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Slavery News Weekly: 17 May 2018

May. 17, 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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U.S. YouTube star unveils trainers with a modern slavery twist
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 15 May 2018
Known for unveiling the latest sneakers from Adidas and Nike on his YouTube channel, American vlogger Jacques Slade has unboxed a pair of trainers with a twist – they highlight modern slavery.

Failings by major UK construction companies fuel forced labour
The Business Times, 14 May 2018
Ignorance and aggressive business models are fuelling modern slavery in Britain’s construction industry as failings by major contractors leave British and foreign workers vulnerable to forced labour, according to a report by Britain’s Chartered Institute of Building.

Migrants ‘need protection’
The Phnom Penh Post, 14 May 2018
A new report by the International Labor Rights Forum says that forced labour and other abuses of foreign workers on Thai fishing vessels are likely to continue unless the government and industry actors take a different approach to resolving the problems they face.

Delaware becomes the first U.S. State to outlaw child marriage
BBC News, 13 May 2018
In a historic moment for girls, Delaware’s governor signed a bill last week making it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to get married in the state. Delaware is now the first state in America to completely outlaw child marriage.

Ontario offering free legal help to human-trafficking victims in Canadian first
The Globe and Mail, 11 May 2018
Ontario has become the country’s first province to offer free legal help to victims of human trafficking, part of its concerted effort to combat modern slavery. Victims now can call a telephone hotline or visit a team of specialized lawyers for advice.

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