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Slavery News Weekly: 2 February 2017

February. 2, 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.

1 in 4 girls is victim of child marriage despite African leaders’ campaign
International Business Times, 1 February 2017
Some 125 million child brides are still exposed to domestic and sexual violence, despite African leaders’ efforts to abolish child marriage. New UNICEF data shows that 76% of girls in Niger and around 70% of girls in Central African Republic and Chad marry before their 18th birthday.

Ikea to sell rugs made by Syrian refugees in 2019
CNN Money, 31 January 2017
Ikea plans to roll out a new range of rugs and textiles made by Syrian refugees in 2019. The initiative is expected to create jobs for about 200 Syrian refugees living in Jordan, most of them women. Find out more about the plight of Syrian refugees in Jordan in the Freedom Fund’s report.

Migrants petition Thai seafood giant, as EU yellow card remains
EurActiv, 30 January 2017
More than 2,000 migrant workers at a major Thai seafood exporter called for higher wages and better working conditions this week, a rare stand in a country where foreigners are banned from forming trade unions. Thai seafood exports are currently under a European Union “yellow card” warning system. Find out more in our slavery at sea report.

Child, Bride, Mother: Nigeria
The New York Times, 27 January 2017
Young women who were captives of Boko Haram speak out in the New York Times Sunday Review. It is now becoming apparent that Boko Haram’s Chibok abductions three years ago were just one instance of a profoundly disturbing tactic: child marriage as a weapon of war.

Pakistan’s Sindh province cracks down on child labor
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 January 2017
Pakistan’s Sindh province has banned children under 14 from working, becoming the third region to limit child labor in a country where millions of minors work in sectors from brick making to carpet weaving, farming to mining. Under new legislation, offenders face six months of imprisonment and a fine of up to 50,000 rupees ($477)

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Photo credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe