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Slavery News Weekly: 10 August 2017

August. 10, 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.

How big brands including Sports Direct unwittingly used slave labour
The Guardian, 9 August 2017
Convictions over the exploitation of migrant workers – sent to work at the sportswear company as well as for suppliers of major supermarkets – reveal how slavery is flourishing in modern Britain.

More Syrian child brides in Jordan amid poverty, uncertainty
The Washington Post, 7 August 2017
A new study based on Jordanian census figures shows that child marriages are up sharply among Syrian refugee girls in the kingdom, and that 44 percent of Syrian females getting married in 2015 were minors.

Brick by brick: satellite images could identify slave labour in India
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 3 August 2017
Researchers in England are hoping to help root out modern day slavery in northern India by using detailed satellite imagery to locate brick kilns – sites that are notorious for using millions of slaves, including children.

Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm over Australia’s import of farm workers
The Guardian, 2 August 2017
Each year thousands of Pacific island workers come to Australia to work on farms. Allegations of mistreatment are worryingly reminiscent of the era of bonded labour ‘blackbirding’, campaigners say.

The children working in Cambodia’s brick kilns
CNN Freedom Project, 27July 2017
In some Cambodian brick kilns, children are working alongside their parents, who are caught in a spiral of debt and low pay.

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