew a lot about human trafficking when she managed Mercy Care refuge for six years from 2001. She suspected that some of the women had been trafficked into Australia; now she is certain.  In the past decade, while researching and writing ...
  • Be a Good Egg This Easter February 22, 2015
    Are you buying #traffikfree Easter Chocolate?  In the lead up to Easter 2015, support cocoa farmers and help stamp out child slavery and trafficking in the cocoa industry by buying and consuming certified Easter eggs. Mary Appiah is a farmer who grows cocoa. The more cocoa she sells on Fairtrade terms, the more her community can benefit from ...
  • End Poverty, Human Trafficking & Forced Labour February 20, 2015
    World Day of Social Justice 2015 Today marks the World Day of Social Justice, observed annually on the 20 February to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. Since 2009, the United Nations General Assembly has observed the date as a day to pursue social development and justice by removing barriers of gender, ...
  • Where Do Easter Eggs Come From? February 20, 2015
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6lRrpWSmLc   Where do Easter Eggs come from is a video made in 2014 by a young girl named Sopheak.  She was inspired to do so after watching the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate and learning about the ACRATH slavery free chocolate campaign. Great work Sopheak. Will you take steps to ensure the chocolate you eat is ...
  • Is your Easter Egg TraffikFree February 16, 2015
    Help Eliminate Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry Easter is a time of year when a huge amount of chocolate is sold and eaten all around the world. The shocking truth is that children as young as 10 are trafficked and exploited to create chocolate. This year join us as we campaign for #TRAFFIKFREE chocolate. Check out ...
  • Celebrating the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action February 11, 2015
    Events in Australia A number of events and publications have highlighted the first World day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking held on Sunday 8th February, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita. Activities included publications in diocesan and parish bulletins, prayers of the faithful at parish masses, talks given by ACRATH members and postings on ...
  • Do You Know Where Your Cocoa Comes From? February 10, 2015
    What Will You Do About It? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QewWY4JbyX4 Did you know that a child may have been trafficked to create your favourite chocolate bar. STOP THE TRAFFIK activists are campaigning to see an end to trafficking in the chocolate industry. For more information on how you can make a difference visit the ACRATH Campaigns page and the STOP THE ...
  • Make Easter Traffik Free in 2015 February 10, 2015
    Briefing Sessions ACRATH, as a coalition member of STOP THE TRAFFIK, is participating in the Make Easter Traffik Free in 2015 campaign.  Briefing sessions for those wishing to take part will be held over the coming weeks. To attend a session click on the appropriate link below. Adelaide 12 February Melbourne 17 February Canberra 19 February Brisbane 24 February Sydney 25 February Online ...
  • Call to Combat Human Trafficking February 5, 2015
    Reflection by Sr Anne Tormey RSM, President of ACRATH Sunday 8 February, the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, marks the first World Day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking. An article in Mercy e-News by Sr Anne Tormey, a member of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea(ISMAPNG) and President of ACRATH, helps ...
  • Best Call to Action, Best Use of Social Media February 2, 2015
    2015 Restless Press Southern Cross Catholic Digital Media Awards               In the 2015 Inaugural Restless Press Southern Cross Catholic Digital Media Awards ACRATH was placed first in two sections. Best Call to Action and Best Use of Social Media. ACRATH is grateful to all who voted for us.  Thank you for your interest and support. Please continue visiting ...
  • Kidnapped and Sold into Slavery January 28, 2015
    Novena Prayer to Saint Bakhita Pope Francis has declared February 8th,the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, to be the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking. Josephine Bakhita was born in 1869, in a small village in the Darfur region of Sudan. She was kidnapped while working in the fields with her family and ...
  • Fight the Trade in Human Lives January 28, 2015
    Joint Statement from ACBC & ACRATH The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) and ACRATH have released a media statement for the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking.  In this statement Bishop Eugene Hurley, Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life said, ‘It is imperative that we begin a journey of personal change ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 22, 2015
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 13 No 1 In this first issue of Stop Trafficking for 2015 you can read about faith leaders calling for an end to human trafficking, human trafficking of minors through social networking, shopping and slavery and other very informative articles. Download your copy here.
  • Trafficking in the Tea Industry January 22, 2015
    Join the Campaign Everywhere around the world people drink tea. Tea is big business in India.Recent research has shown that the labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations of Assam, a north-eastern state of India, are fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to human trafficking. Men, women and children are being deceived with promises of a ...
  • Youth Symposium Against Human Trafficking January 20, 2015
    International Declaration Issued Young people from different faiths and different backgrounds gather at the Vatican in November 2014 for a symposium on Human Trafficking. The event was jointly organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the interfaith Global Freedom Network and the Argentinian anti-trafficking association ‘Vinculos En Red’. Young survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation were ...
  • World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking January 14, 2015
    Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, 8th February St Josephine Bakhita was born in Southern Sudan in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. She was treated brutally by her captors as she was sold and resold. She did not remember her name: Bakhita, which means “fortunate one,” was the name given ...
  • National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2015 January 10, 2015
    Proclamation by President Barack Obama President Barack Obama has proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in U.S.A.  He commented that more needs to be done in the US and across the globe to uphold values of dignity and freedom for all people.   He urges every citizen to “take action by speaking ...
  • World Day of Peace 2015 January 1, 2015
    No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters As we celebrate World Day of Peace 2015 let us, inspired by the words of Pope Francis, be peacemakers working against the exploitation of our fellow human beings. Pope Francis began his message for World Day of Peace message by  offering “heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and ...
  • Ambassador to Holy See Visits ACRATH December 14, 2014
    Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG in Melbourne Ambassador John McCarthy KCSG, Australian Embassy to the Holy See, visited ACRATH at Albert Park, Melbourne on Friday 12 December 2014.   ACRATH members had the opportunity to share with him the organisation’s objectives and current activities.  The Ambassador responded by sharing with the group the ‘Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders ...
  • No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters December 11, 2014
    Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Peace Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace – 1 January 2015- is entitled “No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters.”  In this message we are reminded that we are called to live in relationships that are inspired by by justice and love so that the dignity, freedom and autonomy of ...
  • Philippine Bishops Call for Zero Tolerance December 10, 2014
    One Filippino Victim of Human Trafficking is One Too Many On Monday 8th December Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Philippines Catholic Bishops’ Conference, issued a pastoral letter calling for zero tolerance of human trafficking.  He called for cooperation between Church and the government to fight the evil of human trafficking which is “well established in our cities”. ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter December 2014 December 9, 2014
    Latest ACRATH News The December 2014 edition of ACRATH News outlines some of the activities ACRATH members have been involved in over recent months. Included are articles about the Radio and Print Awareness Project, the Supply Chain Working Group and the recent meeting of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery. ACRATH would like to wish ...
  • National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery December 7, 2014
    ACRATH Members Present at Launch ACRATH members were present when the Australian Government recently launched two important documents – the National Action Plan to combat Human Trafficking and Slavery and the Forced Marriage Community Pack. In releasing the National Action Plan Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, said, “Now is the time for a new vision; one ...
  • Declaration Against Slavery December 2, 2014
    Global Freedom Network https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2VPAFFD1Ak Religious Leaders, including Pope Francis, gathered in the Vatican on the International Day against Slavery, 2nd December, to sign a Declaration Against Slavery. This is the first time leaders of the world’s faith have come together with the goal of ending slavery. They wish to express their commitment to the dignity and freedom that ...
  • Human Trafficking Deprives Victims of Their Dignity November 28, 2014
    Pope Francis Addresses Council of Europe In his speech to the Council of Europe on 25th November in Stratsbourg, Pope Francis said “Peace is also violated by trafficking in human beings, the new slavery of our age, which turns persons into merchandise for trade and deprives its victims of all dignity. Not infrequently we see how interconnected ...
  • Trafficking in Children on the Rise November 26, 2014
    Global Report on Trafficking in Persons The UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014 mandated by the General Assembly covers 128 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2010 and 2012 (or more recent). The Global Report ...
  • Orange Your Neighbourhood on White Ribbon Day November 25, 2014
    Eliminate Violence Against Women On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25  as the annual date for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  This day also marks the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence. The end of the 16 Days is December 10, International ...
  • End Child, Early & Forced Marriage November 24, 2014
    Historic Resolution of UN General Assembly The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly of the United Nations has agreed that members should pass laws banning child marriages.  According to UN statistics there are now more that 700 million women who were married before their 18th birthday with child marriages afffecting about 15 million girls every year. ...
  • ACRATH Member in Geraldton November 20, 2014
    Brianna Lee Speak on Human Trafficking Brianna Lee, a member of ACRATH and a PhD Law student at Murdoch University, has been researching human trafficking in Australia and Thailand over a number of years. She recently spent time in Geraldton where she spoke at an evening public forum, a morning breakfast with the Rotary Club of Gerladton ...
  • Become a Fair Trade Community November 20, 2014
    Sourcing Fair Trade & Slavery-free Products Are there Fair Trade and slavery-free products, such as chocolate, tea and coffee, available in your school or university cafeteria, workplace staff room, parish or church? What about your kitchen pantry? If not, why not become a Fair Trade Community! Purchasing and consuming Fair Trade products within your community can help promote ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 20, 2014
    Anti-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 ...
  • First Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner for UK November 19, 2014
    Implementing Modern Slavery Bill in UK Kevin 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 ...
  • ACRATH at CSSA Leadership Forum November 6, 2014
    Human 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 ...
  • Voices of Trafficked & Oppressed Women November 5, 2014
    G20 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 ...
  • Your Voice Counts November 5, 2014
    End Trafficking in the Chocolate Industry Activists 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 ...
  • Human Trafficking and Slavery in Australia November 5, 2014
    Numbers 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 ...
  • Trading Lives October 31, 2014
    Government Responds to Human Trafficking and Slavery Report The 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 ...
  • Protect the Rights of Domestic Workers October 31, 2014
    Campaign 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 ...
  • Death and Serious Injury during 2014 Cotton Harvest October 31, 2014
    Forced 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, ...
  • Trafficking in Canada October 31, 2014
    Canadian Women’s Foundation The 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 October 26, 2014
    UNICEF Report A 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 ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 25, 2014
    Anti-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? October 14, 2014
    How 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 ...
  • UN Experts Stress Empowerment of Girls October 12, 2014
    Empowerment Vital to End Violence Against Women and Girls On 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 ...
  • Child Advocates Win Nobel Peace Prize October 11, 2014
    Joint Winners – Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Pakistani 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 ...
  • International Day of the Girl Child 2014 October 11, 2014
    Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence In 2011, a United Nations resolution established 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, a day designated for promoting the rights of girls and addressing the unique challenges they face.  The theme of this day for 2014 is Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence. ...
  • Advocate for Slavery-Free Easter Chocolate in 2015 October 6, 2014
    Write to Supermarkets Now You can help to reduce child slavery in the chocolate industry. Join with ACRATH and other organisations advocating for slavery-free Easter Eggs. Now is the time to write to supermarkets asking them to ensure they have adequate stocks of Easter eggs certified free of child slavery for Easter 2015. Download a sample letter ...
  • 2014 Canberra Advocacy September 30, 2014
    Seeking a Stronger Human Rights Response Fifteen ACRATH advocates were in Canberra from 22 to 25th November speaking on behalf of those who have been trafficked into Australia. During the four days ACRATH members met with 79 Members of Parliament and Advisors. They promoted a stronger rights based approach to support for people trafficked into Australia, a change ...
  • Protect People Trafficked into Australia September 21, 2014
    Join the Campaign The Salvation Army and ACRATH are currently advocating to prevent the passage of certain provisions in the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendments (2014 Budget Measures) 2014 Bill No. 2, (Schedule 9). If passed, individuals under 30 applying for Special Benefit will become subject to a six month exclusion period. This includes victims of slavery ...
  • Traffik Free Chocolate September 21, 2014
    Mondeléz Campaign Over a third of the cocoa that makes the world’s chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast, Africa. It’s highly likely that the beans that make your favourite chocolate bar come from here.  Cocoa harvesting is backbreaking and hazardous work. The shocking reality is that much of this work is done by children.  Despite improvements in ...
  • Advocating for the Rights of Trafficked People September 16, 2014
    ACRATH Members to Visit Federal Parliament Thirteen ACRATH members from around Australia will make their annual visit to Federal Parliament from 22-25 September 2014 in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. ACRATH has at least 54 meetings scheduled during this advocacy week. During our time in Canberra ACRATH members will engage with Senators, ...
  • Human Trafficking Not Confined to Poor Countries September 13, 2014
    Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations In an address to the 27th Ordinary Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, chose slavery as the theme of his address.  While referring to a number of tragic forms of contemporary slavery that have recently attracted the attention of ...
  • Music Against Child Labour September 12, 2014
    Dedicate a Concert or a Song Music is a universal language. Although we sing in every tongue, it also expresses emotions we cannot say in words. It links us all. Together, the world of music can raise its voice and instruments against child labour. All children have the right to their childhood: to learn, to play and ...
  • Modern Day Slavery and What We Buy September 10, 2014
    Statement from Ambassador Luis CdeBaca According to a 2014 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report forced labour generates around $150 billion in illegal profits per year. Victims of forced labour are held in conditions of slavery in a variety of jobs.  Goods and services tainted by forced labour can be the food we eat, the clothes we wear ...
  • First Human Trafficking Charges in New Zealand September 8, 2014
    Men Trafficked into Horticulture Industry Immigration New Zealand have indicated human trafficking charges have been laid in New Zealand for the first time.  Two men are charged with trafficking eighteen Indian men to New Zealand to work in the horticulture industry.  The incident took place in the Nelson region in 2008-2009.  The charge has a maximum penalty ...
  • ‘Broken Dreamers’ MTV EXIT & BIRKII September 8, 2014
    What is Human Trafficking? Do you know what human trafficking is?  Would you know how to recognises this crime.  A video clip recently released by MTV Exit tells the story of three characters caught in nightmarish situations of human trafficking also know as modern day slavery.  Created by McCann Sydney the video exposes s0me of the tricks played ...
  • Recovery, Return and Reintegration of Indonesian Victims of Trafficking September 7, 2014
    Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no.483 The fifth and final paper in the Australian Institute of Criminology’s (AIC) analysis of data from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Counter Trafficking Module (CTM) has been published.  The paper is entitle Recovery, return and reintegration of Indonesian victims of trafficking.  Once a trafficked person ...
  • Journalist Wins Award with ACRATH Article September 6, 2014
    Congratulations to Virginia Knight, Catholic Outlook Published in the Catholic Outlook November 2013 issue, Virginia Knight’s article Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans took out the award for Best Social Justice Coverage at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards for Excellence 2014.  The awards were presented by the Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, at the ...
  • Ask Mondeléz International to Commit to Traffik Free Chocolate August 31, 2014
    This Problem is Urgent Human trafficking and exploitation remain bitter hidden ingredients in the chocolate that we eat. Thousands of boys as young as 10 yrs old, from the Cote D’Ivoire and neighbouring countries, continue to be trafficked to pick and harvest cocoa beans that are used to create our favourite chocolate treats. Their freedom is ...
  • Slaves No More, But Brothers and Sisters August 27, 2014
    Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace 2015 The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has announced that Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace 2015 will be entitled “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters”.  World Day of Peace is observed annually on 1st January.  The Pope’s message will be sent to  foreign ministers throughout the ...
  • Freedom – the Movie August 18, 2014
    John Newton’s Amazing Grace Freedom is a must see movie that displays courage and hope.  It is the story two men, separated by a hundred years, who share one hope — freedom! In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia. A secret network of ordinary people known ...
  • New UN Special Rapporteur August 17, 2014
    Maria Grazia Giammarinaro At the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday 27th June 2014 the Council President announced the appointment of Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro as the new Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children. Recently an Italian penal judge and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Special Representative  and Co-ordinator ...
  • Standing in Solidarity in Nepal August 17, 2014
    Celebrating World Day Against Trafficking in Persons Caritas Nepal Women and Children Desk (CNWCD) observed the first UN declared World Day Against Trafficking in Persons by showing their solidarity with the victims and survivors of Human Trafficking and to spreading awareness about human trafficking in the rural communities. They organized a program in Jharuwarasi in collaboration with ...
  • Students Support Fair Trade Chocolate August 15, 2014
    St Aloysius College Adelaide A Fair Trade Chocolate morning tea was recently held at St Aloysius College Adelaide.  This was a fund raising event to raise money for the college’s social justice activities.  It was also an opportunity for students to engage in the campaign to eliminate the worst forms of child labour from the chocolate ...
  • Stop Trafficking! August 15, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 8 The August issue of Stop Trafficking! looks at the plight of children, especially those seeking asylum because of violence and sexual exploitation.  This issue also give information is given about a new screening tool to help service providers and law enforcement agencies identify victims of human trafficking so that ...
  • NZ Outlaws Slave-like Fishing August 5, 2014
    Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill The New Zealand Parliament has unanimously passed a bill that will require all foreign fishing vessels operating in New Zealand waters to fly the New Zealand and operate under New Zealand laws.  In the past there has been human rights and labour abuses on these foreign vessels. ...
  • ACRATH Participates in National Roundtable August 5, 2014
    National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, convened the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery on Monday 14th July in Parliament House, Canberra.  Four government Ministers attended the meeting along with government agencies, non-government organisations and industry bodies. At the meeting Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Executive Officer, was able to raise some ...
  • App to Combat Human Trafficking August 5, 2014
    Pacific Human Rights Group Creating a Mobile Phone App In July 2014 women representing 12 Pacific nations recently took part in Pacific Women’s Indigenous Network’s Think Tank Talanoa in Auckland.  Their aim was to workshop ideas that could be taken back to their home countries. In an effort to comabat human trafficking in the Pacific old and ...
  • First World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 29, 2014
    Help to Give Hope Each year millions of children, women and men from all regions of the world are trafficked, their hope is stolen. To mark the first ever United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July, people across the globe are encouraged to symbolically help give back this precious item.  Click here to find out ...
  • Call to Honour Millenium Development Goal Commitments July 29, 2014
    ACRATH Concerned About Foreign Aid Cuts The 2014 Federal Budget outlined cuts to foreign aid.  ACRATH is deeply concerned about this decision.  Alleviating poverty is one means of reducing vulnerability to human trafficking.  We call on the Australian Government to reconsider the announced cuts to foreign aid. In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals called on developed countries ...
  • Just Married, Just a child July 23, 2014
    Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region Plan International Australia has released a report entitled Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region.  The report was written by Mark Evenhuis, Plan International Australia (international content) and Jennifer Burn, Anti-Slavery Australia (Australian content).  Child marriage is a breech of the human rights of the child.  It ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter July 2014 July 19, 2014
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter outlines the activities ACRATH has been engaged in over recent months in order to raise awareness about human trafficking, to advocate on behalf of women, men and children who have been trafficked into Australia and to support those who have been trafficked as they try to recover from their ...
  • Tackling Forced Labour July 18, 2014
    New ILO Protocol At the International Labour Conference held in June 2014 a new legally binding Protocol designed to strengthen global efforts to eliminate forced labour was adopted.  The Protocol was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.  “The Protocol and Recommendation mark a major step forward in ...
  • Stop Trafficking! July 12, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 7 The July 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights some of the issues found in the 2014 TIP (Trafficking in Persons) Report.  In particular it reflects on how victims can be helped to become survivors.  “For those who have endured the exploitation of modern slavery, even the most effective justice system ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Resources July 10, 2014
    United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference Resources The mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) is to educate on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person; to advocate for an end to modern day slavery; and to provide training and technical assistance on this issue. ...
  • Slave Free Easter in 2015 July 9, 2014
    Now is the Time to Plan ACRATH would like to thank Aldi supermarkets and Haigh’s Chocolate for making it easier to purchase ethical Easter eggs in 2014.  Your sale of products which carry a certification label gives consumers confidence that the products they are buying do not have slavery in their supply chain. ACRATH now invites al  ...
  • Fair Trade Communities July 7, 2014
    Guidelines for School, Workplaces, Universities, Faithgroups Support the global Fair Trade movement.  Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest ...
  • Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act July 4, 2014
    Canadian Parliament Passes New Laws After 10 years of work by Member of Parliament Joy Smith, and many hours of advocacy by UNANIMA communities, on June 4, 2014 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, introduced by Justice Minister Peter MacKay in response to a Supreme Court decision (Canada ...
  • Treatment of Young Women Inhumane July 4, 2014
    Saddened and Angered Concurrently As part of her theological studies Jane Branigan wrote a paper on human trafficking.  She explains here how she came to do this: “I am married to Vincent Branigan, mother of Seamus (27) and Bridget (25). I receive love, joy and a sense of purpose from my family. Vince and I live in ...
  • Behind the Bar Code June 27, 2014
    Electronics Industry Trends Research conducted by international aid and development organisation Baptist World Aid Australia in conjunction with their partner Not for Sale, a U.S. anti-slavery campaign, is the second report in the Behind the Barcode series released by the organisations, stemming from a need to educate consumers to shop ethically.  With mounting pressure on the ...
  • Remembering Carol Hogan sss June 23, 2014
    A Serene, Cheerful and Generous Woman ACRATH members wish to pay tribute to Carol Hogan sss who died on Monday 2nd June.  Carol made a significant contribution to ACRATH through the person that she was, through her taking up of the role of Victorian co-ordinator and then National Secretary and through her encouragement of a group ...
  • A Call to Action, A Call to Conscience June 21, 2014
    2014 TIP Report Released Secretary of State, John F Kerry, has released the 2014 Trafficking in Persons(TIP) Report.  In releasing the report Secretary Kerry said, ” this is not just a book, it’s not just a report filled with stories that will touch you. This is a call to action. It’s a call to conscience….If the cries ...
  • Supermarket Supply Chains June 19, 2014
    Slavery in the Thai Fishing Industry An investigation conducted by The Guardian has revealed that some major supermarkets are using suppliers that rely on slave labour.  Prawns may be cheap to buy in supermarkets but the human cost of bringing them to supermarket shelves is unimaginable.  The long complex supply chain from boat to supermarket shelf ...
  • Marriage and Partner Migration to Australia June 16, 2014
    Australian Institute of Criminology(AIC) Research & Public Policy No 124 Research described in the latest AIC Research & Public Policy Paper is the first in Australia to confirm that marriage has been used to recruit or attract women to Australia for the purposes of exploitation as domestic servants, to provide private or commercial sexual services and/or to be exploited in the ...
  • Tool to Identify Victims of Human Trafficking June 16, 2014
    Out of the Shadows The Vera Institute of Justice’s Trafficking, in collaboration with eleven victim service organisation has developed a Victim of Human Trafficking Identification Tool.  Tested with a diverse sample of potential victims of trafficking the tool was found to be reliable in predicting labour and sex trafficking. The tool will be useful for victim service ...
  • Message of Pope Francis to ILO June 13, 2014
    Conference of the International Labour Organization On the occasion of the 103rd session of the Conference of the International Labour Organization (28th May – 12 June 2014) Pope Francis sent a message to the Director General of the ILO, Mr Guy Ryder.  During the fifteen day conference workers, representatives of business and governments of the 185 ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 13, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 6 The June 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights current legislation that would help address some of the injustices faced by victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation and cut profits to traffickers. Download your copy here.
  • Economics of Forced Labour June 13, 2014
    ILO Report Looks at Supply & Demand Side of Forced Labour. The International Labour Organization (ILO) has released a new report which looks at the economics of forced labour.  In looking at the supply and demand side of forced labour the report presents solid evidence for a correlation between forced labour and poverty.  In a 2012 report ...
  • Modern Slavery Bill Announced by Queen June 6, 2014
    Bill Helps Trafficked Children & Makes Victim Protection Central The British government’s plans to tackle modern slavery by cracking down on traffickers and improving the protection and support available to victims have been hailed as a rare opportunity to end an “appalling crime”.  The modern slavery bill, which was announced in the Queen’s speech on 4th ...
  • Fighting Child Trafficking During World Cup June 6, 2014
    Play for Life, Fight Trafficking An international association of Catholic sisters are campaigning against human trafficking and prostitution during the World Cup in Brazil.  They are using social media, billboards and rallies in host cities to draw attention to the heightened risk of exploitation of sex workers and job-seekers in general.  The association called Talitha Kum — a ...
  • Who, If, When to Marry June 3, 2014
    Incidence of Forced Marriage in Canada The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, or SALCO, recently released a report on its findings looking at 219 cases of forced marriage that were identified in the province between 2010 and 2012.  The report, titled Who/If/When to Marry: The Incidence of Forced Marriage in Ontario, found that both men and women in ...
  • Preventing & Eliminating Early, Child & Forced Marriage May 31, 2014
    Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report outlining some of the factors that contribute to early, child and forced marriage and analyses existing measures to address and eliminate it.  The report states that “empirical evidence ...
  • Special Rapporteur Reports to UN May 28, 2014
    Challenges in Developing Rights-based Responses to Trafficking UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, has presented a report on her activities for the period 1st March 2013 to 1st March 2014 to the UN Human Rights Council. In the report she once again affirms “first, that the human rights of ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 28, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 5 The May 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking looks at the the issues concerning oppressive cultural biases and traditions that have led to human trafficking related crimes that affect women and children. One article, Hotline to Help  Child Brides, tells of the efforts of Dr Eman Sharobeem’s efforts to set ...
  • Foreign Aid Cuts a National Disgrace May 23, 2014
    ACRATH Speaks Out Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Project C0-ordinator, has made the following comments about cuts to foreign aid announced in the 2014 Federal Budget.  ‘Our aid budget funds among other things access to clean drinking water, education programmes for girls, and counter human trafficking initiatives in our South-east Asian region. These are essentials for some of the ...
  • Survivor of Trafficking into Australia Dies May 23, 2014
    Ning’s Story ACRATH mourns the death of Ning on Friday 16 May 2014 after a long illness.  Ning had been trafficked into Australia as a 13 year old.  ACRATH remembers Ning as a young woman of great strength.  She agreed to testify against her traffickers in Thailand, who were convicted and served long prison sentences.  ACRATH ...
  • Indigenous Girls Trafficked Younger and Younger May 14, 2014
     Trauma Bonding with Their Traffickers A Canadian human trafficking task force is seeking to change the legal definition of human trafficking.  According to the legal definition human trafficking usually happens because of force, threats or coercion.  However, Diane Redsky, project director of the Human Trafficking Task Force at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, says these days, Indigenous ...
  • Free Anti-Slavery On-line Course May 13, 2014
    Start Learning Today The first free Australian online training program dealing with trafficking and slavery was recently launched by Sydney-based Anti-Slavery Australia at the University of Technology, Sydney.  Funded by the Australian Government through the Proceeds of Crime program, the course offers comprehensive training on human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices including forced labour, debt bondage, ...
  • Bring Back Our Girls Campaign May 11, 2014
    Call to Action The April abduction of over 230 schoolgirls from the Chibok Government Secondary School in Nigeria calls us to prayer and action on their behalf.  In a recent media statement First Lady, Michelle Obama, called this “unconscionable” act.  She invited us to “pray for their safe return.  Let us hold their families in our hearts during this very difficult ...
  • Freedom Partners May 9, 2014
    Safe House Partnership The May issue of Trafficking and Slavery Safe House acknowledges the partnership between the Josephite Counter Trafficking Project  and the Salvation Army.  Sr Margaret Ng and Sr Margaret Lergessner, who are also ACRATH members, have helped clients build a peer support network which is of invaluable benefit to Safe House clients.  Read more...
  • Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking May 9, 2014
    Testimony of US Conference of Catholic Bishops In April 2014 Nathan Lummert, Director Special Programs Migration and Refugee Services/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gave testimony before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking. Lummert indicates that the Trafficking in Persons Report has ...
  • Fairtrade Fortnight 3-18 May 2014 May 6, 2014
    Why Fairtrade? Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things Fairtrade and the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
  • New Anti-trafficking Laws for Papua New Guinea May 6, 2014
    Laws take effect May 2014 With the help of the International Organisation for Migration(IOM), new legislation relating to human trafficking has been developed in Papua New Guinea.  The new legislation will come into effect in May 2014.  This legislation criminalises all forms of human trafficking and will target criminal engaged in trafficking people into, out of and within ...
  • Rana Plaza One Year Anniversary April 24, 2014
    Fashion Revolution Day On 24th April 2014, the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza Collapse in Bangladesh which killed at least 1,138 people were killed and injured an estimated 2,500 people, some fashion designers in Australia will be wearing their clothes inside out to indicate that they know where their clothes come from.  They are using the ...
  • Fighting Against Human Trafficking April 24, 2014
    US State Department & US Catholic Bishops’ Conference Collaborate At the annual meeting of the US President’s Interagency Task Force To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons on 8th April 2014, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that “the State Department is planning to work with the Conference of Catholic Bishops in order to map and ...
  • Giving a Voice to the Voiceless April 15, 2014
    Year 12 Student Supports the Work of ACRATH As part of her Yr 12 Religion Assessment at Penola College Broadmeadows,  Marie-Claire Charchar chose to investigate the work of ACRATH.  Prior to undertaking this assignment she had no idea that human trafficking occurred in Australia.  She writes, “I realised that the real issue is that the victims of ...
  • Stop Trafficking! April 15, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 4 The April 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights how fair trade helps prevent human trafficking.  Learn the difference between Free Trade and Fair Trade.  You can also read about the ground-breaking agreement announced in March at the Vatican among representatives of major faiths.  This agreement inaugurated the Global Freedom ...
  • Rana Plaza Collapse One Year On April 13, 2014
    Global Day of Action on 24th April 2014 On April 24th 2014 it will be one year since the Rana Plaza collapse in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka.  At least 1,138 people were killed and an estimated 2,500 people were injured.  Despite emerging cracks in the building resulting in an evacuation order being issued the day before the ...
  • Operation Nawa Rescues Trafficked Children in Côte d’Ivoire April 13, 2014
    Operation Against Child Trafficking and Exploitation 76 children trafficked across West Africa were recently rescued in a joint operation by Interpol and law enforcement authorities in Côte d’Ivoire.  Gendarmes, police and forestry agents targeted cacao fields and illegal gold mines  The majority of the children came from Burkina Faso and Mali.   The operation led to the arrest and ...
  • Human Trafficking: An Open Wound On Society April 11, 2014
    Combating Human Trafficking Pope Francis used strong words to address the Vatican conference Combating Human Trafficking held on 9th & 10th April.   “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”  The conference was attended by Church representatives, law ...
  • Combating Human Trafficking April 5, 2014
    Vatican and Law Enforcement in Partnership The second international conference on human trafficking will take place on 9 and 10 April in the Academy of Sciences in the Vatican.  The theme of this conference will be “Combating Human Trafficking: Church and law enforcement in partnership.” T he Conference aims to bring police chiefs together so they can build ...
  • Celebrating with Ethical Easter Eggs April 4, 2014
    Well Done St Monica’s Epping Students at St Monica’s Epping in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, encouraged by their teacher, Fadi Elbarbar, responded very enthusiastically to a session on slavery free supply chains recently conducted by Joan Kennedy pbvm from ACRATH.  Large copies of the Slavery-Free Chocolate for Easter flyer were displayed in each classroom. This is St Monica’s ...
  • Finding Slavery-Free Chocolates April 4, 2014
    Where Should You Look? The hunt for slavery free Easter eggs is on!  In the last few weeks, slavery free campaigners have been out and about looking for ethically sound chocolate.  They have reported that Aldi has large stocks of UTZ certified chocolate, including a reasonably priced pack of small eggs, while Coles is selling Fairtrade ...
  • Lured by a Job,Trapped in Forced Labour April 4, 2014
    ILO Animated Video on Forced labour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOHq0MlN3PY The ILO (International Labour Organisation) reports that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour – 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys.  But how does this happen?   The ILO recently released an animated clip,  Lured by a Job, Trapped in Forced Labour, which depicts several conditions ...
  • We Want Traffik Free Chocolate April 4, 2014
    Message for Mondelez Mondelez end child trafficking in your chocolate by setting a public deadline to certify your entire chocolate range.  Other global chocolate companies have made a commitment to have their entire chocolate range certified by 2020.  When will  Mondelez make a public commitment to reduce the risk of child trafficking in their cocoa supply chains? You ...
  • Protecting the Girl Child April 4, 2014
    Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage Equality Now, in partnership with TrustLaw Connect and Latham & Watkins LLP, carried out a sample survey of the legal position on child marriage and some of the interconnected issues in 18 sample countries. Child marriage is practised across the globe. The sample country reports look at ...
  • American Samao’s New Anti-Human Trafficking Law April 4, 2014
    Law to Take Effect in June 2014 After being signed into law at the end of March, American Samoa’s new anti-human trafficking laws will come into effect in June.  Acting Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga said the legislation will allow the government to investigate and prosecute those who would exploit others.  He also said, “There have been ...
  • International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery March 25, 2014
    Victory Over Slavery:  Haiti and Beyond Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. This day is also an opportunity to raise awareness about modern day ...
  • Ministerial Grant Acknowledges Work of ACRATH March 25, 2014
    Federal Grant Enhances Work of ACRATH ACRATH– Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans – has just been advised that Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, has approved funding for ACRATH of $360,000 over the next three years.   Minister Keenan wrote in a letter to ACRATH: “I recognise ACRATH’s valuable contribution to Australia’s response to ...
  • Congratulations Haigh’s Chocolates March 19, 2014
    UTZ Certified Easter Egg and Easter Bilby Haigh’s Chocolate are proud to be the first Australian-owned bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer to achieve international UTZ certification for ethically and sustainably farmed cocoa beans, which includes a zero-tolerance policy towards trafficked child labour.  UTZ certification puts Haigh’s at the forefront of a sustainable production program that spans cocoa-growing countries ...
  • Vatican, Anglicans & Muslims Working Against Human Trafficking March 18, 2014
    Global Freedom Network Established On 17th March, the feast of St Patrick who was himself a slave, an accord was signed by the Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim Institution pledging to work together to end human trafficking throughout the world by 2020.  It is hoped that over time all the world’s major faiths ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2014 March 17, 2014
    Latest ACRATH News The March 2014  ACRATH Newsletter provides an update of various ACRATH activities including the National Conference and AGM which was held 27 February – 1 March.  ACRATH is currently involved with key campaigns addressing Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter and the Importation of Slavery Free Supply Goods. Download your copy of the ACRATH Newsletter here.
  • Slavery Free Chocolate March 17, 2014
    Are You Buying Ethical Chocolate? Did you know that much of the chocolate available in Australia comes from cocoa beans picked by children, many of whom have been trafficked or forced to work in exploitative conditions?   It is estimated that there are at least 800,000 children working in the cocoa industry at present:  5-10% of these ...
  • Stop Trafficking! March 17, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 3 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the steps women are taking to curb human trafficking.  You can also read about the contribution to anti-trafficking initiatives made by the recent recipients of the 4th Annual Norma Hotaling Anti-Trafficking Awards.  A number of resources are also listed in the March ...
  • Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter March 7, 2014
    Buy Only Slavery-free Chocolate The Slavery-free Chocolate for Easter campaign was recently launched in Melbourne, Victoria, with students from St Bernard’s College, Essendon and Penleigh Essendon  Grammar School. Let us not forget that even our smallest actions have the capacity to impact on the lives of others.  The Slavery–free chocolate campaign is designed to free those children, ...
  • ACRATH Chairperson’s Report March 4, 2014
    “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) Sr Maree Marsh csb, the outgoing Chair of ACRATH, recently delivered the ACRATH Annual Report to members gathered at the ACRATH National Conference.  Maree reported, “ACRATH activities taking place across Australia are as many as they are varied.  Education, awareness-raising, advocacy, personal ...
  • New President for ACRATH March 2, 2014
    Congratulations Sr Anne Tormey At the AGM held during the ACRATH Conference in Melbourne 27 February – 1 March, Sr Anne Tormey rsm was elected to the position of President of ACRATH.  Anne has been the Regional Coordinator of ACRATH in South Australia for the last three years.   She has had wide experience in administrative roles and ...
  • Under Age and Forced Marriages in Australia February 18, 2014
    Coercing Someone to Marry is a Crime It has been alleged that an iman married a 12 year old girl to a 26 year old man in NSW.  The girl has been placed in foster care while the 26 year old has been charged with having sex with a child and the iman has been charged ...
  • Stop Trafficking February 17, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 2 The February 2014 issue of Stop Trafficking  contains a number of article examining the debate about the link between human trafficking and prostitution.  The newsletter also reports that pornography is off the pay-per-view menu of all 171 Nordic Choice Hotels, Scandinavia’s largest hotel group.  This action was taken as ...
  • Be a Good Egg This Easter February 11, 2014
    Buy Slavery-Free Chocolate Presently children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked.  Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending ...
  • Day of Prayer and Fasting Against Human Trafficking February 5, 2014
    Request of Women Religious to Pope Francis February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.  The idea for ...
  • Plight of Women Trafficked into Servitude February 5, 2014
    Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Study The AIC has released a study entitled Help-seeking strategies of victim/survivors of human trafficking involving partner migration.  Co-authors of the Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice paper,  Kelly Richards and Samantha Lyneham, presented this paper after research that involved interviewing eight migrant women who escaped from situations where they found themselves ...
  • Human Trafficking and Legalized Prostitution February 4, 2014
    Research on the Link between Human Trafficking and Legalized Prostitution Human Trafficking is a global problem with 27 million victims worldwide trafficked for forced labour or commercial sex exploitation.  According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking is a $32 billion industry, second in organized crime only to illicit drugs.  A 2012 study published in the World ...
  • Campaign to Halt Forced Labour January 29, 2014
    Labour Trafficking Awareness Campaign Extended Australia’s Catholic anti-trafficking organisation has expanded its major labour trafficking awareness campaign through ethnic media outlets in a bid to reach people forced to work in Australia for little or no wages. The RAP (Radio Awareness Project) will now also target print media throughout 2014. The RAP campaign, funded by ACRATH (Australian ...
  • Congratulations Sr Pauline January 28, 2014
    Sr Pauline Coll Receives Australia Day Award Sr Pauline Coll sgs, a founding member of ACRATH, has been honoured with an Australia Day award.  She has been awarded an AM ( Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) for her significant service to the Catholic Church in Australia, and as an advocate for ...
  • Forced Marriage in the UK January 27, 2014
    January – December 2012 Statistics The UK Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) has released statistics for 2012.  The report indicates the FMU gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1485 cases.  The age range of victims was from 71  down to 2 years of age. Read more here or for more information about Forced Marriage visit ...
  • Address Human Trafficking January 20, 2014
    Words of Pope Francis to New Ambassadors In mid December 2013 Pope Francis met with 17 newly appointed ambassadors to the Holy See encouraging them to work together, regardless of creed, against the “slavery” of human trafficking. “This is a true form of slavery , unfortunately increasingly common, which affects every land, even the most developed, and which ...
  • Natural Disasters and Child Trafficking January 20, 2014
    Post Typhoon Haiyan In a Devex report Bishop Broderick Pabillo, convenor of the Philippines’ Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking and Manila’s auxiliary bishop is reported as saying, “During disaster situations , a lot of people are desperate to look for work, shelter, and education, among other things. These particular vulnerabilities are the usual things offered ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 9, 2014
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 12 No 1 The first issue of Stop Trafficking for 2014 gives further insights into human trafficking by reporting cases of innocent people being exploited.  It also reports on NEST, a new curriculum initiative for schools to be launched in May 2014, and provides some resources to be used in eliminating human ...
  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month January 8, 2014
    US Presidential Proclamation In proclaiming January 2014 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the US President Barack Obama declared, “Over a century and a half after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, millions remain in bondage — children forced to take part in armed conflict or sold to brothels by their destitute ...
  • Thank You Pacific Brands January 8, 2014
    Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord Signed In July 2013 ACRATH joined with other organisations in writing to request Pacific Brands sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord, given the company was sourcing products from Bangladesh.  The Accord is an independent Agreement designed to make all garment factories in Bangladesh safe workplaces. It includes independent safety inspections ...
