- Cobalt Exploitation March 7, 2022
Did you know that Cobalt is an essential metal in the making of batteries for electric cars, laptops and mobile phones? As the demand for new technologies grows so too does the demand for cobalt. We all want to embrace a greener future but we also need to be aware of how the minerals required ...
- Child Slavery Lawsuit Blocked June 27, 2021
Six men who had been trafficked from Mali to work on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast were involved in a lawsuit against Nestlé USA and Cargill. The men had been forced to work 12-14 hours a day on cocoa farms. They claim the chocolate companies perpetuated the slave trade in order to keep cocoa prices ...
- Easter Shopping Guide 2020 April 7, 2020
Australia-based Be Slavery Free is urging Australian consumers to make a difference this Easter and buy chocolate eggs from companies that are addressing human rights and environmental concerns. Be Slavery Free has joined forces with USA based Mighty Earth and Green America to publish an Easter scorecard, analysing 13 major chocolate companies and 8 cocoa suppliers ...
- Human Cost of Modern Slavery April 7, 2020
With Easter nearly here we should remember the human cost of modern slavery. Particularly at this time of year when we all will be shopping for chocolate it’s important to shop ethically.
make sure the chocolate you buy for friends, family or just for ourselves is
marked with the symbol for fair trade, UTZ or rainforest ...
- Stamping out Exploitation in Travel November 27, 2019
A study benchmarking the travel industry’s progress in fighting human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children by ECPAT-USA. This study establishes a baseline to assess how 70 companies in eight travel industry sectors address and report on the protection of children from commercial sexual exploitation in their business practices.
While it is evident that the travel industry ...
- Stop Trafficking! September 6, 2019
The September issue of Stop Trafficking! focuses on child trafficking with an emphasis on the Philippines. Articles include The Backdrop for Exploitation of Filipino Children, Children Hanging Out Online: Potential Dangers and Child Sex Tourism. Resources for raising awareness about child trafficking are also given in the newsletter. Stop Trafficking! is a monthly Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter ...
- With Her: A Skilled Girl Force October 11, 2018
Celebrated each year on 11th October the International Day of the Girl Child aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. The theme for this day in 2018 is With Her: A Skilled Girl Force. When young girls are educated and ...
- Stop Trafficking December 3, 2017
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 11
The December issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights the vulnerability of children especially in the travel and tourism industries. Articles include Travel & Tourism…& Trafficking, Exploitation of Children by Tourists, Efforts to Prevent Human Trafficking in the Tourism Industry and Leaders Unite to Stop Global Sexual Exploitation of Children through ...
- 2017 Ethical Fashion Report May 8, 2017
Are 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 Problem with Chocolate April 15, 2017
Sr 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 ...
- What comes First? the Child or the Egg March 22, 2017
Your Choice is Your Voice
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a coalition of NGOs working against human trafficking and slavery. ACRATH is an active member of this coalition. For ten years STOP THE TRAFFIK has been asking chocolate companies and stores to take action in their supply chain to prevent and end the trafficking of children to produce the ...
- #BeBoldForChange March 8, 2017
International Women’s Day 2017
The theme for International Women’s Day in 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. This day invites us to celebrate the achievements of women and to be bold in taking steps to promote gender parity.
Did you know that according to the UNODC 2016 Global Trafficking in Person Report 71% of all trafficking victims are women or ...
- 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 ...
- Striving for a Child Labour Free World June 15, 2016
One Organisation’s Efforts to End Child Labour
It is a sad but true fact that child labour still happens in our world today. Child labour occurs in many industries but especially the cocoa industry. One organisation trying to journey the road to a child labour free world is UTZ.
Siriki Diakité, UTZ Regional Representative for West Africa, Côte ...
- Second Child Trafficking Conviction in Australia May 30, 2016
Father Abuses Twin Girls
A Victorian man has been convicted of thirty seven charges including two counts of child trafficking and twenty of incest. He paid an overseas surrogate to give birth to twin daughters who he then brought to Australia. He filmed himself sexually abusing the girls and then shared the footage with other paedophiles. The abuse took place over ...
- Strategies to End Child Marriage April 28, 2016
Check List from GIRLS NOT BRIDES
GIRLS NOT BRIDES is a civil society partnership of more than 550 member organisations that are based in over 70 countries. Their aim is to give the issue of child marriage worldwide attention so that strategies can be put in place to end it. In February 2016 they issued A Checklist ...
- 2016 Australian Fashion Report April 21, 2016
The Truth Behind the Barcode
Baptist World Aid Australia have released the third edition of the Australian Fashion Report. In a media release to introduce the report it is noted that “when it comes to the efforts of the Australian fashion industry, we’re continuing to see even more progress!” The report covers 87 companies representing over 300 ...
- Unlock the Power of girls October 13, 2015
Video to Mark International Day of the Girl
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, ...
- International Day of the Girl Child October 11, 2015
The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030
On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme for this day focuses on adolescent girls and the ...
- 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 ...
- Is your Easter Egg TraffikFree February 16, 2015
Help Eliminate Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry
Easter is a time of year when a huge amount of chocolate is sold and eaten all around the world. The shocking truth is that children as young as 10 are trafficked and exploited to create chocolate. This year join us as we campaign for #TRAFFIKFREE chocolate.
Check out ...
- Trafficking in Children on the Rise November 26, 2014
Global Report on Trafficking in Persons
The UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014 mandated by the General Assembly covers 128 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2010 and 2012 (or more recent). The Global Report ...
- Progress on Ending Child Marriage October 26, 2014
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! 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 ...
