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  • UK People Trafficking Assessment Published

    Posted 30/08/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    The UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) has published its first public intelligence assessment of people trafficking in the UK, A Baseline Assessment on the Nature and Scale of Human Trafficking in 2011. This is the first time that government authorities have attempted to describe the nature and scale of people trafficking in the UK.  Part of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the UKHTC is the central point for anti-trafficking expertise and coordination within the UK.  It administers the UK's ... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, people trafficking, sex slavery, slavery

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  • Time for a change? Access to support and visas for trafficking victims

    Posted 22/08/2012 by Cat Barker
    Image source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012 (Trafficking Bill) will update Australia’s offence regime to criminalise a broader range of exploitative conduct, including by introducing new offences of forced labour, forced marriage and harbouring a victim.  While these are welcome changes, there is a strong call from stakeholders to improve other aspects of Australia’s anti-people trafficking framework, including the support available to vic... Read more...

    TAGS: people trafficking, slavery

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  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2012

    Posted 3/07/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    On 19 June, the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, released the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. The TIP Report is produced annually by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons within the State Department, and is seen by the US Government as its ‘principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking’. Released on Juneteenth or Freedom Day, the 2012  Report has particular resonance for the US as 22 September 2012 is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's p... Read more...

    TAGS: criminal law, forced labour, New Zealand, people trafficking, sea farers, servitude, sex slavery, slavery, Special Rapporteur, Trafficking in Persons Report, Trafficking Protocol

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  • Trafficking in Persons - Special Rapporteur's Report to the Human Rights Council

    Posted 27/06/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    On 22 June, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially women and children, presented her annual  report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, including reports of her missions to Thailand and Australia.Special Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (formerly the Commission on Human Rights) to investigate, monitor, and advise on human rights violations – world wide or in specific countries. In carrying... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, forced marriage, people smuggling, people trafficking, servitude, sex slavery, slavery, Special Rapporteur, Trafficking Protocol, United Nations

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  • New Zealand: Foreign Charter Vessels to be reflagged

    Posted 22/05/2012 by Dianne Heriot
    Image source: Oyang 70, Photo by New Zealand Defence Force
    On 22 May 2012, the New Zealand Government announced that it would require reflagging of foreign owned fishing vessels working in New Zealand waters, to "address labour, safety and fisheries practice concerns."Commercial fishing in New Zealand is managed by a quota system, with all fishing quota owned by New Zealand companies. Foreign Charter Vessels (FCVs) are foreign owned and flagged fishing vessels leased by a New Zealand company to fish in New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone. As discussed... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, New Zealand, people trafficking, sea farers, slavery

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  • Trafficking in Persons: a round up of recent Australian events.

    Posted 29/11/2011 by Dianne Heriot
    Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department
    As we prepare to mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December, it is timely to reflect on what has been a busy two weeks for all of those involved in Australia’s anti-trafficking efforts.As reported an earlier FlagPost, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, has been in Australia for a two week fact finding mission (17–30 November), which included meetings with Government and non-government agencies, public lecture... Read more...

    TAGS: forced labour, human rights, people trafficking, slavery, Special Rapporteur, United Nations

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  • Trafficking in Persons Report 2011

    Posted 8/07/2011 by Dianne Heriot
    
    Image source: Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department
    On 27 June, the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, released the 11th Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report assessing the effort and achievements of 184 governments around the world in combating trafficking in persons.Each year since 2001, the US Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons has produced a report outlining major trends and issues in combating trafficking and providing country by country analyses and ratings. The TIP reports have evolved over time, and have increased in br... Read more...

    TAGS: human rights, people trafficking, slavery, Trafficking in Persons Report, United Nations

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