  • OBE for CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK January 8, 2014
    Congratulations Ruth Dearnley ACRATH congratulates Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK, who has been awarded an OBE (An Officer of the Order of the British Empire)  in the Queen’s New Year’s 2014 Honours list for services in “Awareness and Prevention of Human Trafficking.” Steve Chalke, UN.GIFT Special Advisor on Community Action Against Human Trafficking and Founder ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter December 2013 December 23, 2013
    Latest ACRATH News As we come to the end of another year  and prepare to celebrate the Christmas season ACRATH members and supporters pray for hope and healing for victims and survivors of human trafficking.  Articles in the December Newsletter include Women of Mercy, Human Rights Awards, Australian Catholic Youth Festival, a NSW Government Inquiry into ...
  • Stop Trafficking! December 23, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 12 The December issue of Stop Trafficking is now available.  This issue look at efforts to stem sexual exploitation in the US and globally. To down load the December issue of Stop Trafficking! click here.
  • Exploitation of People Through Trafficking December 23, 2013
    Community Relations Committee of NSW Inquiry An inquiry conducted by the Community Relations Commission of NSW has found that exploitation of people frequently happens in family homes and businesses.  It continues to involve women in the sex industry but forced marriage and labour exploitation also occurs.  In releasing the report, the Chair of the CRC, Stepan Kerkyasharian, said ...
  • SOLWODI Newsletter December 23, 2013
    Standing with Women in Distress The December 2013 issue of the SOLWODI Newsletter speaks of SLWODI’s involvement in a campaign against the enslavement of women. another article tells of an Africa exchange project through which SOLWODI helps thousands of women and girls in Kenya every year through the projects SOLGIDI (Solidarity with Girls in Distress) and SOLASA ...
  • Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference December 11, 2013
    ACRATH Members Attend Asia Conference ACRATH members Brianna Lee, Kathy Fagan and Noelene Simmons attended the first Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference on Human Trafficking in Thailand 10-14th November 2013.  They found the conference to be a very enriching network experience.  Listening to the experiences of those working against human trafficking in source countries gave us a ...
  • Vatican Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings December 11, 2013
    “Human trafficking is the most extensive form of slavery in this 21st century!” (Pope Francis, Easter Message 2013) At the request of Pope Francis,  the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, together with FIAMC (World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations) held a workshop on Trafficking in Human Beings 2-3 November 2013. The workshop was ...
  • Advocacting in the Australian Parliament December 4, 2013
    ACRATH Raises Issues with Government From 18th – 21st November  ACRATH visited members of the Australian Parliament in Canberra.  During our visit we congratulated Parliament on passing the legislation, Crimes Legislation Amendments (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013.  ACRATH advocated for a federal compensation scheme for victims of human trafficking, asked the Australian Government to ensure our ...
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery December 2, 2013
    “End Modern-Day Slavery and Servitude” The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date in 1949 of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The focus of this day is on eradicating ...
  • Human Trafficking and Slavery Offenders in Australia November 29, 2013
    Methods & Motivations The latest Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice published by the Australian Institute of Criminology reports on human trafficking and slavery offenders in Australia.  The report indicates that “between 2004 and 2012, there were 346 investigations and assessments by the Australian Federal Police of suspected cases of human trafficking, slavery and ...
  • Eliminate Violence Against Women November 24, 2013
    Up to 70% of Women Experience Violence in Their Lifetime In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic. These forms of violence are interrelated and affect women from before birth to old age. Some types of ...
  • Thank You Rivers November 17, 2013
    Rivers Signs the Cotton Campaign Pledge It is with great delight that we announce that Australian owned company Rivers has signed the Cotton Campaign pledge. In signing the pledge they become the 140th label to do so. They are committing to working to ensure that forced child and adult labour does not find its way into their ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 17, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 11 The November issue of Stop Trafficking reports on the recent Vatican meeting on human trafficking called by Pope Francis.  Stop Trafficking includes a synopsis of the various talks given during the meeting including that of Australian Professor Anne T Gallagher.  Her paper was entitled “Ending Impunity, Securing Justice and ...
  • First Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference November 7, 2013
    ACRATH Members to Attend Three ACRATH Members, Brianna Lee, Kathy Fagan and Noelene Simmons will attend the first Talitha Kum Asia Policy Conference.  Talitha Kum was organized by the UISG (Union of International Superiors General) as an international network of religious against trafficking in persons. The Asian subgroup is having a conference to analyze the implementation of ...
  • Call for World Day of Prayer Against Trafficking November 6, 2013
    Women Religious Seek Greater Church Awareness of Human Trafficking A Vatican seminar held 2-3 November was called by Pope Francis to investigate and discuss human trafficking.  As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis had worked closely with those fighting human trafficking.  He is keen for the church to be involved in fighting this heinous crime. Dr. Henrietta Williams, ...
  • Child Labour in Uzbekistan Cotton Industry November 4, 2013
    Large Scale Forced Labour in 2013 Harvest The Cotton Campaign has released a report on the first month of the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan.  The Uzbekistan government continues “to mobilize Uzbek children and adults in one of the largest state-sponsored systems of forced labour in the world.” “One of the most notable developments of the 2013 cotton production ...
  • Three Charged with Labour Trafficking October 29, 2013
    Three People Arrested in Sydney Australian Federal Police have arrested and charged three members of a Filipino-Australian family for their alleged trafficking and exploitation of four young Filipino boxers.  The men had been brought to Australian on sporting visas.  They thought they were going to have professional boxing careers.  Instead they found themselves forced into a debt ...
  • Stop Trafficking! October 27, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 10 The October issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights human trafficking in the Congo and provides a summary of health care training modules and upcoming conferences.  Articles include Abuse in Mining Camps, Female Subservience in Congolese Marriage and Vatican Conference on Human Trafficking. Download your copy of Stop Trafficking! here.
  • Global Slavery Index 2013 October 27, 2013
    162 Individual Countries Ranked The Global Slavery Index 2013 has been produced by the Walk Free Foundation in consultation with experts from international organizations, think tanks and academic institutions.  It provides a ranking of 162 countries around the world, based on a combined measure of three factors: estimated prevalence of modern slavery by population, a measure of child marriage, ...
  • Advocates Visit Mondelèz October 21, 2013
    When Will Toblerone be Child Slavery Free On Friday 18th October, Anti-Slavery Day, Peter Gilfedder,  Therese Power, Claire Griffin and Christine Carolan from the Victorian ACRATH group joined with a coalition of others to send a message to Mondelèz, one of the world’s biggest chocolate companies. Like other chocolate companies, they have known about child trafficking ...
  • 2013 Freedom Award October 20, 2013
    Anti-Slavery Freedom Award to ACRATH ACRATH was honoured at the 2013 Freedom Awards in Sydney. The Awards recognise organisations and individuals dedicated to anti trafficking initiatives in Australia. Deputy Opposition Leader, the Hon Tanya Plibersek presented the 2013 Awards. Ms Plibersek spoke of the big gains resulting from the work of so many people gathered at the University of ...
  • Anti-human Trafficking Day October 18, 2013
    Join Hands Against Human Trafficking Today, 18th October, is Anti-Human Trafficking Day in Europe.  It happens today in every country of our world.  Slavery is not a thing of the past. It is estimated that 800,000 women, men and children are trafficked across international borders every year.  Human trafficking is a violation of human rights. Join hands in ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter October 2013 October 15, 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 ...
  • International Day of The Girl October 11, 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 ...
  • Join the Toblerone Thunderclap October 10, 2013
    When Will Toblerone Be Traffik Free STOP THE TRAFFIK has been campaigning since November 2012, asking Mondel?z for two things: When will Toblerone be traffik-free?  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 Mondelez’s attention.  So ...
  • ‘Beacon to the World’ October 10, 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 ...
  • Strategies to End Child Marriage October 7, 2013
    ICRW 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. ...
  • Counter Child Trafficking Conference September 26, 2013
    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 ...
  • ILO Reports Decline in Number of Child Labourers September 24, 2013
    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 ...
  • Domestic Workers Convention September 24, 2013
    ILO 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 ...
  • Child Trafficking in Haiti September 23, 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 ...
  • ACRATH Supports Australian Catholic Bishops’ Statement September 15, 2013
    The Fight Against World Poverty Conscious 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 ...
  • Forced Child Labour in the Jewellery Industry September 15, 2013
    Forced Child Labour Used to Mine Stones and Minerals for Jewellery A recently released World Vision report indicates forced and child labour is being used in mining jewellery’s raw materials and further down the supply chain children are used in jewellery production to cut and polish gem stones as well as make the jewellery.  This exposes ...
  • Debt Bondage in the Palm Oil Industry September 15, 2013
    Serious Human Rights Abuse Among the estimated 3.7 million workers in the palm oil industry are thousands of child laborers and workers who face dangerous and abusive conditions. Debt bondage is common, and traffickers who prey on victims face few, if any, sanctions from business or government officials.  Palm oil and its derivatives are found in ...
  • Stop Trafficking! September 15, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 9 The September 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking is now available.  This issue highlights neglected and interwoven aspects of trafficking such as organ trafficking, international brokers and worker bondage. Download your copy here.
  • ACRATH Members in USA September 4, 2013
    Conferences and Networking Sr Ann Laidlaw dc and Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Projects Coordinator, represented the Australian province at a Daughters of Charity anti trafficking conference in New York in the first week of August 2013. The Daughters of Charity work on trafficking in Australia is through their membership of ACRATH.  While in New York Ann ...
  • Tenaganita Speaks for Migrant Workers Rights September 4, 2013
    Concern for Migrant Workers In an August Media Statement Tenaganita has expressed concern about the crackdown on Migrant Workers in Malaysia.  Tenaganita calls for a moratorium on the arrest of migrants and calls upon the Home Minister to address the fundamental causes that have led to migrants becoming undocumented or trafficked in Malaysia. The media statement reports, “One ...
  • Teenagers Put Names on Airport Watch Lists September 2, 2013
    Girls as Young as 14 Forced to Marry Overseas Girls as young as 14 are being forced to go overseas to marry older men and have their children according to a recent newspaper report.  These young women are often told by their parents they are going on a holiday but upon arriving at their destination they ...
  • Bill to Tighten Law on Human Trafficking September 2, 2013
    Britain’s Home Secretary Aims to Toughen Legislation Britain’s home secretary, Theresa May, aims to toughen legislation and counter ‘shockingly low’ prosecution rates for human trafficking.  May, writing in the Sunday Times, said she wanted the new National Crime Agency and all English and Welsh police forces to make the issue a top priority. “It is scarcely believable ...
  • Report into Human Trafficking in Australia September 2, 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 ...
  • Children Labour in Toxic conditions August 29, 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 ...
  • Australia’s First Ethical Fashion Report August 27, 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 ...
  • Roadmap to Eliminate Worst Forms of Child Labour August 27, 2013
    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 ...
  • Pope Calls for Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting August 27, 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 ...
  • Modern Slavery in India August 27, 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 ...
  • Invitation to Human Trafficking Forum August 26, 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 ...
  • When Will Toblerone Be Traffik-Free August 26, 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 ...
  • All That Glitters… August 26, 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 ...
  • SPOT THE TRAFFIK August 26, 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 ...
  • Stop Trafficking! August 18, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 8 The August edition of Stop Trafficking highlights issues affecting the exploitation and rehabilitation of trafficked teens.  The Newsletter also contains an article about Artworks for Freedom a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition which aims to use the power of art in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking.  Download ...
  • Survivor Leadership Combatting Trafficking August 18, 2013
    Survivor Stories Survivor Stories is a yearlong campaign by Equality Now that features first hand narratives from survivors of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation from around the world.  The project was launched to coincide with the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (March 2013), which discussed the elimination and prevention of ...
  • Married as Compensation at Age 5! August 18, 2013
    Child Brides in Pakistan In Pakistan children as young as five are being forcibly married off as compensation for family and tribal disputes.  The custom known as ‘swara” is illegal but there were 180 reported cases in 2012 with many more cases remaining undetected.  The Sydney Morning Herald recently reported, “According to tradition, the compensation should ...
  • SOLWODI Newsletter August 6, 2013
    SOLWODI Newsletter No 96, June 2013 SOLWODI stands for Standing with Women in Distress.  In their latest Newsletter contains article on how SOLWODI is trying to make a difference including their efforts in Berlin to urge the implementation of EU Human Rights Convention Against Human Trafficking and their involvement in Munich with the Info Bus Project. ...
  • The Demand Side of Sex Trafficking August 6, 2013
    Media Representations of Women and Men in Australia Professor Bob Pease is from the  School of Heath and Social Development at Deakin University.  His research interests are in the fields of critical masculinity studies and critical social work practice. In the former area his specific research focus is on men’s violence against women and cross-cultural and global ...
  • Education Resource Now On-line July 30, 2013
    Resource for Secondary School Teachers The ACRATH Education Resource is now on-line. This educational resource has been prepared to assist  secondary school teachers in educating and raising consciousness about the issue of human trafficking. Developed as 4-step process for teaching about human trafficking: Introduction – Information – Recognition – Action, each step in the process is crucial and ...
  • Slavery Here in Australia July 27, 2013
    Woman Held in Domestic Servitude The Saturday AM program on ABC Radio has reported that a Filipino woman who was held in domestic servitude is speaking in an effort to help others who are still trapped in similar conditions.  The woman came to Australia because she was promised a job as a live-in housekeep for a ...
  • Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific July 26, 2013
     A Threat Assessment A 2013 UNODC (United Nationas Office of Drugs and Crime) report notes that rapid economic and social development in East Asia and the Pacific over recent decades has been accompanied by the development of criminal enterprises.  Four of the twelve illicit trade flows involves human beings.  “Human trafficking and migrant smuggling are still ...
  • ACRATH Education Resource Coming Soon July 21, 2013
    Resource Kit for Secondary Teachers An educational resource for secondary teachers has been developed by ACRATH Victoria.  The programme has been trialled by a group of teachers and students from Brigidine schools.  The feedback received from these teachers and students was most helpful in reviewing the resource.   ACRATH appreciates the support of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne ...
  • STOP THE TRAFFIK Forums July 21, 2013
    Focus on Garment Supply Chain STOP THE TRAFFIK will be hosting forums in Sydney, Melbourne and North Adelaide in August and September, 2013.  The forums will focus on the garment supply chain and particularly the impact of the Sumangali schemes used by garment manufacturers in Tamil Nadu, India. This little known aspect of human trafficking ...
  • Stop Trafficking! July 16, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 7 The 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report was recently released by the US State Department. The July 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights issues in the TIP report with particular emphasis on the impact on victims.  The TIP report is produced annually reporting on each country with regard to ...
  • Annual Report of Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons July 9, 2013
    Demand as a Factor in Fostering Exploitation and Trafficking of Persons The UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially women and children has presented her annual report to the United Nations Human Rights Council.  “Demands for sexual exploitation, for cheap labour and domestic workers, for organ removal and sale, for illicit adoption and forced marriages, ...
  • Madam Convicted for Sexual Servitude July 9, 2013
    “Treated Human Beings as Commodities” In Sydney a woman has been sentenced to  a maximum of six years jail for forcing young Malaysian women into sexual servitude.  In sentencing the woman the sentencing judge said the woman had been treated “not as human beings but as commodities – machines to make money.”  The women had been ...
  • New Protection for Vulnerable Witnesses and Victims July 9, 2013
    Attorney-General Announces New Legislation Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC has announced that the Crimes Legislations (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protections and Other Measures) Bill 2013 has been passed by the Australian Parliament.  This legislation will make it possible for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence via closed-circuit television, video recording or video-link and to have a support ...
  • 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report July 2, 2013
    Less than 1,000 Days to Achieve 2015 Targets In releasing the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon indicated that the “MDGS have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.”  Among significant achievements is the fact that the number of people living in extreme poverty has halved.  However, 1.2 billion people ...
  • Get Involved, Spread the Word June 27, 2013
    Calling on Community Radio Stations Human trafficking, slavery and labour exploitation happens all over Australia, in our local communities.  The RAP is a project working to build awareness and provide information about human trafficking, via community service announcements (CSAs) on radio. Through the RAP project ACRATH aims to reach into local communities, particularly Cultural and Linguistically Diverse ...
  • Parliamentary Inquiry Report Acknowledges ACRATH June 27, 2013
    Trading Lives:  Modern-day Human Trafficking A report from an inquiry into slavery, slavery-like conditions and people trafficking conducted by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade was tabled in Federal Parliament on Monday 24th June 2013.  In tabling the report entitled Trading Lives: Modern-day Human ...
  • Trafficking in Indonesia June 27, 2013
    Australian Institute of Criminology Trends and Issues Papers The Australian Institute of Criminology has recently analysed data from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Indonesia counter-trafficking database.  The results of their analysis can be found in three Trends and Issues Papers released but the A.I.C. in May 2013.  These papers look at issues such as the experiences ...
  • Congratulations to Fountain of Life Centre, Pattaya June 24, 2013
    Good Citizen’s Award On 4th February 2013 Fountain of Life Children’s Centre Pattaya received the Good Citizen’s Award from the Ministry of Social Development of Thailand for its excellent services against trafficking in persons, empowering marginalized people especially women and children and for being a valuable source of information regarding matters related to trafficking in the Mekong ...
  • Child Labour in Domestic Work June 24, 2013
    New International Labour Organisation (ILO) Report World Day Against Child Labour was observed on 12th June.  To mark this day the ILO released a new document –Ending Child Labour in Domestic Work.  The report indicated that 10.5 million children are engaged in domestic work.  This does not mean doing normal household tasks in the family home.   Child ...
  • 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report June 20, 2013
    On June 19th the 2013 Trafficking in Person Report was released by US Secretary of State John Kerry.  In releasing this report Secretary Kerry said, “Human trafficking undermines the rule of law and creates instability. It tears apart families and communities. It damages the environment and corrupts the global supply chains and labor markets that keep the ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter June 2013 June 17, 2013
    Latest ACRATH News In the latest ACRATH Newsletter you can read about ACRATH’s participation in the Public Hearings on Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking recently conducted by the Parliamentary Human Rights Sub-Committee of DFAT.  The Newsletter also provides an update on the ACRATH Radio Awareness Project and about ACRATH member Lucy van Kessel’s work at ...
  • Congratulations to Merlyn Quaife June 11, 2013
    MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA ACRATH is delighted to congratulate Merlyn Quaife for being given the award of Member of the Order of Australian in the 2103 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  This award was bestowed on her in recognition of her significant service to music. Merlyn has been a regular performer at St Francis’ Church, Lonsdale ...
  • No to Child Labour in Domestic Work June 11, 2013
    World Day Against Child Labour June 12, 2013 This year’s annual World Day against Child Labour will put the spotlight on the plight of child labourers in domestic work.  The International Labour Organisation (ILO) will release a report entitled “Ending child labour in domestic work: Protecting young workers in domestic work from abuse and exploitation”.  The study ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 11, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 6 The June issue of Stop Trafficking looks at ways organisations are trying to address the Demand Issue with regard to trafficking for sexual exploitation.  It contains links to a number of websites and resources including a fact sheet that outlines how we can engage in the campaign to Stop ...
  • Public Hearing of the Parliamentary Human Rights Subcommittee May 30, 2013
    ACRATH Presentation On 8-9 May 2013 in Melbourne, the Parliamentary Human Rights Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade held a public hearing in Melbourne in connection with the inqury and report on slavery, slavery like conditions and people trafficking.  Fifty eight written submissions were received by the joint committee, and ACRATH, along with fifteen ...
  • Protections for Vulnerable Witnesses and Victims May 30, 2013
    Attorney General Introduces New Legislation to Parliament On 29th May 2013 Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC introduced new legislation to protect vulnerable witnesses and victims in Commonwealth criminal proceedings into Federal Parliament.  The legislation allows a witness the ability to give evidence by closed-circuit television, video recording or video link, and to have a support person accompany them when ...
  • A Despicable Activity for Civilised Societies May 30, 2013
    Pope Francis Speaks Against Human Trafficking During a meeting with members of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers, who were holding their plenary assembly at the Vatican, Pope Francis commented that human trafficking is “a despicable activity, a disgrace for our societies, which describe themselves as civilised.”  He urged “exploiters and clients at every level ...
  • Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons May 30, 2013
    UN General Assembly Voices Concern In 2010 the UN General Assembly established a Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.  A  two-day High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly took place on 13th and 14th May.  The meeting aimed to review progress made since the adoption of the Global Plan in order to strengthen national ...
  • Radio Awareness Project May 23, 2013
    The RAP Human trafficking, slavery, and labour exploitation happen in Australia, in our local communities.  As part of our ongoing work to end human slavery ACRATH has funded a Radio Awareness Project, The RAP. With generous support from Anti-Slavery Australia, The RAP has produced community service announcements for radio to build awareness and provide information about human ...
  • The Scourge of Human Trafficking May 19, 2013
    Speech made by Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York Mr. President, Today’s meeting presents the international community with an opportunity not only to assess the progress achieved since the adoption of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2010, but also to renew our commitment to ...
  • The Trouble with Trafficking May 19, 2013
    Southeast Asia’s Human Trafficking Conundrum International Organization of Migration (IOM) Indonesia chief of mission Denis Nihill said the changing nature of human trafficking made it more difficult to tackle. “There’s been a lot of work done on the Greater Mekong Region for many years on trafficking, but it’s become more complex, as it’s now inextricably woven ...
  • Banks Join Fight Against Human Trafficking May 19, 2013
    Flagging Electronic Fingerprints of Traffickers A roundtable discussion brought together major financial institutions and law enforcement agencies to discuss closer cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, a global business worth $32 billion a year, according to the U.S. State Department.  The roundtable, held in New York, was co-hosted by  Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and ...
  • Ground Zero for Slavery May 17, 2013
    Something Rotten in the US Tomato Industry Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes  but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery.’ Countless workers are held against their will, threatened with violence and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay.  Thankfully, a new solution called ...
  • Baby Trafficking in Nigeria May 17, 2013
    Nigerian Police Uncover ‘Baby-Factory’ Following a house raid, Nigerian police found six pregnant teenage girls.  It is alleged the two men and a woman who were arrested at the scene were operating a child trafficking ring.  The girls had been lured into the house and promised money for their babies. Police are still trying to unravel ...
  • Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern Slavery May 16, 2013
    Recommendations to the US President In April 2013 UNANIMA International was represented in Washington DC at a meeting organized by the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in collaboration with the Bakhita Initiative (U.S. Catholic Sisters United Against Human Slavery) for 12 leaders of groups of women religious who work against human trafficking. During the ...
  • Forced and Servile Marriage in the Context of Human Trafficking May 16, 2013
    Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Report The Crimes Amendment Legislation (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Act 2013 has made forced marriage a crime under Australian law.  A forced marriage is defined as a marriage that is not freely and fully consented to because of the use of coercion, threat or deception.  In Australia there is a ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 16, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 5 The May 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking concentrates on the issue of Forced Marriage.  It includes articles on Forced Marriage Prevention and Handling Forced Marriage Cases.  The newsletter reminds us of the importance of girls being valued and educated to promote child rights and prevent poverty. Download the May Issue ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter May 2013 May 11, 2013
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives an indication of some of the activities ACRATH members have been involved in so far in 2013.  Items include the ACRATH National Conference,  an advocacy visit to Canberra, new slavery legislation and the ACRATH RAP (Radio Awareness Program).  Readers are also invited to take part in a campaign ...
  • Easter Eggs: Gone But Not Forgotten May 6, 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. ...
  • Fair Trade Fortnight 4 – 19 May May 2, 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 ...
  • Labour Exploitation Main Reason for Human Trafficking May 2, 2013
    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 ...
  • Stop Trafficking! April 30, 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! April 30, 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 ...
  • 18% Increase in Identified Trafficking Victims in Europe April 18, 2013
    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 ...
  • Women Convicted of Child Trafficking April 18, 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 ...
  • Students Raising Awareness Through Art April 18, 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 ...
  • Human Trafficking in PNG April 15, 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 ...
  • New Zealand Takes a Stand Against Human Trafficking April 13, 2013
    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 ...
  • Texting Assists Human Trafficking Victims April 13, 2013
    “BeFree” Text Gives Instant Access to National Human Trafficking Resource Center Polaris Project and Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children have announced that victims and concerned citizens in the US can now send text messages to “BeFree” and instantly connect with the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.  Because victims are usually closely monitored being able to send ...
  • MDG Momentum April 7, 2013
    1,000 Days of Action April 5 marked 1,000 days to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The United Nations reports that the “MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate. ...
  • Solwodi Newsletter April 7, 2013
    Solwodi Newsletter No 95, March 2013 The March 2013 issue of Solwodi (Solidarity with Women in Distress) carries an article entitled “Border less operation for women in distress.”  It tells of the pastoral care extended to women on the streets by Solwodi as they keep a watchful eye for women who have been trafficked.  The issue ...
  • Woman Convicted of Holding Sex Slaves April 7, 2013
    Six Women Held in Sexual Servitude In a recent court case in Sydney the jury heard how a woman had forced six immigrant women into sexual servitude.  After being recruited in Malaysia and brought to Australia on student visas the six women were forced to work in a brothel in Sydney.  With little or no English ...
  • Pope Francis Speaks about Human Trafficking April 1, 2013
    Easter Message from Pope Francis In his Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter, 2013, Pope Francis commented that “the power of Christ’s Resurrection, this passover from slavery to evil to the freedom of goodness, must be accomplished in every age.”   He went on to encourage all people to work for and pray for peace.  “Peace in the whole world, ...
  • Thai Food Processors’ Association Opposes Child Labour April 1, 2013
    Social Responsibility in Thai Food Industry The Thai Food Processors’ Association (TFPA) has publicly come out in support of Andy Hall and the research he did, countering the Natural Fruit company that is seeking to have Andy imprisoned and fined up to $10 million. The statement reiterates the TPFAs commitment to oppose child labour, forced labour ...
  • Plans Not Dreams March 30, 2013
    When Will All Cadbury Products Use Certified Cocoa? In 2012 Kraft Foods Australia and New Zealand announced they would invest $400 million in making cocoa sustainable.  What does this mean in practice?  When will Toblerone and other Cadbury products be using cocoa certified free of trafficking and child labour?  Join the campaign to ask Kraft Foods ...
  • Advocacy Visit to the Australian Parliament March 25, 2013
    ACRATH Raises Concerns with Members of Parliament From 19-22nd March four ACRATH members took their concerns regarding the rights of those who have been trafficked into Australia to members of the Australian Parliament and departmental officers. During this time they were also able to attend a public hearing on the Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Inquiry ...
  • Stop Trafficking! March 25, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 3 This issue of Stop Trafficking looks at how the demand for commercial sex increases the trafficking of women and children and opens the door to globalized crime rings. Download your copy of the March issue here.
  • Commission on the Status of Women Session 57 March 21, 2013
    ACRATH Presence at CSW 57 ACRATH member, Sr Lucy Van Kessels reported on her experience of being in New York during the 57th Session of the Commission for the Status of Women: “During the recent Commission on the Status of Women 57 in New York at the United Nations a number of sessions were held on trafficking ...
  • No to People Trafficking. No to Slavery. March 8, 2013
    Prime Minister Gillard’s Announcement for International Women’s Day At an International Women’s Day Breakfast in Sydney Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Act was signed into law by the Governor General on 7th March 2013.  She also indicated that Australia is  updating its National Action Plan to combat trafficking, ...
  • Commission on the Status of Women March 7, 2013
    UNANIMA International writes for CSW UNANIMA International submitted a written “intervention” on trafficking in girls for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women taking place at the United Nations in New York from 4-15th March.  They invited other NGOs to sponsor this document with them.  The submission comments that gender inequality, poverty ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Radio Awareness Project (RAP) March 5, 2013
    ACRATH Working with Local Ethnic Radio ACRATH launches Australia’s first mulit-language anti-trafficking radio awareness project in a bid to create awareness about the risk of sexual and labour exploitation in Victoria.  March 8th 2013 is International Women?s Day, a day to celebrate women and their contribution to our local and global community. Yet at a time of ...
  • Australian Senate Passes Slavery Bill February 27, 2013
    Forced Labour, Forced Marriage and Organ Trafficking Now Criminal Offences ACRATH has received with great joy the news that the Australian Senate today passed the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012.  ACRATH took part in the consultations that led to the drafting of this Bill and along with other NGOS such as ...
  • Easter Fair Trade Chocolate February 24, 2013
    Why is Fair Trade Important? Buying Fair Trade ensures no one is exploited in order to produce the good you are purchasing.  Did you know that children as young as 10 years old have been trafficked to Côte d’Ivoire and are working on cocoa plantations? Many of these children have never tasted chocolate. 75% of the world’s ...
  • Forced Marriage & Labour Trafficking in Australia February 22, 2013
    ACRATH National Conference 2013 In Randwick on 19 February Catholic Religious and colleagues heard case studies of young Australian women forced into marriage in their parents’ home countries. They heard that new Australian legislation will criminalise forced marriage and empower the young women threatened with forced marriage. Speaking on this topic was Associate Professor of Law ...
  • Thank You Nestlé February 19, 2013
    Time to Celebrate ACRATH was delighted to receive the the media release from Nestlé Australia dated 19th February 2013 regarding the use of certified cocoa used in products produced in Australia.  The document states “Nestlé Australia announced today that every chocolate it sells is now independently certified to ensure the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on ...
  • Start Freedom Sunday February 16, 2013
    Stop Human Trafficking and Start Freedom Start Freedom Sunday is a day of awareness and action on human trafficking.  This year Start Freedom Sunday falls on 17th February but is this day is not suitable for you another day may be chosen.  This is an opportunity to show the world our compassion for those who are ...
  • Fair Trade Chocolate for Easter February 15, 2013
    Why Buy Fair Trade Chocolate?   It is estimated 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West Africa are involved in the industry and some are forced or trafficked.    The Fair Trade Easter Campaign aims to contribute to the broader global FAIRTRADE movement ...
  • ACRATH Member Working at the UN February 13, 2013
    Engaging with NGOs in the UN Lucy van Kessel, a Presentation Sister and a member of ACRATH in Western Australia, is working at the United Nations as an International Presentation Association (IPA) non-government organisation representative for six months from January to July 2013. During her time there Lucy will focus on programs and events organised by the UN ...
  • Stop Trafficking! February 13, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 2 The February 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking! includes a comment on the Canadian Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.  It also highlights the ways in which businesses exploit workers while other businesses are working to advance the human rights and protection of workers around the world. Download a copy of Stop ...
  • Journey to Freedom January 31, 2013
    Two Survivors of Human Trafficking Tell Their Story Produced by the National Underground Freedom Center, with support from US State Dept and Google, Journey to Freedom is a documentary that tells the story of 21st Century Cambodian Vannak Prum and 19th Century American Solomon Northup—who were sold into slavery more than 150 years apart.  The film shows ...
  • Global Report on Trafficking in Persons January 15, 2013
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Releases Report The Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released in December 2012 provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2007 and 2010 . The report also includes a chapter on the worldwide response ...
  • Stop Trafficking! January 15, 2013
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 1 The January 2013 issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights several reports that expose human trafficking trends and ways to combat them. The Global Report on Trafficking in Person released in December 2012 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime reports that 27% of all victims of human trafficking officially detected ...
  • Attorney General’s Report on Anti People Trafficking Strategy January 9, 2013
    Australia’s Response to People Trafficking (July 2011-June 2012) In November 2012 Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, reported to the Australian Parliament on Australia’s whole of government anti people trafficking strategy, covering the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012.  She commented that “Australia is not immune from this insidious form of modern day slavery. It is wrong. ...
  • Cocoa Barometer 2012 December 14, 2012
    Sustainability Developments in the Cocoa Sector “It is necessary that the sustainability debate in cocoa goes beyond productivity…. Insufficient income to pay workers, coupled with a shortage of workers in rural areas, forces farmers to rely on unpaid workers.  Many of these are family-members, and often work excessive hours, directly increasing the risk of (worst forms ...
  • Solwodi Newsletter December 14, 2012
    Solwodi Newsletter No 94, December 2012 The December issue of Solwodi (Solidarity with Women in Distress) reports on Solwodi activities in Austria and Germany.  There is also an interesting article entitled “Being a Woman…in Egypt”. Download the latest edition of Solwodi here.
  • The Cost of Human Clothes December 14, 2012
    This Song Saved My Life MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and Canadian rock band Simple Plan, in partnership with USAID and Walk Free,  have released a music video that dramatically highlights the dangers and impact of human trafficking. Produced for the track “This Song Saved My Life” from the album “Get Your Heart On!,” the powerful ...
  • Stop Trafficking! December 13, 2012
     Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 12 The December issue of Stop Trafficking provides an overview on human trafficking, highlights films on human trafficking and outlines the benefits of Fair Trade shopping. It also looks at child sexual exploitation as a form of human trafficking. Download the December issue here.
  • Fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking December 10, 2012
    ACRATH Delegates at National Roundatable ACRATH members, Christine Carolan and Margaret Ng, attended the fifth National Roundtable on People Trafficking.  Attorney General, Nicola Roxon, convenor of the Roundtable, announced that there will be a revision of Australia’s national action plan to combat trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices, such as forced marriage.  Consultation with stakeholders will take ...
  • ACRATH Member Receives Prime Minister’s Asia Award December 5, 2012
    Congratulations Brianna Western Australian ACRATH member Brianna Lee has been selected as one of 20 Australia postgraduate students to receive a 2013 Prime Minister’s Asia Award. Brianna is currently undertaking her Ph D investigating the barriers that victims of human trafficking face in accessing services in Australia. The Prime Minister’s Asia Award will allow Brianna to broaden ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter December 2012 November 29, 2012
    Latest ACRATH News The summer edition of ACRATH News was released this week.  Items of interest include:  a reminder to look for FairTrade Christmas gifts, human trafficking in New Zealand, a visit to the Australian Institute of Criminology, combating child sexual exploitation on-line, Freedom Sunday, campaigns and news from Western Australia and a prayer resource. Download your copy ...
  • Traffik-Free Toblerone? November 28, 2012
    Campaigning for Toblerone Free from Child-Slavery Since September we’ve been asking Mondelez (previously Kraft) to take action to ensure their chocolate is free from child trafficking starting with Toblerone.  On the 19th November they announced plans to invest $400m into cocoa farming communities. This is a great step forward. But we need to know more.  We’re ...
  • White Ribbon Day – 25th November November 23, 2012
    Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women The White Ribbon Campaign is the first male-led campaign to end violence against women in the world. Men are encouraged to take a stand and say that violence, in any form, is never acceptable. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge that the wearer does not excuse violence against women, ...
  • First Aid in Human Trafficking Cases November 23, 2012
    Workshop on Human Trafficking Yields Benefit UNODC reports they are sometimes asked ‘How does UNODC’s work help those most in need of assistance?’ This story tells of how one police officer’s training by UNODC was vital in ensuring that a human trafficking survivor who had escaped from her captors was treated as a victim and not ...
  • Prime Minister Gillard Announces New Program to Combat Human Trafficking November 22, 2012
    Strengthening Criminal Justice in East Asia Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a new program to reduce human trafficking in East Asia by strengthening criminal justice systems in the region.  The Prime Minister announced the $50 million Australia–Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) program at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh. The five-year program ...
  • End Cotton Crimes November 22, 2012
    Take Action Against Forced Labour in Uzbekistan Every year the government of Uzbekistan forcibly mobilizes over a million children, teachers, public servants and private sector employees for the manual planting and harvesting of cotton. The Uzbek government enforces the order with threats and violence; detains and tortures Uzbek activists seeking to monitor the harvest; and continues ...
  • ACRATH Responds to Inquiry November 12, 2012
    Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking The Human Rights Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recently called for submissions into an Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking.  ACRATH responded to this inquiry with a submission that acknowledged the work that has been done by the Australian ...
  • Stop Trafficking! November 12, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 11 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking reports on ACRATH’s visit to Federal Parliament this year, the challenges at the US – Mexican boarders and also offers a few educational resources that may be helpful in the fight against human trafficking. Download your copy of Stop Trafficking here.
  • Sex-Trafficking in the Hotel Industry November 3, 2012
    LCWR Resolution to Action Four and a half years ago, the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph came to Nix Conference & Meeting Management to research the hotel site for their conference. They asked about the hotel’s policy on human trafficking. We were not aware at the time that hotels were the venue for this ...
  • Victim Translation Assistance November 3, 2012
    Life Support Messages for Victims of Human Trafficking Law enforcement officials and victim service providers are often the first point of contact for victims of human trafficking who do not speak the language of the country they are in. In order to aid those helping the victims, UN.GIFT/UNODC, the Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service and the Austrian ...
  • Political Commitment Key to Tackling Trafficking October 31, 2012
    Dr Anne Gallagher Speaks at Taiwan Workshop Speaking at a one-day workshop, organized by Taiwan’s National Immigration Agency, to discuss forced labor issues and their efforts in cracking down on human trafficking, Dr Anne Gallagher commented that “political commitment, instead of massive resources, is the key to improving labor exploitation and human trafficking conditions.”  A leading global ...
  • Obama throws the spotlight on Human Trafficking October 31, 2012
    “Human Trafficking a Debasement of Our Common Humanity” Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative President Obama commented that human trafficking is a global problem which requires us to take collective responsibility and make combating it an absolute priority. ” It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric.  It ought to concern every business, ...
  • Chocolate Company Commitments October 25, 2012
    Chocolate Scorecard Chocolate companies are making a number of efforts to address the issues of forced labour, trafficked labour and exploited child labour in the production of cocoa in West Africa. Over 70% of the world’s cocoa is grown in West Africa.  A scorecard detailing chocolate companies’ efforts to address child and forced labour in cocoa ...
  • California Transparency in Supply Chains Act October 25, 2012
    Compliance is Not Enough The California in Transparency in Supply Chain Act signed into law in 2010 became effective as from 1st January 2012.  This Act requires business to disclose information about their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains where they make tangible goods for sale. It is also hoped that the measures required ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter October 14, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 10 The October issue of Stop Trafficking comments on the work of some anti-trafficking coalitions to eliminate modern slavery. Click here to download the October issue of Stop Enslavement
  • Researcher Urges Support for Trafficking Victims October 8, 2012
    Looking at Ways to Improve Support ACRATH member and University of Murdoch PhD student, Brianna Lee, is looking at ways to improve support for victims of human trafficking in Australia.  While the exploitation of illegal workers is often linked to the sex industry, recent reports from the Attorney-General’s Department and Australian Institute of Criminology have suggested it is ...
  • Edmund Rice Centre Fair Trade Research October 5, 2012
    Progress and Challenges in the International Fight Against Child Labour in the Soccer Industry After more than a decade of international action on the issue of child labour, millions of children around the world are still employed in conditions which violate their basic human rights. Whilst great improvements have been seen due to a number of ...
  • Study Critical of Support for Trafficked Women October 5, 2012
    Research from Universities of Queensland and Sydney A new study is critical of the level of support available to women who are trafficked into the Australian sex industry.  The researchers from the universities of Queensland and Sydney say as many as 2,000 women are trafficked to Australia each year, mainly from Asia.  They are concerned Australia’s ...
  • Children Stitch Balls in Sweatshops September 27, 2012
    Forced Child Labour in India Children in India are being forced to work long hours in dark, cramped conditions hand stitching sports balls.  The children are employed unofficially by subcontractors.Two Australian companies, Sherrin and Canterbury, have operations in India.  Both companies have expressed their horror at this practice and have promised to investigate. There have been a ...
  • Taxis Against Trafficking September 27, 2012
    UK & European Anti-Slavery Day Taxi drivers are the eyes and ears of a community; they drive our streets every day, chatting to different passengers. They see stuff and they could tell if something wasn’t right. A number of stories have recently hit the news where taxis have been used to move victims of trafficking. Taxi ...
  • Victims of Labour Trafficking in Taiwan September 27, 2012
    Australian Columban Priest Provides a Home An article in the September issue of The Far East, published by the Columban Mission Society, describes the work being done by an Australian Missionary priest in Taiwan. He provides a home for men who have come to Taiwan as legal migrant workers but have then become victims of labour ...
