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HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH

October Preview 

Mark your calendar! We will be sharing about the global and local trends of human trafficking at an event hosted by Youth Organisation, Hok Se, CUHK next month. Join us to learn more about the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking in our everyday lives, and reflect together on ways to move forward. Anybody is welcomed!

Date: 14 October, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Venue: Wanchai (Address will be provided after successful registration)
* The event will be held in Cantonese.


Legislate Against Human Trafficking In Hong Kong Now

STOP has been closely monitoring the recent reports of human trafficking crimes in Southeast Asia involving Hong Kongers. In a joint press conference held on 24 August, 2022, alongside our partner Hong Kong Dignity Institute (HKDI), we called on the HKSAR government to take actions to establish a bespoke human trafficking legislation, as well as to enhance its victim identification mechanism and protection policies to better respond to the needs of survivors of the illegal Trafficking In Persons activities. Michelle Wong, our Programme Manager, emphasised that out of fear of being prosecuted for crimes that they are forced to commit, many survivors don’t dare to report their cases. Patricia Ho, Founder of HKDI, explained that to encourage victims to report to the police, proper legislation is needed to enable prosecutors to use their discretion and offer immunity to victims who have committed crimes under duress.

Access our press release here.
Read our submission to the 2022 Policy Address Public Consultation to learn more about our advocacy here.



Check out our social media posts to learn more about the cyber slavery & the importance of human trafficking legislation:


It’s Workshop Season!

This summer, we had the privilege of sharing our knowledge and experience in conducting anti-human trafficking work in Hong Kong with frontline workers and volunteers from fellow rights-based non-profit organisations. Back to school, we opened the new school year with students of KGV where we discussed rights violation in the global supply chain and in the local context. Thank you for inviting us, Rainlily, Redcross & KGV!

Here at STOP, we also organised a total of three trainings for our migrant domestic worker community on the topics of anti-human trafficking, outreach volunteering and HIV knowledge and prevention. A special thanks to AIDS Concerns’ MESH team for helping prepare such an informative and fun workshop, and for providing free-testing services to 27 migrant domestic workers on the day.

If your school and/or organisation is looking for ways to further engage with the issue of human trafficking in Hong Kong, please email us at info@branchesofhope.org.hk for more information.




HONG KONG


After escaping exploitation, trafficked domestic workers in Hong Kong face another hurdle – legal recognition

Date: 4 September 2022 | Source: Hong Kong Free Press

Introduced in 2015, Hong Kong’s Trafficking in Person (TIP) screening mechanism aims to identify victims of trafficking from vulnerable people who have been arrested or who have approached the authorities. According to the Security Bureau, nearly 37,000 initial screenings were conducted between 2016 and 2021, with a total of 40 victims identified. Yet, many NGOs said that the screening mechanism was notoriously unfriendly to victims, with many dropping out of the process or avoiding reporting their cases at all, because it could be a draining process that many want to avoid…

Access the article here.
Read more: Treatment of Kenyan domestic workers in Hong Kong in spotlight amid reports of trafficking




ASIA

‘I’ll be sacrificed’: The lost and sold daughters of Afghanistan

Date: 14 August 2022 | Source: Al Jazeera

The last time Aalam Gul Jamshidi saw her daughter was the night the 16 year old was married off to a man more than twice her age. Aziz Gul looked radiant in a sequinned, white wedding dress and a bright yellow headscarf, but there was fear in her otherwise solemn expressions. “If I go there, I’ll be sacrificed,” her mother remembers her daughter pleading that night last October.

Access the article here.
Read more: ‘I was screaming for help’: sold as brides in China, few Cambodian women escape their fate

U.N. expert concludes ‘forced labour’ has taken place in Xinjiang

Date: 18 August 2022 | Source: Reuters

It is “reasonable to conclude” that forced labour of members of minority groups has taken place in China’s western Xinjiang region, the UN’s top expert on slavery said in a report released in August, prompting a fierce response from Beijing. China rejects all accusations of abuse of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.

Access the article here.
Read the report here.


