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The Slavery Research Bulletin: Issue 35, July 2018

July. 17, 2018 / Bulletin The Freedom Fund / @freedom_fund

Welcome to the Slavery Research Bulletin, the Freedom Fund’s monthly brief designed to bring you new & compelling research from the global anti-slavery movement.

U.S. TIP Report makes case for trauma-informed approach

The U.S. State Department’s 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report recognises that survivors of trafficking often suffer from long-lasting psychological and physical symptoms. It calls for a trauma-informed approach to be incorporated across all anti-trafficking efforts, including during the criminal justice process and while providing victim services.

Workers in global food supply chains don’t have enough to eat

A new report by Oxfam reveals that the modern food system has the most detrimental impact on female labourers, concentrated in the lowest paid and most insecure roles. For example, over 90 percent of women workers surveyed in seafood processing plants in Thailand reported not having enough to eat during the previous month.

Disconnect between policies and practices in the ICT sector

The 2018 KnowTheChain benchmark of 40 global information and communications technology (ICT) companies finds a disconnect between their policies to prevent labour abuses and its implementation. While over half of companies surveyed prohibit worker-paid recruitment fees, only five could provide evidence that fees were reimbursed to workers.

Hazardous child labour is most prevalent in agriculture

Agriculture accounts for 62 percent of children in hazardous work worldwide, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization. In particular, pesticide exposure is common in agricultural work and can have a long-lasting impact on children’s neurobehavioural and physical health.

Businesses need to do more to ensure responsible recruitment

A report by the Institute for Human Rights and Business explores the recruitment process that takes low-paid migrant workers from Nepal to work in the Gulf states. It highlights the gap between law and enforcement, with most migrant workers continuing to pay recruitment fees upwards of $600 which is seven times the legal maximum.

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