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Slavery News Weekly: 18 May 2017

May. 18, 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.

Nurses to get free ‘pocket guide’ to help tackle modern slavery
Nursing Times, 17 May 17
British nurses will receive a new guide to help spot victims of trafficking and address the lack of modern slavery awareness training in the NHS, the Royal College of Nursing has announced. In particular, nurses are advised to look out for patients with health issues that include signs of trauma, sexually-transmitted infections, pregnancy and poor nutrition.

Supply chain transparency and the tech startups creating it which may be the next disruptor
Forbs, 16 May 2017
A demand for supply chain transparency has resulted in a wave of new innovations from startups looking to delve into a space that is proving to be both lucrative and beneficial for all involved, argues Forbes.

Africa’s new slave trade: how migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent crime
The Guardian, 13 May 2017
Thousands of African migrants who dream of a better life in Europe face horrors of modern slavery on the way across the Sahara to Libya. Libya’s slide into chaos following the 2011 death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi and the collapse of the government have made it a breeding ground for crime and exploitation.

Sex trafficking, child marriages linked, study of Mexico finds
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 11 May 2017
Girls being trafficked for sex in northern Mexico often have been forced into exploitation as underage child brides by their husbands, a study revealed. Three out of four girls trafficked in the region were married at a young age, mostly before age 16, according to Mexican and U.S. researchers.

Women trafficked to Glasgow for sham marriages
BBC News, 10 May 2017
Eastern European crime gangs are repeatedly forcing trafficked women into sexual exploitation and sham marriages, a BBC investigation found. Many of the women were forced into sham marriages with men, mainly from Pakistan, who were seeking to apply for residency in the UK. The women, who are EU citizens, are lured to the UK with false promises.


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