Stop Trafficking May 2024

The May 2024 issue of Stop Trafficking! focuses on the role of child and forced labour in the fashion industry. According to the International Labour Organisation about 160 million children are involved in labour globally. Many of these are involved in making the clothes we purchase. Articles in the May issue include: Download your copy…

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Rise in Forced Labour Profits

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Report Profits and Poverty: the economics of forced labour was released on 19th March 2024. It indicates forced labour profits have risen by 37% since 2014. It estimates that forced labour in the private economy now generates US$236 billion in illegal profits each year. Coercive measures are used to take…

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Stop Trafficking! – March 2024

Fish is a significant source of protein and an essential part of the diet for many people in our world. However child labour and human trafficking taints fish and fish products. The March 2024 issue of Stop Trafficking! reflects on this situation. Forced labour in fisheries is driven by the motivation to reduce costs amid…

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Call to action February 2024

ACRATH supports the work of many like-minded organisations both in Australia and globally. Many produce resources that can be used in a variety of settings, and some have campaigns underway. Our newsletter regularly includes this page, encouraging people to learn more and consider becoming involved in actions and advocacy. Eureka Street person of the year…

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Help Protect Vulnerable People

Help protect vulnerable people from modern slavery, child labour and forced labour. ACRATH invites you to support the Be Slavery Free campaign calling on Starbucks to Come Clean on Cocoa. You may think of Starbucks as a coffee chain, but the company also sells huge amounts of chocolate products. With more than 35,000 Starbucks stores…

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Wise Women Support ACRATH

Women’s Wisdom in the Church (*WWITCH ), a group of Catholic and Anglican women founded by Dr Claire Renkin and Dr Eleanor Flynn in 2018, is an ACRATH donor. Eleanor, the group’s media officer, explained why WWITCH supports ACRATH’s work. *Dr Eleanor Flynn said WWITCH “came together because we were appalled at the very poor…

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2023 Trafficking in Person’s Report

The 2023 Trafficking in Person’s Report (TIP) is now available. This report, produced by the US Sate Department, gives a comprehensive outline of the extent of human trafficking throughout the world, efforts being taken to eradicate it and recommendations for what still needs to b done. In releasing this document the US Secretary of State,…

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Challenges for seasonal workers

Good Samaritan Sister Taabeia Ibouri sgs has become an important link for seasonal workers coming to Australia from Kiribati, her homeland. Whether it’s through the High Commission or at the airport where when she spots familiar faces leaving, she shares words of wisdom. It’s not the sort of information that the seasonal workers receive from…

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30th Anniversary of UN Slavery Fund

For 30 years, the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery has assisted hundreds of thousands of victims of slavery to access vital rehabilitation services in every region of the world. ACRATH has been a very grateful recipient of five grants. The funds have enabled ACRATH to assist victim/survivors of human trafficking,…

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Honouring All Mothers

Celebrate Your Mum This Mother’s Day and Honour the Mothers Who Make Your Purchase Possible! This Mother’s Day, let us take a moment to remember the mothers worldwide whose labour enables us to purchase the gifts we give to those we love. From the garment makers making, cocoa bean farmers to service workers these mothers…

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Remembering Rana Plaza

2023 marks 10 years since the terrible tragedy at the Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, when an eight-story building collapsed, killing 1132 people and injuring 2500. Most of the dead and injured were poorly paid female garment makers, producing many of the clothes that end up in Australia. Since then some of the big brand companies have…

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Forced Marriage Going Forward

It’s a decade since the passing of the legislation, criminalising forced marriage in Australia. It was a significant achievement after many years of advocacy by ACRATH and others. The then Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Attorney General Mark Dreyfus announced the law on International Women’s Day 2013. A recent event at Parliament House marking the…

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