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Slavery News Weekly: 13 July 2017

July. 13, 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.

Financial sector not using its full power to fight human trafficking – report
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 12 July 2017
The global financial sector is not fully using tools it has at hand to help fight human trafficking, from reporting suspicious credit card activity to seizing assets, said a report released by the United Nations University.

Fishermen freed from forced labour in Indonesia face struggle to start over
Toronto Star, 11 July 2017
Two years have passed since an AP investigation spurred the rescue of more than 2,000 enslaved fishermen, but many have struggled to start over. Some suffer night terrors and trauma from the years or even decades of physical and mental abuse they endured on boats run by Thai captains.

Thai Union, Greenpeace partnership ushers in new era for seafood industry
Sustainable Brands, 12 July 2017
The world’s largest canned tuna company, Thai Union, announced a deal with Greenpeace to tackle overfishing and labour abuse, in the latest bid to clean up the beleaguered Thai seafood industry.

Theresa May urges G20 to back call to eradicate modern slavery
AOL News, 7 July 2017
Theresa May told the world’s most powerful leaders they are not doing enough to tackle modern slavery, warning it is the greatest human rights issue they are facing. “Victims will only find freedom if we cultivate a radically new, global and coordinated approach to defeat this vile crime,” she said.

Slavery is thriving on London’s building sites and in restaurants, says police chief
Reuters, 7 July 2017
London is a hotspot of modern slavery, with workers in hotels, restaurants and on construction sites at particular risk of exploitation, said the head of the Metropolitan police’s anti-slavery unit. Modern slavery cases surged in the first half of this year to 820 by the end of June, compared to 1,013 in the whole of 2016.

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