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.
The desperate journey of a trafficked girl
The New Yorker, 5 April 17
Every year, thousands of teenagers from one city in Nigeria risk death and endure forced labor and sex work on the long route to Europe. As African migrants head toward the Mediterranean, tens of thousands find themselves trafficked, traded between owners and forced to work as labourers or prostitutes.
A maid begged for help before falling from a window in Kuwait. Her boss made a video instead.
The Washington Post, 5 April 2017
Kuwaiti police have detained a woman for filming her Ethiopian maid falling from the seventh floor without trying to rescue her. It’s still unclear what led to the fall. But it was not the first time a domestic servant had fallen off of a building in Kuwait, an oil-rich country where foreign workers are cheap, plentiful and live largely at the mercy of their employers.
UK slavery reports ‘have doubled’
BBC News, 4 April 2017
The number of people reported as potential victims of slavery and human trafficking in the UK has more than doubled in the past three years, according to the National Crime Agency. Recent Home Office estimates suggest there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK.
Building a better understanding of human trafficking, to help end it
Fast Company, 30 March 2017
A new report by Polaris breaks down modern slavery into 25 categories to better understand the specifics of this insidious industry and help law enforcement and advocates to more effectively combat it. Through the report, Polaris aims to provide the beginnings of a path toward ending slavery, by cataloging, for the first time, the many varied ways it manifests in the U.S.
European rights court condemns Greece over migrant ‘forced labor’
Reuters, 30 March 2017
Europe’s top human rights court accused Greece of failing to protect migrant workers who had been subject to forced labor and shot at by security guards when they protested over unpaid wages. The European Court of Human Rights ordered Athens to pay 16,000 euros each to the workers whose case had triggered outrage across the country.
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