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Slavery News Weekly: 26 October 2017

October. 26, 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.

Asia must protect ‘invisible workforce’ in homes to curb slavery: UN
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 25 October 2017
Millions of domestic workers in Asia who are at risk of abuse and slavery have no legal recognition, the United Nations labour agency has warned, urging reforms at a meeting to protect the world’s “largest invisible workforce”.

Brazil’s top court suspends controversial slavery decree
Reuters, 24 October 2017
Brazil’s Supreme Court has suspended a decree issued by President Michel Temer’s government changing the definition of slavery that was widely condemned as a reversal in the fight against forced labour.

World Bank: Ending child marriage would boost West, Central Africa economies
Voice of America, 24 October 2017
West and Central Africa have the highest prevalence rates of child marriage on the continent. Reversing this trend could have major economic benefits, according to experts taking part in high-level meetings in Senegal this week aimed at reinvigorating the campaign to end child marriage in the region.

Police forces failing to tackle modern slavery in UK, report shows
The Guardian, 23 October 2017
Police forces are failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking because the cases are too difficult and senior officers believe the public lack sympathy for the victims, a highly critical report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has found.

From ending sex slavery to child soldiers, campaigners say more data needed
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 October 2017
More and better data is needed to track progress in the global drive to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking as many victims – including people trafficked for their organs and child soldiers – are going uncounted, leading anti-slavery groups say.

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