Empower and protect: rethinking bans on child labor

“Child labour isn’t going anywhere, so children’s safety in work must become the priority.” Writing in Open Democracy, Edward Van Daalen and Mohammed Al-Rozzi argue that we should rethink bans on child labor. 2021 is the UN International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour — a goal that won’t…

Landmark judgment could see trafficking survivors granted leave to remain

A week after losing a legal challenge regarding its policy that denies asylum seekers the right to work, the U.K. Home Office, which is responsible for immigration, security, and law and order, has once against fallen short in the eyes of the law regarding its treatment of trafficking survivors. The…

Chinese government denies forced organ harvesting

Forced organ harvesting and organ trafficking are interlinked crimes where organs are taken from victims through coercion or without informed consent and sold illegally, often making their way into the organ tourism transplant market. The Chinese government has denied reports of forced organ harvesting occurring in the country following increased…

Children of modern slavery survivors face intergenerational trauma

“My son was talking and now he’s stopped. My son was born after I had escaped slavery. I was isolated. When you feel so alone it’s so hard to cope.” These are the words of a mother who is a survivor of modern slavery in the UK. According to a…

‘They call us slaves’: Kenyan domestic workers call out exploitation

Two years ago, Faith Murunga departed Nairobi on Christmas day for what she hoped would be a good paying job as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia. Yet upon arrival in the Saudi city of Arar, she quickly found her new employer to be cruel, denying her food and only…

Migrant workers still experiencing kafala system in Qatar

Reports of migrant forced labor in Qatar continue to abound over a year after the government passed legal reforms that should have empowered workers to leave employers for other work. Six months ago, the government claimed that implementation delays were to be expected. Now, over a year later, the Ministry…

From New York to Paris, protests erupt against Uyghur forced labor

On Saturday, October 2, protests simultaneously broke out in New York and Paris at Zara and Apple stores. Though organized separately by different groups, both shared a common goal: to raise a voice against Uyghur forced labor. While persons were demonstrating in front of Zara’s flagship store at the Champs-Elysees…

ASEAN fails to protect migrant fishers from forced labor

Greenpeace reports in an opinion piece in the Jakarta Post on the perpetuation of forced labor and trafficking in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing), particularly in Southeast Asia. Because of informal arrangements, many crew members find themselves isolated and at the mercy of abusive employers who might withhold…

U.K. fast-track deportation plans impacting Vietnamese trafficking survivors

A large number of Vietnamese potential trafficking survivors in the U.K. are being detained and caught up in plans for deportation under a fast-track system of removing people seeking asylum from the U.K. Home Office documents from May seen by the Guardian expose how the U.K.’s interior ministry planned to…

Indian youths vulnerable to modern slavery in Kashmir

Kashmir makes international headlines for being a conflict zone lying between India and Pakistan. Less reported is that the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar has become a hub for modern slavery. In Srinagar, domestic worker placement agencies enjoy little oversight while domestic workers lack legal protection. This combination puts young people,…

‘Lebanon is a prison’: Migrant domestic workers fight to go home

“I am stuck here. I also know the situation and crisis my employer is passing through, but right now, Lebanon is a prison to me.” These are the words of Tigets, a migrant domestic worker from Ethiopia who hasn’t seen her son since she left for job in Lebanon four…

How governments use modern slavery to justify hostile immigration policies

In a VICE News video report this week, anti-trafficking experts, advocates and allies break down how governments use the fight against modern slavery as a smokescreen for harmful policies that perpetuate exploitation. Modern slavery is a systemic problem that cause by constructed vulnerabilities generated by policies that drive discrimination, poverty,…

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