  • Senate Recommends National Compensation Scheme September 27, 2012
    Scheme for Victims of Human Trafficking and Slavery A Senate Committee, comprising three Labor senators, two Coalition senators and one from the Greens, has recommended that Australia set up a National Compensation Scheme for victims of human trafficking.  Currently victims are able to seek compensation under state and territory schemes but there is great variety in how ...
  • MORE ‘TRAFFICKING’, LESS ‘TRAFFICKED’ September 27, 2012
    Trafficking for Exploitation Outside the Sex Sector in Europe GAATW Working Paper Series 2011 In this working paper GAATW (Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women) explores the scope of what is often referred to as ‘trafficking for labour exploitation’, with a focus on Europe. It specifically looks at issues of identification and the assistance scenario for persons trafficked into sectors outside ...
  • European Commission Adopts EU Strategy (2012-2016) September 27, 2012
    Towards the Eradication of Trafficking of Human  Beings On 19 June 2012, the European Commission adopted the “EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016)”.  The Strategy is a set of concrete and practical measures to be implemented over the next five years.  It is based on five key priorities: better identifying and protecting ...
  • Senate Report Released September 13, 2012
    Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 In June 2012 the Senate referred the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 for inquiry.  ACRATH has been involved in the various inquiries that contributed to the drafting of this Bill and also made a submission for the Senate inquiry.  After ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter September 12, 2012
    Report on ACRATH’s 2012 Visit to Canberra Following on from their very successful visit to Federal Parliament ACRATH have released a Newsletter giving details of their visit.   The Newsletter includes references to ACRATH being acknowledged in Hansard during the lead up to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 passing through the House ...
  • Glimpses of Modern Slavery September 12, 2012
    Lisa Kristine Shares Reflections of Her Journeys Lisa Kristine uses photography to expose deeply human stories and inspire change.  Her talk on Modern Slavery coupled with her photographic images vividly portrays the horror of  this evil in our world and invites us to work for change.  Proceeds from purchases of Lisa’s work on slavery go directly ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter September 11, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 9 The latest issue of Stop Trafficking features efforts on the part of some of the ‘Stop Trafficking’ co-sponsor groups to address human trafficking.  This includes an article about the work of the Good Shepherd of Australia and New Zealand.  They recently released a report  Hidden Exploitation: Women in forced ...
  • ACRATH Canberra Advocacy Visit 2012 August 27, 2012
    Speaking for the Humans Rights of Trafficked People In the words of Martin Luther King “our lives begin to end the day we become silent on things that matter.”  These words were received by ACRATH in a letter of good wishes for the week of advocacy in Canberra from 19th – 23rd August 2012.  There is ...
  • St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Brisbane, to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking August 27, 2012
    Stella Fella Bow Tie Friday Campaign   On Friday, September 7, students and staff from St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane will raise awareness about Human Trafficking by taking part in Project Futures’ Stella Fella Bow Tie Friday campaign (www.stellafella.com).     Staff and students will wear bow ties to school on Bow Tie Friday to highlight the importance of being ...
  • Speaking for the Human Rights of Trafficked People August 15, 2012
    ACRATH Members head to Canberra A group of women religious from around Australia will make their sixth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. The fifteen women, Catholic sisters and their colleagues, are all members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). They will spend ...
  • Human Trafficking a Reality in NZ Waters August 15, 2012
    Concerned Religious Hold Public Forum Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking is a relatively newly-formed group with members from several religious orders, including the Dominican sisters, the Society of Mary sisters, the Sacred Heart sisters, the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, the Josephite sisters, and the Franciscan friars.  They recently hosted a forum in the crypt of St Benedict’s Church in ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter August 15, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 8 The August 2012 issue of  Stop Trafficking highlights current issues regarding labour trafficking globally and in the U.S. Download your copy of the newsletter here.
  • Street Dreams August 8, 2012
    A Red Earth Films Documentary Red Earth films is pleased to announce the Australian tour of the Street Dreams documentary. The film is a collaboration of passionate and supportive individuals and organisations with Jason Bray (director/producer) and Mike Crowhurst (editor/cinematographer/producer) at the helm. Street Dreams explores the world of girls trafficked into the South East Asian ...
  • Barriers to Accessing Services for Victims of Human Trafficking August 6, 2012
    Research Findings Brianna Lee, a member of ACRATH in Western Australia, will give a presentation on the barriers to accessing services that victims of human trafficking encounter.  Her talk will be based on the research she has been doing as a PhD Candidate at Murdoch University School of Law. Date:        Monday 27th August Time:   ...
  • Media Peace Awards 2012 August 6, 2012
    United Nations Association of Australia The United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards recognise those in the Australian media whose work raises understanding and awareness of human rights, social justice and humanitarian issues both in Australia and internationally. Nominations for the Media Peace Awards 2012 are now open.  Click here for more details.
  • Solwodi Newsletter July 23, 2012
    Solwodi Newsletter No 92, June 2012 The latest newsletter released by Solwodi (Solidarity with Women in Distress) reports on trafficking and prostitution – the situation in Germany 10 years after the prostitution law had been passed.  In another article a human trafficking survivor speak of the struggles she has faced after being awarded compensation. Download here.
  • Slavery Free Guarantee July 22, 2012
    Sign the On-Line Petition Despite campaigns stretching back to the 1800’s slavery continues to exist today.  Slavery or human trafficking is involved in the production of goods such as cocoa, seafood, bricks, clothing, rugs and palm oil in some countries.  These goods are being exported and sold around the world including in Australia.  A number of international ...
  • Sex Traffic in Mine Towns July 22, 2012
    Women Trafficked From One Town to Another A Mt Isa police district inspector has commented on an increasing problem in inland mining towns in Queensland.  The Australian newspaper reports Inspector Paul Biggin as saying “women and girls who cannot speak English, or who have a very low level of English, and a very low level of ...
  • Thank You Nestlé July 19, 2012
    All Products To Be UTZ Certified By End Of 2012 Nestlé announced in a letter to STOP THE TRAFFIK Australia that they will UTZ certify all their cocoa by the end of 2012. A number of international commentators have suggested that Nestlé’s decision to certify their Australian line first is a result of the intense lobbying ...
  • Out of sight, Out of Mind – Public Meeting July 11, 2012
    Human Trafficking in New Zealand’s Waters? A public meeting will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on Wednesday 25th July 2012.  Leading researchers Dr Christina Stringer and Mr Glenn Simmons from the University of Auckland Business Scho0l will “apply the International Labour Organization and European Commission’s indicators of trafficking in human beings to labour conditions for Indonesian crew working ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter July 9, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No7 The July issue of  Stop Trafficking looks at aspects of the 2012 Trafficking in Person Report.  In particular it examines how to make victim protection effective in order to help survivors get their lives back on track. Download a copy of Stop Trafficking here.
  • Good Chocolate News July 5, 2012
    Nestlé Eradicating Child Labour From Its Supply Chain In recent months Nestlé invited the Fair Labour Association (FLA) to conduct an audit of its cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire to determine how to continue improving practices to help eliminate child labour, ensure a sustainable supply of cocoa, and help farmers run profitable farms.  The FLA ...
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons June 30, 2012
    Report on Visit to Australia The UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, visited Australia in November 2011.  She presented her report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in May 2012.  She noted “the high level of government engagement and effective partnership developed with civil society organizations” in an ...
  • Trafficking in Persons Monitoring Report: Jan 2009-June 2011 June 30, 2012
    Australian Institute of Criminology Report Released The Trafficking in Persons Monitoring Report Jan 2009-June 2011 was recently released by the Attorney General Nicola Roxon, the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare and the Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins.  In her media release Attorney General Nicola Roxon stated: “These reports show that ...
  • Trafficking in Person 2012 June 20, 2012
    T.I.P. Report for 2012 Secretary Clinton Has unveiled the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat modern slavery. The report indicates that “Australia is primarily a destination country for women subjected to forced prostitution and to a lesser extent, ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter June 20, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 6 The June 2012 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights ways in which traffickers exploit tourism and how organisation are working to stop it. Download the June issue here.
  • ACRATH Supports Proposed Slavery Legislation Amendments June 18, 2012
    Christine Carolan Speaks on Proposed Legislation Christine Carolan is the national projects coordinator of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans(ACRATH).  She recently spoke with Katherine Spackman from ACL (Australian Christian Lobby) about new laws introduced by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon aimed at combating slavery-like practices including forced marriage and forced labour.  
  • ACRATH Newsletter June 2012 June 18, 2012
    Latest ACRATH News The latest issue of ACRATH News reports on a workshop organised by ACRATH Victoria entitled ‘Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Sex Trafficking’ which was led by Professor Bob Pease, Chair of Social Work at Deakin University.  Other articles include Building on Asia-Pacific Networks and Fairtrade Update. Download a copy of the newsletter ...
  • 21 Million People Now Victims of Forced Labour June 18, 2012
    New ILO Estimates According to new ILO estimates, three out of every 1,000 people worldwide are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave.  The Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced labourers in the world – 11.7 million (56 per cent) of the global total, followed ...
  • Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking Legislation May 31, 2012
    Crimes Legislation Amendment On Wednesday 30th May 2012 the Federal Attorney General introduced into the Australian Parliament new legislation that criminalises forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking. In presenting the bill the Hon Nicola Roxon MP commented “A common factor of contemporary slavery and trafficking—from forced labour and forced marriage to organ trafficking—is the misuse and ...
  • Illegal Organ Trade Rising May 31, 2012
    Traffickers Cashing in on Increased Demand Recent media reports indicate that traffickers are cashing in on the rising demand for replacement kidneys because of the rise in diabetes and other diseases. Organ trafficking rings have been uncovered in a number of countries including India, Pakistan, China.  The resurgence of trafficking has prompted the WHO to suggest ...
  • Mountain Wolf May 31, 2012
    Roseanne Hawke Supports Children Whose Lives Have Been Traded Written by Roseanne Hawke, Mountain Wolf is the fictitious story of Razaq Khan who lives in the Pakistani tribal area of Kala Dhaka,BlackMountain. When an earthquake ravishes his family home, his dying father tells him to go to his uncle Javaid in Rawalpindi.  A man preying on orphans ...
  • Airline Flight Attendants Combating Human Trafficking May 29, 2012
    Innocents at Risk Flight Attendant Initiative Innocents at Risk’s Flight Attendant Initiative began with the help of senior flight attendant Sandra Fiorini in 2008. In 2009, it was named “Flight Attendant Initiative” by the U.S. Custom and Border Control. It is an action plan to arm flight attendants with the tools necessary to combat child trafficking. Click ...
  • Trafficking’s Human Face May 28, 2012
    Combating Exploitation A recent article in The Tablet reports on exploitation of young women in Nepal.  “Many vulnerable girls in Nepal are tricked into leaving home and working as prostitutes, sometimes by older women in their own communities. But now a local Catholic aid agency is raising awareness of human trafficking and putting pressure on the ...
  • Youth Cautioned About Easy Money or Work May 28, 2012
    Youth Commission Expresses Human Trafficking Concerns Fr. Conegundo Garganta of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Youth Commission has expressed concern that human traffickers take advantage of young people by offering easy money or work.  He said  “The youth must avoid this kind of act by being sure the person offering him/her a job ...
  • Fortune My Foe May 22, 2012
    Merlyn Quaife Supports the Work of ACRATH Merlyn Quaife is a distinguished soprano and performer of great versatility encompassing opera, lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim throughout Australia, Europe and the USA.  Fortune My Foe, a superb song cycle by Roger Heagney, sets the poetry of Graeme Ellis to music. Soprano Merlyn Quaife is ...
  • Foreign Aid Remains at 0.35% GNI May 14, 2012
    Disappointment as MDG Target is Delayed In the Millenium Development Goals of 2000 Australia made a commitment that it would raise overseas aid to 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015.  In the 2012 Federal Budget announced on May 8, despite a $315 million increase from last year, the aid budget remains at 0.35%.  This ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter May 13, 2012
     Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 5 The May issue of Stop Trafficking highlights how the digital world lures youth into trafficking and new initiatives to prevent trafficking. Download the May issue here.
  • It Doesn’t Happen in Australia May 12, 2012
    Public Meetings on Human Trafficking Stop The Traffik coalition, of which ACRATH is a founding member, is organising this public meeting to hear what is being done in Australia to eliminate human trafficking. The Salvation Army in Sydney has been working with people who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia. Some of these people will be ...
  • New Zealand Network Against People Trafficking (NZNAPT) May 8, 2012
    Pacific Trafficking In Persons Forum 2011 Leads to New Network Following on from the Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum held in Wellington NZ in December 2011 a national network has been set up to further the work of coordinating efforts in abolishing Human Trafficking with a particular focus on New Zealand and the Pacific Region. The New Zealand ...
  • Fair Trade Fortnight 5 – 20 May 2012 May 6, 2012
    Your Purchase Can Make a Difference Fair Trade Fortnight gives each of us the opportunity to celebrate the life-changing difference our fair trade choice makes for millions of developing country farmers, producers, their families and communities. Buying Fair Trade is your guarantee that the product was not produced used human trafficking, forced labour or child slavery. ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter May 4, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 4 The April issue of Stop Trafficking outlines the strengths and Weaknesses of anti-trafficking legislation in various countries. Click here to download this issue.
  • Overseas Aid Works April 26, 2012
    Australia Can Make a Difference “Over the past few years Australian aid has contributed to halving the number of people worldwide living without clean water. It has also helped thousands more girls – both in neighbouring countries and beyond – to get an education. Australian aid dollars are reducing poverty and enriching people’s lives.” (Oxfam) With the ...
  • Ferrero’s Committment – Great News April 20, 2012
    Traffick Free by 2020 Ferrero has made a commitment that it will eliminate all cases of the trafficking children, forced adult labour and other worst forms of child labour from their cocoa supply chain by 2020.  In doing so, Ferrero is the first global chocolate company to explicitly state they will fulfill the promise the chocolate ...
  • Slavery-Free London Campaign April 20, 2012
    Risks of Human Trafficking and Forced Labour with London 2012 The Slavery-Free London Campaign aims to draw attention to the risks of human trafficking and forced labour in the UK and overseas associated with the London 2012 Games, and help us ensure that more is done to put a stop to modern slavery in the run ...
  • Playfair 2012 Campaign April 20, 2012
    London 2012 Organisers Agree to Protect Workers’ Rights The Playfair 2012 Campaign  is calling on the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics and global sportswear brands to ensure that workers producing sportswear and souvenirs with the Olympics logo have their rights upheld. In response to the evidence of exploitation of workers producing goods for London 2012, detailed ...
  • Hidden Exploitation April 17, 2012
    Women in Forced Labour, Marriage and Migration Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand commissioned Anti-Slavery Australia in partnership with the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, to prepare an evidence based review in relation to labour rights for women and girls in Australia. The report examines emerging areas of concern and focuses on ...
  • Woman Guilty of Keeping a Sex Slave April 17, 2012
    Canberra Woman Convicted Australian newspapers have reported that the Canberra Supreme court recently found a women guilty of holding a Thai woman in sexual slavery.   The woman from Thailand was forced to service more than 720 clients over a three and a half month period in order to pay of a debt. Read the report in ...
  • Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Sex Trafficking April 12, 2012
    What Role do Women/Girls and Men/Boys Play in the Process Professor Bob Pease, School of Heath and Social Development at Deakin University, will be the presenter at a seminar entitled “Understanding and Addressing the Demand Side of Trafficking.  The seminar, sponsored by ACRATH Victoria, will be held on May 2 at the Treacy Centre in Parkville. Click ...
  • Human Trafficking Forum Geraldton April 5, 2012
    ACRATH Member Speaks to  Geraldton Gathering On the 26th of March the local community in Geraldton, WA hosted a forum on Human Trafficking. The forum was prompted by a number of newspaper articles in the Geraldton Guardian which alluded to human trafficking in the sex industry in the town. ACRATH member Brianna Lee was flown up ...
  • Reflection on the Trafficking of Human Persons April 1, 2012
    Liliana’s Story:  Way of the Cross “Liliana’s Story: a reflection on the trafficking of human persons” was produced by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (www.sacredheartsjm.org).  The prayer reflects on Jesus’ suffering during His way of the Cross and also on the plight of those suffering today because of the evil of ...
  • ACRATH Newsletter March 2012 March 30, 2012
    Latest ACRATH News The latest issue of ACRATH News begins with words from Sr Maree Marsh csb, the new chairperson of ACRATH.  She speaks of the determination of all ACRATH members in “addressing insistently at every level the exploitation of women, men and children.”  Other items of interest are accounts of ACRATH members making connections with ...
  • Is your Easter Egg Slavery Free March 27, 2012
    FAIRTRADE Easter Eggs Much of the world’s chocolate is produced using cocoa beans that have been harvested by trafficked children or forced labour. The West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are two of the largest producers and exporters of cocoa in the world. The most recent figures estimate that 1.8 million children in West ...
  • My Female Faith Hero: Catholic Sisters March 25, 2012
    Tony Blair’s Female Faith Heroes Each Year on International Women’s Day, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation runs a blog to highlight inspirational women of faith.  In his 2012 blog Tony Blair wrote of the Catholic Sisters who are dealing with sex trafficking. Click here to read his blog which first appeared in the Huffington Post.  
  • Extra support for Victims of Human Trafficking March 25, 2012
    $1.2million Extra Given to Support Victims In a recent joint media release the Hon. Nicola Roxon MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management and the Hon. Julie Collins MP Minister for the Status of Women announced that an extra $1.2million will be made available to help victims of human trafficking, under the Australian Government’s Support for Trafficked People program.  This programme ...
  • Organised Crime and Trafficking in Persons March 25, 2012
    New Research Paper Issued by Australian Institute of Criminology A new research paper written by Fiona David gives an overview of research on human trafficking in Australia and internationally.  The paper also examines the differences between smuggling and trafficking and the overlaps that occur with these crimes. Download a copy of the research paper here.  
  • Forums to Combat Human Trafficking in Western Australia March 25, 2012
    ACRATH Members Involved in Forums The Australian Federal Police, in collaboration with the Western Australian Police and Northern Territory Police haave recently presented forums on human trafficking in a number of centres in Western Australia.  By discussing the issue of human trafficking the forums aim to improve the possibility of identifying victims and combating this crime.  Australian ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newletter March 22, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 3 The March 2012 issue of Stop Trafficking highlights the strengths and weaknesses of anti-human trafficking legislation in the USA. Click here to download a copy of the newsletter.
  • New ACRATH Leadership March 6, 2012
    National Conference Names New National Chairperson ACRATH members from across Australia recently gathered in Melbourne for their annual conference and AGM.  Sr Louise Cleary csb, outgoing National Chairperson, delivered her annual report.  While recognising and celebrating the achievements of ACRATH over the past twelve months she also encouraged participants to continue with hope and imagination working ...
  • A “T.I.P.” About Trafficking March 6, 2012
    New NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons Trafficking has assumed greater prominence at the UN, and among NGOs, with the creation of an NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons. The “trafficking” NGO interest group was formerly joined with the “migration” interest group. Its new separate status has attracted a greater diversity of other NGO groups, ...
  • Anti-Trafficking Newsletter February 28, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 2 The February 2012 issue of Stop Trafficking describes trends of victimization by traffickers and the efforts being made to counter human trafficking. Click here to download a copy of the newsletter.
  • ACRATH Members Head to Melbourne February 16, 2012
    Taking the National Agenda Forward ACRATH member will gather in Melbourne on Monday 20th February for their AGM and National Conference.  During the gathering members will review the work that has been done over the last year and devise a strategic plan for furthering the mission of ACRATH in the coming year.  Workshop topics on the ...
  • Successful ACRATH Fund Raising Concert February 9, 2012
    Western Australian ACRATH Concert ACRATH WA held a very successful fund raising concert on Sunday February 5th 2012 at the  Loreto Nedlands Primary School auditorium.  A crowd of over 75 attended and commented on the moving music and beautiful performance. Merlyn Quaife is committed to working against human trafficking.  She volunteered her talents and time to present ...
