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10 June 2014

Trafficked into slavery on Thai trawlers to catch food for prawns

Author: Kate Hodal & Chris Kelly, Guardian

The Thai fishing industry is built on slavery, with men often beaten, tortured and sometimes killed - all to catch 'trash fish' to feed the cheap farmed prawns sold in the west…[M]any Thai officials not only turn a blind eye to abuse…they are often...

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1 June 2014

Migrant workers’ access to justice at home: Nepal

Author: Sarah Paoletti, University of Pennsylvania; Eleanor Taylor-Nicholson, University of New South Wales; Bandita Sijapati, Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility; Bassina Farbenblum, University of New South Wales

Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Nepal is the...comprehensive analysis of how laws and institutions in Nepal succeed or fail in protecting migrant workers from harms suffered during recruitment or while working in the Middle East. The study...

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13 May 2014

Nigeria: Farmers allege British America Tobacco 'putting them in modern slavery'; claim child labour used to reduce costs as a result

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13 May 2014

Tobacco farming as modern slavery [Nigeria]

Author: Marcus Yemiete, ThisDay (Nigeria)

...Oluwasegun Sangobode...a tobacco farmer...[says] “If the year is good and my product is worth...a million naira, after all loans are repaid I will be left with...N300,000 for a year’s work...[S]ometimes, I do not realise any money and if the loan...

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3 April 2014

[PDF] Draft Modern Slavery Bill - Report

Author: House of Lords & House of Commons Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill

Our Report recommends the following key steps to improve the draft Bill...[including] taking steps to make sure that goods and services produced elsewhere but sold in the UK are free from the taint of slavery...We recommend that, as a proportionate...

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1 April 2014

[PDF] Prisoners of Sugar [Dominican Republic]

Author: Raùl Zecca Castel, University of Milan

To be born in Haiti, in 80 percent of cases, means being destined to live under the line of extreme poverty…[Thousands] of Haitians decide to abandon their homeland and loved ones to enter into nearby Dominican Republic…Lack of documents exposes the...

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28 March 2014

'Slavery exists in every country'

Author: Gina Dafalia, Walk Free Foundation, on Deutsche Welle (Germany)

The Global Freedom Network, a new working group of religious leaders, aims to put a stop to slavery...[It is] the brainchild of an Australian billionaire... Andrew Forrest...decided that he needed to have a look at the business operations of his...

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27 March 2014

Investors call for supply chain transparency legislation in UK modern slavery bill

Author: Charlotte Malone, Blue & Green Tomorrow

Investors with a total of £195 billion in assets under management are calling for Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) legislation to be embedded in the UK modern slavery bill. They argue that human rights abuses not only present ethical concerns but...

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26 March 2014

Dorset Police rescue six 'slaves' from Bournemouth business address [UK]

Author: Western Daily Press

Six people suspected of being “slaves” have been rescued by police. Dorset Police raided a business address in Bournemouth as part of an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking. As a result six men...have been taken to a place of safety...

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10 March 2014

Five Reasons Slaves Still Catch Your Seafood [Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia]

Author: Patrick Winn, Global Post

…Just a few years ago, the dark underworld of forced labor in Thailand’s fishing sector was little known. The dirty secrets of this $7.3 billion powerhouse industry have since been explored by the media and international watchdog groups…Here are five...

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