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Slavery News Weekly: 21 December 2017

December. 21, 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 in this week’s roundup of top slavery articles.

Pigs and cucumbers: Slavery victims with eye for business get fresh start in Ukraine
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 21 December 2017
Ukraine is one of Europe’s trafficking hotspots, with 61,000 people trafficked since 2014. A UN project to help former victims reintegrate into society by providing them with training and money to start a business is helping survivors recover and stand on their feet.

Hotels are key in the fight to end human trafficking
Fast Company, 21 December 2017
Hotels are prime locations for people to be trafficked. Lawsuits against hotels that turn a blind eye to trafficking are on the rise, but there’s little proof staff training alone can solve the problem.

Ethiopia repatriates over 14,000 citizens from Saudi Arabia in one month
Xinhua, 21 December 2017
The Ethiopian government said it has repatriated over 14,000 undocumented citizens residing in Saudi Arabia over the past month, most of whom were female domestic workers vulnerable to exploitation. Despite the risks, estimates suggest several hundred thousand undocumented Ethiopians still refused to leave Saudi Arabia.

‘This is my mum’: after 40 years a stolen child finally returns home
The Guardian, 19 December 2017
When Kauka was eight she was abducted by soldiers from her village in the former Portuguese colony of Timor-Leste. Now she has come back. According to a 2005 report from Timor-Leste’s truth commission, there are at least 4,000 cases like Kauka’s.

700 items of refugees’ clothing hung up in London church to draw attention to the crisis
The Independent, 14 December 2017
To highlight the ongoing refugee crisis, British war artist Arabella Dorman has created an installation artwork at St James’s Church on Piccadilly in London called Suspended, composed of items of clothing discarded by refugees.


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Photo credit: Volodymyr Shuvayev/IOM