Human Trafficking

Human trafficking trial underway

The trial, presided by Justice Panuel Mogish, saw the fourth state witness take the stand today.

Businessman Willie Gare of Gumine, Chimbu Province, is standing at the National Court for six counts of human trafficking, one count of aggravated human trafficking and one count of rape. 

Gare who has pleaded not guilty to all the charges was allegedly involved in the recruitment and transportation of two boys and eight girls from Lealea and Boera villages, to Kundiawa on 30 July 2015, to perform at the opening of a lodge on 14 August, 2015.

Human trafficking – a serious global crime

July 30 will observe the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

The International Organization of Migration (IOM) says human trafficking is a grave violation of human rights.

Millions of people every year become victims of forced labour globally, many of whom are victims of trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation.

Women and girls comprise 71 per cent of victims of trafficking and children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide.  

PNG downgraded for lack of efforts towards trafficking

The annual Trafficking in Persons Report divides nations into tiers based on their compliance with standards outlined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000.

These tiers are:

Human trafficking knows no boundary

With changes in the social landscape in PNG, capacity building among stakeholders, especially those in the Law and Justice sector, is vital to address this threat. 

Human trafficking is the process of transporting an individual from their community through the use of deception or force.

In most instances, the end result of human trafficking is exploitation, which takes many forms in PNG; from sexual exploitation to forced labour, slavery, removal of organs and even the abuse of cultural practices.  

Human trafficking is real in PNG

Papua New Guinea is facing internal and international trafficking of men, women and children.

Trafficking for the purpose of both labour exploitation and sexual exploitation occurs at a high rate, as well as trafficking for domestic servitude and child trafficking, even though to a slightly lesser extent.

The Department of Justice and the Attorney General (DJAG) presented a request to the ACP-EU Migration Action for Technical Assistance (TA) to counter the crime in PNG by enhancing the law enforcement capacity.

'Fake' Indian journalists held in Australia over human trafficking

The group told officials at Brisbane airport that they had arrived to cover the Commonwealth Games.

If convicted of human trafficking, the journalist, who had a valid media pass, faces up to 20 years in jail.

The Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia's Gold Coast between 4 and 15 April.

The group had travelled through Bangkok, where officials suspected them of carrying fraudulent documents and alerted authorities in Australia.

Workshop addresses Human Trafficking agenda

Relevant agencies need to take note of this and be able to identify the survivors as well as establish how best they can go about addressing the issue of human trafficking.

In reference to these challenges, 10 defence and prosecution lawyers were in a two day basic awareness workshop to identify best approaches towards combatting trafficking in persons.

The lawyers were challenged that this is an important agenda to addressing the Human Trafficking issue and understanding the victim referral pathways through relevant agencies.

Australian man trafficked wife and baby to India, police say

Police say the man, 27, used threats, coercion and deception to force his wife and two-month-old girl to leave against the woman's will in March.

He then allegedly tried to cancel his India-born wife's Australian visa.

The man faced a Sydney court on Tuesday on three charges, including human trafficking and forgery of documents.

"It is a disturbing case where we see a victim and their young child transported from Australia to a foreign jurisdiction without any means for them to return home," said Australian Federal Police Supt Dan Evans.

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US State official here to help combat human trafficking

This is according to Reporter and Political Affairs Officer in the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S Department of State, Kendra L. Kreider.

Kreider is in Papua New Guinea to meet with stakeholders and learn about human trafficking, causes of trafficking and find ways to help support and minimise this problem.

In a one on one interview with Loop PNG and TV Wan, Kreider indicates that there are a lot of different situations that amount to Human Trafficking but people don’t always understand exactly what the crime is.