Not another gift guide: What products to avoid this Christmas

At this time of year, many of our supporters find themselves in a tight spot trying to celebrate the season whilst not contributing to forced labor systems. It’s quite a task because the truth is that the products of modern slavery are all around us. That’s why we created this…

Traffickers exploiting Bangladeshis in Libya

Traffickers are exploiting young Bangladeshi’s hopes of escaping poverty by offering them fake work placements in Libya, trapping them in horrific conditions once they arrive. “Dalals” and trafficking Known in Bangladesh as “dalals”, these so-called travel agents traffic young people by convincing them to undertake the long journey to Libya…

A child escaping marriage in Mexico draws attention to child trafficking

Arrest and jail-time should never be the response to a vulnerable child escaping marriage. Yet this is exactly what happened to 14-year-old Anayeli last week. After discovering that she had been sold by her mother to a neighbor, Anayeli escaped on the day of the wedding to a friend’s house…

U.S. diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympic Games over Uyghur forced labor

The White House has announced that they will not be sending an official delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022. Team USA will still participate in the games. The BBC reports, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the boycott on Monday, saying that the administration would not…

The Taliban banned forced marriage, but equality is still far off for Afghan women

The Taliban banned forced marriage in Afghanistan on December 3, declaring “both (women and men) should be equal.” Many have applauded the ban but are unconvinced it will be implemented effectively. Meanwhile, Afghan women’s rights advocates and international organizations condemn the continued oppression of women and girls under Taliban rule.   Will this…

“Xinjiang papers” link top level Chinese officials to Uyghur persecution

Previously unpublished confidential documents link the system of detention and forced labor of the Uyghur population to statements made by top level government officials, including President Xi Jinping. The documents, which were leaked by an anonymous source, were shared in September 2021 with the independently organized people’s tribunal called the…

Could Australia’s new agricultural work visa lead to more exploitation?

The Australian government is currently finalizing the details of a new temporary visa for agricultural workers. Proponents hope the visa will address labor shortages in the sector. But a new article in The Conversation argues “it’s a risky approach that could lead to more exploitation of low-skilled farmworkers.”  What is driving this agricultural visa…

Domestic workers in Africa call to be included in formal employment sector

Domestic work can be an exploitative job for many informal domestic workers around the world. In many countries in Africa, domestic workers don’t have access to effective labor or social protections and many work without a formal contract due to their status as informal workers. Work conditions for informal domestic…

Investigation points to E.U. complicity in deplorable treatment of migrants in Libya

“Tired of migrants arriving from Africa, the E.U. has created a shadow immigration system that captures them before they reach its shores, and sends them to brutal Libyan detention centers run by militias,” says investigative journalist Ian Urbina.   In a hard-hitting exposé, Urbina documents the heinous treatment of migrants in Libyan detention centers, which…

Activists call on International Criminal Court to investigate abuses in Libya

A new report details the litany of abuses suffered by migrants, refugees and people seeking in asylum in Libya including enslavement and forced labor by state and non-state actors. Evidence collected by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Lawyers…

Home Office refuses to release study about why people seeking asylum come to the U.K.

The U.K.’s interior ministry is refusing to release research into the factors which encourage people to migrate to the United Kingdom. Charities believe ministers are choosing not to publish the evidence because it would contradict the government’s claim that accepting people seeking asylum would constitute a pull factor for others…

U.K. sourced PPE from a supplier accused of forced labor

The United Kingdom will investigate claims that personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by the National Health Service staff during the pandemic was made with forced labor.   The Department for Business Energy and Industrials Strategy (BEIS) is looking into Supermax, a Malaysian company that won a £316m contract (approximately $420m) for 88.5m rubber gloves at the beginning of the pandemic.   Workers at Supermax have accused…

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