‘You are not honourable anymore’: Shamed and trafficked into Iraq’s sex trade

Date: 22 August 2022 | Source: Al Jazeera

For more than a year, Al Jazeera investigated the sex trade in Iraq, a growing phenomenon fuelled by deeply entrenched socioeconomic factors and enabled by a tangled web of corrupt officials and armed groups. The practice appeared to stand in stark contrast to the tenets of Iraq’s patriarchal society, where honour and reputation are paramount and closely tied to a woman’s chastity. But beneath this veneer of conservative social norms, young girls from poor backgrounds are routinely sold into prostitution…

Access the article here.




GLOBAL

Mastercard, Visa suspend ties with ad arm of Pornhub owner MindGeek

Date: 5 August 2022 | Source: Reuters

Visa (V.N) and Mastercard (MA.N) said they had suspended ties with the advertisement arm of MindGeek, owner of website Pornhub, after a lawsuit raised questions over whether the payment firms could be facilitating child pornography. A federal judge in California rejected Visa’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit by a woman who alleges the company facilitated the distribution of child pornography on Pornhub and other websites run by its parent company MindGeek.

Access the article here.


Migrant care workers came to help the UK. Now they’re trapped in debt bondageHome Office accused of deliberately leaving anti-slavery post unfilled

Date: 29 August 2022 | Source: The Guardian

The Home Office is accused of deliberately failing to appoint a new anti-slavery commissioner to avoid scrutiny while trying to push through legislation on the issue. It has been a legal requirement to have an independent commissioner since the post was created as part of the Modern Slavery Act in 2015. Yet this week will mark four months with nobody in the role.

Access the article here.
Read more: ‘I was trafficked, raped, and left for my abusers to find’
Read more: Modern slavery: How fake friends forced Latvian Rolands Kazoks to work


Buenos Aires Yoga School accused of sexually exploiting women and targeting powerful men, including Placido Domingo

Date: 3 September 2022 | Source: ABC News
A sprawling investigation into the sect-like Buenos Aires Yoga School, which operated for more than 30 years in Argentina’s capital, has uncovered what authorities are calling a criminal organisation involved in sex trafficking, money laundering, involuntary servitude, illegal practice of medicine and other crimes. Leaders are accused of preying on vulnerable women to join the group with promises of eternal happiness and then exploiting them sexually and financially, according to charging documents. The sources said the targets included opera star Placido Domingo, who had known the organisation’s leaders for more than two decades.

Access the article here.




RESOURCES


[Opinion] The World Cup is exciting, lucrative, and deadly

Date: 23 August 2022 | Source: Human Rights Watch

The FIFA World Cup is now less than three months away. Qatar, this year’s host, is one of the world’s richest countries per capita. But this is a case of the haves and the haves not. Millions of migrant laborers built an estimated $220 billion in new construction for the event since the tournament was awarded to Qatar 12 years ago. The human cost has been even higher: Several thousand people who migrated to Qatar from some of the poorest countries to work as laborers preparing for the World Cup have died from the heat and poor working and living conditions…

Access the article here.



[Report] HRC Briefing: Cyber Slavery in the Scamming Compounds

Date: 6 September 2022 | Source: Humanity Research Consultancy

Cyber slavery is emerging as a form of organised crime of unprecedented severity and scale. Conservative estimates suggest that tens of thousands of victims are held captive in scamming compounds. While getting spammed with fraudulent messages is now an everyday occurrence, this inconvenience may actually be rooted in a malignant new form of modern slavery. As the scamming activities operate virtually, those running the rackets can easily shift their operations from one country to another.

Access the report here.



[Podcast] Modern slavery is unseen because it’s convenient

Date: 20 September 2022 | Source: International Labour Organisation

Fifty million people were living in modern slavery in 2021, according to the latest Global Estimates of Modern Slavery. The number of people in modern slavery has risen significantly in the last five years. Why is slavery still with us despite all the efforts that have gone into eradicating it? And what should we be doing about it? Sophie Otiende, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, and Grace Forrest, Founding Director of Walk Free, join us to explore the many reasons for the continued existence of modern slavery and the role we can all play in finally putting an end to it.

