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.
Malaysia could be Southeast Asia’s model to end child marriages
Asian Correspondent, 7 August 2018
Following months of pressure from local rights groups, Malaysia’s new government has announced plans to do away with legal provisions that allow Muslim men and women to wed in their teens.
Nosy, persistent, brave: the women who catch sex-traffickers red-handed
The Guardian, 3 August 2018
Nepali women patrol the Nepal-Indian border to apprehend people taking girls out of the country. The “human interceptors”, as they are known, work in partnership with Love Justice International, an NGO that coordinates teams at 20 of Nepal’s border crossings.
IOM: Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar Are at Risk of Trafficking
Voice of America, 2 August 2018
The International Organization for Migration reports thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar are at risk of falling prey to human traffickers who exploit them sexually and for forced labor.
Former slave runs for office in Mauritania to fight for freedom
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 July 2018
Born into slavery and kept as a servant for 30 years, Haby Mint Rabah is now running for parliament in Mauritania to fight for freedom in a nation with one of the world’s worst slavery rates.
Forced labour in the UK: ‘I tried to escape… they cut my finger off’
Financial Times, 26 July 2018
Construction workers in the UK are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, from withheld wages to trafficking. Multiple layers of outsourcing and the subcontracting of temporary staff on informal and last-minute contracts mean companies often do not know where their labour is coming from.
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Photo credit: Katie Orlinsky, Legatum Limited, 2018.