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Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery

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Solomon Islands

The bulk of the population depends on agriculture, fishing, and forestry for at least part of its livelihood. Most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported. The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold. Prior to the arrival of Ramsi, severe ethnic violence, the closing of key businesses, and an empty government treasury culminated in economic collapse. Ramsi's efforts to restore law and order and economic stability have led to modest growth as the economy rebuilds.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Scope and Magnitude. [June 2008]  There is anecdotal evidence that young women from Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, and Malaysia are trafficked to the Solomon Islands for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Reports also indicate that girls and women are trafficked within the Solomon Islands for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation to logging camps. Child sex tourism appears to be a small problem with some visiting nationals of the United Kingdom, Australia, and France sexually exploiting local children. There are reports that boys and girls are taken out to foreign and local fishing vessels by their parents for commercial sexual exploitation with fishermen in exchange for fish. Children are occasionally sold into commercial sexual exploitation to pay bills or to earn school fees. - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2008  [full country report]

 

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Lure of Logging Creates Another Headache

Alfred Sasako, Islands Business International IBI

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As if this is not enough, the lure of logging has created another problem. It is new and growing and is proving to be a headache for the country’s policymakers.   In logging camps dotted across the nation, a new generation of children fathered by foreign loggers is growing. Mothers are often under-age girls with little or no education at all.   A girl’s marriage to foreign loggers was often pre-arranged by parents who knew the foreigners had families back in Malaysia or in the Philippines and that one day they would leave.   Other young girls were often “trafficked” into logging camps often by operators of prostitution rings.

What many parents do not realise is that the number of children being born and left behind in the Solomon Islands by loggers is on the rise.   “These children simply have no one to look after them in terms of clothing, feeding and schoolling them,” I was told in Honiara recently.   “It’s a generation of fatherless children left behind by loggers who have gone back to their countries after they’ve destroyed our forests.

 

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Lure of Logging Creates Another Headache

Alfred Sasako, Islands Business International IBI

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As if this is not enough, the lure of logging has created another problem. It is new and growing and is proving to be a headache for the country’s policymakers.   In logging camps dotted across the nation, a new generation of children fathered by foreign loggers is growing. Mothers are often under-age girls with little or no education at all.   A girl’s marriage to foreign loggers was often pre-arranged by parents who knew the foreigners had families back in Malaysia or in the Philippines and that one day they would leave.   Other young girls were often “trafficked” into logging camps often by operators of prostitution rings.

What many parents do not realise is that the number of children being born and left behind in the Solomon Islands by loggers is on the rise.   “These children simply have no one to look after them in terms of clothing, feeding and schoolling them,” I was told in Honiara recently.   “It’s a generation of fatherless children left behind by loggers who have gone back to their countries after they’ve destroyed our forests.

Delegates agree to strengthen efforts to reduce demand for CSEC

Joint Media Release: ECPAT International, UNESCAP, UNICEF - 11 November 2004, Bangkok

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In the Pacific Islands, ongoing research is revealing growing problems of commercial sexual exploitation. In the Solomon Islands, for example, girls are still forced into early marriages and recent violence has led to a surge in child rapes and in boys and girls being forced into prostitution for economic survival. Child marriage is also a major problem in Papua New Guinea, and is a basis of demand for internal trafficking of children.

The Department of Labor’s 2005 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor [PDF]

U.S. Dept of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 2006

www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2005/tda2005.pdf

[accessed 22 December 2010]

CHILD LABOR LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT - The worst forms of child labor may be prosecuted under different statutes in the Solomon Islands. The Constitution prohibits slavery and forced labor. The procurement of girls under 18 years of age for the purposes of prostitution is prohibited under the Penal Code (“Offences Against Morality”). The Penal Code provides sanctions for the abduction of children.

Human Rights Reports » 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2006/78791.htm

[accessed 22 December 2010]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – Although the law does not prohibit trafficking in persons, there were no reports that persons were trafficked to, from, or within the country.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6 June 2003

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[accessed 3 September 2012]

[52] The Committee is concerned that:(a) Many children under 15 are working, often in very poor conditions and for long hours;  (b) In order to overcome extreme poverty, many parents and families require children to work, as illustrated by the prevalence of young girls working as domestics, sometimes within the extended family;  (c) The prevalence of child labour prevents many children from attending school.

The Protection Project – Solomon Islands [PDF]

The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

www.protectionproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Solomon-Islands.pdf

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FORMS OF TRAFFICKING - Commercial sexual exploitation of children in the Solomon Islands is common around the various foreign logging camps. There are many reports of Malaysian loggers engaging in sexual acts with, and even marrying, 13- and 14-year-old local girls.

Long-standing customs and traditions in the Solomon Islands still play a part in the daily lives of residents. For example, the practice of a “bride price” was traditionally used as way to build relationships between families, as well as to ensure the well-being of the bride. Unfortunately, today these institutions are often distorted. Under the guise of “bride price,” families have begun selling young girls into arranged marriages.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 4   Civil Liberties: 3   Status: Partly Free

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/solomon-islands

[accessed 28 June 2012]

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