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Govt stands by 457 visa scheme

Posted in August 28th, 2007
by ACRATH

The Sydney Morning Herald
August 28, 2007

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews is standing by the 457 visa program after claims employer abuse of the scheme has led to the deaths of vulnerable foreign workers.

Unions ramped up criticism of the scheme and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd called for better monitoring after reports three 457 visa holders had died in the past five months.

Filipino farm supervisor Pedro Balading was thrown off the back of a truck and killed on a Northern Territory cattle station in June, not long after complaining he was being forced to do menial work in breach of his visa conditions. read more..

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 of a job abroad,” she told IRIN, expressing regret that she had left her village in Banke, nearly 600km southwest of Kathmandu, without even informing her parents.

“There are so many innocent village girls who have been lured by traffickers with false promises of earning a lot of money in a foreign country,” said Sushma. read more..

Education is the Key!

Posted in July 1st, 2007
by ACRATH

UNGEI (United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative)

Photo essays. read more..

Court told of 600 acts as ‘sex slave’

Posted in May 22nd, 2007
by ACRATH

The Age
Julia Medew
May 22, 2007

A THAI “sex slave” was forced to perform more than 600 sexual acts in brothels across Melbourne before she was freed by her “owner” in 2004, a court has been told.

The young woman — one of seven allegedly recruited by a Melbourne-based sex slave racket — was also ordered to surrender her passport so she could not flee the country, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told yesterday.

Federal police allege four people, including 35-year-old Sarisa Leech, of St Albans, bought the women for $20,000 each before putting them on one-year contracts to work in Melbourne brothels in 2003.

The women were allegedly held in suburban apartments and driven to work by their “owners”, who controlled their affairs. read more..

Mission to fight modern slavery

Posted in February 18th, 2007
by ACRATH

Catholic Australia
Copyright © L. Page, The Catholic Leader
February 18, 2007

A Nun on a Mission

Queensland-born Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Coll is passionately certain that creating awareness of the evils of human trafficking is a powerful agent for change.

She is part of a rising network of religious women outraged that exactly 200 years after the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Act, human trafficking is still with us.

Relaxed and fashionable in a bright, floral summer dress, the 68-year-old looks nothing like a nun on a mission to alert others to the ills of modern human slavery and its many guises. read more..

Organ Trafficking

Posted in January 1st, 2007
by ACRATH

“The last time Makhbuba Aripova, a young woman from the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan, saw her husband Farkhod he was about to set off for a new life in Canada. Makhbuba, five months pregnant, was due to join him when their first child was born. Days later, remains of her 23 year old husband were found in plastic bags dumped in their home town of Bukhara, 2,500 miles southeast of Moscow. The victims had arranged their trip through Kora, a company set up last year by the Korayev family. For a small fee they promised jobs in Canada and Australia, plus visas and work permits. Dozens came forward in a country plagued by poverty and unemployment. The Korayevs killed their clients before removing kidneys and other organs which were smuggled to Russia.”

Child Soldiers

Posted in January 1st, 2007
by ACRATH

“Michael was 15 when he was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to serve as a combatant in the Ugandan insurgent force. During his forced service in the LRA, he was made to kill a boy who had tried to escape. He also watched another boy being hacked to death because he did not alert the guards when his friend successfully escaped”

A 13-year-old former child soldier from Liberia recounts: “They gave me pills that made me crazy. When the craziness got in my head, I beat people on their heads and hurt them until they bled. When the craziness got out of my head I felt guilty. If I remembered the person I went to them and apologized. If they did not accept my apology, I felt bad.”

Forced Marriage

Posted in January 1st, 2007
by ACRATH

“Naseema was forced by her mother into marriage at the age of four to a 30-year-old neighbour. At her husband’s home, her father-in-law and 12 others in the family began torturing her. Her treatment included beatings and starvation, and she was forced to sleep outside in the cold with only a rug to protect her. Her abusers often used her as a human table, forcing her to lie on her stomach so they could cut their food on her bare back. At one point, her father-in-law locked her in a shed for two months and she was only allowed to leave once a day. The night before she escaped at the age of 12 in 2005, her father-in-law tied her hands together and poured scalding water over her head. She escaped the next day, fearing death at the hands of her husband’s family, and was found by a rickshaw driver who took her to the hospital for treatment; it took over one month for her to heal from the various injuries inflicted upon her. She is now in a shelter and attending school.”

Sex Trafficking

Posted in January 1st, 2007
by ACRATH

“Neary grew up in rural Cambodia. Her parents died when she was a child, and in an effort to give her a better life, her sister married her off when she was 17. Three months later, her husband rented a room in what Neary thought was a guest house. But when she woke the next morning, her husband was gone. The owner of the house told her she had been sold by her husband for $300 and that she was actually in a brothel. For five years, Neary was raped by five to seven men every day. In addition to brutal physical abuse, Neary was infected with HIV and contracted AIDS. The brothel threw her out when she became sick, and she eventually found her way to a local shelter. She died of HIV/AIDS at the age of 23.”

Forced Labor

Posted in January 1st, 2007
by ACRATH

“Serena arrived from the Philippines to work as a housemaid. Upon her arrival, her employer confiscated her passport and, with his wife, began to beat and verbally abuse her. On one occasion, her female employer pushed her down the stairs; another time, her male employer choked her until she passed out. She was not allowed to leave the house. As her passport had been confiscated, she could not flee. Serena was so unhappy, she was driven to attempt suicide. Once at the hospital, she was able to escape from her captors. She has sought redress through the court system and is waiting for justice in a shelter.”

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