Young Uyghurs lead online mobilization against forced labor in China

Young Ugyhurs living overseas, reporting on the detention and forced labor of Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim groups in China, risk exposing their family members who remain in the country to surveillance and punishment by the Chinese government. Reuters reports, Unwinding for the evening in her Washington, D.C. flat, Uyghur…

U.S. massage workers see police as biggest threat to their safety

The Guardian reports that, in the United States, many massage workers are more afraid of police and law enforcement raids than client robbery or assault or employer abuse. Why are they so wary of the police? Their livelihoods may be threatened, they may be arrested, they may be deported, they…

Filipina worker kept in modern slavery conditions in Australia

Australian husband and wife, Joshua and Sheila McAleer, from Sydney have pled guilty to charges of forcing someone to work for them from November 2014 to October 2016. In 2014, the couple paid a three-month tourist visa for a woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons,  to travel from…

Australia’s Uyghur community pushes government to take action on Uyghur Region

A new bill to ban imports from the Uyghur Region on grounds of forced labor has received the support of representatives of Australia’s Uyghur community. The bill, tabled by independent senator Rex Patrick, would amend the country’s Customs Act to ban the importation of all goods from the Uyghur Region,…

Survivor stories: from a Uganda shelter

Trigger warning: this story includes references to sexual abuse. Survivors of trafficking and sexual abuse at a German-run girls’ shelter in Uganda shared their stories this week in a photo essay by the Guardian. Bery’s Place, located on Bugala Island in Lake Victoria, was founded by German national Bernhard “Bery”…

U.K. ignores survivors, campaigners, MPs with destructive policy

This week, the U.K. parliament voted to push forward with legislation that will see more trafficking survivors locked up for longer in immigration detention – in direct contravention with international standards and recommendations from the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons. Freedom United supporters wrote to their MPs, urgently…

U.S. private prison operator loses financiers thanks to public pressure

CoreCivic, the second largest private corrections company in the U.S. has lost two of three underwriters for its $633.5 million bond deal for two new men’s correctional facilities in Alabama. Barclays PLC was the lead underwriter – amid much controversy. In 2019, Barclays said it would not provide financing to…

New U.K. policy will put trafficking survivors at increased risk of suicide

The U.K. Royal College of Psychiatrists (RSP) have released a report this week calling on U.K. MPs not to detain trafficking and torture survivors on the basis of their extreme vulnerability to the risk of depression and suicide. According to RSP president, Dr. Adrian James, these groups need access to…

Charities urge against planned deportation of U.K. homeless migrants

Homelessness charities and advocates are urging the U.K. government not to enforce new rules that would allow the deportation of homeless migrants, greatly increasing their risk of exploitation and modern slavery. The Home Office, the interior ministry, has amended immigration rules such that homeless people who are not U.K. citizens…

Human Rights Watch urges action against “unprecedented” oppression in Uyghur Region

Governments must take coordinated, direct action against oppression and forced labor in the Uyghur Region of China, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged in a new report. Co-authored by Stanford Law School’s Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, the 53-page report accuses the Chinese government of committing crimes against humanity…

Lower house of U.K. parliament to vote on declaring Uyghur oppression a genocide

The House of Commons, the lower house and primary chamber of the U.K.’s parliament, is set to vote next week on a motion to declare the Chinese government’s actions in the Uyghur Region—which include systematic forced labor—a genocide. Collective decisions on genocide are uncommon but not unheard of in the…

How the pandemic makes it easier for traffickers in Europe

A new report by Council of Europe (CoE) anti-trafficking experts known as GRETA finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it easier for human traffickers to exploit people with few options while making it more difficult for trafficking victims and survivors to access justice and support. The Thomson Reuters Foundation…

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