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Slavery News Weekly: 27 April 2017

April. 27, 2017 / Blog Christopher Zoia / @Freedom_Fund

Each week the Freedom Fund compiles the most insightful and timely news stories about modern slavery. Check out what we’re reading among this week’s top slavery articles.

Slavery in the Amazon
CNN Freedom Project, 26 April 17
Seu Luiz has worked on half a dozen ranch farms on Brazil’s agricultural frontier. But after toiling on one for two years without pay, he hopes to never go back. He is one of more than 50,000 workers who have been rescued from what Brazil defines as slave-like conditions across the country since 1995.

Human Trafficking Is In Plain Sight. Are You Supporting It Without Knowing?
Forbes, 24 April 2017
Human trafficking is a growing epidemic, with 45 million people being trafficked or enslaved around the world, although many people remain unaware of the crime. “The reasons for human trafficking are complicated. Three of the main factors include 1) the economic demand for extremely cheap labor, 2) lack of individual liberty or marginalization and 3) weak rule of law”, the Freedom Fund’s Kate Kennedy explains.

From Jordan to Chad, “Syria’s Malala” battles early marriage to bring girls back to school
The Hindu, 24 April 2017
Around 25 million children are out of school in conflict zones, and war places refugee girls at risk child marriage, in addition to robbing them of their education. Activist Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old refugee who has become known as “Syria’s Malala”, is fighting to keep girls in school and out of child marriage.

Panel hears bribery rife in fish industry
Bangkok Post, 19 April 2017
The Thai government has set up a panel to investigate complaints accusing some officials of demanding bribes from trawler operations. Trawler owners have claimed that if they refuse to pay monthly bribes, tough inspections of their fishing boats follow. Thailand recently reformed its laws around fishing following revelations of labour abuses in the fishing industry.


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