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14 August 2019

Mauritius: Closure of garment factory supplying to ASOS & John Lewis leaves migrant Bangladeshi workers unpaid & stranded; ASOS outlines remediation efforts

In July 2019, it was reported in the Dhaka Tribune that approximately 180 garment workers in Mauritius had lost their jobs and were owed at least two months outstanding wages after their employer, Tex Knits garment factory, ceased operations. It was...

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Company response
13 August 2019

ASOS' response

Author: ASOS

...Through our engagement with the liquidators and representatives of the Mauritius government we were able to ensure that the workers’ electricity and water supplies were reconnected at their accommodation and that workers are provided with an ongoing...

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Article
13 August 2019

Uganda: Columnist attributes rise in human trafficking to failure to effectively regulate recruitment agencies

Author: Victoria Nyeko, Daily Monitor (Uganda)

"Who is to blame for human trafficking, government or agencies?"...

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12 August 2019

Qatar: Migrant workers protest delayed wages & poor working conditions

A video and images circulating online appear to show hundreds of migrant workers taking part in strikes in Qatar over the 4th and 5th August. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and media report the workers are protesting against poor working conditions, wage...

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Article
9 August 2019

Kenya: How recruitment agencies & entertainment clubs are complicit in human trafficking

Author: Reuters

“From Asia to Africa: Women trafficked to Kenya's Bollywood-style dance bars”...

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Article
5 August 2019

Kenya: Trafficking victim trapped in Iraq; Haki Africa calls for regulation of recruitment agencies to protect migrant workers

Author: Brian Otieno, The Star (Kenya)

"Trafficking victim trapped in Iraq appeals for Uhuru's help"...

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Article
2 August 2019

Kenya: Tips on how to identify recruitment agencies potentially complicit in human trafficking

Author: Wakini Njogu (The Star)

"Riding on jobseekers' desparation: Human trafficking redflags"...

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Article
2 August 2019

Ugandans seeking employment abroad urged to use accredited recruitment agencies to avoid human trafficking

Author: Eddie Ssejjoba, New Vision (Uganda)

"Ugandan girls warned on human trafficking"...

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Company response
29 July 2019

John Lewis' response

Author: John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis & Partners spokesperson said: “We are saddened to hear about the conditions experienced by workers at Tex Knits Garment in Mauritius. We stopped working with the factory in May when we were informed that the company had gone into...

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19 July 2019

India: Govt. records 77,155 labour abuse allegations by migrant workers in the Gulf between 2016-2019

The Indian government has released figures detailing the numbers of allegations of labour abuse it has received from migrant workers to the Gulf countries in the four years between 2016 and 2019. 77,155 complaints were made to embassies and consulates...

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