  • Women held as Sex-Slaves February 9, 2012
    Tip-off Leads to Arrest After a tip-off to the Salvation Army, three young Thai women brought to Australia with the promise of student visas,have been rescued from sex-slavery and are now in the care of the Red Cross.  Their alleged captor has been arrested by the Australian Federal Police and charged with human trafficking offenses.  This ...
  • Crack down on Human Trafficking in Western Australia February 2, 2012
    Federal Police Launch Operation In Western Australia Federal Police in Western Australia have launched an operation to rescue people trafficking into  WA for forced labour, prostitution and servile marriages.  A report in The West Australian newspaper commented that “there are fears that an increasing number of women are being brought to Perth and forced into the ...
  • RENATE Conference – When We Hear the Cry January 30, 2012
    RENATE – Religious In Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation In September 2011 RENATE held her first European Conference on Human Trafficking.  The goal of the conference was to meet, interact with and learn from experiences of Religious engaged in counter-trafficking work, across Europe.  The theme of the conference wasWhen We Hear the Cry.  A Copy of ...
  • Modern Slavery Documentary January 30, 2012
    SBS Two Screens Documentary on Modern Slavery Modern Slavery, a three part documentary screened on SBS Two, highlights the fact that despite being illegal in all countries slavery still exists and is a global problem.  Part 1 was screened on Thursday 26th January but if you missed it, for a limited time, it can be viewed ...
  • ACRATH Meets With International Advocates January 21, 2012
    ACRATH National Projects Co-ordinator Visits Geneva Christine Carolan, ACRATH National Projects Co0-ordinator, recently spent some time in Geneva.  During her time there she met with advocates against human trafficking from Franciscan International who helped her to connect with other organisations including UN officials addressing trafficking in persons, the Permanent Mission of Australia, Permanent Observer of the Holy ...
  • Chocolate’s Child Slaves January 20, 2012
    The Chocolate Industry Responds The CNN documentary “Chocolate’s Child Slaves”, premiers Friday January 20, 9 CET on CNN International.  CNN correspondent, David McKenzie, went to the Ivory Coast to investigate children working in the cocoa fields. Responses from the world’s major chocolate companies can be read here.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newlstter January 14, 2012
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 1 The latest issue of The Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter highlights how world events are often interwined with human trafficking. Click here to access the January 2012 issue
  • Solwodi Newsletter January 14, 2012
    Solwodi Newsletter No 90, December 2011 The latest newsletter released by Solwodi (Solidarity with Women in Distress) reports on justice being dispensed in a German court for victims of some Romanian victims of trafficking. Click here to read the newsletter  
  • Not in New Zealand Waters, Surely January 14, 2012
     Labour and Human Rights Abuses Aboard Foreign Fishing Vessels Researchers at the New Zealand Asia Institute at the University of Auckland have been investigating abuses aboard Foreign Fishing Vessels.  The sinking of the Oyang 70 in New Zealand Waters in August 2010 brought to light information about “crew members not being paid, being underpaid, having their ...
  • Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum 2011 January 13, 2012
    ACRATH Members Attend Pacific Forum The Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum was held in December 2011.  Four ACRATH members attended the Forum.  The keynote speaker was Ruth Dearnley from Stop the Traffik in the UK.  The Forum looked at the various forms of trafficking taking place in the Pacific Region.  In her address Ruth reminded participants ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter December 16, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 12 The December issue of this newsletter highlights the negative ripple effect of the many forms of human trafficking. Click here to read the newsletter.
  • Asia ACTs Prayer Card December 16, 2011
    Trafficked Children Need Your Help A new prayer card is being distributed by Asia Against child Trafficking (Asia ACTs).  As well as a Prayer for the Victims of Child Trafficking and a Prayer for the Defenders and Protectors of Child Trafficking victims, the card gives some background on child trafficking and suggestions on how we can ...
  • COTTON ON Committed to Corporate Social Responsibilities December 16, 2011
    Working to Maintain Acceptable Working Conditions and Trade Practices Jacqui Hennessy, Group Risk Manager of Cotton On says, “The Cotton on Group is very much aware of the issue of forced child labour and other humanitarian exploitation in Uzbekistan and around the globe. We are strongly committed to our corporate social responsibilities and proactively maintain acceptable working conditions ...
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons in Australia December 15, 2011
    Government Welcomes Findings UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, visited Australia to examine its strategies to combat people trafficking and report back to the UN Commission on Human Rights. She will deliver her report to the United Nations in 2012.  Following her visit the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, the Hon Brendan ...
  • ACRATH Concert in Western Australia December 15, 2011
    Fund Raising Concert Join ACRATH members in Western Australia for a special fund raising conference.  Courtesy of the WA Opera Soprano Merlyn Quaife and pianist Andrea Katz will perform song cycles of Roger Heagney boased on poetry by Graeme Ellis.  Proceed will support ACRATH’s efforts against human trafficking. Click here for more information.
  • Vulnerabilities to Trafficking in Persons in the Pacific Islands December 15, 2011
    Australian Institute of Criminology Research Paper In recently released research papers the Australian Institute of Criminology outlines the Pacific Island region’s vulnerability to the crime of trafficking in persons.  Click below to download the research papers. Vulnerabilities to trafficking in persons in the Pacific Islands. Australia’s Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme: Managing vulnerabilities to exploitation
  • ACRATH Members Receive Freedom Awards November 25, 2011
    Inaugural Anti-Slavery Australia Freedom Awards Congratulations to Sr Pauline Col sgs and Sr Louise Cleary csb who were named as recipients of Freedom Awards at a Ceremony in Canberra this week.  The Freedom Awards were developed by Anti-Slavery Australia using federal funding from the Proceeds of Crime Act.  A media release from the Minister for Home ...
  • Fourth National Roundtable on People Trafficking November 25, 2011
    Draft Legislation Announced at National Roundtable At the National NGO Roundtable on People Trafficking held in Canberra on Wednesday 23rd November the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, reported on Australia’s efforts to fight the crime of people trafficking and affirmed the work of NGOs in this area. Also present at the Roundtable ...
  • Progress of Campaign to Support the Education of Girls November 25, 2011
    Progress on Support for the Education of Girls Over recent weeks Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, has spoken in favour of increasing education opportunities for girls.  At the launch of Plan International’s report, Because I am a Girl, Mr Rudd commented that “a girl in southern Sudan today is more likely to die ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newlsetter November 14, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 11 The November issue of this newsletter highlights methods used to expose sex and labour trafficking and the issues feeding it.  Click here to read the newsletter.
  • ACRATH Newsletter November 2011 November 9, 2011
    Latest ACRATH News  In the latest ACRATH Newsletter read about the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor MP and Mr Michael Danby MP visiting the ACRATH office, the Community Awareness Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) projects beginning in four states,  the presentation of a motion on the Harkin-Engel Protocol being presented in Federal Parliament, ...
  • News from ACRATH in Western Australia November 9, 2011
    Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking Recently Murdoch University held an open day. Part of the display from the Law Department included a display board with information on human trafficking through question and answer. A chocolate fondue enticed many visitors to consider not only information about trafficking but advertised fair trade. During the day there was a ...
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons November 2, 2011
    A Human Rights Approach to Trafficking in Persons Ms Joy Ngozi Ezelio, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, will speak on A Human Rights Approach to Trafficking in Persons at the University of Technology, Sydney on Thursday 17th November.  Also speaking will be Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, ...
  • Human Trafficking Case Law Database October 25, 2011
    UNODC Launches First Global Database of Human Trafficking Case Law Human trafficking is a truly global phenomenon and a crime which affects nearly every part of the world, whether as a source, transit or destination country.  The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has developed a database of human trafficking case law to provide ...
  • Review of Student Visas After Reports of Trafficking October 18, 2011
    Minister Announces Review of  Student Visas In a media release dated 14 October 2011 the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced a targeted analysis of Australia’s student visa program following allegations of links to the sex industry.  Mr Bowen said the risk and integrity analysis would investigate what links, if any, exist ...
  • Funding to Fight Slavery and Labour Trafficking October 18, 2011
    Federal Government Grants for Five Organisation A Federal Government Media Release dated Monday 17th October announced that the Gillard Government has allocated a total of $485,000 to five organisation to fund projects aimed at combating slavery and human trafficking in Australia.  A copy of the media release issued by the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for ...
  • In the Media October 18, 2011
    Australian Media Reports on Sex Trafficking Beginning with a report on Four Corners on Monday 11th October there have been a number of articles on sex slavery in the Australian media recently.  Links to some of these articles are given below. Legal brothels linked to international sex trafficking rings,  Sydney Morning Herald 10 October 2011 Migration agents suspected over ...
  • Exploitation of Children October 10, 2011
    Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Solomon Islands The commercial sexual exploitation of children, or sexual abuse in exchange for money or goods, in a remote region of the Solomon Islands, with a focus on the presence of the logging industry and the role this industry plays in abusing and exploiting children is reported in ...
  • Solwodi Newsletter October 9, 2011
    Solwodi Newsletter No 89 September 2011 The latest edition of the Solwodi Newsletter (Solidarity with Women in Distress) may be read by clicking here.
  • Human Trafficking Speeches in Australian Senate October 7, 2011
    Senators Speaks on Human Trafficking On 13th September 2011 Senator Helen Polley spoke to the Australian Senate saying “human trafficking is a significant global problem.” She commented that “victims of human trafficking have been discovered in domestic servitude, forced agricultural labour, garment manufacturing, the fishing industry, construction and sex work.”  Read more… Senator Claire Moore was granted ...
  • ACRATH Receives Government Funding October 5, 2011
    Minister Visits ACRATH Office Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor, and Member for Melbourne Ports, Michael Danby, visited the office of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans) in Albert Park, Victoria on Wednesday 5 October 2011.  Their visit was the formal acknowledgement that the Government has committed $350,000 over the next ...
  • UK Government’s Strategy October 4, 2011
    Working with International Partners to Prevent Human Trafficking A document recently released in the UK entitled Human Trafficking:  the Government’s Strategy sets out a renewed focus on preventing human trafficking overseas before the harm can reach the UK while maintaining and improving care arrangements for adult victims at home.  The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said that ...
  • “World Must Do Better” September 27, 2011
    President of  UN General Assembly on Tackling Human Trafficking General Assembly President, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, has called for redoubled efforts to tackle human trafficking which the United Nations anti-crime agency says is a multi-billion dollar industry and one that enslaves some 2.4 million people at any given time, many of whom are children. “No country is unaffected. We must do better,” ...
  • Child Labour Persists in Uzbekistan Cotton Industry September 27, 2011
    Children Taken From School to Work in Cotton Fields Despite efforts to conceal systematic breaches of national and international bans on child labour, the use of minors in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry continues to be well-documented. This September, three years after the government formally outlawed child labour, saw the usual annual exodus of school children as well as ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter September 26, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 9. The September 2011 issue highlights campaigns that address various aspects of human trafficking and suggests ways of becoming involved in the fight against this modern day form of human slavery. Click here to read this issue.
  • Holy See Makes Statement on Human Trafficking September 26, 2011
    Statement to 18th Session of the Human Rights Council of the UN His Excellency Silvano M. Tomasi,Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nation sand Specialized Agencies in Geneva, made a statement on Human Trafficking at the 18th Session of the Human Rights Council. Click here to read the statement.  
  • New Partnership to Combat Child Labour in West Africa September 26, 2011
    ILO and Chocolate and Cocoa Industry Forge New Partnership Eight companies in the chocolate and cocoa industry – ADM, Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Kraft Foods, Mars Incorporated, and Nestlé – have pledged US $2 million to a new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the International Labour Office (ILO) to combat child labour in cocoa ...
  • Harkin-Engel Anniversary Noted in Australian Senate September 26, 2011
    Australian Senators Support Harkin-Engel Protocol During their recent visit to  the Australian Federal Parliament ACRATH spoke to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate about the Harkin-Engel Protocol which aimed at eliminating the worst forms of child slavery in the cocoa industry.  On Monday 19th September 2011, the tenth anniversary of the signing of ...
  • Trafficking in Persons in ASEAN Region September 26, 2011
    Progress Report on Criminal Justice Responses to Trafficking in Persons in the ASEAN Region Released in July 2011 this  report describes and examines national and regional responses to trafficking in South East Asia with specific reference to the rules and standards which ASEAN Member States themselves have developed or freely accepted. Click here to read the report.
  • Pacific Trafficking in Persons Forum 2011 September 20, 2011
    Confronting the Inconvenient Truths The Trafficking in Persons forum will examine the inconvenient truths that underpin the crime of human trafficking.  The Forum will be held in Lower Hutt, New Zealand on 2-3 December 2011. For more information click here.
  • 10 Years of Unfulfilled Promises September 19, 2011
    10 Campaign 10 Campaign and Stop the Traffik has released a media statement to mark the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol.  Despite this protocol Child Labour is still prevalent in the cocoa industry. Read more about this protocol  and the campaign to eliminate child labour from the cocoa industry by clicking here.  
  • Is the Chocolate You Eat Child Slavery Free? September 18, 2011
    Harkin Engel Protocol – Ten Years On Monday 19th September 2011 marks the tenth anniversay of the signing of the Harkin-Engel Protocol.  The chocolate industry signed up to a six-point road map to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in the production of cocoa in the West African countries of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana by ...
  • Trafficked – The Reckoning September 8, 2011
    Documentary on Human Trafficking At the age of 13 Ning was trafficked to Australia and put to work in a brothel in Sydney’s Surry Hills.  In 2004 her story was told in an SBS documentary film Trafficked. Now seven years later the sequel to that film, Trafficked – the Reckoning, outlines the investigation undertaken to try to bring ...
  • Support for Girls’ Education September 8, 2011
    Increased Opportunity for Girls = Less Opportunity for Traffickers Providing girls with an education is one of the key components in combating human trafficking.  Of the 27million children out of primary education in impoverished countries, 16 million are girls.  In their recent meetings with Federal Members of Parliament in Canberra ACRATH acknowledged the efforts that Australia ...
  • 5th Annual Pilgrimage to National Capital August 31, 2011
    ACRATH in Canberra Twelve ACRATH members have recently completed a successful visit to Canberra where they met with members of Federal Parliament, AusAID, the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Office for Women, the Attorney General’s Department, Anti Slavery Australia, UNICEF, ACFID, and Church public policy representatives to raise awareness about the plight of victims trafficked into Australia. A ...
  • Thank You Nestlé August 31, 2011
    Working Towards Child Slavery Free Chocolate In 2010 Nestlé began distributing  four finger Kitkat in Australia using UTZ certified cocoa.  This action was welcomed by all those campaigning for a child slavery free chocolate industry.  Recently this certification has been extended to all Nestlé Kitkat products. Over 75% of the world’s cocoa is produced in West Africa ...
  • Seeking a Better Life for Trafficked People August 18, 2011
    Australian Religious Seeking a Better Life for Trafficked People A group of women religious from around Australia will make their fifth annual pilgrimage to Canberra next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia. The 12 women, Catholic sisters and their colleagues, are all members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). They will ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter August 17, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 8. The August 2011 issue highlights labour abuses and successes in the context of sports, tourism, retailers and legislative responses. Click here to read this issue.
  • Child Labour in Uzbekistan August 8, 2011
    Cotton Picking in Uzbekistan Uzbekistan is the world’s sixth largest producer of cotton, and the third largest exporter. For decades it has used forced labour of schoolchildren, college and university students to harvest cotton by hand.Each year over one million children as young as nine-years-old are sent out to work in the fields (http://www.sourcingnetwork.org/cotton).  This practice ...
  • Organ Trafficking in Australia July 31, 2011
    Australia’s First Reported Case of Suspected Organ Trafficking The Australian media recently reported the Australian Federal Police were investigating an alleged case of organ trafficking.  Trafficking for the purpose of harvesting organs is an international problem but this is the first case to be reported in Australia. The Minister for Justice, Brendan O’Connor, said ”Irrespective of the type ...
  • Fight Against Child Labour in the Philippines July 31, 2011
    Towards a Child Labour Free Philippines “Jason (not his real name), wishes he has more time to play. However, unlike children of his age, he struggles to balance schooling and work to help provide the needs of his family. At the age of 12, he works for a charcoal manufacturer where he spends five hours per ...
  • Human Trafficking In Australia July 31, 2011
    Human Trafficking:  Australia’s Response A research paper recently issued by the Queensland Parliamentary Library examined the data available on Human Trafficking in Australia and the legislation currently in place to combat this evil of modern day slavery. The paper was presented by Nicolee Dixon, Senior Legal Research Officer at Queensland Parliamentary Library.  In addition to outlining the international ...
  • Improved Support for Victims of Human Trafficking July 25, 2011
    New Training Packages In a recent media statement issued jointly by the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for the Status of Women, and the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, it was announced that $126,960 will go to the Australian Red Cross to develop and deliver professional training to at least 500 ...
  • Corridors of Children July 25, 2011
    New Documentary on Child Sex Slavery Corridors of Children is a documentary outlining some of the reasons for children being trafficked into the sex industry in South East Asia.  This film, a project of Children United, can be used to educate about and advocate against child sexual exploitation. Click here to view a trailer of the film.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter July 20, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 7. The July 2011 issue of the Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter  highlights information found in the U.S. State Departments annual ‘Trafficking in Persons’ Report for 2011. Click here to read the newsletter.  
  • Human Trafficking Forum July 18, 2011
    Podcasts from Human Trafficking Forum Social Policy Connections recently hosted a forum which looked at modern day slavery.  At this forum Professor Jennifer Burn, Director of the Anti-Slavery Project, spoke of the psychological coercion that enslaves victim of human trafficking. Michaela Guthridge, Justice Development Manager at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand reflected on the issue of “sham ...
  • Campaign for Compensation July 17, 2011
    Victims Need Compensation Survivors of Human Trafficking need compensation to help them rehabilitate.  Join the campaign to help them obtain this compensation. Click here to visit the Stop the Traffik website where you can download and sign the petition
  • ACRATH Newsletter July 2011 July 7, 2011
    Latest ACRATH News The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives details of recent Forums on Human Trafficking, ACRATH networking experiences with Project Respect, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Institute of Criminology, an outline of state level activities and much more. Click here to read this latest issue.
  • Experiences in Cambodia July 5, 2011
    ACRATH Members in Western Australia Hear  First Hand  of Cambodian Experiences At the May meeting of ACRATH WA Chloe and Joel Bond were present and shared with members their experiences of working in Cambodia over the last three years.  In Cambodia they had managed an after care centre for girls 6-18 years old who had been ...
  • Slavery Then and Slavery Now July 3, 2011
    Modern Day Slavery A recent article written by Elizabeth Butler-Sloss  in the UK newspaper Guardian reflects on the fact that due to the relentless efforts of William Wilberforce slavery was abolished in the UK in 1807.  It goes on to describe the new form of slavery in our time – human trafficking. Click here to read the ...
  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2011 June 28, 2011
    US Secretary of State Releases Trafficking in Persons Report 2011 On Monday 27th June US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, released the Trafficking in Persons Report 2011.  In releasing the report Secretary Clinton commented that the report comments on 184 countries and is the result of collaboration with ambassadors,  embassies and NGOs. Click here for information on ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter June 23, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 6 The June 2011 issues focuses on situation were foreign students have been exploited in labour settings.  There is also a report on the progress taking place in the campaign to involve the corporate sector in fighting human trafficking. Click here to read the June 2011 issue
  • No Room for Trafficking – London 2012 June 23, 2011
    Campaign to Stop the Traffik – London 2012 Stop the Traffik have called on the hospitality industry to make sure there is no room for trafficking of human beings in their establishments during the London 2012 Olympics. Further information about their London 2012 campaign can be read here.
  • Look Beneath the Surface June 23, 2011
    A Video on Human Trafficking An update version of the video Beneath the Surface has recently be released on YouTube.  The video provides information on human trafficking and on how to identify and support victims. Click here to view the video.  Alternately a link can be found on this website in the video section of the multi-media ...
