On Anti-Slavery Day activists worldwide nominate positive examples on fighting human trafficking & modern-day slavery

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18 October 2013

Human trafficking gets life term in drive on slavery (UK)

Author: Tom Symonds, BBC News UK

A maximum life sentence for the worst cases of human trafficking and exploitation is to be introduced...The number of cases discovered in the UK has risen by 25% in the last year, according to government figures. Trafficking from Albania, Poland and Lithuania has seen a big rise. Ministers are planning new legislation to simplify the law on slavery, and make it easier to bring prosecutions. Victims are often targeted for sexual exploitation, construction work or begging gangs. A new report by the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking has revealed that 1,186 victims were referred to the authorities in 2012, compared with 946 victims in 2011.

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18 October 2013

Human trafficking: stories from the frontline

Author: Maeve Shearlaw, Guardian (UK)

World anti-slavery day [is] dedicated to raising awareness of people trapped in forced labour, manifestations of which are often referred to as modern-day slavery. To mark the day, we asked campaigners and activists around the world to nominate examples of campaigns or individuals that have had a positive impact on fighting human trafficking…Nepali unions create links with other organisations to accompany their workers. There is a specific agreement with Malaysian wood trade unions so that registered Nepali workers are followed individually…In 2006 the Salvation Army set up a residential centre in Mchinji for children rescued from exploitative labour…Anti-Slavery International and its Nigerian partner organisation Timidria provide education in communities that recently emerged from slavery in six remote villages in northern Niger…Ecpat UK youth group is a peer support community of young women and girls who are victims of trafficking in the UK…

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18 October 2013

Newmarket/Stowmarket: Police officers visit business premises ahead of Anti-Slavery Day today (UK)

Author: Ross Bentley, EADT24

Officers went to premises in Stowmarket and Newmarket to make checks...and to talk to staff about their working and living conditions, as part of activities ahead of national Anti-Slavery Day...No major issues were found but officers took the opportunity to engage with workers to ensure they were aware of their rights. Police in both Norfolk and Suffolk are currently carrying out activities to highlight issues around human trafficking and exploitation under the national banner of Operation Eagle. They say there are a variety of types of human trafficking including sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude and anti-slavery day aims to raise awareness of these issues which are often hidden from public view.

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