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Catholic Justice and Peace Commission
October 25, 2010

Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has welcomed the Queensland Government’s introduction of a mandatory code of practice for the protection of clothing outworkers.

The Commission has been involved in lobbying for the introduction of this code for the last two years.

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the new code would help to protect the rights of vulnerable clothing outworkers and also support employers who treat their workers fairly. read more..

Four Filipino boxers ‘used as houseboys’

Posted in October 20th, 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald
Yuko Narushima, Immigration correspondent
October 20, 2010

A FAMILY recruiting Filipino boxers to fight in Australia is under investigation for allegedly keeping the men in slave-like conditions in a Sydney garage.

The immigration department yesterday confirmed it was investigating complaints against a stable of boxers in the western suburbs. The NSW government’s Combat Sports Authority is also aware of the complaints.

The four men bringing the complaint are originally from Cebu in the Philippines. They allege they were stripped of their passports on arrival and were forced into domestic servitude, washing dishes, cleaning toilets and child-minding.
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They say they lived in the family’s garage, eating the same rice meals day after day without a heater through winter, and were not paid proper entitlements from title bouts. They allege they were threatened with deportation and, in one case, death if they complained or defected to another manager. read more..

ABC Radio
Simon Lauder
October 18, 2010

MARK COLVIN: Never mind people smuggling, the Australian Institute of Criminology says Australians are largely unaware of another problem which is just as sinister – people trafficking.

The institute has presented research on the problem to the International Serious and Organised Crime Conference in Melbourne. An anti people-trafficking group says the number of people brought to work in Australia against their will each year is probably in the hundreds and there are growing reports that the construction and agriculture industries are involved. read more..

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Human bycatch

Posted in October 18th, 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 15 he fled from the violence and crushing poverty of eastern Burma’s Karen state and wound up in the Thai border town of Mae Sot, where he earned a bare living tending water buffalo.

A year ago, a broker arrived in his village offering work and a tempting, up-front inducement. “The broker told me I would have a good job and he gave me 8000 baht [$270] cash,” Kyaw-Kyaw says. “I asked him the nature of the work but he didn’t answer. He just said I would earn 5000 baht ($170) a month.” The broker took him south to the coast and directly to the Thai trawler – which is where he first learned he would be working at sea. “He sold me straight to the fishing boat,” Kyaw-Kyaw says with some bitterness.

Australia spends many millions of dollars a year on wild-caught fish from Thailand, where the industry is fed by thousands of boats of varying sizes and degrees of shabbiness. read more..

ABC News
Simon Lauder
October 6, 2010

It is well known that hotel room cleaners are among Australia’s lowest paid workers, but today a new report alleges many of them are also being ripped off by their employers.

The hospitality union and a migrant women’s group documented the working conditions of hundreds of cleaners at some of Melbourne’s most opulent hotels.

The report was launched by former Victorian premier Joan Kirner, who says Melbourne’s reputation as an events city is being propped up by the exploitation of migrant women.

Ms Kirner launched the report, Heartbreak Hotels, pointing to the story of one worker who says she is paid $5 to clean a room that costs guests $300 a night. read more..

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Outrage over police officer link to child sex case

Posted in September 28th, 2010

ABC News
Sarah Bester
September 28, 2010

There is renewed outrage over the case of a 12-year-old Tasmanian girl who was sold for sex after revelations a police officer was among those investigated.

The girl’s pimp, Gary Devine and her mother are serving 10 years behind bars for selling the girl for sex to more than 100 men last year. read more..

Congratulations to Carolyn Merry..

Posted in September 27th, 2010

Cycle Against The Traffik

Congratulations to Carolyn Merry and all who supported the Cycle Against Traffik initiative.

It was an outstanding success. The donations from the 2010 Cycle Against Traffik will help secure the future of the work of Tenanginaita. Here are some photos from the road..

On 22 September 2010, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd addressed the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York to present Australia’s statement on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs are a set of measurable targets to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and disease; and to promote gender equality, education and environmental sustainability (see statement below).

Australian statement:
High-level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly
(Millennium Development Goals Summit)
(.pdf 40KB)

Watch video of Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd’s address to the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Lonely death highlights illegal workers’ plight

Posted in September 20th, 2010

ABC News
Barbara Miller
September 20, 2010

For 12 years Korean tiler Myung Yeol Hwang worked on dozens of building sites in Australia, but in late August, after falling victim to a severe respiratory illness, he died penniless and virtually homeless.

Since then his body has been in the Glebe morgue in Sydney.

The CFMEU construction union says his death illustrates the problem of thousands of illegal workers who cannot afford, or are too afraid to seek, proper medical care in Australia. read more..

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..

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