Lebanon’s kafala system under fire in unprecedented lawsuit

An Ethiopian domestic worker is taking her employer and recruiter to court in Lebanon over the abuse and exploitation she alleges she experienced at their hands. This potentially ground-breaking case represents “an opportunity to open the door for abolishing the kafala system,” according to Fatima Shahade, Lebanon programme manager at…

Nestle, Mars and Hershey sued over forced child labor

A new lawsuit has been filed against chocolate companies Nestle, Cargill, Hershey, Olam, Mars, Mondelez and Barry Callebaut over allegations that they benefitted from cheap cocoa harvested by forced child labor. This is the latest action in a long legal battle for justice in U.S. courts. Allegations of forced labor…

Thousands flee violence linked to descent-based slavery in Mali

This year’s Independence Day festivities were cut short by a series of bloody attacks in the Kayes region of western Mali. The attackers, who consider themselves “nobles” due to their descendance from slaveholding families, brutally assaulted those who descend from so-called enslaved people while they celebrated in the town of…

Significant rise in so-called ‘honor-based’ abuse cases in U.K.

Advocates campaigning against honor-based abuse (HBA) in the U.K. have expressed alarm over data that shows an increase of 81% of HBA cases over the past five years. 1,599 cases were reported in 2020 compared to 884 in 2016. What is ‘honor-based’ abuse? Honor-based abuse includes forced genital mutilation, forced…

Facebook knew it had a human trafficking problem. Can it fix it?

For years Facebook has known that it has had human trafficking occurring on its platform. According to internal company documents seen by CNN, Facebook notes that it knew of trafficking of domestic workers since 2018 and has struggled to tackle the problem, with employees rushing “to take down problematic content…

How migrant sex workers are impacted by anti-trafficking laws

A new report outlines how Canada’s complex laws aimed at combatting sex trafficking are putting migrant sex workers at greater risk of harm while doing little to tackle trafficking. Detention, deportation and racial profiling are some of the concerns from migrant communities who are targeted by the domestic anti-trafficking legal…

Enes Kanter calls out Nike on Uyghur forced labor

Days after calling out the Chinese government for the detention and forced labor of Uyghurs, NBA player for the Boston Celtics, Enes Kanter, dropped a video on social media accusing Nike of benefitting from Uyghur forced labor. Kanter also highlighted that Nike has not signed the Call to Action of…

Enes Kanter calls out Nike on Uyghur forced labor

Days after calling out the Chinese government for the detention and forced labor of Uyghurs, NBA player for the Boston Celtics, Enes Kanter, dropped a video on social media accusing Nike of benefitting from Uyghur forced labor. Kanter also highlighted that Nike has not signed the Call to Action of…

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…

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