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Slavery News Weekly: 3 May 2018

May 3, 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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UK modern slavery strategy ‘yet to result in coherent action’
The Independent, 2 May 2018
Modern slavery is not fully understood by the government and it has no idea if its crackdown is working, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee concluded that “good intentions have yet to result in coherent action” against the crimes.

Carmakers and big tech struggle to keep batteries free from child labour
CNN, 1 May 2018
Much of the cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo where children work in mines. Car and tech companies are scrambling to find supplies of cobalt that aren’t tainted by child labour.

UK slavery victims secure legal aid in government U-turn
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 1 May 2018
Modern slavery survivors wishing to stay in Britain have secured the right to free government legal advice following a case hailed by campaigners as a boost for victim support.

Hundreds of human trafficking victims freed in 13 countries after vast Interpol operation
NBC News, 30 April 2018
Nearly 350 victims of modern-day slavery across the Americas and the Caribbean have been freed after an operation by Interpol to spot human trafficking.

China busts human trafficking ring selling ‘Vietnamese brides’ to rural bachelors
Global Times, 29 April 2018
A Chinese court has tried 28 people for their suspected trafficking of Vietnamese women into China, where they were later sold and married off to men in rural areas.

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