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Slavery News Weekly: 7 June 2018

June. 7, 2018 / In the news Erin Phelps

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.

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‘Race is on’ to end trafficking, says UK anti-slavery chief
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 6 June 2018
At a conference on modern-day slavery on Wednesday, Britain’s outgoing anti-slavery chief said that “the race is on” to save the estimated 40 million people trapped in slavery worldwide. Kevin Hyland, the country’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, said that in addition to legislation and protocols, the world must take action to support victims and help them rebuild their lives.

Former slaves say give them the skills to lead anti-trafficking drive
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 6 June 2018
At the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Trust Conference at the European Parliament on Wednesday, former slaves said that survivors of modern slavery are best placed to lead the global anti-slavery movement. They shared their experiences of overcoming exploitation and said that the world must invest in “invisible” survivors as activists and leaders.

Thailand joins the global movement to combat forced labour
ILO News, 4 June 2018
On 4 June, Thailand became the 24th country worldwide and the first in Asia to ratify the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930. The Protocol, adopted by an overwhelming majority by the International Labour Conference in 2014, reinforces the international legal framework for combating all forms of forced labour, including trafficking in persons, and calls on ratifying States to take measures to prevent forced labour, protect victims and ensure their access to remedies and compensation.

Anglican and Catholic churches condemn ‘car wash slavery’
The Guardian, 3 June 2018
The Anglican and Catholic churches in England have joined forces to urge people to watch out for signs of modern day slavery at car washes and report their suspicions to the authorities. An app to help members of the public identify signs of forced labour was launched on Monday by the Clewer Initiative, the Church of England’s campaign against modern slavery, and the Santa Marta Group, the Catholic church’s anti-slavery project.

Thai court dismisses case against British activist Andy Hall
Aljazeera, 31 May 2018
A Thai appeals court has vindicated a British labour rights activist entangled in a years-long legal confrontation with a fruit-packing company after he publicised alleged human rights violations at its factory. The legal victory for Andy Hall has been welcomed by advocacy groups but is not necessarily the end of Hall’s protracted court battles.

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