Listen to the episode here.




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本月焦點


學社 x STOP 分享交流會

我哋好高興獲香港中文大學青年公民社會「學社」邀請同公眾分享本地及全球人口販運狀況。如果你有興趣了解點樣辨別日常生活中可能涉及人口販運或強制勞動嘅環節,歡迎你嚟參加交流會,一齊傾吓偈,集思廣益將打擊奴役融入生活嘅可能性!

日期:2022年10月14日(星期五)
時間:晚上8點至10點
地點:灣仔(地址會在成功報名後通知)
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制定專法打擊人口販運,刻不容緩

「停止人口販運」(STOP) 密切關注近日傳媒報導涉及港人嘅東南亞人口販運罪行。STOP 聯同友好機構香港守護尊嚴中心,於2022年8月24日召開記者會,促請港府針對人口販運立法,並改善識別同保護人口販運受害人嘅法定機制及政策,以更適切地回應人口販運倖存者嘅需要。STOP 項目經理黃筱媛指出,唔少受害人喺遭販運嘅過程中,因自己亦被逼從事非法工作,擔心會被檢控而唔敢報警求助。香港守護尊嚴中心創辦人何珮芝表示,要鼓勵受害人報警求助就必須妥善立法,授予檢控人員酌情權,給予喺脅迫下被逼犯罪嘅受害者刑事免責權。

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活動回顧

呢個夏天,STOP有幸受邀,為風雨蘭同香港紅十字會嘅前線同工同義工,分享反人口販運知識同經驗,又趁住開學時節,同英皇佐治五世學校學生分享全球供應鏈入面嘅人權侵害問題同一啲本地情況。STOP最近舉辦咗三場培訓,為外籍家務工社群增值,講吓反人口販運、預防HIV知識,仲有訓練外展義工。特別鳴謝關懷愛滋少數族裔性健康團隊,幫忙準備又好玩又資訊豐富嘅活動,仲幫27位外籍家務工做埋檢測添。如果你所屬團體/學校/公司都想知多啲現代奴役議題嘅資訊,歡迎電郵 info@branchesofhope.org.hk 同我哋聯絡!




香港


禁止人口販運.三| ZN到CB 「豬仔」賣來又騙走 香港做了什麼

日期:2022年9月16日 |來源:香港01

全球有約5,000萬人深陷「現代奴隸」困境,而香港則被指是人口販賣的缺口,因為既無法執行聯合國用於預防和懲治人口販運的《巴勒莫議定書》,又沒有專門法律處理有關問題,只能透過林林種種相關罪行進行調查和檢控,但往往面對各種各樣的執法和起訴困難,變相給犯罪集團留有「灰色地帶」。從ZN案到CB案,全都充份突顯香港缺乏專責處理人口販運的法律,導致現行「識別機制」形同虛設。

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亞洲

南韓N號房事件再度上演?主嫌「L」以多個聊天室大肆散播性剝削影片

日期:2022年8月31日 |來源:台灣英文新聞

三年前N號房事件震驚了南韓社會,主犯趙主彬最終被判42年有期徒刑,然而根據KBS報導,最近又出現了類似N號房事件的事,受害者甚至更加年輕。近日有民眾向韓媒KBS舉報,有一名「L」在Telegram上傳了強迫受害者拍攝的性剝削影片,其中有許多未成年者,這些受害者的身上甚至刻有「L主人」的字樣,光是舉報者所提供的證據影片及照片等就有高達350多件。

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet leaves after she addressed the press on the opening day of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva on June 13, 2022. – UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet announced that she will not seek a second term, ending months of speculation about her intentions and amid growing criticism of her lax stance on rights abuses in China. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)


延遲一年的《新疆報告》發布,聯合國:中國政府可能構成危害人類罪

日期:2022年9月1日 |來源:報導者

就在卸任前最後10分鐘,聯合國人權事務高級專員辦事處(OHCHR)的最高負責人、智利前總統蜜雪兒.巴舍萊(Michelle Bachelet)壓線發布《新疆人權問題報告》。報告的基本內容,主要是重複查核並證實中國政府在新疆維吾爾自治區內,針對維吾爾族與穆斯林少數民族的壓迫政策,包括以「職業教育培訓中心」為名的「再教育營」、強迫勞動與工廠奴役、維吾爾族突然驟降的整體生育率與「強制絕育」的指控等等。

