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Slavery News Weekly: 12 April 2018

April. 12, 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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Rich nations ramp up anti-slavery funding yet businesses urged to do more
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 11 April 2018
With slavery increasingly regarded as a major global issue, there is growing scrutiny on how much is being spent to meet a UN goal to end the crime by 2030. Freedom Fund CEO Nick Grono said: “The biggest impact won’t come from funding, but from firms investing resources to transform their supply chains, be more transparent and change their procurement practices.”

U.S. passes law aimed at curbing online sex trafficking
Washington Post, 11 April 2018
President Trump signed a measure aimed at curbing online sex trafficking, marking a rare bipartisan victory in Washington. The new law paves the way for victims of trafficking to hold websites accountable for knowingly facilitating sex trafficking.

Undercover investigation reveals work exploitation in UK
BBC News, 9 April 2018
An undercover investigation has shown the extent and scale of labour exploitation and modern day slavery in the UK. With a 300% rise in recorded slavery victims since 2012, officials acknowledge there is a growing problem.

Can a new app more safely identify human trafficking victims?
Devex, 9 April 2018
A new mobile app seeks to provide a cost-efficient platform to interview trafficking victims in Thailand and to disrupt the often biased or unsafe measures by which many groups conduct interviews.

Zimbabwe urged to take action against child labour on tobacco farms
The Guardian, 6 April 2018
In a report titled “Bitter Harvest”, Human Rights Watch revealed that children as young as 11 were working on tobacco farms, often in hazardous conditions, to earn school fees or supplement the family income.


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Photo credit: Alice Carfrae, Legatum Limited, 2018. 

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