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Slavery News Weekly: 23 March 2017

March. 23, 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.

Migrant, refugee children live in ‘abysmal conditions’: European watchdog
Reuters, 22 March 17
Migrant children reaching Europe are exposed to sexual abuse and forced labor and lack access to education or healthcare, with some put in detention centers in a violation of their rights, the watchdog Council of Europe said. Children are among the most vulnerable of the 1.6 million refugees and migrants who reached Europe via the Mediterranean.

Two Women, One Cause
The Economist 1843, March 2017
Amal Clooney, a human rights lawyer, is working with Yazidi refugee Nadia Murad to put Islamic State in the dock. Clooney is Murad’s lawyer, and the two women are working to bring the leaders of Islamic State before an international court for inflicting genocide on the Yazidis.

Global companies get too much credit for their transparency
Quartz, 22 March 2017
Over the past few decades, companies have made greater efforts toward transparency in their supply chains, taking steps such as publishing their full list of suppliers. But a new report by New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights finds that transparency and effective efforts to make sure workers are treated fairly are not the same thing.

Trang fishing kingpin gets 14 years for trafficking
Bangkok Post, 17 March 2017
The former chairman of Thailand’s Trang Fishing association and five other defendants were sentenced to 14 years in prison for human trafficking. The Trang Provincial Court handed down the ruling to six traffickers for using slave labour and unauthorized possession of firearms, among other charges.

Fighting slavery is smart development policy
Impakter, 14 March 2017
Slavery shackles development. It drives down local wages and productivity, suppresses tax revenues and removes valuable human capital from the economy. This also means, however, that fighting slavery is smart development policy, writes Freedom Fund CEO Nick Grono in an article for Impakter magazine.

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