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Slavery News Weekly: 29 August 2019

August 29, 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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Nigeria government ‘detaining’ trafficking survivors: Report
Al Jazeera, 27 August 2019
Despite attempts by the Nigerian government to combat human trafficking and provide support for survivors, care for victims is still severely lacking, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

Primark to train 160,000 cotton farmers in sustainability drive
The Guardian, 27 August 2019
Primark has announced plans to improve its sustainability credentials by training 160,000 cotton farmers in India, Pakistan and China in environmentally friendly farming methods by 2022.

5,000 Children abandon studies to work in mica mines of Jharkhand, Bihar
The Wire, 27 August 2019
Over 5,000 children ages 6 to 14 have abandoned their education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand and Bihar, and a section of them have started working as labourers to supplement their family income, according to a government survey.

Female workers subjected to forced labour
The Himalayan Times, 26 August 2019
Nearly 41 percent of females working in the entertainment and hospitality sector have been subjected to forced labour. A report on ‘Status of Women and Children Working in Entertainment and Hospitality Sector’ released recently by the National Human Rights Commission stated that concerned entrepreneurs were imposing forced labour either deliberately or inadvertently.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh warned to be wary with human trafficking rising
Reuters, 23 August 2019
As more reports emerge of human traffickers preying on Rohingya refugees, authorities and aid groups have ramped up activities in the camps ranging from comic books and street plays to more police patrols to warn people of the risks.

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