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Slavery News Weekly: 25 May 2017

May. 25, 2017 / In the news Christopher Zoia / @Freedom_Fund

Slavery News Weekly: 25 May 2017

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.

My Family’s Slave
The Atlantic, June 2017 Issue
The cover story of The Atlantic magazine delves into a deeply personal account of modern day slavery. The article’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino-American author was 11 before he realized that Lola, the person who helped raise him, was his family’s slave.

Push grows to legislate on modern slavery
The Australian, 23 May 2017
Momentum is building in the Australian government for a modern slavery act to help stamp out the crime. The parliament’s foreign affairs and aid subcommittee hopes to report on the bill by December, and legislation could be introduced in early 2018.

India’s ‘anti-human trafficking caravan’ tours villages and towns
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 May 2017
You know when the “anti-human trafficking caravan” is in town. The loudspeakers blare as the large white bus moves slowly through eastern India’s villages with music, dance performances and street plays warning residents to “Be Alert, Raise Alarm. Stop Human Trafficking.”

Man pleads guilty to marrying 14-year-old girl amid spate of underage girls forced to become child brides
The Independent, 23 May 2017
A 14-year-old girl was allegedly forced to marry a man 20 years her senior in a Melbourne mosque. A film of the illegal ceremony has come to light amid a dramatic increase in reports of forced child marriages in Australia in the past few years.

Worker rights abuses at sea still a live issue
Bangkok Post, 17 May 2017
Although the Thai government has been commended for cracking down on illegal fishing activities following a series of warnings from the European Union, it is taking flak from NGOs for failing to seriously curb violations of workers’ rights and poor working conditions on fishing trawlers.

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