Crimes Against Humanity

'Ludicrous' laws fail trafficking victims

Hong Kong's 'ludicrous' and 'inept' human-trafficking laws are punishing victims of the crime rather than those who bring them to the city, a leading human rights solicitor says.

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am

Cambodia takes a stand against slavery

The Issue

Human trafficking is a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide. Out of that number, more than half are living in or are from Asia and the Pacific. Cambodia is a common destination for and origin of trafficked victims, who are forced to beg or work in the sex industry.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Woman jailed for gay sex blackmail

A woman who conspired to blackmail a religious leader over gay sex encounters was jailed for five years yesterday.

Li Dora Kay, 59, was found guilty in the District Court of two counts of conspiracy to blackmail. She tried unsuccessfully to halt her trial on the grounds that wide media coverage would influence the judge.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Fighting for the help

According to Section one of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, December 6, 1865: 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.'

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

'Evil' mistress gets maximum jail sentence

A 'dangerous' mistress was jailed for seven years yesterday for what a judge described as a 'genuinely evil' plot to extort HK$139 million from her wealthy ex-lover over a period of two years.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Unstoppable trade thrives in the dark

They were sold dreams of simple jobs abroad as supermarket clerks, babysitters and beauticians. They were told of a salary, small for the average Hongkonger but a fortune back home. When they arrived to work they became enslaved.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

China to publish results of piracy campaign

11 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Defence lawyers can be unreasonable

Lawyers are expected to uphold the law, yet some of them cause a lot of harm to society. Some defence lawyers specialise in getting their wealthy clients off the hook through clever manipulations of the legal system.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HK bosses arm iPods to fight people smugglers

iPods and iPhones are being modified for use in the war on people trafficking in an ingenious initiative driven by executives from some of Hong Kong's top companies.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

Schizophrenic cleared of murdering ex-wife

A man with a history of schizophrenia who stabbed his former wife to death was yesterday found not guilty of her murder. Lecky Lui Ping-yuen, 45, had earlier admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at the Court of First Instance. Sentencing was adjourned to March 15 for psychiatric reports.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

6,700 cases pending as torture claimants prove slow to screen

It would take 31 years to screen cases of people claiming to have been tortured if immigration officials were to continue at the existing rate.

Only 214 cases were completed last year and 6,700 are still pending.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

No appeal for coach driver in fatal crash

The driver of a tour coach that struck and killed a 15-year-old girl and injured 50 people after careering out of control down a steep road in Central in June 2008 has been denied the chance to appeal against the sentence. The Court of Appeal found the 32-month jail term imposed in October last year on Andy Chan Ying-keung, 34, by Deputy District Judge Timothy Casewell was not excessive.

8 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Screening of torture claimants off to slow start

If the first six months of screening torture claimants in Hong Kong is anything to go by, it's going to be a long process. Just four cases have been resolved in that time, and meanwhile, the queue of applicants grows longer.

A lawyer specialising in human rights says more resources need to be put into training lawyers to handle cases.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

DNA databank to help find missing children

Central authorities yesterday announced the establishment of a national DNA databank to help find missing children, a move long sought by parents and activists who say the government must do more to combat a rise in child trafficking.

The databank was launched by the Ministry of Public Security, which will collect and file the DNA information, the Beijing Times reported.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Now we must decide which inmates can vote

There is no disputing that the government has been wrong to deny all prisoners the right to vote. Public opinion has been gauged and resoundingly backed this view. Authorities now want lawmakers to adopt the general findings of the just-ended consultation and lift the blanket ban. But this is not a desirable course: criminals who have committed serious offences should still be disqualified.

10 Apr 2009 - 12:00am