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Posted in September 1st, 2016
by ACRATH
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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, rights-based ...
  • 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 ...
  • Breaking the Chain of Forced Marriage December 7, 2016 Jasvinda’s Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Xh5MXA7yY 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 & ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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: ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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…
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 women who are ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • ‘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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.  
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Stop Trafficking! March 29, 2011 Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol. 9 No. 3 (March 2011) Read more
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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..
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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..
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...