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Slavery News Weekly: 21 November 2019

November 21, 2019 / Media, 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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5 years making fashion a force for good: interview with the Freedom Fund
C&A Foundation, 30 October 2019
We sat down with Amol Mehra and Ginny Baumann to have a conversation about the Freedom Fund’s mission, the impact of their projects with C&A Foundation in India and what moves and drives them to do this work every day.

Dignity, equality and justice: Human trafficking survivors from across India come together to launch forum
The New Indian Express, 20 November 2019
Although illegal, but distressingly a reality, human trafficking in India still remains a major issue. In lieu of this crisis, over 2,500 survivors, representing seven states formed the Indian Leadership Forum Against Trafficking (ILFAT).                                    

Global spotlight on illegal mica mines drives Indian villagers to hide deaths
Reuters, 19 November 2019
A Thomson Reuters Foundation expose in 2016 found children were dying in illegal mines but their deaths covered up with families given “blood money” to be silent and keep producing the mineral used in make-up, car paint, and electronics. Returning this year to two major mica hubs found mining was largely unchecked and that people were continuing to work – and die – in illegal mines.                  

Vietnam boats using child labour for illegal fishing
The Guardian, 19 November 2019
Children as young as 11 are working aboard Vietnamese vessels fishing illegally for seafood that could end up on sale in supermarkets in the EU and US, according to an investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation.                  

Asia tops child labour and human trafficking activity
The Maritime Executive, 16 November 2019
A new report indicates that a significant share of child labour and human trafficking in global supply chains occurs in activities such as raw material extraction and agriculture, with South-East Asia having the highest percentage of child labour.

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