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A new danger for sex workers in Bangladesh

Posted in April 5th, 2010
by ACRATH

The prostitutes in Bangladeshi brothels are often underage and unpaid – and now, many of them are hooked on steroids that are damaging to their health.  read more..

Bangladeshi sex workers take steroids to ‘plump up’ for clients:

Sex workers in Bangladesh, some as young as 12, are putting their health at risk by taking a drug to make themselves fatter so they are more attractive to clients. Their madams feed them steroids also used to make cows gain weight.  view video..

Say NO – UNiTE: End Violence against Women

Posted in January 1st, 2010
by ACRATH

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a global call for action.

Say NO records what individuals, organizations and governments worldwide are doing to end violence against women. Whether you volunteer at a shelter, donate, reach out to students or advocate for better policies – every action counts.

Let us count you in.

Your voice matters. Tell governments that you want them to make ending violence against women a top priority. More than 5 million people already signed on to Say NO. Add your name to this powerful call to take one action now and stay informed.

Watch the SayNoToViolence’s YouTube Channel.

Kim’s Wild Books Campaign

I am marking this day by liberating over 100 new books ‘into the wild’ using bookcrossing.com.

Books will be left in public places all over Australia. Each book has been labelled with a unique BookCrossing ID number (BCID) and those who find a book may log it at bookcrossing.com. They then read and re-release it at a later date. Some of the books being released include 30 copies of Somaly Mam’s biography, ‘The Road of Lost Innocence’, 20 copies of Patricia McCormick’s ‘Sold’ and 50 copies of ‘Slave Girl’ by Sarah Forsyth.

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Let the Chainstores know how you Feel!!

Posted in January 1st, 2010
by ACRATH

Chain Store Reaction is an open letter to the producers of your favorite products. We are asking them to promise to investigate slavery in their product chains and to clean it up where they find it. Only you can start a chain store reaction. It starts with a simple request.

Hilton Hotels: Say NO to Sex Trafficking

Posted in January 1st, 2010
by ACRATH

It’s shocking. Hilton, one of the most renowned hotel chains in the world, could be complicit in child sexual exploitation, in their own facilities!

All over the world, trafficked women and girls are forced into sexual exploitation in hotels right in front of the staff. The global Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children From Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, compels hotels to train their staff to detect and assist the victims. The Code works, but so far Hilton has not signed up.

Hilton is a market leader in the hotel industry. Let’s build global pressure on Hilton to protect the victims of this brutal trade. When we reach 250,000 signatures, we’ll take out ads in newspapers in McLean, Virginia – where Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta lives and works and shame him into action.

Sign the petition to call on Hilton to combat sex trafficking in its hotels.

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Woman to front court on sex slave charges

Posted in November 18th, 2009
by ACRATH

news.com.au
From: AAP
November 18, 2009

A CANBERRA woman will front court today to face sex slave and trafficking charges.

Police will allege the woman, 42, also operated an illegal brothel.

The charges follow a raid by Australian Federal Police officers on premises in suburban Kambah last month. read more..

Pair jailed over Thai sex slave scheme

Posted in November 4th, 2009
by ACRATH

The Australian
From: AAP
November 04, 2009

A MAN and woman have been jailed over their roles in enslaving a Thai woman to work in Melbourne’s sex industry.

Kam Tin Ho, 40, and Sarisa Leech, 37, were last month found guilty by a Victorian Supreme Court jury of intentionally using a slave. Leech was also found guilty of intentionally possessing a slave.

The pair was charged over a scheme in which a Thai woman, known as KW, came to Australia to work as a prostitute. read more..

Man found guilty in sex slave case

Posted in October 16th, 2009
by ACRATH

The Age
Kate Hagan
October 16, 2009

A man sentenced to 14 years’ jail for possessing five Thai women as slaves to work in South Melbourne brothels was yesterday convicted of using a sixth woman as part of the scheme.

Kam Tin Ho, 40, was the Melbourne architect of the enterprise, which brought the women to Australia to work in brothels in 2003 and 2004. Five of the six had previously been prostitutes.

The women were kept in houses in Mount Waverley, Ashburton and North Fitzroy and rarely let out unsupervised. Their passports were seized and they had to service 650 to 750 clients to repay debts of up to $94,000 for their passage, and to send money to their families. read more..

Religious items produced by child slaves

Posted in August 23rd, 2009
by ACRATH

The Catholic Leader
Paul Dobbyn
August 23, 2009

CATHOLICS need to look carefully at the origins of religious items they buy to ensure they are not the products of child slave labour, a Brisbane religious sister has warned.

The seriousness of the issue has led the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) to pledge its support for a Christian Goods Standard to end worker exploitation in the production of Christian merchandise which also includes T-shirts and Bible covers.

The Just Holy Hardware campaign has also been launched and includes a website to list fairly traded Christian items. read more..

Australian Government – Fair Work Ombudsman
August 2, 2009

The national pay protector has launched a prosecution against a Western Australian construction company for allegedly paying workers recruited from China less than $3 an hour.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says the case is one of the most serious underpayment matters it has investigated. read more..

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