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.
Modern slavery seeps through murky world of Britain’s car washes
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 8 November 2017
Thousands of workers in hand car washes across Britain are believed to be victims of modern slavery – mostly men lured from Eastern Europe – with promises of paid work, housing and better job opportunities in the future.
Modern slavery victim tells harrowing tale as figures reveal almost half of those abused are sexually exploited
Evening Standard, 7 November 2017
Nearly half of the victims of modern slavery in the UK are sex workers, according to the Salvation Army. In recent weeks, the Evening Standard has been highlighting the plight of survivors and the work being done to fight modern slavery.
European chains ‘profit on back of Syrian refugees in Turkish factories’
Reuters, 4 November 2017
Some of Europe’s biggest stores are failing to stem the abuse of Syrian refugees who work in the Turkish factories that supply their clothes, according to a survey conducted by the Business and Human Rights Resources Centre.
Demand for wives in China endangers women who live on its borders
The Economist, 4 November 2017
In China the trafficking of women is particularly acute, in part because a preference for sons has left the country with a severely skewed sex ratio. Trafficking networks along China’s border smuggle women and girls from China’s poorer neighbours into China to be sold as brides.
The growing danger of child labour in Rohingya refugee camps
IRIN, 3 November 2017
There is a severe shortage of safe spaces for kids in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border fleeing violence in Myanmar, and advocates say refugee children are at high risk of exploitation and abuse.
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