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Slavery News Weekly: 27 July 2017

July. 27, 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.

180,000 young Syrian refugees are being forced into child labour in Lebanon
Vox, 26 July 2017
About 180,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon have been forced into child labour, according to UNICEF. Many of these kids lost their loved ones and homes in their country’s brutal civil war. They fled to Lebanon for safety — only to find it comes at a very high price.

Peru cracks down on slavery after deadly factory fire exposes forced labour
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 25 July 2017
Peruvian authorities have launched a major crackdown on modern slavery after a warehouse fire in Lima last month killed four workers, including two who were trapped inside a padlocked container on the roof.

Human trafficking and smuggling rile San Antonio — and beyond
CNN, 23 July 2017
Over 30 people were found dead after a phone call from a Walmart employee led to the discovery of dozens of undocumented immigrants severely injured in the back of a tractor-trailer in Texas. San Antonio’s tragedy is the latest in a spate of major human smuggling cases.

More than 100 child refugees missing in UK after being smuggled from Calais
The Independent, 23 July 2017
Scores of child refugees as young as 13 have gone missing in the UK over the past year after being brought to the country by people smugglers operating in Calais, France.

A survivor of modern-day slavery starts a new life in Wales
Wales Online, 26 July 2017
A woman who moved to Britain to work as a nanny but ended up being stripped of her passport and being forced into sex work has described the horrors she had to endure.

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