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Slavery News Weekly: 8 December 2017

December. 8, 2017 / In the news Erin Phelps

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.

How Chickens And Goats Are Helping To Stop Child Marriage
NPR, 3 December 2017
A program called Berhane Hewan has found success at preventing child marriage in Ethiopia by rewarding livestock to families who keep their daughters unmarried and in school. The program, first instituted in the northern region of Amhara 14 years ago by the Population Council, takes a multi-faceted approach and seeks to change social norms by involving community leaders.

Rohingya women sold as sex slaves in Bangladesh
Al Jazeera, 3 December 2017
Labour and sex trafficking in Bangladesh’s refugee camps have gotten worse with the recent influx of more than 620,000 Rohingya. Aid agencies report that Rohingya girls and women in Cox’s Bazar are being sold as sex slaves.

From Nepal to Nigeria, UK aid aims to save 500,000 people from slavery
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 November 2017
Britain’s foreign aid department, DFID, has announced a 40 million pound ($54 million) funding commitment dedicated to preventing modern slavery and supporting survivors in countries including Bangladesh, Nepal and Nigeria. DFID estimates that this funding will help to save more than 500,000 people from slavery.

Brazil’s ‘chicken catchers’ are victims of forced labor: report
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 November 2017
A new report by the Washington-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) finds that thousands of people are victims of forced labour and inhumane work conditions in Brazil’s meat and poultry industries. The report calls for improved working conditions, enforced labour rights and implementation of work contracts.

Europe Wanted Migrants Stopped. Now Some Are Being Sold as Slaves.
New York Times, 30 November 2017
A recent CNN broadcast showing what was described as African migrants being auctioned off at a Libyan slave market has set off an international firestorm. However, experts theorise the muted response from European Union countries may be reflective of current migrant-return policies in countries such as Italy.

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