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Labor trafficking is everywhere and nowhere: Christian Science Monitor series on modern slavery

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25 January 2016

Human trafficking: 6 solutions that are working

Author: Michael Holtz, Christian Science Monitor

In a 14-part global series on labor trafficking, The Monitor investigated promising and innovative solutions to modern-day slavery. Here are six of them.

1.  'Fair food' labeling for US produce

2. Supply chain transparency

3. Empower migrant workers and trafficking victims

4. Joint police-NGO task forces

5. Labor trafficking lawsuits in US courts 

6. Make foreign recruiters register with the state

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26 October 2015

Labor trafficking is everywhere and nowhere - An overview of 21st-century slavery

Author: Stephanie Hanes, Christian Science Monitor

...It is the breadth of the problem, and how connected it is to the various tentacles of our national and global economy, that makes labor trafficking so difficult to fight. Start to unpack the methods of labor traffickers, and the ways trafficking intersects with our own lives, and one starts to confront the questions and complications of immigration policy, international migration, global inequalities, and, arguably, the American addiction for cheap stuff...

...But as a months-long, international Monitor investigation has discovered, there are glimmers of light in this global human rights crisis – a crisis to which we are all connected. From grassroots workers’ coalitions to multilateral treaties and geo-data manipulation to new law enforcement initiatives, individuals are finding new ways to counter labor trafficking.

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