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We all need to join forces to end slavery in the 21st century

said Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.   “The global tide against forced labour is rising and we have seen significant progress in ending this scourge. But the job isn’t done yet, because modern slavery still is, unfortunately, big business and millions are suffering.”         “The ILO estimates that forced labour generates illicit profits [...]

Awareness campaign on Tinder to fight sex trafficking

The association The Immigrant Council of Ireland decided to use the famous application “Tinder” in order to raise awareness on sex trafficking in Ireland. This brilliant idea comes from the advertising agency Eighty Twenty. The project shows photos of models standing in for trafficking victims, as if they were in real profiles of potential matches [...]

EUobserver / EU counts tens of thousands human trafficking victims

By NIKOLAJ NIELSEN on EU Observer EUobserver / EU counts tens of thousands human trafficking victims.   “BRUSSELS - The EU registered 30,146 victims of human trafficking from 2010 to 2012, according to a European Commission report out on Friday 17 (October). The latest trends offer a sobering glimpse into a crime that is thought to be significantly [...]

the 8th anti trafficking day

On the occasion of the 8th anti trafficking day, the Samilia Foundation reminded the leaders of the European Union the commitments they had made the same day of the year 2013. Just a year ago, stood the European conference ” The New York Convention, 65 years later.” On this occasion, the Ministers of Women’s Rights and [...]

We all need to join forces to end slavery in the 21st century

said Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

Gyu Ryder - Director-General of the International Labour Organization

Guy Ryder – Director-General of the International Labour Organization

 

“The global tide against forced labour is rising and we have seen significant progress in ending this scourge. But the job isn’t done yet, because modern slavery still is, unfortunately, big business and millions are suffering.”

 

 

 

 

“The ILO estimates that forced labour generates illicit profits of US$ 150 billion every year . About two thirds of those profits are made from exploitation — mainly of women and children — in the sex and entertainment industry.

But slavery also brings profits to unscrupulous employers in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, mining, domestic work and other sectors which harbour the majority of those subjected to forced labour.

And it knows no geographical boundaries, touching lives in the North and South alike.

Headway has been made in the form of stronger laws and policies. Workers have joined forces and organized themselves in sectors where forced labour persists. Companies have taken action to eliminate forced labour from their supply chains. And there is a growing movement of citizens who call for an end to the suppression of and discrimination against their fellow-citizens.

Since the ILO called for a Global Alliance against Forced Labour in 2005, the worldwide movement against this inhuman practice has grown day by day. Leaders from governments, business, trade unions, the arts and the media have stood up and taken action.

But we need to do more.

We need to tackle the socio-economic root causes of modern slavery, such as traditional land tenancy systems, as well as unregulated labour sourcing and recruitment practices. We need to improve the lack of access to education and skills for people who live in poverty and suffer discrimination. We must fight the oppression of workers who seek to join trade unions. And we must ensure stronger law enforcement to stop human trafficking once and for all.

In June 2014, representatives of governments, workers and employers from the tripartite ILO’s 185 member States overwhelmingly supported the adoption of new legally binding standards against forced labour. The Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29)  and its supplementary Recommendation No 203  proclaim new obligations and provide guidance to secure the effective eradication of forced labour, trafficking and slavery-like practices.

We call on governments to ratify the new Protocol rapidly and to step up action at home and abroad.

We call on workers’ and employers’ organizations – actors in the real economy –to strengthen their action against forced labour.

And we call on all who are striving for this goal to support the ILO’s Global Alliance against Forced Labour.

Looking ahead, let us also ensure that the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals include strong commitments to eradicate all forms of slavery and forced labour of adults and children.

Today, as we focus on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, we reaffirm our commitment to end these practices in word and deed once and for all. We owe this to future generations and, most urgently, to the millions of women, men and children who are denied the right to live and ultimately work in freedom, dignity and equality.

Let us all join forces to end slavery in the 21st century.”

Guy Ryder

 

More informations on http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/

Awareness campaign on Tinder to fight sex trafficking

The association The Immigrant Council of Ireland decided to use the famous application “Tinder” in order to raise awareness on sex trafficking in Ireland. This brilliant idea comes from the advertising agency Eighty Twenty.

The project shows photos of models standing in for trafficking victims, as if they were in real profiles of potential matches on Tinder.

Users who brows the app discovers through various photos (first sexy then with signs of violence) the stories of three charming young women facing abusive situations (violence , youth sexual exploitation, forced prostitution).

Tinder campaign

Seeing Traces Of Sex Trafficking On Tinder Is A Reminder This Crime Is Happening Everywhere.

EUobserver / EU counts tens of thousands human trafficking victims

By NIKOLAJ NIELSEN on EU Observer

EUobserver / EU counts tens of thousands human trafficking victims.

 

“BRUSSELS - The EU registered 30,146 victims of human trafficking from 2010 to 2012, according to a European Commission report out on Friday 17 (October).


The latest trends offer a sobering glimpse into a crime that is thought to be significantly wider spread.
The vast majority were trafficked for sexual exploitation, with women and children suffering the most.

“We do not claim to have measured the full extent of trafficking,” said EU commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmstrom, who presented the report to mark the eighth EU anti-trafficking day.

