Liberia Maritime Authority advises operators to lookout for possible sightings of vessels engaged in human trafficking in the Andaman Sea and the northern part of Straits of Malacca including coastal areas off Bangladesh/off Myanmar.
July 30 is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The evil of modern slavery affects an estimated 25 million people around the world.
The 2019 Trafficking in Persons report, was published by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, focusing on government efforts to tackle human trafficking and highlights strategies to address this crime and protect the victims. This year’s report, the 19th installment, includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the U.S.
Thailand is the first country in Asia to accept the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), that protects the living and working conditions of fishers onboard vessels. The Convention has specific requirements related to work on board fishing vessels, including occupational safety and health, medical care at sea and ashore, rest periods, written work agreements, and social security protection.
In a recent paper, UNODC focused on different examples of fisheries crime to illustrate its various methods, its extent and its economic value. Fisheries crime relates to a range of illegal activities in fisheries, including illegal fishing, document fraud, drug trafficking, and money laundering.
The ‘Human Trafficking and IUU Fishing Act’ would add the Secretary of Commerce to the President’s existing Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, in response to the growing human trafficking, forced labor, and human rights abuses in global seafood supply chain.
Six Tunisian fishers have been put on trial in Italy after their trawler helped 14 migrants, by towing their small vessel into Italian waters. All the crew were arrested on people smuggling charges, even though they claimed to have alerted the Italian coastguard that there was a boat in distress.
Australia revealed intentions to cooperate with regional partners for setting up a Pacific Fusion Centre, that will provide strategic analysis of information to help strengthen maritime domain awareness and provide security alerts and advice for Pacific security agencies.
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called for more accountability for human traffickers in Libya, after the UN Security Council added to its Sanctions List six individuals accused of leading smuggling and trafficking networks in the country, in early June.
In its Trafficking In Persons report, the US State Department has downgraded Ireland from a Tier One country to Tier Two, putting it on a par with states such as India and Indonesia. This represents the scale of the problem in the Irish fishing industry, according to ITF.
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