Dr. Bonny Ling Discusses the Challenges Taiwan Faces Dealing with Migrant Workers

Dr. Bonny Ling is a scholar and practitioner who works on international human rights and development. She is Executive Director of Work Better Innovations, a research consultancy with a community service mission working on new ideas for a responsible economy. We spoke about her work with migrant workers, the challenges that Taiwan has faced in dealing with migrant workers, why it is important for Taiwan to address the wider challenges of combatting human trafficking and modern slavery. She also spoke about her forced labor project that is going to take her back to Taiwan to work with SMEs (small medium enterprises) in December. In Taiwan 98 percent of all businesses are small medium enterprises and they employ close to 80 percent of the total domestic workforce. The European Union (EU) defines a small enterprise as one with less than 50 employees and a medium enterprise as one with less than 250 employees.

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Dr. Bonny Ling has worked in the UN system and in international civil society. Bonny is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow with the University of Nottingham Taiwan Studies Programme; Research Fellow with the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and Advisory Board Member of the INGO Human Rights at Sea. Bonny wrote her PhD in Law on human trafficking and China at the Irish Centre of Human Rights and is an expert on human trafficking and modern slavery. She graduated from Cambridge University (criminology) and the Fletcher School, Tufts University (law and diplomacy). Bonny has served as an international election observer in East Timor and for the OSCE. Previously at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, she writes on human rights, migrants, business responsibilities and international development and is a contributing writer for Ketagalan Media, New Bloom, Taipei Times, Taiwan Insight and The News Lens.

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Related Links:

Work Better Innovations: https://www.workbetterinnovations.com/

Dr. Bonny Ling on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bonny_ling

Dr. Bonny Ling on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-bonny-ling-067512ba/

FIFA/Qatar: Migrant Workers Call for Compensation for Abuses (an article from Human Rights Watch): https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/11/17/fifa/qatar-migrant-workers-call-compensation-abuses

World Cup 2022: How has Qatar treated foreign workers? (an article from BBC News): https://www.bbc.com/news/world-60867042

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (from Legislation.gov.uk): https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/30/contents/enacted

Modern Slavery Act 2018 (from Australia’s Federal Register of Legislation): https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2018A00153

What is forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking: https://www.ilo.org/global/topics/forced-labour/definition/lang–en/index.htm

Taiwan, Indonesia Spar Over Migrant Worker Fees (an article from the News Lens): https://international.thenewslens.com/article/142835

Taiwan’s Employment Service Act: https://law.moj.gov.tw/ENG/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?pcode=N0090001

Miaoli: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miaoli

Hsinchu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsinchu

Taichung: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taichung

Kaohsiung: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaohsiung

Hundreds of Taiwanese trafficked to Cambodia and held captive by telecom scam gangs(an article from The Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/23/hundreds-of-taiwanese-trafficked-to-cambodia-and-held-captive-by-telecom-scam-gangs

Taiwan’s Parliament Legalizes Gay Marriage, A First In Asia (an article from NPR): https://www.npr.org/2019/05/17/724222598/taiwans-parliament-legalizes-same-sex-marriage-a-first-in-asia

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758 (UN Resolution 2758): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_General_Assembly_Resolution_2758

Shu-Ying Chung Talks About Filmmaking and her Award-Winning Short (Episode 201): https://talkingtaiwan.com/shui-ying-chung-talks-about-filmmaking-and-her-award-winning-short-ep-201/

Suelain and Otter: How to Combat Asian Hate Attacks (Episode 122): https://talkingtaiwan.com/suelain-and-otter-how-to-combat-asian-hate-ep-122/

Peter Yang Zhao and Steven Lee Fight to Stop Asian Hate Crimes (Episode 125): https://talkingtaiwan.com/nyc-duo-fight-to-stop-asian-hate-crimes/

Fight to Stop Asian Hate Crimes Part 2: Peter Yang Zhao and Sergeant Steven Lee (Episode 128):https://talkingtaiwan.com/fight-to-stop-asian-hate-crimes-part-2-peter-yang-zhao-sergeant-steven-lee-ep-128/

What to Do if You Are the Target of Asian Hate, Part One (Episode 132): https://talkingtaiwan.com/what-to-do-if-you-are-the-target-of-asian-hate-part-one/

What to Do if You Are the Target of Asian Hate, Part Two (Episode 133): https://talkingtaiwan.com/what-to-do-if-you-are-the-target-of-asian-hate-part-two-ep-133/

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Felicia Lin

Felicia Lin is the producer and host of Talking Taiwan, the longest running Taiwan-related podcast, and Golden Crane Podcast Award Winner.