Human Trafficking

Domestic workers in Hong Kong get short end of the stick

Domestic workers on a day off in Central. Photo: Felix Wong

Canada affirmed its commitment to ending human trafficking at the weekend as British Columbia saw its first conviction for the crime. Although the full details of the trial have yet to be disclosed, what has been released is a common tale here in Hong Kong.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Hong Kong man convicted of human trafficking in Vancouver

People ignore the rainy weather while on a ride at Playland Amusement Park in Vancouver, British Columbia June 20, 2013. Photo: Reuters

A Hong Kong man who brought his Filipino maid with his family when they moved to Vancouver has been convicted of human trafficking in a landmark verdict. A jury in the British Columbia Supreme Court also found Franco Orr Yiu-kwan, 50, guilty of illegally employing a foreign national, as well as immigration breaches. His partner, Nicole Huen Oi-ling, was acquitted of human trafficking and the lesser charges.

28 Jun 2013 - 12:52am 6 comments

Italian arrested in Thailand over US$10m human trafficking ring fraud

Suspected fraudster, Raccagni Stefano of Italy (centre), 38, is escorted by Thai police during a press conference at the Thai immigration bureau in Bangkok on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Thai authorities have arrested an Italian wanted over alleged links to a human trafficking ring which swindled around US$10 million from European taxpayers and banks.

23 May 2013 - 4:14pm

Taiwanese charged with trafficking Cambodian fishermen

Migrant labourers sort fish as they work on a Thai fishing boat. Thousands of men from Myanmar and Cambodia set sail on Thai fishing boats every day, but many are slaves forced to work in brutal conditions under threat of death. Photo: AFP

A Taiwanese woman has been charged with human trafficking after allegedly sending hundreds of Cambodians to work in slave-like conditions on fishing boats off Africa, police said on Wednesday.

15 May 2013 - 3:01pm

Hong Kong needs anti-trafficking laws

Protest against human trafficking. Photo: EPA

I have always been a huge believer in free trade, but I did not expect that humans could be traded like some kind of merchandise as well. This report certainly raises our awareness of sex slavery and human trafficking.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Revealing city's sex trafficking scourge

The Vine Church is preparing a draft legislative framework more appropriate for Hong Kong's fight against sex trafficking. Photo: Piero Vio

For the past nine months the Vine Church has been researching this issue as background for our project STOP (Stop sex trafficking of people) which is preparing a draft legislative framework more appropriate for Hong Kong's fight against sex trafficking.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am

Letters to the Editor, March 15, 2013

Protest over Baptist University land plan. Photo: David Wong

I think there is a demand in Hong Kong for the development of a Chinese medical hospital on land next to the Baptist University's Kowloon Tong campus ("University gains Legco support over land use", March 12).

15 Mar 2013 - 4:48am 2 comments

On the ground: Caritas Hong Kong and the fight against human trafficking

"Getting help should not be a matter of luck," said Phoebe Lam Bik-che, a social worker at Caritas Hong Kong. Photo: Jonathan Wong

While the low number of trafficking cases identified each year suggests that the problem is not severe in Hong Kong, the stories social worker Phoebe Lam has heard say otherwise.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

New strategy to close the net on sex traffickers in Hong Kong

Kevin Zervos, Director of Public Prosecutions. Photo: Nora Tam

Justice officials will record and map cases of sex trafficking, enforced labour and abuse of domestic helpers in the fight against what Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos has described as "modern-day slavery".

10 Mar 2013 - 1:37pm 2 comments

Thai tourist recalls her sex slavery ordeal in Hong Kong

Social worker Phoebe Lam

When Nong packed her bags for a trip to Hong Kong in 2009, she knew she would miss her three young children and husband in Thailand but felt a short break would do her good. But just hours after she arrived in the city, Nong (not her real name) was plunged into a nightmare that involved kidnap, rape, and threats to her family back home.

11 Mar 2013 - 9:16am 4 comments

Frightening fate awaits women fleeing poverty

Frightening fate awaits women fleeing poverty

The two women sit in a grimy flat in west New Delhi. The sound of traffic filters through the curtained windows. It is dark and they are talking about their rescue a few hours before and how they might get back to their homes 1,600 kilometres away.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:30am

Briefs, January 23, 2013

Thai police rescued trafficked Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Photo: EPA

A Canadian man facing charges of illegal possession of firearms opened fire in a Philippine court, killing two people before killing himself. The former journalist, John Pope, was in court in Cebu City to face the charges when he pulled out a gun and shot a lawyer and a doctor who filed a case against him. 

23 Jan 2013 - 5:15am

China Digest, November 22, 2012

A man from Gansu province, studying at the Beijing Institute of Technology, complained to authorities in the capital on Tuesday after his 54-year-old mother was taken away by officers at the Beijing Railway Station while trying to return home on November 12.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Briefs, November 18, 2012

Japan, N Korea to restart abduction talks

18 Nov 2012 - 2:31am

Warning on human trafficking in Philippines

UN envoy Joy Ngozi Ezeilo speaks about human trafficking in the Philippines in Manila on Friday. Photo: AP

The Philippines has failed to curb a huge problem of human trafficking in recent years, despite high-profile government efforts and the country’s removal from a US watch list, says a UN envoy.

9 Nov 2012 - 6:39pm