The data , compiled by the EU’s statistical office Eurostat, comes from national authorities and also notes it “does not aspire to measure the full extent of the phenomenon”.

ProstitutionBut it estimates that over 1,000 children were trafficked for sexual exploitation. Around 80 percent of the victims were women of which 95 percent were also trafficked for sex. Others, mostly male, were enslaved for labour.

Just under two-thirds of all registered victims are from EU member states.

Most come from either Romania, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Hungary, or Poland. The rest are trafficked in from Nigeria, Brazil, China, Vietnam, and Russia.

Police have made over 8,500 prosecutions resulting in over 3,786 convictions.

At 70 percent, the people behind the crime were mostly male.

Some member states did not provide any data on trafficker nationalities but of those who did, most either come from Bulgaria, Romania, Belgium, Germany, or Spain.

Non-EU traffickers most frequently come from Nigeria, Turkey, Albania, Brazil, and Morocco.

The EU wants to eradicate the crime. A 2012-2016 EU strategy on trafficking human provides authorities with guidelines to better identify victims, to work closer with civil society, and better inform victims of their rights.

At the same time, member states need to step up efforts to ensure that non-EU victims who co-operate with authorities to prosecute the criminals are granted protection and residency permits.

But the temporary residence scheme, says the commission, is under-used.

It notes that in 2012, only 1,124 first residence permits were granted to victims who co-operated with the authorities. However, 23 member states that same year registered 2,171 non-EU citizens as victims of trafficking.

Twenty-five member states, for their part, have so far transposed the EU’s directive on preventing and combatting human trafficking.

The deadline was April 2013 but the commission says it still had to launch several infringements to get some straggling member states to properly adopt the bill into their own national law systems.

The directive sets up standards to make sure victims are properly protected and that offenders are prosecuted.”

the 8th anti trafficking day

On the occasion of the 8th anti trafficking day, the Samilia Foundation reminded the leaders of the European Union the commitments they had made the same day of the year 2013. Just a year ago, stood the European conference ” The New York Convention, 65 years later.” On this occasion, the Ministers of Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities of the European countries were invited to sign the Brussels Declaration which called these countries to make firm commitments in the fight against human trafficking.

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The Country that had signed the NY Convention:

Bulgaria (Jordan Hristoskov), Croatia (Milanka Opačić), Denmark (Manu Sareen), Spain (Ana Mato), Finland (Susanna Huovinen), France (Marisol Touraine), Italy (Ermenegilda Siniscalchi), Lithuania (Algimanta Pabedinskiene), Luxembourg (Lydia Mutsch), Portugal (Teres Almeida), Czech Republic (Jan Dobes), Sweden (Ulrika Stuart Hamilton).

 

TIP Report has been released!

Each year, the US State Department releases a “Trafficking in Persons Report” (TIP Report), which represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it.

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Countries are placed onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking”.

Belgium is ranked in Tier 1, which means it complies with the minimum standards.

Traite d’êtres humains: le Venezuela, la Malaisie et la Thaïlande épinglés

Les États-Unis pointent le manque d’effort de ces pays dans la lutte contre l’« esclavage moderne ».

 

Venezuela TIP Report

 

Washington a révélé vendredi un rapport sévère sur la traite d’êtres humains. Dans le radar des États-Unis, on retrouve le Venezuela, la Malaisie et la Thaïlande, accusés de ne pas lutter de manière assez efficace contre le fléau. Les trois pays se retrouvent en bas du classement aux côtés de l’Iran, la Syrie et la Corée du Nord et risquent des sanctions américaines. Le secrétaire d’État John Kerry a appelé à une prise de conscience : « Nous connaissons tous les horreurs de l’esclavage moderne et sommes déterminés à ne pas détourner le regard  ». Dans notre article daté du 8 mai, nous rappelions qu’il n’y avait jamais eu autant d’esclaves qu’aujourd’hui.

Fashion brands violate labour laws in eastern Europe, NGO report finds

Research busts the myth that ‘Made in Europe’ means fair, says co-author; east is part of ‘cheap-labour sewing backyard’.

Adidas, Primark and Zara are among a host of western brands accused of profiting from a supply chain that pays garment workers in eastern Europe and Turkey poverty wages and tramples over their labour rights.

About 3 million workers in countries from Slovakia to Georgia are part of “the cheap-labour sewing backyard for western European fashion brands, the Clean Clothes Campaign has claimed, in a damning indictment of some of the fashion world’s leading brands, including luxury labels Prada and Hugo Boss.

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Prada shop in Milan

 

Slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets

Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used to supply seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers including Walmart, Carrefour, Costco, Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-operative, Aldi and Iceland, the Guardian has revealed.

 

Slave labour shrimps guardian

 

 

New video on the Samilia Foundation – Delhaize Group project

Have a look to our brand new video presenting the project that is carried out in Romania, Bulgaria and Greece by the Samilia Foundation and Delhaize Group in order to encourage social inclusion of former victims of trafficking in human beings.

Le projet “Foot Against Trafficking” sur RTL!

Le projet “Foot Against Trafficking” mené par la Fondation Samilia en Côte d’Ivoire, au Bénin et au Sénégal a fait l’objet d’un reportage durant le journal parlé de RTL-TVI.

La Fondation Samilia à Abidjan