True stories

Shocking but tragically true … Discover trading in human lives from a series of different perspectives.

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  • Victory for Migrant Workers October 8, 2020
    Migrant workers in Top Glove rubber glove factories in Malaysia will be remediated with respect to recruitment fees previously paid by the migrant workers to agents or other parties. Top Glove manufactures one-quarter of the world’s disposable gloves. During the Covid-19 pandemic their profits have soared. Repayments to workers will amount to a total of $40 ...
  • Rubber Glove Industry During Covid-19 September 21, 2020
    The Covid-19 pandemic has meant unprecedented demand for rubber gloves. Consequently manufacturers are recording enormous increases in profit. However for the worker little has changed. In Malaysia, where approximately 60% of the worlds rubber gloves are manufactured, workers continue to experience exploitation and debt bondage. CNN Business recently reported: “Many of the serious forced labor indicators identified ...
  • A Global Challenge September 21, 2020
    Human Trafficking is a global problem. The following article gives an insight into the impact this crime has on victims. “When the group of eight teenagers was first referred to the Preda Home for Girls, they were still in shock having been taken into police custody during a rescue. What they did not realize was they had been ...
  • Temporary Migrants During Covid-19 September 17, 2020
    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic ACRATH has been concerned for migrant workers and international students and their vulnerability to exploitation. UTS Law’s A/Prof Laurie Berg and UNSW’s A/Prof Bassina Farbenblum co-directs of  the Migrant Worker Justice Initiative have recently undertaken research on the experiences of international students and visa holders during Covid-19.  Their finding from a ...
  • Support for Workers in Queensland September 2, 2020
    ACRATH’s Regional Coordinator in Queensland, Sr Janine Bliss fmm, has been spending a good bit of time in the Bundaberg area supporting seasonal workers in recent times. The workers are mainly from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste. These workers came to Australia through the Seasonal Workers Program, a government aid programme. It is a sad fact that ...
  • Australian Institute of Criminology Research August 31, 2020
    The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a Research Report – Review of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery 2015-19. The report outlines the activities of the Australian Government to address human trafficking and slavery during the years 2015-2019. The report documents the activities according to the four pillars of the National ...
  • 20th Anniversary TIP Report June 27, 2020
    The 20th anniversary edition of the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report had been released by the US State Department. In releasing the report John Cotton Richmond, Ambassador-at-large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons said: “The call of the 20th anniversary is clear. We must commit ourselves to our goal of freedom. What traffickers are ...
  • Slave Kept in Restaurant June 26, 2020
    A former Wangaratta Restaurant owner has escaped a jail term despite being convicted of a slavery offence. The offence related to a woman employed by the owner being paid no wages over a 14 month period. When she asked for her wages the women’s employer also threatened that he would withdraw his sponsorship for her ...
  • Stop Trafficking! June 3, 2020
    The June 2020 issue of Stop Trafficking! is now available. This issue focuses on how art assists survivors of human trafficking give voice to the trauma they have experienced and aids in their rehabilitation process. Download your copy here. Stop Trafficking Newsletter is produced by US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, to serve as a forum for ...
  • Stop Trafficking! May 3, 2020
    The focus of the May 2020 Stop Trafficking! newsletter is to raise awareness of the health consequences of trafficking and how health professionals are becoming better equipped to identify and aid human trafficking victims. Articles include Behavioural Indicators of Human Trafficking, Health Effects of Human Trafficking, Barriers to Disclosure by Victims and Trauma Informed Care. ...
  • Case studies depicting examples of the various types of slavery that exist in modern Australia.
  • Cries from the Workplace: 20 women, 20 stories, Stories of migrant women workers in Sydney, Asian Women at Work Action Group, Sydney, Australia, April 2008 (.pdf 1.95MB)
  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2012 – Victims Stories, The victims’ testimonies included in this Report are meant to be illustrative only and do not reflect all forms of trafficking that occur. Any of these stories could take place anywhere in the world. They illustrate the many forms of trafficking and the wide variety of places in which they occur. Many of the victims’ names have been changed in this Report.