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.
‘It put an end to my childhood’: the hidden scandal of U.S. child marriage
The Guardian, 7 February 2018
In half of U.S. states, there is no legal minimum age for marriage; a 40-year-old man can, in theory, marry a five-year-old girl. But Florida may soon ban the practice for under-18s. Meet the former child brides campaigning for change.
Britain slashes handouts for victims of modern slavery
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 7 February 2018
Britain is halving the financial support it gives potential victims of modern slavery, in a move campaigners say endangers survivors and belies claims the country is leading efforts to eradicate the crime.
Suffering in silence, the migrant domestic workers exploited in Jordan
CNN Freedom Project, 5 February 2018
There are more than 50,000 migrant domestic workers in Jordan and another estimated 20,000 operating without proper documentation. Rights groups have reported many cases where migrant workers are not paid on time; some are deceived by employers and forced to work against their wills.
Coping with life after a daughter’s disappearance
BBC News, 2 February 2018
In the remote north of Vietnam, girls are disappearing. These girls, some as young as 13, are victims of bride trafficking, having been kidnapped and taken to China to be sold into marriage. This type of forced marriage has been growing slowly but steadily over the past decade.
Was your seafood caught with slave labour? New database helps retailers combat abuse
NPR, 1 February 2017
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, known best for its red, yellow and green sustainable seafood-rating scheme, is unveiling its first Seafood Slavery Risk Tool. It’s a database designed to help corporate seafood buyers assess the risk of forced labour, human trafficking and hazardous child labour in the seafood they purchase.
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