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Stop Trafficking Newsletter | Boletín de Stop Trafficking (March | Marzo 2022)

 

FOCUS: This issue highlights the increase in sex tourism and what
governments and the tourism industry can do about it.

The lower socioeconomic condition of destination countries for sex tourists and the relative anonymity awarded to consumers is pointed to as a factor leading to criminal exploitation. Even in countries where prostitution is legal, sexual slavery and the abuse of minors are in evidence, and these activities are not permitted under any legal system.

This month’s newsletter reports numerous examples of progress in fighting against trafficking in the context of sex tourism, profiling the work of governments, law enforcement and NGOs in several countries.

Recommendations are made for further victim support and preventative action. Tourism companies and travel agencies are urged to be more proactive in pursuing a zero-tolerance policy towards any customers who seek out sex tourism while abroad.

Read the full newsletter here:

 

8th International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

 

The eighth edition of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking was an important time to pray and reflect together on the theme: “The Power of Care. Women, Economy and Human Trafficking”.

This gallery is a space of gratitude and commemoration of the most powerful moments of the Day organized by the International Committee in collaboration with each of you.

You can also watch the full day of prayer and reflection, which was broadcast and recorded in 5 languages. via the links at the bottom of this page.

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Community House Damaris December 2021-January 2022 Newsletter

 

 

In December, one of our participants got married!

She welcomed the New Year having a loving husband after all the tribulations she has been through, in a safe home of her own!  Our hearts are overflowing with joy!  Our bride, R., was referred to us in 2018, following some difficult experiences that she had gone through from her homeland, Africa -one of them was being trafficked to Turkey, until she met Damaris Family. After graduating from CHD Program, she started taking life in her own hands, trying to work and live independently. The groom is a Christian African man, working at a University in the UK.  R. never forgot Damaris Community, and for one of the happiest days of her life she asked my husband, as a pastor, to officiate the ceremony, and deliver her to the groom as a father.  I was also asked to help her prepare and dress for her special day, and she invited everyone at Damaris to the wedding; as bridesmaids,
guests, the little ones as flower girls etc.  According to her traditions, as she said “it’s important for me to also have a wedding here with my Greek family.” What a great reward for this ministry which adds a positive sign to Damaris House mission:- the empowerment of women and their children, who have been sexually exploited and trafficked, with the opportunity for recovery, restoration, and reintegration!

More News

In September 2021 House Damaris opened a second Safe House, a two-floor house with a capacity of hosting up to 9 more beneficiaries and their babies. Given the fact that according to a recent press release of the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, from the beginning of 2020 until mid-November 2021, the services of the Greek Council for Refugees received requests for support from 1,461 people registered as homeless and / or occupants of squatting, including women and victims of human trafficking, we’ve decided to offer through this Safe House an opportunity of a short-term front line housing which includes  purpose-built classes and services provided exclusively by CHD Day Center.  Currently, after making some needed repairs and furniture additions, this front-line House has started to welcome one-by-one its new CHD Residents!  Many other women are waiting to be welcomed to Damaris Second Safe House, with the opportunity to experience a family-style community with a lot of diversities, languages, cultures, backgrounds, but united under the common goal of a meaningful independent living in the frame of integration, with the freedom of the Gospel. In the midst of a great refugee crisis in Greece, God keeps providing richly. We continue with what we have, praying and looking with faith at what will come out of His hand. Thank you so much for your consideration and prayers.

Love in Christ,
Dina Petrou – Founder and Director

 

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News from One of our Member Organisations: Medaille Trust in the UK

 

It was a great encouragement to receive the latest newsletter from Garry Smith and his team at the Medaille Trust. It is wonderful to hear about the work that is taking place in the safe houses and community outreach for victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

It is so important that men and women who have experienced trauma through exploitation are supported and empowered to get involved in activities that bring value and worth, whether it is cooking or gardening, studying or volunteering.

The newsletter provides such wonderful stories and accounts of the work being done, progress and obstacles that have been overcome in caring for each of the clients under the care of the various teams throughout the UK.

Thank you Medaille for all that you are doing for those who need have found themselves in your care – for giving each one the experience of God’s great love.

