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Slavery News Weekly: 15 June 2017

June. 15, 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.

India ratifies two child labour conventions
The Economic Times, 14 June 2017
India ratified two key global agreements on eradicating child slavery this week, committing the country to adopting international labour standards on the employment of minors and allowing it to be subjected to scrutiny by other nations.

Aid agencies urged to help prevent child labour during crises
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 12 June 2017
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are doing back-breaking labour in potato fields and working with pesticides in baking hot greenhouses, a U.N. agency said as it called for greater efforts to prevent child labour during crises.

Is the UK Modern Slavery Act working?
Devex, 12 June 2017
On the United Nations World Day Against Child Labour, Devex examined the effect of the UK Modern Slavery Act on corporations’ efforts to root out slavery in their overseas supply chains.

Airlines urged to train staff to help spot victims of trafficking
The Guardian, 12 June 2017
Airlines should train flight attendants to spot signs that a person is being trafficked – often young girls being taken overseas for sexual exploitation – according to the UN agency responsible for tackling sexual exploitation and forced labour.

Goods made by child labourers flooding into Canada: World Vision
Huffington Post, 2 June 2017
A new report says Canadians could be unwittingly purchasing billions in dollars of goods made by child labourers in other parts of the world. The report, by World Vision Canada, suggests imports of so-called risky goods totalled $34 billion last year.


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Photo credit: Atul Loke, Legatum Limited, 2017