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Slavery News Weekly: 02 August 2018

August. 2, 2018 / 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 in this week’s roundup of top slavery articles.

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She escaped domestic slavery, now she helps other survivors
CNN Freedom Project, 30 July 2018
It’s been a tortuous journey for Francisca Awah. Last month, the 35-year-old from Cameroon was honored by the U.S. Department of State for her contribution to the fight against human trafficking. But just three years ago she was living in modern slavery, trapped and abused as a domestic worker in Kuwait.

UK businesses slow to tackle slavery under landmark law
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 July 2018
Businesses in Britain are failing to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains, with many slow to take action under a landmark law, according to a survey of company managers.

13 sex trafficking statistics that put the worldwide problem into perspective
Bustle, 30 July 2018
Millions of women, men, and children around the world become victims of human trafficking each year. Here are 14 statistics you need to know about one of the world’s fastest growing criminal industries.

Modern slavery law review as gangs ‘evolve’
BBC News, 30 July 2018
The UK’s modern slavery legislation is to be reviewed as criminal gangs find new ways to exploit victims, the Home Office has announced. Ministers say about 600 investigations are now taking place into offences.

11 and Married: Malaysia Spars Over an Age-Old Practice
New York Times, 29 June 2018
An 11-year-old’s marriage to a 41-year-old rubber trader with a prominent role at his mosque and a fleet of fancy cars has reignited debate in Malaysia about the persistence of conservative Islamic traditions in this modern, multiethnic democracy.


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Photo credit: Suzanne Lee, Legatum Limited, 2018. 

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