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Slavery News Weekly: 2 November 2017

November. 2, 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.

Human traffickers lure UK’s homeless into modern slavery: charities
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 October 2017
Human traffickers across Britain are preying on homeless people and luring them into slave labour with promises of accommodation and work, charities said, warning that growing numbers are at risk of being enslaved with homelessness on the rise.

Prospective Gulf domestic workers offered advice from seasoned maids
The National, 29 October 2017
Prospective domestic workers are being offered practical advice from a new Freedom Fund funded study of Ethiopian maids who have worked in the Gulf before. The research asks returnees what they wished they had known prior to their migration and for advice to make migration as safe as possible.

As Africa tackles child marriage, young survivors speak out
ABC News, 24 October 2017
Child marriage remains deeply entrenched in West and Central Africa, home to six of the 10 countries with the highest rates in the world. Rights groups and political and religious leaders from across the region gathered in Senegal last week to seek ways to curb the practice.

Map shows the 500,000 Rohingya refugees displaced since August
Fast Company, 27 October 2017
As the crisis in Myanmar continues, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have been driven from their country. A new map from the UN Refugee Agency shows the growth of current makeshift refugee settlements in Bangladesh.

Qatari labour reforms could finally end modern slavery for migrant workers
The Huffington Post, 25 October 2017
Qatar, the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, announced a series of major reforms which could put an end to the oppressive “kafala” labour system that international trade unions and human rights groups have long likened to modern day slavery.


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