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Slavery News Weekly: 13 April 2017

April. 13, 2017 / In the news 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.

Eyes of the highways: Raising a ‘trucker army’ for trafficking fight
CNN Freedom Project, 12 April 17
Truck drivers are increasingly seen as operating on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking. A number of U.S. states are considering moves that would enlist some of the country’s 3.5 million truckers in identifying and reporting trafficking crimes.

A Woman’s Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy’s ‘Slavery’
The New York Times, 11 April 2017
An elaborate system of modern day slavery involving more than 40,000 Italian women, as well as migrant and seasonal workers, lies at the core of Italy’s agricultural economy, according to a two-year investigation. Although Italian legislators passed laws last year aimed at combating the exploitation of agricultural workers, their enslavement remains disturbingly widespread.

African migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says
BBC News, 11 April 2017
Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in “slave markets” in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says. Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold. Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

UN expert probes human trafficking in Cuba in milestone trip
Associated Press, 10 April 2017
UN Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro visited Cuba this week to evaluate the human trafficking situation on the island for the first time in a decade. Such UN visits are routine in other countries, but Cuba has generally rejected inspections by international organisations. The government relaxed its policies in recent years, and officials welcomed Giammarinaro.

Australia must legislate to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains
The Guardian, 10 April 2017
The UK Modern Slavery Act has created momentum – now it’s time for Australia to lead the way in our region to make a difference to supply chains, write Amy Sinclair and Felicitas Weber from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. The Australian government recently announced it is considering introducing legislation to prevent modern slavery in domestic and global supply chains.

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Photo credit: UN Photo/OCHA/David Ohana