It has been a rather interesting month at Justice Centre; perhaps our most exciting event was our sold-out talk with Yeonmi Park, North Korean defector and human rights activist. Read more about this and our other activities below.
March was also a special month for us, marking the one year anniversary of the publication of our ground-breaking report, ‘Coming Clean: the prevalence of forced labour and human trafficking for the purpose of forced labour amongst migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong’.
This was the first comprehensive study of its kind to provide evidence of the extent of the problem in Hong Kong, revealing that 17% of migrant domestic workers (1 in 6) displayed signs of forced labour; 66% showed strong signs of exploitation.
Since then, we have been proud to see ‘Coming Clean’ prove to be a key piece of research, spread widely by local and international media and informing advocacy efforts both at the domestic and international level. The results and methodology were shared with the local NGO and diplomatic communities and continue to be used by many organisations to support their work and advocacy. Key findings were even cited in the US State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Person’s report.
We are grateful to the funders of the research - Macquarie Group Foundation, 24 Hour Race and a private donor - and also to you, our supporters, who spread the word far and wide, raising awareness in your own networks. We value your ongoing support as we continue to advocate for fairer policies addressing human trafficking and forced labour in Hong Kong.