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國際

遭控促進兒童色情內容的傳播,Visa及萬事達卡終止對Pornhub母公司MindGeek提供廣告付款服務

日期:2022年8月5日 |來源:關鍵評論

信用卡巨頭Visa與萬事達卡(Mastercard)4日宣布,將停止在色情網站Pornhhub及其母公司MindGeek刊登廣告的信用卡付費服務。此前,兩家公司曾因是否間接促進兒童色情內容的傳播而引起廣大爭議。

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世界盃足球賽:激情與油水背後的人命代價

日期:2022年8月23日 |來源:Human Rights Watch

FIFA世界盃,四年一度、觀眾最多也最賺錢的一項運動盛事,再過兩、三個月就要登場。本屆東道主卡塔爾是全球人均所得最富裕的國家。但問題在於富有者和赤貧者之間的鴻溝。從12年前卡塔爾取得主辦權開始,數百萬外籍勞工承擔起本屆賽會價值2,200億美元的建築工程。更高昂的是人類成本:來自許多最貧窮國家的世界盃移住勞工當中,竟有數千人因為卡塔爾的氣候燠熱、勞動和生活條件低落而命喪他鄉。

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澳洲雇主擔保簽證問題重重 技術移民曝雇主剝削和性騷擾

日期:2022年9月13日 |來源:ABC中文

想了很久,茱莉婭才說出她在技術移民雇主擔保期間受到剝削的遭遇。「我害怕在自己身上可能會發生什麼不好的事情」她對澳大利亞廣播公司(ABC)《財經》節目說。「但我真是厭倦了看到、聽到這麼多人都陷入同樣的情況。」朱莉婭是一名來自南美的技術移民人士。她在2020年初獲得擔保,從事工業設計師的工作。她表示,這個工作機會讓自己感到「興奮」。這個工作機會為她提供了一個可能獲得澳大利亞的永久居留權的渠道。

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評論及資源

[報告] 詐騙園區中的現代奴役

日期:2022年9月15日 |來源:憫研顧問

詐騙園區中的現代奴役,正以前所未見的規模與嚴重程度,以組織犯罪的形式出現。保守估計,目前約有數以萬計的受害者被囚禁於詐騙園區中。收到詐騙訊息已經成為現代人的日常,而這種日常生活中的不舒服,實際上可能源自於一種惡性、新形的現代奴役。由於這些詐騙活動皆在網路上發生,詐騙犯和奴隸主可以輕易將他們的業務從一國轉移到另一國,使得實際逮補犯罪分子、突襲與救援變得非常困難。迫切需要政府與非政府組織有系統的合作,來根治這種犯罪。

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[電台廣播] 有誰共鳴:希望枝子停止人口販運項目經理  黃筱媛

日期:2022年9月26日 |來源:商業電台

人口販運係全球都面對嘅問題,最近港人到東南亞工作變「賣豬仔」嘅騙案成為大家關注嘅議題。STOP項目經理黃筱媛26日出現喺商業電台《有誰共鳴》節目,同聽眾分享移民有關嘅歌單,同埋倡議反奴役嘅感受同願景,「希望大家明白呢啲事情並非冰山一角,身邊所有人包括你自己,都有機會成為騙徒嘅目標。」

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STOP. 中文電子報每月出版,旨在向本港打擊販運人口的社區提供最新的新聞和資源。如你有反人口販運的資訊想透過本報發放,請聯絡 NEWS@STOPHK.ORG。本電子報內容並不反映 STOP. 的立場,謝謝您對本組織的支持。STOP. 是 希望枝子有限公司 (BRANCHES OF HOPE) 其中一個項目,旨在對抗人口販運。本組織與其他名稱類同的反人口販運組織並無關連。

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