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International

The Abolition of Modern Day Child Slavery
Renata A. Giannini, 2011
Issue brief for the Old Dominion University Model United Nations Conference, GA Third Committee: Social, Cultural and Humanitarian.

Child Labor Supply Chain Risks in the BRICs
Maplecroft, 5 Jul 2010

Child, forced labor behind many products: study
Marcy Nicholson, Reuters, 10 Sep 2009

Out of sight – girls in mining
International Labour Organisation, 13 Sep 2007
ILO study shows children are still forced to work in mines.

Amnesty International Dutch Section launch of: "The Human Rights And Business Pages: Forced Labour"
Amnesty Intl. Netherlands, 21 Mar 2006
   [PDF] full report: "The Human Rights And Business Pages - Forced Labour"
   Amnesty Intl. Netherlands, 2 Mar 2006


Africa

See also items on the Intl. Cocoa Initiative, in “Key initiatives & reports”

New Evidence of Trafficking, Child, Forced Labor in Cocoa
Tim Newman, End Human Trafficking, 1 Oct 2010

Beware of slavery in chocolate, says Trade Aid
Stuff.co.nz (New Zealand), 22 Aug 2009
Reports of widespread child slavery on cocoa farms in Africa.

Plight of African child slaves forced into mines – for our mobile phones
Charles Lavery, Sunday Mail (UK), 6 Jul 2008

Africa’s World of Forced Labor, in a 6-Year-Old’s Eyes
Sharon LaFraniere, New York Times, 29 Oct 2006

Rubber plantation workers strike over conditions, pay, child labour [Liberia]
IRIN, 10 Feb 2006
Includes allegation that wages are so low that children are forced to help their parents meet production quotas.
   Alien Tort Claims Act Lawsuit Alleges Slavery and Child Labor on Liberian Firestone
   Plantation
   William Baue, SocialFunds.com, 30 Dec 2005
   Profile of lawsuit
   Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Forced labour in Africa: between poverty and tradition
International Labour Organization, 13 May 2005


Americas

Brazilian officials rescue workers in slave-like conditions
Helena de Moura, CNN, 12 Sep 2010
Agricultural workers, including adolescents, were found working under “slave-like conditions”.

Brazil cattle company fined for slavery
AFP, 19 Aug 2010
Among the 180 enslaved workers were 9 adolescents and a child of 14 years.

Argentina: Child working at the Age of 7 Pays with His Health
Soledad Arréguez Manozzo, translated by Bernarda Porrati, in Upside Down World, 18 Nov 2010
Child working to help parents pay off parents’ debt to farm owner.


Asia & Pacific

GAP, Walmart, C&A, H&M warn their Indian suppliers against textile mills that involve child & bonded-labour
Economic Times (India), 16 Nov 2011
Retailers instruct suppliers not to source from mills emplying girls under "Sumangali".

[video] Nepal carpet crisis pushing children into slavery
CNN Freedom Project, 16 Jun 2011

Runaway prompts police probe into gold mine slavery [Vietnam]
Than Nien News (Vietnam), 29 Oct 2010
15-year-old escapes forced labour in gold mine.

India: Bonded Labour in India
Asian Legal Resource Centre, 31 Aug 2010
Children form a substantial part of bonded labour in India.

On the trail of child labor in Bangladesh
Siddharth Kara, CNN, 3 Aug 2010

Microsoft bosses told 'child slavery' must end
Tom Mellen, Morning Star (UK), 19 Apr 2010
Allegations that Microsoft supplier forces teenagers to work 15 hour shifts in sweatshop conditions – Microsoft pledges to “take appropriate action” if the factory found not adhering to its standards.

Forced labour exposed at China kiln: report
AFP, 26 Jan 2010
Many of those forced into labour were children.

Pakistan’s Kiln Workers Bricked in by Debt
Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 3 Jul 2009
Many brick kiln workers are children.

Child slaves still working in China’s brick kilns
AsiaNews, 23 Apr 2009

Children of the stone quarries [India]
Mari Marcel Thekaekara, InfoChange News & Features (India), 1 Dec 2008

Buying, selling of children common in stone quarries [India]
Vibha Sharma, Tribune News Service (India), 31 Aug 2005

Chinese children sold “like cabbages” into slavery
Reuters, 29 Apr 2008
“Thousands of children in southwest China have been sold into slavery like ‘cabbages’, to work as labourers in more prosperous areas such as the booming southern province of Guangdong”.

Indian ’slave’ children found making low-cost clothes destined for Gap
Dan McDougall, Observer (UK), 28 Oct 2007

Gap Inc. Issues Statement on Media Reports on Child Labor
Gap, 28 Oct 2007
U.S. Clothing Company Drops New Delhi Contractor
Lea Terhune, USINFO, US Department of State 31 Oct 2007

Child bondage continues in Indian cotton supply chain
India Committee of the Netherlands, 25 Sep 2007

Child slavery: India’s self-perpetuating dilemma
Natasa Kovasevic, Entrepreneur, Summer 2007

Kidnapped children in China forced into slave labor / Hundreds of youths reported to be toiling in brutal conditions
Howard W. French, New York Times, 16 Jun 2007

The price of sparkle is child slavery [India]
Dan McDougall, Observer (UK), 30 Apr 2006
With response by Swarovski.


Europe & Central Asia

Cotton produced through forced child labour– European companies held responsible [Uzbekistan]
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), 25 Oct 2010

Silk's dark side: Uzbek kids made to grow cocoons
Mansur Mirovalev, AP, 28 Aug 2010

Taxpayers' money could fund child labour or slavery overseas under new rules, warn campaigners [UK]
Amnesty International UK, 3 Mar 2010

Slave Nation: State Sponsored Forced Child Labour in Uzbekistan's Cotton Fields
Environmental Justice Foundation, Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights, Anti-Slavery International, 22 Feb 2010

Tajikistan’s children still forced to harvest cotton
Sabrina Shakirova, CentralAsiaOnline.com, 7 Jan 2010

Forced child labour: invisible to the world
Andrew Stroehlein, AlertNet. 13 Mar 2009


Middle East & North Africa

Jordan: Code of conduct to fight child labour launched
IRIN, 10 Jul 2007
Reports 13 % of working children in Jordan are subjected to forced labour.

Trafficking of children for use as camel jockeys
Anti-Slavery, May 2006

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16 November 2011

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The Abolition of Modern Day Child Slavery: Issue brief for the Old Dominion University Model United Nations Conference, GA Third Committee: Social, Cultural and Humanitarian

Author: Renata A. Giannini

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18 November 2010

Argentina: Child Working at the Age of 7 Pays with His Health

Author: Soledad Arréguez Manozzo, translated by Bernarda Porrati

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Runaway prompts police probe into gold mine slavery [Vietnam]

Author: Than Nien News [Vietnam]

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Cotton produced through forced child labour– European companies held responsible [Uzbekistan]

Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)

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Tajikistan’s children still forced to harvest cotton

Author: Sabrina Shakirova, Central Asia Online

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New Evidence of Trafficking, Child, Forced Labor in Cocoa

Author: Tim Newman, Change.org

[The fourth annual] report [by the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University] identifies the ongoing exploitation of labor rights in the cocoa sector including the worst forms of child labor, forced labor and trafficking...The.....

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Brazilian officials rescue workers in slave-like conditions

Author: Helena de Moura, CNN

Brazilian officials have said they will continue to crack down on farms accused of forcing workers into slave-like conditions, the country's labor ministry said after authorities rescued...95 workers in Campo de Goytacazes, in the state of Rio de...

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