Sign on: Survivors voices inclusivity letter

1. Introduction 2. Who we are 3. Our asks 4. Sign the open letter Introduction With permission from the survivor-led, grassroots organizers of this open letter, Freedom United is sharing the text of the letter below. Freedom United has signed this letter and we encourage our global community to sign…

What happens if Spain’s Prime Minister criminalizes sex work?

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has pledged to criminalize sex work in the country, claiming that it ‘enslaves women.’ Sex work was decriminalized in Spain in 1995, meaning sex workers do not face punishment for their work, as long as it does not take place in public places. Notably, pimping…

Modern slavery survivor calls for more seats at decision making tables

Writing for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a survivor of modern slavery who remains anonymous for fear of stigma, has issued a call to the anti-trafficking sector for U.K. Anti-Slavery Day to better listen to survivors. They note, There are around 10,000 individuals referred to authorities as “potential victims” each year,…

Trafficking survivors in the U.K. unidentified and unprotected

The U.K.’s stated commitment to protect trafficking survivors rings hollow as new data released during anti-trafficking week exposes how thousands of trafficking survivors have been detained in prison-like settings, only discovered to be trafficking survivors once they have left detention. Detention of trafficking survivors is inhumane and risks seriously exacerbating survivors’ “physical, psychological…

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…

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