Mercedes-Benz gives mica mineral top priority on the list of 50 raw materials associated with risks relating to human rights violations, including child labour. An audit team of the car producer has investigated the situation in three Indian mines and has mapped out the supply chain from mine to end product.
Destination Unknown, a network of over 100 organisations worldwide, coordinated by Terre des Hommes, is very concerned by the current situation at the US border with Mexico and the traumatic and detrimental effect it is having on children.
Hotel owners both from local medium enterprises and big multinationals agreed: implementing a protective environment for children leads to more profit. They made the statements during the Global Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism in Bogotá. Several companies were discussing with CSO’s ways to protect children during a session of the Down to Zero Alliance.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Philippines has released a nationwide memo circular commanding all provincial governors, mayors, barangay chiefs and local councilors to adopt and comply to the Standards in Building Communities that Protect Children From Trafficking.
Undercover operations conducted under the umbrella of the 'Sweetie Project', have led to a series of arrests of child sexual abuse offenders in several European countries. 72-Year old Dutch national Hans v C was apprehended earlier this month and described as a serious child sex offender by law enforcement. The arrest follows earlier arrests last month of British national Matthew B.
Violence against young women and girls continues to be a pervasive problem in the Eastern Samar region of the Philippines, but Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH NL) is successfully working to eradicate gender-based violence (GBV) through the Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) programme and has been granted a significant increase in funding from the government.
Kenyan children are performing sexual acts in front of webcams on mobile phones and in cyber cafes for paying clients spread all over the world. Terre des Hommes Netherlands has established the existence of Online Child Sexual Exploitation (OCSE) in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of refugee children from Syria are waiting in Lebanon and Jordan for peace so that they can return to their homes. Most of them are in a hopeless situation. They live with their families in camps and are especially vulnerable to exploitation, such as child trafficking and child labour. They often can not attend school.
The image speaks for itself. A young girl chipping small shards of mica from a rock wall with a heavy pickaxe. Her tiny arms barely able to hold up the axe. At a gathering yesterday to discuss challenges and solutions to fight child labour in the Indian mica industry, there wasn’t one person in the room who wasn’t moved by this image.