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The International Social Service Experience in Facilitating Recovery and Repatriation of Victims of Cross-Border Trafficking. Ms. Adrielle M. Pan ̃ ares Director of Development, ISS-Hong Kong Branch Assistant Regional Coordinator for ISS Asia and Pacific HKABPW Meeting March, 2007.
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Ms. Adrielle M. Pañares
Director of Development, ISS-Hong Kong Branch
Assistant Regional Coordinator for ISS Asia and Pacific
HKABPW Meeting March, 2007
Address: 6/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, H.K.
Telephone: 2835 7591 Fax: 2834 7627
E-mail: [email protected]
(a) prevention and advocacy
(b) practical assistance such as shelter provision
(c) social work and legal assistance to
(d) repatriation and rehabilitation.
Trafficking in persons is a serious crime with a very strong international character that involves about 800,000 to 900,000 annually.
It is perpetuated by transnational organized crime groups that prey on those who are vulnerable to false promises and deception. Next to drugs and arms, human trafficking is the 3rd highest source of income for transnational crimes.
Trafficking must be stopped through the 3Ps – Prevention, Prosecution and Protection
Mobile information Services at the Hong Kong International Airport
Anthony Lawrence International Refuge for Newcomers to Hong Kong
Cantonese and English Language Classes
Human Trafficking Situation
in the Hong Kong SAR 2004 – 2006
(1) Filipino Community Work Group on Human Trafficking
(2) Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
(3) Concerned Filipino nationals
(4) Walk in to the Consulate/NGOs/ Church Groups
Age range: 20 – 33 years
2. Single Parent
3. Married with Children
4. Separated With Children
**High arrivals when ships dock and during summer and special holidays
2. Visa Conditions Not Explained. Victims are restrained, escorted to exit to China/Macau or allowed to overstay until debts are paid.
3. Invalid tickets, tickets with three days to one month validity are used hidden by stickers to facilitate entry. Check with airlines and ticket is null and void.
informed of the immoral acts they have committed.
Person should be out of HK within 24 hours of surrender unless they become witnesses for their safety and protection.
Determine if there is valid air ticket/ passport/ visa
1. Advocacy, Information and PreventiveCampaigns
(a) Leaflets on anti-trafficking and available support agencies for possible victims -Distribution upon release of passports in the various consulates, at the airport and borders, airlines and in the countries of origin
(b) Annual Campaigns – multi-sectoral involvement, territory wide and high media involvement
(c) Community education sessions to sensitize them on trafficking issues for children, women and men in HK, the region and globally.
(d) Module on Trafficking and handling trafficking victims to be integrated in the training courses for the consular staff , the Hong Kong Immigration, HK Police, CSD and relevant authorities
2. Rescue and Repatriation
(a) Creation of a dedicated service for human trafficking victims and women caught in the sex industry which includes a 24 hour Hotline Service, Free Trauma and Reintegration Counselling, Safe Homes, Medical assistance referral and repatriation of victims in HK.
(b) Creation of Trust Fund for Human Trafficking Victims to cover food, shelter, transportation and airline tickets.
(c) Create a network of volunteer women lawyers, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual support groups who can provide legal counsel and practical assistance.
(a) Ensure the safe return of the victim to the country of
(b) Provide continuing support in country of origin to engage victims in employable and productive activities.
(c) Active interaction with victim until full recovery to prevent repeat incidents or trafficking to other destinations.
4. Create An Integrated Approach
(a) Create a linked database for trafficking cases in HK.
(b) Integrated approach in the implementation, monitoring and advocacy of the Anti-human Trafficking Law.
(c) Clients First – confidentiality, protection, safety,
humane care and assistance accessible in all places of 4 destination, transit or return.
(d) Clean, honest government practices including clear accountability and consequences of irresponsible actions for agencies involved in the migration process.