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Slavery News Weekly: 21 September 2017

September. 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 among this week’s top slavery articles.

Forty million victims of modern slavery in 2016: report
Al Jazeera, 19 September 2017
Forty million people around the world, mostly women and girls, were victims of modern slavery last year, according to important new joint global estimates by the International Labour Organization and Walk Free Foundation.

Nearly one in 10 children globally is a victim of forced labour, says U.N. study
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 19 September 2017
More than 150 million children, or nearly one in 10 globally, are victims of forced labour and progress in reducing that number has slowed. Nearly half of children in forced labour do hazardous work and more than a third do not go to school. 

New domestic helper recruitment regulations will protect workers and close down unabiding companies
The National, 16 September 2017
An agreement signed between the Philippines Department of Labour and Employment and the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation aims to protect overseas Filipino workers from trafficking and other abuses.

At risk in Rohingya exodus: 230,000 children, hundreds all alone
New York Times, 15 September 2017
More than half of the Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar in the past three weeks are children, including hundreds who travelled without family members, putting them at particular risk in cramped, muddy camps in Bangladesh, aid workers say.

Nepal’s flood recovery set to exclude the most marginalised
The Wire, 14 September 2017
Government aid for flood reconstruction in Nepal is going to landowners rather than tenant farmers, who often enter verbal contracts and cannot prove their status.


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