FOCUS: This issue highlights the findings of the Global Trafficking in Persons Report, 2020, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Released on 2 February 2021, this is the fifth Global report by the UNODC. The data is from 2018, prior to the pandemic and therefore does not reflect the developments that have taken place since 2020 and the global impact of the pandemic. However, the UNODC notes the economic fallout from COVID-19 has left millions more people vulnerable to trafficking.
With more women, men and children throughout the world out of school, out of work, without social support and facing diminished prospects, targeted action is urgently needed to stop crimes like trafficking in persons from adding to the pandemic’s toll.
This month’s edition of the STOP Trafficking Newsletter covers the following:
1. Victims of labour trafficking may be hidden in plain sight, labouring for well-known companies.
2. Distinct victim profiles and exploitative patterns and trends are examined in the following areas:-
Domestic work; the construction industry; the fishing industry.
3. Migration and labour trafficking.
4. How the internet and social media are increasingly being used by traffickers to exploit their
5. Human Trafficking within the context of regional overviews.
6. Human Trafficking of children- for forced labour and for sexual exploitation.
Actions to be undertaken, recommended resources and much, much more in yet another
informative edition of the STOP Trafficking Newsletter from the US Catholic Sisters Against Human
Read the full newsletter here
While this particular issue seems quite specific to the US, we can still find it relevant to those of us whose countries offer Foster-care programmes and Programmes for youths who cannot live in their family homes.
Children in the foster care system lack a permanent and stable family, they may move multiple times during their time in foster care and may have limited access to educational opportunities. This may contribute to their sense of vulnerability and puts them at risk of Human Trafficking.
You can download the pdf or go to online copy at :
’Climate change is one of the causes of poverty and forced migration, which make people vulnerable to human trafficking…’’
The stark headline of the January 2021 issue of STOP Trafficking anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter sets out the theme of this month’s edition of the Newsletter, which not only informs about the consequences of climate change on the most vulnerable but also highlights the distinctions between refugees who are displaced due to natural disasters created by climate change and all other refugees. Under current international refugee agreements, people displaced by environmental disasters do not qualify for international aid or protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention…thereby rendering them vulnerable to traffickers.
Read about the story of Dahia, sold by traffickers into prostitution in Somalia.
The Newsletter cites several country narratives from the Annual Trafficking in Persons Report (2020) linking human trafficking and natural disasters (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Vanuatu).
Under the heading of Advocacy, there is a comprehensive feature on vulnerabilities after a natural disaster, including reference to refugee camps and labour trafficking.
And finally, ACTION and what can be done, features on the closing pages of the Newsletter.
A MUST read!
To access the Newsletter: https://sistersagainsttrafficking.org/stop-trafficking-newsletter/
Child Victims of Trafficking and Migration Policies, is the central theme of the December edition of the Newsletter. The publication exposes the reality whereby countries signed up to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, promising to protect the best interests of the child, may not in fact, be fully living up to their obligations in this regard.
This newsletter holds a spotlight up to France specifically and explores topics such as Isolated minors without protection; Migration policies creating insecurity; how separated families can expose minors to exploitation; difficulties in accessing education; cases where the duty to protect minors is not adhered to; the imprisonment -not protection- of exploited minors and how difficult it is for minors who are victims of trafficking, to access protection.
To read the Newsletter: http://contrelatraite.org/exploitation_enfants
Welcome from RENATE President, Imelda Poole (IBVM)
In the same year that Talitha Kum was founded in 2009, RENATE was being encouraged, by the Talitha Kum International group of religious working against Human Trafficking, to found a network across Europe to be the link in cross border work with the already established networks of religious working against Human Trafficking across the world. RENATE rejoices with Talitha Kum in celebrating their 10th anniversary. Congratulations to this wonderful and supportive global umbrella network. We celebrate their great achievements over the years and join with religious all over the world in Rome in September 2019 at this event. This will be a time to rejoice, to remember those who now survive from such ordeals but we will also be encouraging each other to continue this work until Human Trafficking is eliminated from the planet.
RENATE will celebrate their 10th anniversary in October, 2020, at a RENATE Film Festival event also in Rome. We hope to launch at this time the RENATE research on Trafficking and the Law across Europe. Many will be engaged in the implementation of these two great actions against Human Trafficking. It is hoped that it will be a significant time for advocacy, justice and awareness raising and for revealing the truth behind the hidden statistics and the amazing conflict of law across Europe.
Differences in HT law in Europe, as with HT law across the USA, disenables the victims in Europe from receiving full justice and prevents the perpetrators from receiving their due penalty. The training recently given on ‘Trafficking and the Law across Europe’, revealed this reality and RENATE was fortunate to have one of the best human rights lawyers in the USA speaking of the conflicts across the USA in HT law. We were awakened to this reality and the fact that cross border work, in such a climate, is complicated. This trade in human beings is a deep seated crime; injustice is deepened by weak law and becomes a failure on the part of humankind to release the victim from their trauma and into freedom.
Please click here to read the RENATE Summer Newsletter 2019.
We would like to present to you our Christmas Newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading it. Wishing you a very happy Christmas! Please click here to download it.