In Human Trafficking on January 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm
An undisclosed number of women and children from the Philippines and Indonesia continue to be trafficked into forced commercial sex in countries like China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).In a report, the United Nations-attached agency described as “high” cases of forced labor among domestic workers trafficked from these countries to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.“In Japan and Australia, women (from the Asia-Pacific region) have entered these countries legally under entertainment visas in the expectation of working in dance clubs, only to be forced into providing sexual services,” said the ILO, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
(Jerry E. Esplanada for Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Women, children from the Philippines, Indonesia still victims of forced labor–ILO report
In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Human Trafficking on December 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm
Debt bondage has been cited as one of the main contributing factors towards human trafficking activities across the borders of Indonesia and Malaysia.The coordinator of the Archdiocesan Human Development Committee (AHDC) for Cross-Border Counter Trafficking Indonesia-Malaysia Project 2010-2011, Dominic Lim, said the victims of human trafficking would often fall prey to individuals and syndicates who exploited their economic vulnerability and pretended to offer them passages to better life, although in the end were still trapped in debt bondage and a life of slavery.
Debt bondage contributes towards human trafficking
In Human Trafficking on December 13, 2011 at 8:53 am
The findings are based on research that includes interviews with Indonesian crew members from a number of foreign charter fishing vessels, and the examination of crew members’ employment contracts, wage calculation sheets, pay slips, bank statements and other documents.The research shows that although crew voluntarily enter into contractual agreements to work on foreign chartered vessels contracted to New Zealand companies, they are then subject to exploitative working conditions – some forced to work shifts of more than 50 hours, and paid as little as NZ$6700 a year. There are examples of crew having their passports and other documents confiscated and the use of debt bonding to keep crew members compliant is a common tactic.Maltreatment on board, including verbal, physical and occasionally sexual abuse, and inhumane punishments, insanitary living conditions, food rationing and substandard food and water quality have already been documented by the team.
Modern day slavery exposed in New Zealand waters
In Human Trafficking on December 8, 2011 at 9:13 am
The AFP is working with the INP to develop an agreed process for the improved collection of evidence to expedite the return of minors to Indonesia.Where age is not able to be clearly established, the person being investigated or prosecuted will continue to be given the benefit of the doubt and will be returned to Indonesia without charge.This enhanced cooperation complements measures announced by the Gillard Government in July to determine the age of people charged with people smuggling offences.
Cooperation with Indonesia on people smuggling, human trafficking and age determination
In Human Trafficking on December 6, 2011 at 9:59 am
“Everyone has a role to play in delivering information about human trafficking to the grass roots level so that people we know do not fall victims,” she said at the launch of the state-level Anti-Trafficking Awareness Campaign and the National Council of Women’s Organisations (NCWO) Sarawak Zone.According to statistics, 68 arrests were made in the state, whereby 83 victims were rescued from 2008 until October this year.The majority of the victims were Indonesians, Filipinos, Thais and even Malaysians.“Even though most of the victims were foreigners, it does not mean we do not have to be responsible for them. They are also fellow human beings, not commodities to be traded by ruthless syndicates.”
(Borneo Post Online)
‘Fighting human trafficking everyone’s responsibility’