- Just Married, Just a child July 23, 2014
Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region
Plan International Australia has released a report entitled Just Married, Just a Child: Child Marriage in the Indo-Pacific Region. The report was written by Mark Evenhuis, Plan International Australia (international content) and Jennifer Burn, Anti-Slavery Australia (Australian content). Child marriage is a breech of the human rights of the child. It ...
- 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 ...
- Be a Good Egg This Easter February 11, 2014
Buy Slavery-Free Chocolate
Presently children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending ...
- Strategies to End Child Marriage October 7, 2013
ICRW Research Reported at the UN
A blueprint summarizing five strategies identified by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) used to effectively address child marriage was released at the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently. ICRW stresses that “ending child marriage must be a priority in the next generation of development goals. ...
- Counter Child Trafficking Conference September 26, 2013
Free Global On-line Conference
The Global On-line Counter Child Trafficking Conference 2013 is the first event of its kind. Its aim is to further encourage collaboration and the creation of partnerships to strengthen the global response to child trafficking and exploitation.
The programme has a strong practical focus. It is hoped that participants will leave with practical ...
- 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 ...
- Domestic Workers Convention September 24, 2013
ILO Treaty Now Legally Binding
The Convention Concerning Decent Work for Domestic Workers came into force on 5th September 2013. It is reported that there are 50-100 million domestic workers in our world. These workers are mainly girls and women. Their tasks include cooking, cleaning and looking after children and the elderly. Such workers are often ...
- Stop Trafficking! August 18, 2013
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 8
The August edition of Stop Trafficking highlights issues affecting the exploitation and rehabilitation of trafficked teens. The Newsletter also contains an article about Artworks for Freedom a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition which aims to use the power of art in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. Download ...
- 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 ...
- Human Trafficking in PNG April 15, 2013
Forced Labor, Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Servitude
An International Organisaion for Migration(IOM) report recently released indicates that the domestic and transnational trafficking of adults and children is occurring at a high rate in Papua New Guinea. The IOM research showed that the logging industry exposes persons to risks of trafficking as does work in and around ...
- Plans Not Dreams March 30, 2013
When Will All Cadbury Products Use Certified Cocoa?
In 2012 Kraft Foods Australia and New Zealand announced they would invest $400 million in making cocoa sustainable. What does this mean in practice? When will Toblerone and other Cadbury products be using cocoa certified free of trafficking and child labour? Join the campaign to ask Kraft Foods ...
- Stop Trafficking! March 25, 2013
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 11 No 3
This issue of Stop Trafficking looks at how the demand for commercial sex increases the trafficking of women and children and opens the door to globalized crime rings.
Download your copy of the March issue here.
- 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 ...
- Stop Trafficking! December 13, 2012
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 10 No 12
The December issue of Stop Trafficking provides an overview on human trafficking, highlights films on human trafficking and outlines the benefits of Fair Trade shopping. It also looks at child sexual exploitation as a form of human trafficking.
Download the December issue here.
- Children Stitch Balls in Sweatshops September 27, 2012
Forced Child Labour in India
Children in India are being forced to work long hours in dark, cramped conditions hand stitching sports balls. The children are employed unofficially by subcontractors.Two Australian companies, Sherrin and Canterbury, have operations in India. Both companies have expressed their horror at this practice and have promised to investigate.
There have been a ...
- Exploitation of Children October 10, 2011
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Solomon Islands
The commercial sexual exploitation of children, or sexual abuse in exchange for money or goods, in a remote region of the Solomon Islands, with a focus on the presence of the logging industry and the role this industry plays in abusing and exploiting children is reported in ...
- 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 ...
- Harkin-Engel Anniversary Noted in Australian Senate September 26, 2011
Australian Senators Support Harkin-Engel Protocol
During their recent visit to the Australian Federal Parliament ACRATH spoke to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate about the Harkin-Engel Protocol which aimed at eliminating the worst forms of child slavery in the cocoa industry. On Monday 19th September 2011, the tenth anniversary of the signing of ...
- 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 ...
- Experiences in Cambodia July 5, 2011
ACRATH Members in Western Australia Hear First Hand of Cambodian Experiences
At the May meeting of ACRATH WA Chloe and Joel Bond were present and shared with members their experiences of working in Cambodia over the last three years. In Cambodia they had managed an after care centre for girls 6-18 years old who had been ...
- 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.
- Child Marriage May 16, 2011
The Bride Price: Consequences of Child Marriage Worldwide
Child marriage, defined as marriage before age 18, devastates the lives of girls, their families and their communities. Widespread in many developing countries, child brides number more than 60 million worldwide. In some countries, half of the girls are married before they turn 18.
Click here to read what ...
- Sex Trafficking and Indigenous People May 16, 2011
Asia-Pacific Meeting of Sex Trafficking and Prostitution Survivors
Indigenous peoples in Thailand, the Congo, India, Canada, the United States, Australia and nearly every country in the world are caught up in this despicable trade in human flesh.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women in the Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) recently sponsored an important meeting in India calling attention ...
- To Whom It May Concern May 12, 2011
A Video on Human Trafficking
To Whom it May Concern is a video about human trafficking produced by Artfully Unforgotten. Commissioned by Franciscans International and the Sisters of Notre Dame it includes stories from religious communities about the women and children they have helped, the best practices used to eliminate it and the effects of governmental policies.
- Trafficking of Children in the Asia-Pacific May 10, 2011
Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
No 415, April 2011
A new document issued by the Australian Institute of Criminology looks at the current definitions of child trafficking, the forms it takes in Asia Pacific, factors affecting the vulnerability of children with regard to this crime and the steps which need to be taken to ...