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Slavery News Weekly: 30 March 2017

March. 30, 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.

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms: UN
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 27 March 17
Child marriage has soared in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, the UN children’s agency said. More than two thirds of girls in Yemen are married off before they reach 18, compared to half of girls before the conflict escalated.

Ship Crews Vulnerable to Human Trafficking and Slavery
Jakarta Globe, 27 March 2017
Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister said that the international community must comply with Indonesian regulations on fishing vessels when traveling through national waters as ship crews in the region are becoming increasingly vulnerable to human trafficking.

400,000 Afghan children expected to drop out of school
Arab News, 25 March 2017
More than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to drop out of school this year in the face of growing insecurity and displacement amid a spike in forced repatriations from Pakistan, Save the Children said. Last week marked the first day of the new school year in Afghanistan, but around one-third of all children — 3.7 million — were not in attendance, the advocacy group said.

Human trafficking victim referrals surge almost 80% across UK
The Independent, 24 March 2017
The number of potential human trafficking victims identified by UK councils has increased by 78 per cent in a year, prompting urgent calls for heightened public awareness around the issue to tackle the “rising threat” of modern slavery within communities.

Report examines grim Bangladesh leather trade, links to West
AP News, 24 March 2017
Hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries, with workers as young as 14, supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains says. The report by New York-based Transparentem didn’t say leather from the tanneries ends up in American and European companies’ products, only that the manufacturers of some of those goods receive it.

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