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Special SBS Report: Mandarin’s growing influence in Hong Kong

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“There’s more of a future as a global citizen in Mandarin… It makes strategic sense, it makes good business sense.” For the first time this year Mandarin has overtaken English as the second most spoken language in Hong Kong. As Christy and Kenny Au get ready for school early on Monday morning, their mother Queenie [...]

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Special SBS Report: Singapore poised to change death penalty laws

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“We should be considering whether or not encouraging a culture of state-sponsored hanging is really the solution to violence in society, or, as some would argue, the cause of violence in society.” Known for its tough stance on drug-trafficking, Singapore is one of the few developed countries with a mandatory death penalty for importing certain [...]

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Special SBS report: Breaking the silence on FGM in Australia

Thumbnail image for Special SBS report: Breaking the silence on FGM in Australia 7 May 2012

“You bleed, you just cry, you can’t defend yourself… Imagine having an operation, live, without anything. Somebody is cutting your body and you are just lying there hopeless.” It’s a controversial issue rarely spoken of outside Australia’s migrant communities, but Faduma Salah Musse is breaking the silence on Female Genital Mutilation in order to stamp [...]

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The Philippines Project: The end of a journey

Thumbnail image for The Philippines Project: The end of a journey 2 March 2012

In January I opened my laptop at a gate lounge in Sydney airport and described what I thought I had in store for the following few weeks. What happened between now and then was an overwhelming project of first-hand research, extensive documentation and quite an emotional roller-coaster: a very personal investigation into a dark trade. [...]

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Special SBS report: Child sex tourism in the Philippines

Thumbnail image for Special SBS report: Child sex tourism in the Philippines 2 March 2012

The opening of the Clark airbase and Subic Bay naval base just three hours north of the capital Manila created the designated ‘sex hubs’ of Angeles and Olongapo City that exist today. At its height in the 1970s and 1980s, tens of thousands of US officers roamed the area, using it as their playground. Fr [...]

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The Philippines project: Maria’s story

Thumbnail image for The Philippines project: Maria’s story 1 March 2012

“They knew how old I was. That I was just 13 years old… but that’s what they wanted. Children that young.” *Maria is one the bravest people I’ve ever met. I was introduced to her by one of the organisations I visited. She was 15 years old when she was rescued from a casa. She’d [...]

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The Philippines Project: Stopping the cycle of exploitation with Talikala

Thumbnail image for The Philippines Project: Stopping the cycle of exploitation with Talikala 1 March 2012

“They have very low self-esteem… they’re called dirt of the society, good-for-nothing children.” The saddest fact about sex-trafficking is that its victims are left so damaged and stigamatised, the only place they are able earn income, even once they escape being sexually exploited, is to return to it. The aim of the staff and volunteers [...]

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The Philippines Project: Empowering communities with Child Alert

Thumbnail image for The Philippines Project: Empowering communities with Child Alert 26 February 2012

“Recruitment is very rampant… the recruiters are going house to house while the van is waiting.” There are many uncontrollable factors which contribute to the problem of sex-trafficking in the Philippines, but Child Alert believes that the key to addressing the problem lies in capacitating local Filipino communities. The anti-trafficking and child rescue organisation operates [...]

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The Philippines Project: Ensuring responsible tourism with ECPAT

Thumbnail image for The Philippines Project: Ensuring responsible tourism with ECPAT 15 February 2012

“When we talk about sex tourism we are not talking about something that happens in a vacuum. We’re talking about business, we’re talking about people, we’re talking about jobs, we’re talking about children. Tourism involves the community.” ECPAT Philippines is a part of international network of organisations working to end child prostitution and trafficking. In [...]

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The Philippines Project: Fighting trafficking with the Visayan Forum

Thumbnail image for The Philippines Project: Fighting trafficking with the Visayan Forum 14 February 2012

“Usually Filipinos are very fond of blue-eyed people… but these girls say “my customers also had blue eyes and I hate them… because those are the people that abuse me, make our lives miserable and make us do those things that we don’t want to do.” The Visayan Forum is a nationwide organisation fighting to [...]

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