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1. AFRO BROADCASTING STATION
 
 1.1 Procedures in Identification Parades (Line-up)
 
Through your line of work, whether you unfortunately fall victim of a crime or is being summoned as a witness, you might be invited to identification parades (aka. lineup) to identify the suspect from a group of people. Often, people might feel reluctant due to their doubts and uncertainties towards the lineup procedures.
 
Thanks to the invitation from the Crime Prevention Bureau, we visited the Wong Tai Sin Police Station and took a tour to their identification parade room on 28 February along with other sex work support organisations. Consequently, we have gained better insight of the procedures.
 
First, audio and video recording will usually take place during an identification parade. You and the suspect will also be separated by a one-way mirror. Apart from the suspect, actors who match by age, height and build would also be part of the parade. If there aren’t enough actors who look similar to the suspect, he/she could request for special arrangements such as, being permitted to wear baseball caps to cover the hair, or to wear long sleeves shirt to cover tattoos. Such arrangements are to ensure that the procedure is done in a fair manner as guaranteed by our rights to a fair trial. If such measures were not put into place, the court might find the identification procedure to be unfair and unjust to the suspects as the witness can identify him/her through certain unique characteristics, when in fact they wouldn’t otherwise have recognised the suspects or at least wouldn’t have been certain enough to make an identification.
 
Moreover, witness, suspects and actors will be put into different waiting rooms and will enter the identification parade room through different routes to ensure that they will not cross paths.
 
In addition, investigators in charge would not participate in the identification procedure to ensure independence. In turn, they would invite another team to be in charge of the procedure.
 
Most certainly, both witnesses and suspects have the rights to not participate in the identification parade. Though, it might affect the path of investigation and its outcome because all investigation procedures such as getting statements, crime scene evidence and identification are all interrelated. If sisters are invited to identification parades, AFRO encourage you to confront the suspects with bravery, so others won’t fall victims of the same crime.
 
If you have any questions, you are welcome to call AFRO’s Hotline at 27701002.
2. AFRO’s Work

2.1 Lunar New Year Activities – Bubble Bump Football

AFRO and sisters participated in a Bubble Bump Football activities over the New Year. Everyone was enthusiastic and we all got to break a sweat during the Lunar New year. 
2.2 Professional Training Workshop: Integrated Anti-Drug Service Scheme for Female Sex Workers
 

On 28 February, AFRO provided training to students from Caritas Institute of Higher Education, so students can gain better understanding about drugs related issues in sex work and the risks that sex workers are exposed to. Students were very attentive and engaged during discussions.
 
We hope the public can see the real side of sex work, and help us remove the stigma related to it.
3. Upcoming Events

3.1 AFROTHRON 2018

We celebrate the 25th year anniversary of AFRO this year. We thank everyone for the continuous support through the years. We sincerely invite you to our Walkerthron at the Peak this year.
 
Date: Sunday, 22 April, 2018
Venue: Beside the Peak Lookout (121 Peak Road)
Assembly Time: 10 am 
Set Off Time: 10:30 am
Route: Morning Trail – Lugard Road on the Peak
(Completed in about an hour)

Remarks:
1. Recommended fundraising target: Over $422.
2. We welcome participants to join us for lunch after the 
walk (at your own expense)
 
Fackbook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/433247867110197/
Enquiry: 2770 1065 (9am-6pm, Mon-Fri) or 
E-mail: contact@afro.org.hk
Registration: Join Us
 
4. AFRO News Reading

SEX FOR AID: Charity backed by Meghan Markle admits workers swapped food for sex with Haiti quake survivors

- The world's largest children's charity World Vision was singled out by a 2011 World Food Programme investigation for sexual and financial exploitation of vulnerable survivors
18th February 2018
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5604012/meghan-markle-backed-charity-world-vision-workers-food-for-sex-haiti/
 

A CHARITY backed by Meghan Markle has admitted its workers exchanged food and cash for sex with those who survived the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

World Vision, who Prince Harry’s fiancée was an ambassador for until last year, was found to have been used by some to sexually and financially exploit vulnerable locals.

Survivors of the disaster were forced by paid employees to have sex or pay money for the World Food Programme (WFP) aid.
There are fears the charity may face a similar fate to Oxfam and face being stripped of bidding for taxpayer cash.

The WFP was set up by the United Nations in 1961 to distribute food in emergencies.

In 2011 the WFP chose to carry out an outside evaluation of projects run by its charities involved in the programme.

According to the Daily Mail the investigation singled out criticism of World Vision including "concerns about various forms of exploitation of beneficiaries, fraud, nepotism and inaccurate records."

After meetings with WFP chiefs the charity ordered a 'Beneficiary Process Evaluation' in 2012 which confirmed people receiving aid were "subject to a level of sexual and financial exploitation."

World Vision is the world's largest international children's charity and received £17million from the UK Government in aid last year.

It admits that some of the leaders who made the selections were "temporarily" paid but denied that any were formal employees.

A WFP spokesman said the investigation unveiled "worrying irregularities" and had told the charity to deal accordingly with the claims.

A spokesman for World Vision said: "In light of the current situation, we are reviewing histroic data about incidents and how we reacted.

"We are committed to disclosing any new information to our regulators and partners."

MPs have since demanded an investigation into sexual misconduct claims into the aid industry.

It comes as one of the UK's biggest charities Oxfam was hit with a wave of sexual misconduct claims earlier in the month.

On Friday Oxfam GB boss Mark Goldring caused controversy after trying to downplay aid workers' alleged use of prostitutes claiming it was not as if they had "murdered babies in their cots."

Comment:
The “Food for Sex” scandal of World Vision aid workers exposed the plight of disaster victims. It also prompted people to reflect on the ethical basis of the exchange of sex services. Some people believe that the trade was fair, as both got what they needed from it. However, food is a basic need for survival. Asking someone to trade sex in exchange for something that is crucial for one’s life and death is certainly not “fair”. A fair exchange is one where both parties are given the same rights/power to choose; sex workers can decide the types of service to give and how they can be compensated. It prevents sex workers from oppression.  

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