  • Challenging Human Traffickers June 23, 2011
    Ukrainian Mission for the Rescue of Human Trafficking Victims in Europe Ihor Hnat is a man on a mission. He  recently founded the “Ukrainian Mission for the Rescue of Human Trafficking Victims in Europe”, an organization devoted to the rescue and support of Ukrainian trafficking victims. To read more about his fight against human trafficking click here    
  • SPC Forum on Human Trafficking June 15, 2011
    Human Trafficking Forum – 30th June 2011 Presented by: Michaela Guthridge (Good Shepherd Mission & Justice Unit), Prof. Jennifer Burn (Anti-Slavery Project) Christine Carolan (ACRATH) This forum will look at the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes exploitation and forced labour. Thursday 30 June, 7.30 pm Study Centre, Yarra Theological Union, 98 Albion Rd.,Box Hill. Best entry via 34 Bedford St. ...
  • Challenging the Demand Side of Sexual Slavery June 15, 2011
    Attempts to Prevent Trafficking into Sexual Slavery The Swedish Example – trafficking laws in Sweden have evolved from the belief that  the demand for sexual services is a contributing factor towards trafficking for sexual purposes.  Click here to read Kajsa Claude’s report on the laws promulgated in Sweden in 1999, their implementation and the steps being taken ...
  • Eliminate Child Labour June 11, 2011
    World Day Against Child Labour  – June 12 A 9-year-old girl toils under the hot sun, making bricks from morning to night, seven days a week. She was trafficked with her entire family from Bihar, one of the poorest and most underdeveloped states in India, and sold to the owner of a brick-making factory. With no ...
  • ACRATH holds Public Meeting June 7, 2011
    ACRATH Forum on Human Trafficking Over 100 people attended a recent public forum on the issue of human trafficking.  Participants were informed about the forms that human trafficking takes today – sexual servitude, forced labour and organ trafficking.    A sale of Fair Trade goods took place at the forum.  Sr Louise Cleary, chairperson of ACRATH ...
  • Trafficked Persons – Victims of Rights Violations June 7, 2011
    Trafficked Persons – More Than Instruments of Criminal Investigation In a recent report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, warned that “trafficked persons are often seen as ‘instruments’ of criminal investigation, rather than as holders of rights.” “In many States, ...
  • Puppet on A String June 7, 2011
    Puppet on a String Report This UK report released by Barnardos indicates sexually abused children are getting younger and the trafficking of children is increasing. Click here to read this report.
  • Public Meeting on Trafficking in Melbourne May 28, 2011
    Want to help trafficked people? Don’t know how to? ACRATH is holding a public meeting in Melbourne on Monday 30th May 2011. Come along and increase your awareness of this issue. For more information click here.    
  • Building Bridges to Freedom May 27, 2011
    The Interfaith Movement to End Slavery At a conference hosted by the US Embassy to the Holy See and St Thomas University, a minister, a rabbi and a catholic nun spoke of their passion to see an end to modern slavery.  Rev. David Schilling, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Rabbis for Human Rights ...
  • Role of Corporations in Fighting Human Trafficking May 27, 2011
    Corporations can be Unknowingly Facilitating Modern Day Slavery On 18 May 2011 at a conference on modern day slavery organised by the Us Embassy to the Holy See, the U.S. ambassador-at-large to combat human trafficking, Luis CdeBaca, spoke on the necessary involvement of consumers and corporations in the fight against human trafficking.  It is important that ...
  • Trafficking in Persons in Australia May 21, 2011
    Become Informed About Human Trafficking in Australia In the coming weeks there are three opportunities to learn more about the situation of Human Trafficking and slavery in Australia. The Australian Institute of Criminology is holding an information session on Thursday 26th May in Mildura at Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Seventh Street Mildura between 10 am and 12 ...
  • Pope Benedict Speaks Against Modern Day Slavery May 18, 2011
    Pope Benedict Encourages Freedom Against Slavery In an audience with participants in the ordinary assembly of the High Council of the Pontifical Missionary Societies on Sunday 14th May Pope Benedict drew attention to the curse of Modern Day Slavery. “New problems and new forms of slavery, in fact, emerge in our time, both in the so-called first ...
  • World Day Against Child Labour May 16, 2011
    12 June 2011 World Day Against Child Labour Warning! Children in hazardous work – End child labour The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 115 million children are involved in hazardous work.  The 2011 World Day Against Child Labour calls for urgent action to tackle the problem. The ILO website has resources that will assist you in taking up ...
  • Sisters Trafficked into Forced Labour May 16, 2011
    Sold into Domestic Servitude Two sisters from the Philippines were promised a job as food servers in Malaysia.  Hoping to earn money to support their family they accepted the position.  Upon arriving in Malaysia they discovered they had been sold and were forced to work as domestic helpers without pay for several moths. Read more about their ...
  • Child Marriage May 16, 2011
    The Bride Price:  Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide Child marriage, defined as marriage before age 18, devastates the lives of girls, their families and their communities. Widespread in many developing countries, child brides number more than 60 million worldwide. In some countries, half of the girls are married before they turn 18. Click here to read what ...
  • Sex Trafficking and Indigenous People May 16, 2011
    Asia-Pacific Meeting of Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Survivors Indigenous peoples in Thailand, the Congo, India, Canada, the United States, Australia and nearly every country in the world are caught up in this despicable trade in human flesh. The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in the Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) recently sponsored an important meeting in India calling attention ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter May 12, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 5 The May 2011  issue includes articles on the exploitation of young people in labour settings.  This newsletter is produced by the Sisters of the Divine Savior. Click here to read the May issue. 
  • Trafficking for Human Body Organs May 12, 2011
    Three forms of Trafficking for Human Body Organs Traffickers force or trick victims into giving up an organ Victims formally or informally agree to sell an organ but are never paid the money they were promised Vulnerable victims are treated for an ailment which may or may not exist and during the process organs are removed without the ...
  • To Whom It May Concern May 12, 2011
    A Video on Human Trafficking To Whom it May Concern is a video about human trafficking produced by Artfully Unforgotten.  Commissioned by Franciscans International and the Sisters of Notre Dame it includes stories from religious communities about the women and children they have helped, the best practices used to eliminate it and the effects of governmental policies. Click ...
  • Trafficking of Children in the Asia-Pacific May 10, 2011
    Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No 415, April 2011 A new document issued by the Australian Institute of Criminology looks at the current definitions of child trafficking, the forms it takes in Asia Pacific, factors affecting the vulnerability of children with regard to this crime and the steps which need to be taken to ...
  • Solwodi Newsletter May 9, 2011
    Solwodi Newsletter No. 87, April 2011 In the latest newsletter from Solwodi ( Solidarity with Women in Distress) you can read about a young woman from Lithuania who was trafficked into Germany.  The article tells of her battle with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of her experiences in Germany. Click here to read this article and ...
  • Fair Trade Fortnight 7-22 May 2011 May 8, 2011
    Help people avoid being trafficked into slavery. Products with the Fair Trade logo have been made without the use of slave labour.  Meaningful employment means a person has a regular income, is able to have more control over their life and so is less vulnerable to being trafficked.  When you purchase Fair Trade goods you are ...
  • Not My Life Premieres in New York May 5, 2011
    Filmed across five continents the feature-length documentary film Not My Life , directed written and produced by Robert Billheimer, premiered in New York City recently . Supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and theUnited Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), the documentary explores the issue of trafficking ...
  • Public Meeting on Trafficking April 28, 2011
      Want to help trafficked people? Don’t know how to?   ACRATH is holding a public meeting in Melbourne on Monday 30th May 2011. Come along and increase your awareness of this issue. For more information click here.    
  • ACRATH Newsletter April 2011 April 24, 2011
    The latest ACRATH Newsletter gives information about ACRATH activities across Australia over recent months.  You can read about ACRATH Victoria hosting a morning tea and community forum on International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery, a Peace Walk in Western Australia and an ACRATH member visiting a centre for Women and Children in ...
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter April 14, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 9 No 4 This newsletter is produced by the Sisters of the Divine Savior Click here to read the April issue.
  • Fair Trade Easter Eggs Campaign March 29, 2011
    The campaign, an initiative of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) asks people to buy FAIRTRADE chocolate for Easter to help stop the trafficking of children into West African cocoa plantations.  This will send a message to chocolate producers who do not use FAIRTRADE chocolate. Fair Trade chocolate ...
  • Stop Trafficking! March 29, 2011
    Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol. 9 No. 3 (March 2011) Read more
  • ACRATH Submissions for Consultation by Attorney General’s Department February 28, 2011
    The Attorney General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, and the Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP, recently sought public opinion on two discussion papers related to slavery and human trafficking.  You can read the submission ACRATH made on each of these papers by clicking on the links below. The Criminal Justice Response to Slavery ...
  • What Men Have to Do With It February 27, 2011
    The Role of Men in Achieving Gender Equity A report recently released by the International Center for Research on Women comments on the contribution men can make to achieving gender equatity for women. A copy of the report can be viewed here.  
  • Latest News January 1, 2011
    Latest news in the fight to stop Human Trafficking. Click on the following links: Good News ACRATH News Australian News International News  
  • Resources January 1, 2011
    Be informed about human trafficking and modern day slavery. Click on the following links to learn more. Human Trafficking Multimedia Digital Downloads Prayers Slavery Free Easter Chocolate  
  • Religious Call and Prayers January 1, 2011
    Pray with all those who are trafficked Reflect and pray for all concerned with human trafficking Each excerpt of the message from the Catholic sisters gathered in Rome in October, 2007 is addressed to persons concerned with human trafficking and is here also followed by a prayer for these persons. To the Victims We wish to say to you ...
  • Prayer for an End to Trafficking January 1, 2011
    Prayer for an End to Trafficking O God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel, when we hear of men and women, boys and and girls deceived and transported to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation and enslavement and all kinds of abuse because of human greed and ...
  • Prayer for Trafficking Victims January 1, 2011
    Pray with and for all those who are touched by the horrors of human trafficking. Enter their world in your imagination and hold their tears and their pain in your heart. Feel free to use these prayers/reflection or any part of them in order to create what is suitable for your prayer group.
  • Prayer for Anti-trafficking Advocates January 1, 2011
    We pray for all who are trafficked We ask Lord that you strengthen the fragile-spirited and broken-hearted. We pray earnestly that all who suffer the loss of freedom And the indignity of being used to serve the need and greed of others Will be freed and find freedom in a home where they are respected. Let them experience a love ...
  • Facts and Figures January 1, 2011
    Get resources to back up your plan and mission to spread the word about the reality of human trafficking…
  • Intercession January 1, 2011
    We call to mind the fact that individuals are bought and sold to satisfy the wants and greed of others – economic greed, seeking power over others, sexual satisfaction: We pray that all men and women involved in trafficking will come to see that, in satisfying the wants of others, they inflict untold cruelty on the ...
  • Psalm January 1, 2011
    Psalm 88 Lord God, my saviour, I cry out all day At night in secret I come before you weeping. Hear my prayer and listen to my cry for help! So many troubles have fallen on me that I am close to death. I am like all others who are about to die, All my strength is gone. I am abandoned among ...
  • Not for Sale Sunday January 1, 2011
    Vigil of Prayer in solidarity with Trafficked women, men and children throughout the world. ‘Not for Sale Sunday’ Whenever your Church wants to Make a Difference (Suggested opening hymn – Optional Song of Ruth – Father we come in prayer) Opening Prayer Creator God, we believe that the human person is the clearest reflection of your presence in our world. ...
  • ACRATH Presents… December 30, 2010
    At ACRATH, we work hard to bring about a greater awareness on the reality of Human Trafficking…
  • Couple who held sex slaves jailed December 18, 2010
    The Sydney Morning Herald Louise Hall December 18, 2010 A HUSBAND and wife who kept five Thai women as sex slaves in a Fairfield brothel have been jailed for at least seven years. Trevor McIvor, 63, and his Thai-born wife, Kanokporn Tanuchit, 42, ”traded in human misery and poverty” and their punishment would serve as a warning to others ...
  • ACRATH Canberra visit, 21-26 November 2010 December 10, 2010
    In November 2010, 15 women religious and colleagues undertook an ACRATH networking and policy development week in Canberra. Read more in the Visual report (.pdf 920KB)
  • Australia’s Sex Slave Industry December 8, 2010
    Marie Claire Dan MacDonald December 8, 2010 When a young Chinese woman in Melbourne received compensation as a victim of sex slavery, her case was hailed a victory – yet it was just the second of its kind. Why? For Qi*, every day was the same. Sitting hunched on a bed in a dark, dingy brothel, she’d wait for ...
  • News Release: Work of Religious Against Trafficking is Recognised by Federal Government December 2, 2010
    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has been granted $350,000 funding for the next three years to contnue the fght against human trafcking. The Federal Government has announced that ACRATH is one of four non-government organisatons funded, along with Project Respect (Melbourne), Ant-Slavery Project (Sydney) and ScarlettAlliance (Sydney). ACRATH natonal chair Sr ...
  • Threats, debts and isolation: the new chains of slavery November 26, 2010
    The Sydney Morning Herald Geesche Jacobsen, Crime Editor November 26, 2010 This is in relation to the report on Labour Trafficking that’s available on our site under Digital Downloads section within Australian Material. THEIR position is akin to modern slavery, but people who have been trafficked to Australia to work for little pay in appalling conditions are often kept ...
  • $1.6 Million Investment in the Fight Against Human Trafficking November 24, 2010
    Federal member for Adelaide Kate Ellis November 24, 2010 Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor has announced another $1.6 million will be invested in tackling human trafficking including sex and labour exploitation. The announcement was made at the third National Roundtable on People Trafficking at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday, 24 November. The forum brings together ...
  • The Government’s Response to People Trafficking November 22, 2010
    Australia.to NEWS November 22, 2010 Today, I am pleased to present to the Parliament the second report of the Anti-People Trafficking Interdepartmental Committee. People trafficking is a heinous crime which involves serious contraventions of human rights. It is a sobering and shocking fact, that in the 21st century, all around the world, slavery and servitude remain the ...
  • 3rd meeting of the National Roundtable on People Trafficking in Canberra November 22, 2010
    The Minister for Justice, the Hon Brendan O’Connor MP is convening the third meeting of the National Roundtable on People Trafficking in Canberra on 24th November 2010. ACRATH is one of the organisations to again be invited to attend the Roundtable meeting and will be represented by the National Chair, Sr Louise Cleary csb.
  • Uganda: How a Catholic radio station is saving child soldiers November 22, 2010
    Aid to the Church in Need Eva-Maria Kolmann November 22, 2010 “We love you, Robert. Please come home! From your parents and your brothers and sisters”. These, and other messages like them are regularly heard on the children’s programme of the Catholic diocesan radio station “Radio Wa’ of Lira in northern Uganda. They are addressed to children who ...
  • Australia leading anti-human trafficking action November 19, 2010
    Australian Labor Brendan O’Connor November 19, 2010 Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Brendan O’Connor today released the second annual report of the Gillard Government’s Anti-People Trafficking Interdepartmental Committee. The regular reports began last year in response to an Australian National Audit Office recommendation that systematic reporting of human trafficking initiatives may help focus and co-ordinate the important work ...
  • More people trafficked via Korea to Australia November 19, 2010
    ABC Radio Australia Linda Mottram November 19, 2010 The Australian government has warned that people trafficking into Australia, largely from Southeast Asia, is under reported – but there is a new report that suggests South Korea was the main source country for trafficked sex workers to Australia in the past year. Many of the cases involve the sex ...
  • News Release: Women Religious Take Trafficking Issues to Canberra November 19, 2010
    Women religious from throughout Australia will descend on Canberra next week (November 22-24) to discuss human trafcking with federal politcians, community leaders, academics union bosses and foreign embassy staff Members of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafcking in Humans) will discuss global and local issues with policy makers in a bid to prevent trafcking of ...
  • Media Release: Woman charged with sexual servitude November 12, 2010
    Australian Federal Police November 12, 2010 A 30-year-old Chinese woman is scheduled to appear before Melbourne Magistrate’s Court today after being charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for allegedly trafficking women from China for the purposes of sexual exploitation. It will be alleged in court that the woman arranged for two women to travel to Australia under ...
  • Australia and the United States partnership to address violence against women globally November 6, 2010
    Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Joint Statement: Kevin Rudd (Minister for Foreign Affairs) & Hilary Clinton (US Secretary of State) November 6, 2010 Violence devastates the lives of millions of women and girls globally. It knows no socio-economic or educational boundaries. It is not particular to any society or culture. Globally, around 30 per cent of women and girls ...
  • Media release: Indonesia-Australia Joint Statement November 2, 2010
    Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Julia Gillard MP November 2, 2010 The first official bilateral visit to Indonesia by Prime Minister Julia Gillard underscores the closeness and the importance of the relations between the two neighbouring countries and strategic partners… In addressing the complex challenges of people smuggling and trafficking in persons, Indonesia and Australia reiterate their commitment ...
  • Write a letter to the Honourable Kevin Rudd November 1, 2010
    Write a letter to the Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs (Honourable Kevin Rudd) to urge the Australian Government to increase aid for gender perspectives in all programs and policies. Download letter (.docx 16KB) Download letter (.pdf 48KB)
  • Media Release: Commission Welcomes Increased Protection for Queensland Clothing Outworkers October 25, 2010
    Catholic Justice and Peace Commission October 25, 2010 Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has welcomed the Queensland Government’s introduction of a mandatory code of practice for the protection of clothing outworkers. The Commission has been involved in lobbying for the introduction of this code for the last two years. The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the new ...
  • Four Filipino boxers ‘used as houseboys’ October 20, 2010
    The Sydney Morning Herald Yuko Narushima, Immigration correspondent October 20, 2010 A FAMILY recruiting Filipino boxers to fight in Australia is under investigation for allegedly keeping the men in slave-like conditions in a Sydney garage. The immigration department yesterday confirmed it was investigating complaints against a stable of boxers in the western suburbs. The NSW government’s Combat Sports Authority ...
  • People trafficking goes unrecognised in Australia (Audio) October 18, 2010
    ABC Radio Simon Lauder October 18, 2010 MARK COLVIN: Never mind people smuggling, the Australian Institute of Criminology says Australians are largely unaware of another problem which is just as sinister – people trafficking. The institute has presented research on the problem to the International Serious and Organised Crime Conference in Melbourne. An anti people-trafficking group says the number ...
  • Human bycatch October 18, 2010
    The Australian Sian Powell October 18, 2010 KYAW-KYAW grimaces as he explains how he was sold, like a spare bit of machinery, to a Thai trawler captain. And how his life then slid into a nightmare of beatings, amphetamines, perpetually interrupted sleep and casual death. Kyaw-Kyaw is 25 years old, and he can’t read or write. When he was ...
  • Maids taken to the cleaners by hotel bosses (Audio) October 6, 2010
    ABC News Simon Lauder October 6, 2010 It is well known that hotel room cleaners are among Australia’s lowest paid workers, but today a new report alleges many of them are also being ripped off by their employers. The hospitality union and a migrant women’s group documented the working conditions of hundreds of cleaners at some of Melbourne’s most ...
  • Outrage over police officer link to child sex case September 28, 2010
    ABC News Sarah Bester September 28, 2010 There is renewed outrage over the case of a 12-year-old Tasmanian girl who was sold for sex after revelations a police officer was among those investigated. The girl’s pimp, Gary Devine and her mother are serving 10 years behind bars for selling the girl for sex to more than 100 men last ...
  • Congratulations to Carolyn Merry.. September 27, 2010
    Congratulations to Carolyn Merry and all who supported the Cycle Against Traffik initiative. It was an outstanding success. The donations from the 2010 Cycle Against Traffik will help secure the future of the work of Tenanginaita. Here are some photos from the road..
  • Foreign Minister presents Australia’s Statement to United Nations MDG Summit September 24, 2010
    On 22 September 2010, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd addressed the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York to present Australia’s statement on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs are a set of measurable targets to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and disease; and to promote gender equality, ...
  • Lonely death highlights illegal workers’ plight September 20, 2010
    ABC News Barbara Miller September 20, 2010 For 12 years Korean tiler Myung Yeol Hwang worked on dozens of building sites in Australia, but in late August, after falling victim to a severe respiratory illness, he died penniless and virtually homeless. Since then his body has been in the Glebe morgue in Sydney. The CFMEU construction union says his death ...
