Human Trafficking: Hong Kong says ‘NO!’ (Part 1)

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Emily

Human trafficking is an issue that has been addressed by countries all around the world, yet it still remains at large. In November 2013, the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers had organised the Ending Human Trafficking Conference. This conference had gathered lawyers, NGOs, students and consulate representatives from all around the world to acknowledge the extremity of human trafficking and what methods could be practised in order to finally end it.

Human trafficking involves the trade and exploitation of humans who are subject to having their organs and tissues removed, involuntary labour or sex slavery. Often the people living in poorer regions or are war stricken become easy targets.

The opening address was delivered by Lai Tung Kwok who delivered the message that Hong Kong needs to push even further to end human trafficking. He recognises that the amendment to the Prosecution Code of the Department of Justice including ways to deal with human exploitation cases has been a major leap towards progress. Tung Kwok then introduced the key note speaker, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. She provided a global and Asia Pacific overview of human trafficking and why there needs to be more ways of preventing it from occurring. She stressed that despite treaties, laws and agreements; trafficking still continues and offenders are rarely prosecuted. She believed that this problem could be solved through providing proper jobs, education and protection.

Roberta Clarke then took to the stand and reiterated Mlambo-NgCuka’s points, but ventured further to discuss discrimination against women and their interests. She had declared 58% of sex trafficking occurs in greater parts of the world but 44% occurs in the Asia-Pacific region. To solve the discrimination against women, she stated women’s rights are important and they can only be properly exercised through men acknowledging these rights first. She suggested that countries need to unite and use their political influence and authority to put an end to trafficking.

Overall the conference was a success in gathering people from all different nations so they can solve a mutual issue together. The campaign “Go Mad and End Human Trafficking” was promoted and has now gathered the public to fight against human trafficking.

Click here for more information on the conference and the campaign

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All conference participants saying ‘no’ to human trafficking (Courtesy of the Go Mad End Human Trafficking Facebook Page)