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Slavery News Weekly: 19 January 2017

January. 19, 2017 / In the news Christopher Zoia / @Freedom_Fund

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

Nearly 200 more child workers freed as crackdown continues in south India
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 17 January 2017
Nearly 200 child workers, some as young as eight, were rescued from bangle factories in Hyderabad in southern India over the last week, as part of a crackdown that will continue until the end of the month. Earlier this month, around 200 children, most of them aged under 14, were freed from a brick kiln about 40km from Hyderabad.

Bangladesh’s plan to allow some child marriages is ‘step backwards’
The Guardian, 17 January 2017
Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law that would permit girls below 18 to be married in “special cases”, a global alliance of charities said last week. The nation has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world.

‘I am a walking miracle’ — Human trafficking survivor hopes to help others
Waco-Herald Tribune, 16 January 2017
January is human trafficking awareness month in the United States. Julia Walsh, 25, is a survivor of human trafficking now attending college who hopes to help others escape from her former predicament. “I want them to know it is possible to get out,” Walsh said. “It’s possible to find help and there are people who will genuinely help you.”

Putting slavery out of business
The Huffington Post, 12 January 2017
The tragic reality is that slavery thrives today, despite being illegal under international law and in every country, writes Freedom Fund CEO Nick Grono. To tackle this entrenched crime, we need a renewed and robust abolitionist movement committed to ending slavery across the globe.

Growing pains: child labor on the rise as Myanmar develops
Asia Times, 11 January 2017
As Myanmar enjoys economic growth, rural poverty and a weak education system are driving children to look for work in the country’s big cities. It’s a form of migration that has almost become a new norm. Exploitation is rife and a trafficking industry has sprung up.

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