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.
U.N. seeks to protect young children from work on farms in Lebanon
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 6 September 2017
With child labour soaring in Lebanon following the outbreak of war in Syria, the United Nations published a guide for employers to protect rural child labourers from sexual abuse and injury. Children as young as five are missing school and harming their health by working on farms, especially in remote regions like the Beqaa.
Study: more than a third of UK businesses are failing to combat modern slavery
The Independent, 6 September 2017
More than a third of UK businesses are flouting their responsibilities to combat modern slavery, new data shows, amid mounting concerns that there are far more slavery victims in Britain than previously thought.
Australian government urged to ban orphanage tourism immediately
The Guardian, 5 September 2017
A Liberal-led committee will urge the Australian government to ban involvement in ‘aiding traffickers’ as a priority without waiting for a modern slavery act. Last month a committee considering anti-slavery laws heard extensive evidence about the involvement of Australian money in one form of modern slavery: orphanage tourism.
Nepali embassy in UAE makes public names of human traffickers
The Kathmandu Post, 4 September 2017
The Nepali embassy in the United Arab Emirates has made public the names of 51 individuals and travel agents involved in the illegal trafficking of migrant workers. The names were made public based on the complaints registered by victims. Nepali migrant workers trafficked to the Middle East are often vulnerable to exploitation.
Top UK retailers pull granite worktops from shops over Indian slavery fears
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 4 September 2017
Two leading British retailers have pulled a range of luxury granite worktops from sale after rights groups found that many of the labourers mining the rock in southern Indian quarries are victims of modern slavery.
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