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Human trafficking is a horrendous crime. It is the most obvious example of modern day slavery.
Penang is not immune to human trafficking. We are ‘home’ to persons trafficked for labour, trafficked for sex, trafficked as children and as babies. Women, men, girls, boys and babies are trafficked persons. It is also likely that there will be Penangites themselves who are victims of trafficking. We are all agreed that it should be eradicated.
You may recall that in October 2012, YAB Lim Guan Eng, the Chef Minister of Penang, launched the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign at the Caring Society, at an event organised by NCWO Penang Branch. Subsequently there have been further public events, including street performances, talks and exhibitions, and workshops. A national Domestic Workers Campaign was also launched in Penang by YB Chong Eng, in September, which has obvious overlaps with human trafficking.
To consolidate the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign a proposal was submitted by JUMP to the US Embassy in April this year. We were fortunate enough to have our proposal accepted, and we are delighted to be able to therefore re-launch this important campaign in the presence of His Excellency Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun and be able to mark their generous support for our campaign.
The campaign will include a number of levels of work:
a) work with refugee and migrant worker communities, to identify their experience of trafficking in persons and to work with them in follow-up activities;
b) a series of street performances and events across Penang over the period of a year, to raise public awareness and involvement in stopping human trafficking;
c) continuation with talks and exhibitions, reaching to as many organisations and groups as possible, again with targetted messages of how we as individuals and as groups can help stop human trafficking;
d) organisation of specific Forums and Workshops on specific topics relevant to the issue. This is scheduled to include a workshop on the sex trade in Penang; a roundtable to bring together different agencies and stakeholders to share experiences and possible solutions; and a workshop on labour trafficking and fair trade to identify ways to stop human trafficking for labour.
e) production and dissemination of materials which target particular groups (employers; agents; local government; neighbourhood groups; etc) with suggestions of how we can minimise possibilities of trafficking in persons in our different capacities/spheres of influence, and what can be done where we find people who are victims of trafficking.
The Campaign is a coalition campaign, open to any group and individual to join. The work has been spearheaded up to now by NCWO Penang Branch and JUMP, and other persons in their individual capacities. We look forward to many different groups, organisations and people becoming involved in the activities over the coming months. We look forward to your involvement.
We are also very happy that YB Chong Eng, Penang State EXCO for Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development, is able to join us and present the Welcoming Address. She has been a tireless champion for gender and social justice, and it is wonderful to have her with us on Thursday.
We should stress again that as well as raising awareness, the campaign aims to provide concrete suggestions for ‘what we can do’, by addressing steps we can take in our different capacities – as employers, agents, local government, neighbours, men, members of organisations, and so on. Individually we have the power to do something; together we can make a huge difference.
For more information:
Contact James Lochhead, Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign
at 016 4846042 or email email@example.com