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Slavery News Weekly: 17 October 2019

October 17, 2019 / Slavery News Weekly Nuri Weitzman

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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How 45 NGOs and $15 million brought down bonded labour in UP, Bihar & Tamil Nadu
ThePrint, 16 October 2019
A new report has found that a five-year intervention campaign by 45 Indian NGOs that were backed by the Freedom Fund has effectively reduced unfair labour practices in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Tamil Nadu by nearly 80 percent.

Thailand’s human traffickers flout 99% of court orders to compensate victims
Reuters, 14 October 2019
Human traffickers in Thailand have ignored court orders to compensate victims in more than 99% of cases in recent years, fuelling fears that many survivors could be re-trafficked, data obtained by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed.

Workers making £88 Lululemon leggings claim they are beaten
The Guardian, 14 October 2019
Lululemon, an athleisure brand whose £88 leggings are worn by celebrities and Instagram influencers, are sourcing clothing from a factory where Bangladeshi female factory workers claim they are beaten and physically assaulted.

Chocolate makers face ultimatum over pay for poor cocoa farmers
Business Times, 14 October 2019
West African neighbours Ivory Coast and Ghana, where more than 60 percent of the world’s cocoa is grown, are becoming frustrated by the slow uptake of a strategy adopted in July to levy a US $400-a-ton premium to help improve growers’ pay. Last week, they threatened to suspend programmes that chocolate makers rely on to certify that their beans are not grown in protected forests or with the forced labour of children.

Brazil turns to social workers to support slavery victims
Voice of America, 3 October 2019
Brazil is aiming to build a network of social workers nationwide to support people rescued from modern slavery, and help prevent would-be victims from being trafficked, a top prosecutor said.

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