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Slavery News Weekly: 28 June 2018

June 28, 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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Women most at risk from traffickers in India, Libya, Myanmar
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 June 2018
India, Libya and Myanmar are the world’s most dangerous countries for women exploited by human traffickers and forced to wed, work and sell sex, a global experts’ poll found this week.

Child labour rampant in tobacco industry
The Guardian, 25 June 2018
Child labour in tobacco is rampant and on the increase in poorer countries, according to a Guardian investigation, despite claims by multibillion-dollar companies that they are tackling the issue.

Two arrested in rape of anti-trafficking activists in India
CNN, 23 June 2018
Six men have been accused of rape in connection with a gang rape this week of five female anti-trafficking workers in a village in eastern India. The five women were performing a street play with three men on the issue of human trafficking when armed men on bikes disrupted the performance.

Child marriage is legal in 48 U.S. states. These women are asking why.
Buzzfeed News, 25 May 2018
As of this year, only two states have banned marriage for people under 18, and 19 states still don’t have minimum age requirements for people to marry. Activists are concerned that too many child marriages in the U.S. may be forced. 

The Ugandan girl who trekked barefoot to escape marriage at 13
The Guardian, 26 May 2018
She walked barefoot for 60km, across dangerous mountain terrain in north-east Uganda, to avoid getting married. She was just 13. Orphaned at nine, she was told by her father’s relatives she must marry a much older, wealthy man, so she ran.

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