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.
Home Office under fire over ‘muddled’ strategy on slavery that fails victims
The Guardian, 23 May 2018
The resignation of UK anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland has prompted scrutiny of Theresa May’s modern slavery policy. Freedom Fund CEO Nick Grono said Hyland had been an “outstanding” and respected commissioner and was disappointed to see him go.
Norway to ban child marriage as it seeks to set a global example
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 22 May 2018
Norway approved a law banning all child marriage this week, with campaigners saying it would set an example to others ahead of a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the practice.
Sex trafficking taking place on an ‘industrial scale’, MPs warn
The Independent, 21 May 2018
Hundreds of vulnerable women, predominantly from Eastern Europe, are being supplied by trafficking gangs into residential properties to be sexually exploited by British men, according to new research by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Scots ‘more likely’ to report people trafficking
BBC News, 20 May 2018
Scotland’s justice secretary has welcomed research that suggests Scots are increasingly likely to report suspected people trafficking.
EU maintains Thailand ‘yellow card’ for abuses in Thai seafood industry
The Nation, 18 May 2018
Failures to protect migrant workers’ rights has kept Thailand on the European Union’s “yellow flag” watch list for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, according to a new report by the Civil Society’s Coalition for Ethical and Sustainable Seafood.
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