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Slavery News Weekly: 16 November 2017

November. 16, 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.

Amnesty warns on use of child labour in cobalt mining
The Financial Times, 15 November 2017
The world’s largest electronics and electric vehicle companies are not doing enough to ensure the cobalt in batteries they make or supply is not mined by child labour in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Amnesty International.

Satellites and science turn tide in fight to end slavery
Thompson Reuters Foundation, 15 November 2017
Breakthroughs in science and technology are helping to turn the tide in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking, said leading anti-slavery expert and Freedom Fund board member Kevin Bales.

ILO aims to eradicate child labour within eight-year deadline
Deutsche Welle, 15 November 2017
The International Labour Organization has urged a stepped up effort to eradicate child labour within eight years during a conference on the issue this week in Buenos Aires. The announcement comes as half of the world’s 28 largest companies have been accused of using cobalt metal that was mined by children.

Thai government baits line to lure fishermen 
Bangkok Post, 9 November 2017
The Thai Labour Ministry is proposing a fixed wage plus other benefits as an incentive for Thai workers to plug an acute labour shortage in the fishing industry. The government is also intensifying efforts to curb the exploitation of the fishing industry’s migrant workers, which make up the bulk of the workforce.

How some glue and a rusty bike helped a Nepalese girl escape child marriage
The Guardian, 9 November 2017
When her parents told 14-year-old Sheskalo Pandey that it was time to get married, she had other ideas. She came up with a business plan to sell handmade crafts to raise money to stay in school and avoid child marriage.

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