Read more here:

 

STOP Trafficking Newsletter July 2021. Vol 20. No. 7.

 

FOCUS: This month’s newsletter focuses on those who are exploited and trafficked as domestic workers.
The most common way traffickers control domestic worker victims is financial, thus it comes as no surprise that there is a wide disparity between the median hourly wage of domestic workers and the media hourly wage of other workers.
There is a spotlight on the Kafala (sponsorship) system in the Lebanon, which contributes to abuse and exploitative conditions of domestic workers. Forced child servitude is referenced in Haiti and the underworld of domestic servitude in Greece is analysed, with resulting exposure of a thriving economy on the exploitation of women from African countries and the Philippines, in domestic servitude.
An analysis of age profiles of populations in Southeast Asia indicates there will be an increase in demand for domestic workers….and therein lays the opportunities for traffickers eager to ply their trade.
Throughout, the document calls on governments and civil societies to ratify Conventions to protect the rights of women, migrants and domestic workers.

Download the July edition here

STOP Trafficking Newsletter June 2021. Vol 19. No. 6.

 

FOCUS: This month’s newsletter focuses on those often unrecognized victims of human trafficking: persons with disabilities.

Last year’s Trafficking in Person’s Report (TIP 2020) cited trafficking of persons with disabilities in reports on more than 40 countries. While trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation continues to prevail amongst persons with disabilities, an additional concern is the exploitation of persons with disabilities for the purposes of theft of social security and disability benefits. People with disabilities are three and a half times more likely to be victims of sexual assault and more likely to be the victims of violent crimes. Most victims know their perpetrators, while a quarter of victims of violent crime believe they were targeted because of their
disabilities. Common forms of trafficking of people with disabilities include commercial sexual exploitation, forced labour, debt bondage, forced begging or peddling, involuntary servitude and servile marriage.

Click here to download the June 2021 newsletter (English).
Haga clic  aquí  para descargar el boletín de Junio 2021 (Spanish)

Link to the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking website:
https://www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org/stop-trafficking-newsletter/

Contre la Traite newsletter March 2021

 

The March 2021 edition of the Newsletter leads with an emphasis on the Worlds Day against Child Trafficking, 16 April, 2021.

Despite Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declaring ‘’No one will be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and trafficking are prohibited in all their forms,’’ there continues to be an escalation in the numbers of children and youths trafficked worldwide.

Raising awareness about this crime is an essential action to help in prevention. The Newsletter contains a link to a video created for this very purpose, to raise awareness amongst age groups 6 to 10. 

Additional content focuses on a number of inter-connected themes such as adapting accommodation proposals in order to assist Human Trafficking victims; safe accommodation provision and multi-disciplinary supports to assist victims; supporting Human Trafficking victims as they navigate the world of work.

This and much, much more at: http://www.contrelatraite.org/contre-esclavage-enfants 

 

 

 

 

 

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Council of Europe Newsletter, January-April 2021.

 

The latest Annual Report from GRETA – the Council of Europe’s group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings- expresses concerns that the Covid-19 pandemic is having a worrying impact on human trafficking across Europe and states should do more to prevent it.

Read about the 40th Plenary session of GRETA and elects a new President and Vice-Presidents. Helga Gayer, who is Deputy Head of the analysis unit dealing with trafficking in human beings at the German Federal Criminal Police, was elected as GRETA’s President. Antoaneta Vassileva, senior expert in Animus Association/La Strada Bulgaria and Programme Co-ordinator at the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre was elected as GRETA’s First Vice-President. Julia Planitzer, Associated Expert at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna, was elected as GRETA’s Second Vice-President.

With the increase of labour exploitation as the predominant form of human trafficking, GRETA publishes new guidance for states to combat human trafficking and labour exploitation.

Read the full newsletter here

STOP Trafficking Newsletter May 2021. Vol 19. No. 5.

 

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
victims.
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
Trafficking.

Read the full newsletter here

STOP Trafficking Newsletter – April 2020 edition

 

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 :

https://files.constantcontact.com/c719bcdc001/f39dda47-eaff-4e7c-a6d5-e1dc5fc6c626.pdf