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.
Global garment workers exploited as big brands pressure suppliers
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 31 October 2018
Pressure by big brands on suppliers to deliver more quickly and cheaply contributes to labour abuses in factories that manufacture garments, footwear and textiles, according to a report published this week.
Two held over ‘slave’ in Southampton garden shed
BBC News, 30 October 2018
Two people have been arrested following reports a man had been kept as a slave in a shed at the bottom of a garden for four years. The man and woman are being held on suspicion of modern slavery offences.
Migrants claim recruiters lured them into forced labour at top Qatar hotel
The Guardian, 29 October 2018
The Guardian has found evidence that hotel staff in Qatar are paid below the minimum wage for enduring long shifts in intense heat. Some say they have worked for three or four months without a day off.
Apple investigates report that Chinese students were forced to make its watches
CNN Business, 29 October 2018
Apple is investigating allegations that one of its suppliers illegally used high school students to assemble its watches at a factory in China.
UK imposes landmark labor ban on duo who exploited foreign workers
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 October 2018
A British court banned a couple convicted of illegally supplying overseas workers from recruiting any more staff, the first time Britain has used such a sanction as the country cracks down on labour abuses and modern slavery.
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