  • Craigslist says it won’t resume adult services advertising September 16, 2010
    Los Angeles Times Jordan Steffen September 16, 2010 A company official tells a congressional hearing on minors caught up in sex trafficking that the shutdown of its controversial classified ad website is permanent. read more..
  • Australian organ tourists drive sinister trade September 1, 2010
    ABC News Simon Lauder September 1, 2010 Australians are helping fuel a predatory international transplant trade by travelling overseas to buy organs illegally. The Transplantation Society says there are still Australians willing to ignore health and ethical considerations to source organs on the overseas market. Transplantation Society past president Dr Jeremy Chapman says so-called organ tourists continue to escape punishment, ...
  • Asian students caught in sex trade September 1, 2010
    The Daily Telegraph Janet Fife-Yeomans September 1, 2010 THE immigration department is investigating brothels that employ young Asian women in breach of their student visas. The women earn up to $10,000 a week as sex workers while brothel websites openly advertise “new fresh girls” arriving regularly from countries including South Korea, Thailand, China and Japan. One Asian woman under investigation ...
  • ‘Emaciated’ slave kept six months August 28, 2010
    The Daily Telegraph Tim Vollmer August 28, 2010 A YOUNG man was held captive for six months, forced to work as a slave and repeatedly bashed at the hands of the couple he lodged with, a court heard yesterday. The 26-year-old, who was last night in a serious condition in Westmead Hospital, is dehydrated and emaciated, suffering spinal fractures, ...
  • Going from hell to hope August 21, 2010
    The Sydney Morning Herald August 21, 2010 The trade in human misery continues, with young girls selling for about $200, writes Ed Pilkington. Nicholas Kristof is not the kind of person you would expect to be a slave owner. As a columnist on The New York Times, he belongs to an elite within an elite, the embodiment of ...
  • Sydney mother forced Thai women into prostitution July 30, 2010
    ABC News Jamelle Wells – court reporter July 30, 2010 A Sydney mother who forced 11 Thai women to work as prostitutes to help pay off her mortgage has been jailed for at least 13 months. In March the 48-year-old pleaded guilty to bringing 11 women to Australia from Thailand for the purpose of sexual servitude between August 2005 ...
  • Religious, women speak up against trafficking at UN July 21, 2010
    Emily Hall, Sally Moyle and Sr Joan Kennedy, a member of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH), has appeared at the United Nations as part of a presentation to a committee about discrimination against women. Read ACRATH’s News Release: Australian Sister at UN Speaks of Housing Needs of People Trafficked into Australia 
  • Teenage slaves to region’s sex trade June 19, 2010
    The Australian Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta correspondent June 19, 2010 SUTHINI was 14 when she was forced to hide in the boot of a car and transported, without documents, across Indonesia’s land border into Malaysia to be sold into forced prostitution Suthini (not her real name) protested vehemently on arrival at the boarding house where her new owner was to ...
  • We want Traffik-Free Chocolate June 6, 2010
    Nestle has commenced running the Cocoa Plan/UTZ packaging in the factory for Kit Kat 4 Finger. It is now available in supermarkets! This was the implementation of a promise made by Nestle (see Nestle Policy: Cocoa and our Oceania business, see page 10) Congratulations to Nestle and we are looking forward to even more slave-free chocolate products ...
  • ACRATH says Thank You May 31, 2010
    Last week, Melbourne opera singer, Merlyn Quaife, together with some colleagues, came to Sydney to help ACRATH. Merlyn had arranged with another colleague, to hold in his studio a musical performance of Fortune My Foe, an adaptation by Roger Heaney of poems by Graeme Ellis, with what could be explained as an impressionist piano accompaniment by ...
  • ACRATH letter to Mr Bob McMullan MHR April 10, 2010
    Link between poverty & Trafficking ACRATH letter to Mr Bob McMullan MHR (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance) regarding Millennium Development Goals.
  • Tackle poverty by holding your own Coffee Break April 5, 2010
    Making a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities is as easy as holding a Coffee Break. Coffee Break is a morning or afternoon tea event that hundreds of Australians will hold during Fairtrade Fortnight (1-16 May). Organising an event doesn’t have to be complex or time consuming. In fact it can be ...
  • A new danger for sex workers in Bangladesh April 5, 2010
    The prostitutes in Bangladeshi brothels are often underage and unpaid – and now, many of them are hooked on steroids that are damaging to their health.  read more.. Bangladeshi sex workers take steroids to ‘plump up’ for clients: Sex workers in Bangladesh, some as young as 12, are putting their health at risk by taking a drug ...
  • Say NO – UNiTE: End Violence against Women January 1, 2010
    Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a global call for action. Say NO records what individuals, organizations and governments worldwide are doing to end violence against women. Whether you volunteer at a shelter, donate, reach out to students or advocate for better policies – every action counts. Let us count you in. Your voice ...
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 2 December 2010 January 1, 2010
    Kim’s Wild Books Campaign I am marking this day by liberating over 100 new books ‘into the wild’ using bookcrossing.com. Books will be left in public places all over Australia. Each book has been labelled with a unique BookCrossing ID number (BCID) and those who find a book may log it at bookcrossing.com. They then read and ...
  • Let the Chainstores know how you Feel!! January 1, 2010
    Chain Store Reaction is an open letter to the producers of your favorite products. We are asking them to promise to investigate slavery in their product chains and to clean it up where they find it. Only you can start a chain store reaction. It starts with a simple request.
  • Hilton Hotels: Say NO to Sex Trafficking January 1, 2010
    It’s shocking. Hilton, one of the most renowned hotel chains in the world, could be complicit in child sexual exploitation, in their own facilities! All over the world, trafficked women and girls are forced into sexual exploitation in hotels right in front of the staff. The global Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children From ...
  • Woman to front court on sex slave charges November 18, 2009
    news.com.au From: AAP November 18, 2009 A CANBERRA woman will front court today to face sex slave and trafficking charges. Police will allege the woman, 42, also operated an illegal brothel. The charges follow a raid by Australian Federal Police officers on premises in suburban Kambah last month. read more..
  • Pair jailed over Thai sex slave scheme November 4, 2009
    The Australian From: AAP November 04, 2009 A MAN and woman have been jailed over their roles in enslaving a Thai woman to work in Melbourne’s sex industry. Kam Tin Ho, 40, and Sarisa Leech, 37, were last month found guilty by a Victorian Supreme Court jury of intentionally using a slave. Leech was also found guilty of intentionally ...
  • Man found guilty in sex slave case October 16, 2009
    The Age Kate Hagan October 16, 2009 A man sentenced to 14 years’ jail for possessing five Thai women as slaves to work in South Melbourne brothels was yesterday convicted of using a sixth woman as part of the scheme. Kam Tin Ho, 40, was the Melbourne architect of the enterprise, which brought the women to Australia to work ...
  • Religious items produced by child slaves August 23, 2009
    The Catholic Leader Paul Dobbyn August 23, 2009 CATHOLICS need to look carefully at the origins of religious items they buy to ensure they are not the products of child slave labour, a Brisbane religious sister has warned. The seriousness of the issue has led the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) to pledge its support for a ...
  • Construction company paid Chinese workers less than $3 an hour, watchdog tells Court August 2, 2009
    Australian Government – Fair Work Ombudsman August 2, 2009 The national pay protector has launched a prosecution against a Western Australian construction company for allegedly paying workers recruited from China less than $3 an hour. The Fair Work Ombudsman says the case is one of the most serious underpayment matters it has investigated. read more..
  • Human egg trade exploits women July 31, 2009
    EurekaStreet.com.au Kevin McGovern July 31, 2009 The call by law professor Loane Skene (writing in The Age on 13 July) for women to sell their eggs for embryonic stem cell research ignores the medical evidence of the real harm done to women who allow their eggs to be harvested, and international evidence that the legalisation of the sale ...
  • Foreign students ‘slave trade’ July 15, 2009
    The Age Nick O’Malley, Heath Gilmore and Erik Jensen July 15, 2009 Thousands of overseas students are being made to work for nothing ? or even pay to work ? by businesses exploiting loopholes in immigration and education laws in what experts describe as a system of economic slavery. The vast pool of unpaid labour was created in 2005 ...
  • Restrictions eased for sex trafficking victims June 17, 2009
    The Age Carol Nader June 17, 2009 Victims of sex trafficking will find it easier to obtain Australian visas under changes soon to be made by the Federal Government. Currently, victims of sex trafficking who are brought to Australia but do not have a valid visa can get a temporary visa only if they are willing to help police ...
  • Baby-trafficking horror exposed May 24, 2009
    The Sydney Morning Herald Mark Russell May 24, 2009 CHILD-TRAFFICKING gangs were moving pregnant women from country to country, then waiting for them to give birth before selling their babies, Australia’s chief federal magistrate said yesterday. John Pascoe said the infants were being sold mainly for illegal adoption but also for sexual exploitation, slavery and begging. He said demand for ...
  • Prostitutes likened to AFL draftees in trial April 24, 2009
    The Age Kate Hagan April 24, 2009 A BARRISTER acting for a man accused of bringing five Thai women to Melbourne as sex slaves has compared their plight to an AFL footballer being drafted to another club. Len Hartnett told a Supreme Court jury yesterday it would need to consider whether the women had been treated as “commodities”, as ...
  • Thai women ‘caught in Melbourne sex slave scheme’ April 23, 2009
    Herald Sun Shelley Hadfield April 23, 2009 A THAI woman who claims to have been caught up in a sex slave scheme sent $32,000 to Thailand while under a contract in Melbourne, a court has heard. Prosecutor Daniel Gurvich told the Supreme Court earlier this week that five women came to Australia under contracts to service 650 to 750 ...
  • Inside Melbourne’s sex slave trade March 12, 2009
    Prison Planet Forum Maris Beck March 12, 2009 THE boss would kick her awake. Every time she opened her eyes, the nightmare began again. There was no escape from the men – their hair, their sweat, their predatory breath. Many were using amphetamines. They hit her. Sometimes one would hold a a gun to her head. But there ...
  • Gold Coast pimp jailed for forcing women to be sex slaves December 22, 2008
    The Courier-Mail Tristan Swanwick December 22, 2008 A GOLD Coast hairdresser who forced two Thai women into sexual slavery to pay off debts to violent loan sharks has been jailed for five years. Keith William Dobie, 48, was the first person in Australia charged with people trafficking under new laws brought in two years ago to clamp down on ...
  • Sweet slavery August 9, 2008
    The Australian Kerrie Murphy August 09, 2008 Chocolate’s dirty and often bloody secrets have been exposed. WE may be able to scoff chocolate faster than is dignified, but few of us could identify a cocoa bean if we saw one. For all we know about chocolate production, the fantasy world depicted in Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate ...
  • Madam or slave owner? July 17, 2008
    The Age Karen Kissane July 17, 2008 An appeal before the High Court will decide how Australia defines slavery, giving the legal system a platform to deal with cases of exploitation of migrant sex workers. IT WAS probably one of the more mixed audiences that Australia’s seven High Court judges have had. Up the back sat a quiet Filipino ...
  • A question of bondage July 15, 2008
    The Age Dr Anne Gallagher July 15, 2008 What does it mean to be a slave in the 21st century? A court case in Australia is seeking to define the legalities of “owning” another human being, writes Anne Gallagher. THIS week in Canberra, the High Court is considering what it means to be a slave in Australia in the ...
  • Sex slavery on high May 17, 2008
    The Australian Elisabeth Wynhausen and Natalie O’Brien May 17, 2008 THE five women subsequently looped together as the complainants were working in Club 417, a brothel in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy that was raided in 2003. The women, then aged between 25 and 35, had been recruited in Thailand to work in the sex industry in Australia. In ...
  • Human Trafficking April 6, 2008
    ABC Online: Sunday Nights, First Hour Producer: Noel Debien, Dan Driscoll April 6, 2008 Exactly a year ago on Sunday Night our guest was American Award-winning journalist David Batstone, and author of “Not for Sale: the return of the Global Slave Trade”. Batstone who is also professor of Ethics at the University of San Francisco and the founder and ...
  • Brisbane Sister a part of history December 16, 2007
    The Catholic Leader December 16, 2007 THE reality of human trafficking in Australia has been highlighted by the inclusion of a Brisbane nun on a new international network to deal with the problem. And in a trafficking-related incident close to home, a north Queensland couple last week were the first in the state to be jailed on slavery ...
  • Slave ‘owner’ get 8 years December 7, 2007
    A Weipa man who repeatedly raped a Filipina woman he used as a slave has been jailed for eight years. His wife was jailed for four years for her lesser role in the case. Zolton John Kovacs, 59, and his Filipina wife Melita, 49, were found guilty after a Supreme Court trial of possessing and using the ...
  • Traffic stoppers November 11, 2007
    The Catholic Leader November 11, 2007 FOUR hundred students from Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorn, have taken a stand against human trafficking, and their passion is already spreading to fellow Catholic schools. Inspired by Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll, who has been in Rome discussing this global form of exploitation with Vatican authorities, the girls protested silently along Hawthorne ...
  • Restaurateur cleared of slave claims October 26, 2007
      A Blue Mountains restaurateur accused of forcing an Indian chef to work in conditions of forced labour has been cleared of exploitation charges. But Yogalingam Rasalingam faces up to five years in prison for falsifying the employment contract attached to the man’s visa application. read more..
  • Exploitation of skilled migrants exposed August 28, 2007
    The Sydney Morning Herald Matthew Moore and Malcolm Knox August 28, 2007 CONDITIONS in remote Australian workplaces, where two foreigners died within three days in June, are so harsh that a leading immigration expert says they are “akin to slavery”. A Herald investigation has exposed blatant breaches of the 457 skilled visa scheme and uncovered hidden details of the ...
  • Govt stands by 457 visa scheme August 28, 2007
    The Sydney Morning Herald August 28, 2007 Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews is standing by the 457 visa program after claims employer abuse of the scheme has led to the deaths of vulnerable foreign workers. Unions ramped up criticism of the scheme and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd called for better monitoring after reports three 457 visa holders had died ...
  • NEPAL: Traffickers exploit increased mobility of underage girls August 22, 2007
    IRIN August 22, 2007 Sixteen-year-old Sushma does not want to reveal her true identity for fear that the traffickers who sold her into the notorious brothel area of Kamathipura in Mumbai, India, could track her down and kill her. “I should have listened to my village schoolteacher who told me not to be taken in by false promises ...
  • Education is the Key! July 1, 2007
    UNGEI (United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative) Photo essays. read more..
  • Court told of 600 acts as ‘sex slave’ May 22, 2007
    The Age Julia Medew May 22, 2007 A THAI “sex slave” was forced to perform more than 600 sexual acts in brothels across Melbourne before she was freed by her “owner” in 2004, a court has been told. The young woman — one of seven allegedly recruited by a Melbourne-based sex slave racket — was also ordered to surrender ...
  • Mission to fight modern slavery February 18, 2007
    Catholic Australia Copyright © L. Page, The Catholic Leader February 18, 2007 A Nun on a Mission Queensland-born Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll is passionately certain that creating awareness of the evils of human trafficking is a powerful agent for change. She is part of a rising network of religious women outraged that exactly 200 years after the abolition of ...
  • Organ Trafficking January 1, 2007
    “The last time Makhbuba Aripova, a young woman from the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, saw her husband Farkhod he was about to set off for a new life in Canada. Makhbuba, five months pregnant, was due to join him when their first child was born. Days later, remains of her 23 year old husband ...
  • Child Soldiers January 1, 2007
    “Michael was 15 when he was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to serve as a combatant in the Ugandan insurgent force. During his forced service in the LRA, he was made to kill a boy who had tried to escape. He also watched another boy being hacked to death because he did not ...
  • Forced Marriage January 1, 2007
    “Naseema was forced by her mother into marriage at the age of four to a 30-year-old neighbour. At her husband’s home, her father-in-law and 12 others in the family began torturing her. Her treatment included beatings and starvation, and she was forced to sleep outside in the cold with only a rug to protect her. ...
  • Sex Trafficking January 1, 2007
    “Neary grew up in rural Cambodia. Her parents died when she was a child, and in an effort to give her a better life, her sister married her off when she was 17. Three months later, her husband rented a room in what Neary thought was a guest house. But when she woke the next ...
  • Forced Labor January 1, 2007
    “Serena arrived from the Philippines to work as a housemaid. Upon her arrival, her employer confiscated her passport and, with his wife, began to beat and verbally abuse her. On one occasion, her female employer pushed her down the stairs; another time, her male employer choked her until she passed out. She was not allowed ...
  • It could happen to anyone: Fiona’s Story January 1, 2007
    Fiona was a student in her first year of university studying international relations. So when a family friend proposed taking a quick trip overseas to learn import and export, she thought it would be a great opportunity. Little did she know … Fiona was introduced to Renat, and within days, she received a passport, a tourist ...
  • Religious lead fight against sex slavery December 3, 2006
    The Catholic Weekly Marilyn Rodrigues December 3, 2006 A CONVERSATION with Good Samaritan Sr Pauline Coll Today there are an estimated 1000 women working as sex slaves in Australia and as many as 300 are smuggled here each year, says Sister of the Good Samaritan, Sr Pauline Coll. Most come to Australia from South-East Asia with the promise of waitressing ...
  • Worker scandal widens October 18, 2006
    The Courier-Mail Lachlan Heywood, Jason Gregory and Michael Corkill October 18, 2006 ROGUE Queensland bosses may be exploiting hundreds of foreign workers brought in to plug the state’s skills shortage. Alleged maltreatment of 40 Philippines workers by a Brisbane welding company comes amid growing evidence the controversial 457 visa scheme is being abused. The Immigration Department last night confirmed that ...
  • Client took pity on sex slave, court told July 20, 2006
    The Sydney Morning Herald Leonie Lamont June 20, 2006 AS SOON as she got off the plane from Thailand, the 19-year-old woman was put to work in a Sydney brothel. But she was so “deeply unhappy” that she asked clients to phone the Immigration Department, so she could be arrested and released from her alleged sexual servitude. One of ...
  • Lifting the veil on the slave trade July 9, 2006
    The Sydney Morning Herald July 9, 2006 Abused and powerless, the victims of sex slavery in Australia have had nowhere to turn for help. Now, writes Erin O’Dwyer, a dedicated network of nuns are defying the lucrative trafficking industry and reaching out. read more..
  • Sex slave raid on cell under brothel July 9, 2006
    The Sydney Morning Herald Les Kennedy June 9, 2006 FOUR Thai women were forced into prostitution and held against their will in a secret room underneath a Sydney brothel, a court has heard. The women, all Thai nationals aged between 27 and 44, were found cowering in the bare room by Australian Federal Police and NSW Police during a ...
  • Sex slaves auctioned in British airport arrival halls June 6, 2006
    The Sydney Morning Herald Jacqueline Maley in London June 6, 2006 WOMEN are being sold off in “slave auctions” in the arrivals lounges of British airports, say authorities desperate to crack down on the burgeoning trade in trafficking humans. The Crown Prosecution Service said foreign women were being sold as sex workers as soon as they arrived, and police ...
  • Teen Girls’ Stories of Sex Trafficking in U.S. February 9, 2006
    International Sex Trafficking Is a Well-Known Problem, But It Happens Here as Well Fifteen-year-old “Debbie” is the middle child in a close-knit Air Force family from suburban Phoenix, and a straight-A student — the last person most of us would expect to be forced into the seamy world of sex trafficking. But Debbie, which is not her ...
  • Huge trafficking operation smashed as Yard holds suspected ringleaders October 12, 2005
    The Guardian Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent October 12, 2005 ‘Tens of thousands’ of Turkish Kurds smuggled Two-year inquiry ends with 19 arrests in raids The suspected ringleaders of what could be Europe’s biggest trafficking ring were being questioned by detectives last night about an operation which is thought to have brought tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into the UK. Officers ...
  • Waitressing lure trapped sex slaves, court told July 1, 2005
    The Sydney Morning Herald Malcolm Brown July 1, 2005 Young women brought from Asia by the operators of a sex slavery racket thought they would get jobs as waitresses, the Downing Centre District Court heard yesterday. Instead, they were virtually imprisoned and told to provide sexual services to pay off debts of between $35,000 and $45,000. The court was told ...