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Slavery News Weekly: 23 November 2017

November. 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.

Nevsun loses bid to stop Canadian lawsuit over forced labour claims in Africa mine
Reuters, 21 November 2017
Mining company Nevsun Resources Ltd lost its bid to have a Canadian court throw out a lawsuit by Eritrean workers who say they were forced to work at its mine in East Africa. This appeals court judgement marks the first time an appellate court in Canada has permitted a mass tort claim for modern slavery.

UN chief says human trafficking may constitute a war crime
TIME, 21 November 2017
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for urgent action to combat human trafficking, singling out the recent video of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya and extremists and criminals forcing women, boys and girls into “de-humanizing servitude.”

How traffickers exploit children in Haiti’s orphanages
CNN Freedom Project, 20 November 2017
There are at least 30,000 children living in orphanages in Haiti. The government’s top anti-trafficking official says many orphanages are profiting off the backs of children, forcing them into forced labour and allowing them to live in squalor. Most of the money being donated to Haiti’s orphanages never reach the children.

Charity for victims of modern slavery in London sees 30% rise in cases
The Guardian, 19 November 2017
A new report by UK charity Hestia says that two-thirds of the modern slavery victims it worked with in London in 2016 had been forced into prostitution – a far higher proportion than the rest of the country.

Sale of migrants as slaves in Libya causes outrage in Africa and Paris
New York Times, 19 November 2017
A recent report about the sale of African migrants as slaves in Libya has incited outrage, prompting a protest in central Paris, condemnation by the African Union and an official investigation.

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