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Slavery News Weekly: 11 October 2018

October 11, 2018 / Media, Slavery News Weekly 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 in this week’s roundup of top slavery articles.

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Brazil’s fashion brands score poorly in first supply chain slavery index
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 11 October 2018
The 20 biggest fashion retailers in Brazil – where slave labour is a common problem – scored poorly on an index assessing their social and environmental practices, with almost half failing to disclose any information, UK-based campaigners said.

Britain urged to tackle orphanage trafficking in anti-slavery fight
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 9 October 2018
Britain should recognise so-called “orphanage trafficking” as a form of modern slavery and revise its law to ensure funding and volunteers are not sent to unscrupulous institutions that seize children for profit, politicians and activists said.

How saying ‘I do’ can help millions of girls to say ‘I don’t’
CNN, 9 October 2018
Every bride gets a little nervous on her wedding day. Thankfully, for most brides, it is a day of joy and beautiful memories. But what if the bride is a 12-year-old girl? And instead of walking excitedly down the aisle, she is dragged into a secluded room to be married to a man she has never met?

Study details link between social media and sex trafficking
BBC News, 3 October 2018
Social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit and sell children for sex, according to a study by The University of Toledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute.

Congolese doctor, Yazidi activist, champions in fight against rape in war, win Nobel Peace Prize
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 5 October 2018
Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

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