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Human Trafficking and Slavery

Campaign to Halt Forced Labour

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in May 8th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 5

Human Trafficking is a hidden crime. The May 2017 issue of Stop Trafficking! reveals how people are beginning to see what for too long has been “hidden from plain sight.” Articles in this issue tell how people in the transport, medical and hospitality industries have been instrumental in the rescue of victims of human trafficking. Do you know the tell tale signs of human trafficking? Download the latest issue of Stop Trafficking! here.

2017 Ethical Fashion Report

Posted in May 8th, 2017

2017 Ethical Fashion ReportAre Your Garments Ethical?

The fourth edition of the Ethical Fashion Report was recently released by Baptist World Aid.

It grades over 106 companies… that’s 330 brands! It includes firsthand accounts of what life is like for garment workers around the world. And, for the first time ever, the research has been expanded to include New Zealand’s favourite fashion brands!

The grades awarded by the Ethical Fashion Report are a measure of the efforts undertaken by each company to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains. Higher grades are given to companies with labour rights management systems that, if implemented well, should reduce the extent of worker exploitation. Download the 2017 Ethical Fashion Report here.

Labour ExploitationAustralian Institute of Criminology Research Paper

There have been a number of alleged cases of labour exploitation involving temporary migrant workers in Australia since the late 1990s. The Australian construction industry was identified as particularly problematic, with allegations of deception in relation to work contracts, lack of compliance with employment standards, limited autonomy and threats of abuse leveled. In response to these concerns, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart Josephite Counter- Trafficking Project and the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney commissioned the Australian Institute of Criminology to undertake research on labour exploitation in the Australian construction industry, with a particular focus on temporary migrant workers. Read the document here.

Interview at 2017 ACRATH Conference

Posted in April 29th, 2017

Umes, a participant at the 2017 ACRATH National Conference, explains how human trafficking differs in Australia and Nepal.

Rana Plaza Anniversary

Posted in April 25th, 2017

Rana PlazaFour Years on Has Anything Changed?

Who could forget the scenes of devastation that we saw on 24th April 2013 when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 garment workers? Now four years on what has changed? The New Daily reports that after the tragedy 200 international apparel brands and retailers from about 20 countries, two global trade unions, and eight Bangladesh trade unions came together to develop the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which mandates safety inspections. Twelve major Australian brands have joined the Accord. However there continues to be concerns about the safety of workers four years on. Workers are not paid enough to meet their families basic needs. We need to advocate for safe, secure, well-paid jobs for garment workers. We need to ensure that the clothes we purchase in Australia have been ethically produced. The recently released 2017 Ethical Fashion Guide provides information about 106 Australian and New Zealand companies. You can help eliminate exploitation of garment workers.

The Problem with Chocolate

Posted in April 15th, 2017

SarahSr Sarah Puls speaks about Slavery in the Cocoa Industry

In a recent interview aired on ABC Radio National ACRATH member, Sr Sarah Puls sgs, spoke on the link between chocolate and child slavery. Sarah explained that most of the chocolate we eat in Australia comes from West Africa. People in this area are at risk of exploitation because there is not enough money to employ people. Employment practices can be less than ethical. In particular children from the area, and also children trafficked into the area, are forced into picking cocoa beans. These children are denied their right to an education. So is there such a thing as ethical chocolate? Learn more about this issue by listening to the interview with Sarah here.

A Matter of Taste

Posted in March 31st, 2017

A Matter of TasteHelp 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 labour conditions of suppliers. Seventeen years after the initial exposé, child labour in the chocolate industry
is still a pressing issue.  ‘A Matter of Taste‘ examines what the six biggest chocolate companies and the three certifiers are doing to prevent and end human trafficking and child labour in the cocoa farms of West Africa.

See what the chocolate companies are doing.Is your favourite chocolate brand working towards the elimination of child labour in the cocoa industry? If so send a message of thanks. If not, urge them to source certified cocoa for their products.

Download A Matter of Taste or a summary version.

Commitment to Fight Against Human Trafficking

Posted in March 31st, 2017

1-23_32817189121_oChange can Happen

Newly elected ACRATH President, Sr Noelene Simmons sm, believes that when people work together change can happen. “It doesn’t matter how small your action is; just do it and tell others about it. Just take one step to counter human trafficking and change will happen.”

Human trafficking is an enormous global tragedy and, sadly, Australia is a player, a destination country for many people. As well, Australians consume goods made by men, women and children who have been enslaved or forced to work for little or no pay. So there is much to be done.

“Working in this area is a long haul and if you expect things to change quickly you will give up because you will have a sense of failure. We have to celebrate the small wins, the little steps forward,” Noelene said. Read more…

Marietta LatonioCongratulations 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 on the welfare of women and children; has been a lifelong advocate for children’s human rights, and more recently involved with the “I Have a Voice” research project. Marietta has long been a friend of ACRATH and in 2015 was a presenter at the ACRATH National Conference

She is now the monitor / evaluator of programs at Good Shepherd Welcome House in Cebu. Not only does she work with and support girls and women on the street; but she educates pimps about trafficking, and networks with bar managers in an effort to identify and help women in need. She is working towards a degree with research focused on interventions for recovery of trafficking survivors.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in March 28th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-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 copy of the March issue here.

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