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Slavery News Weekly: 18 October 2017

October. 19, 2017 / In the news The Freedom Fund / @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.

One in five Britons has never heard of modern slavery
Reuters, 18 October 2017
One in five people in Britain has never heard of modern slavery, and two-thirds do not know how to spot the crime, according to a new poll. The research comes amid a recent drive to help the British public identify signs of trafficking and report any suspicions.

A MacArthur ‘genius’ on overcoming modern farm slavery
The New York Times, 18 October 2017
Greg Asbed has spent much of his life fighting horrific labour abuses, including slavery. A human rights strategist, he co-founded a group that pioneered a system for overcoming brutal conditions in American agriculture. Last week, the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a “genius grant” to support his work in this area.

In Nepal, what migration means on the home front
Forests News, 16 October 2017
As Nepal’s migrant workers leave their villages behind, landscapes and social hierarchies are being shaken back home. While policymakers’ attention has largely focussed on safe migration, researchers are now examining the impact of out-migration on Nepal’s agriculture and social dynamics.

To end modern slavery, we first need to see the whole picture
Ethical Corporation, 13 October 2017
Researchers from the International Labour Organization and Walk Free Foundation explain how they pulled together Global Estimates of Modern Slavery and Child Labour, the first definitive data set on the 40 million people enslaved around the world.

Child trafficking victims vanish from council care and into the hands of criminals
The Times, 13 October 2017
Scores of Vietnamese children rescued from traffickers and placed in council care in the United Kingdom have gone missing and are feared to have fallen back into the hands of slave masters, according to an investigative report.

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