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Slavery News Weekly: 14 September 2017

September. 14, 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.

Corporations are tackling forced labor but progress needed: index
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 13 September 2017
Human trafficking is pervasive in global industries, particularly in manufacturing sectors such as textiles, but efforts by corporations to be socially responsible are starting to have an impact, according to new research.

Up to three quarters of children face abuse and trafficking on Mediterranean migration routes
UNICEF, 12 September 2017
Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 percent of those traveling along the central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation and practices which may amount to human trafficking.

Slaves on our streets: A major investigation to expose hidden horrors of modern-day slavery in London
Evening Standard, 12 September 2017
The Evening Standard launched a special investigation into the scandal of modern slavery in London: “It is a persistent evil which echoes down the centuries to the London of today in which we take such pride. That pride and our humanity dictate we do all in our power to find and free them.”

Pope Francis calls for end to modern slavery
Wall Street Journal, 10 September 2017
Speaking at a cobblestone plaza in Colombia where African slaves were once sold, Pope Francis wrapped up a five-day trip by declaring that the post-war period the country is entering must include an end to what he called modern forms of slavery.

Of Slaves and Slave Masters: Strategic Litigation to Address Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains
Oxford Human Rights Hub, 6 September 2017
The question is whether international human rights law can provide victims of forced labour with an effective remedy to enforce their individual human right, write authors from the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

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