Human Trafficking

Belgian court jails trafficking gang leader for Vietnamese truck deaths

The court in Bruges also ordered Vo Van Hong, 45, to pay a 920,000 euro (NZ$1.5 million) fine and gave prison terms of between 18 months and 10 years to 17 others for their roles in large-scale people smuggling from Vietnam to Britain.

The three-judge panel said in a ruling that ran to 234 pages that those convicted had cynically exploited the victims, who were each charged nearly 25,000 euros for the trip to Britain, and treated them as a dehumanised cargo.

More efforts to combat Human trafficking in PNG

In Papua New Guinea, there is a need for more public awareness and action to address human rights violation such as human trafficking.

This was revealed by a panel discussion hosted by the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee on Tuesday in Port Moresby.

Principal Legal Officer of the Department of Justice and Attorney General and panelist Limawali Yalapan said forced prostitution is a form of trafficking.

The panel discussed that there was a need for more action on this form of human rights in the country.

Addressing Human Trafficking

Trafficking In Persons (TIP) or Human Trafficking is one of the worst forms of Gender Based Violence where victims are in most cases forced to meet certain expectations in homes, workplaces and the community.

TIP victims are often traumatized as they are often subjected to the worst kinds of human rights violations or exploitation that can include, forced prostitution, sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude which involves work or domestic work around the home and in communities.

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.