Jamaica is home to over 94,000 domestic workers, and they are now better protected from exploitation and modern slavery. Why? Because the Prime Minister of Jamaica signed an international Domestic Worker Convention after we collected 50,000 signatures in just two weeks in partnership with the Jamaica Household Workers’ Union.
Following thousands of messages from our supporters and our partner Visayan Forum Foundation, the government of the Philippines closed over 100 unscrupulous recruitment agencies and stopped hundreds of thousands of workers from being trafficked into exploitation.
We were delighted when the Ghana police chief issued a directive that vehicles with unaccompanied children on known trafficking routes should be checked. This was the culmination of our work with partner Challenging Heights.
Right at the last possible moment, on the last day of sitting, thanks to the encouragement of our supporters and Slave Free Seas, the Parliament of New Zealand voted to adopt a new law requiring all vessels to be flagged to New Zealand meaning labor laws apply.
Despite referring to a National Action Plan to combat violence against women and sex trafficking during international meetings since 2012, the government did not answer calls to release it until we partnered up with ELA and delivered a petition with over 40,000 actions.