Target: The Honorable Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Goal: Take action to end high number of slaves living in Hong Kong.
Tens of thousands of people are trapped in modern slavery in the bustling territory of Hong Kong. Despite its reputation for commerce and wealth, Hong Kong has one of the highest ratios of enslaved people on the entire continent.
Hong Kong is one of the 10 richest cities in the world, yet the city is quickly becoming one of the worst places in Asia when it comes to slavery. According to the 2016 rendition of the Global Slavery Index, at least 29,500 people in Hong Kong live in slavery, a number that constitutes a significant chunk of the city’s overall population of seven million.
The report’s definition of slavery describes “situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception.” Approximately 0.404 per cent of Hong Kong’s population is trapped in slavery, which gives the territory the ninth-highest ratio in Asia and 32nd overall in the world. Hong Kong also ranks worse than other countries in the region, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia.
Such rampant violation of basic human rights cannot continue. Sign the petition below and demand immediate action to address this serious issue.
Dear Mr. Leung,
I am writing to call your attention to the alarmingly high number of people forced into slavery in your city. While any presence of slavery should be considered troubling, Hong Kong allegedly contains almost 30,000 people trapped in a life of forced labor. This number is one of the highest in all of Asia and demands immediate action.
Hong Kong is a wealthy city with a reputation for glamour and commerce, but this recent report highlights a dark underside. I urge you to take action to address this rampant abuse of human rights.
[Your Name Here]
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