Trinidad and Tobago
Three Indian men, who are victims of a human trafficking ring in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), are pleading to go home. The men were lured to T&T by a job advert in India offering work in granite and marble fabrication. When they arrived in T&T their passports were confiscated and they were forced to work installing countertops everyday from dawn until dusk. After sending money back to India, the men could barely afford to buy food. The government is aware of the situation and ministers are currently working on a solution. Read more here
Two Chinese women were sentenced to imprisonment in Dubai after being convicted of human trafficking, specifically forcing someone to work without pay and sexual exploitation. After serving their prison time, the women will be deported. One of the accused women and her son met the victims at Dubai International Airport and seized their passports and visas upon arrival. The victims, two women and a man, were forced to provide illegal massage and sex services under threat, confinement and without getting paid. An investigation and raid too place after one of the victims sought help from an Egyptian customer who took her to the local police station.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the emirate with a forced labour accusation. Read more here
The Philippines is making great strides in their fight against human trafficking. Four years after being put on the U.S. State Department Tier 2 watch list for failing to meet the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the country has been removed from the watch list and are now on the Tier 2 list.
This news comes just over a month after the 1343 hotline for trafficking victims was launched in Manila. The hotline has been flooded with thousands of calls since it opened and has resulted in 7 court cases.