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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

British Researcher Andy Hall Faces Thai Jail For Reporting Alleged Migrant Worker Abuse

Source: Huffington Post UK

A British human rights campaigner is facing seven years in prison and a $10 million fine for uncovering appalling "modern slavery" conditions in a Thai pineapple factory.

Andy Hall goes on trial Tuesday despite over 100 organisations and over 300,000 people signing petitions calling for his charges to be dropped. Human Rights Watch and Britain's Trade Union Congress are among the groups demanding that the "bogus" charges be dropped.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Forced labour in Northern Ireland: an update | Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Forced labour in Northern Ireland: an update | Joseph Rowntree Foundation:

This research updates a 2011 study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation called Forced labour in Northern Ireland. It investigates the prevalence of forced labour over the past few years and looks at how the issue is being addressed.

Forced labour in the United Kingdom | Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Forced labour in the United Kingdom | Joseph Rowntree Foundation:

Forced labour is a serious crime that currently affects thousands of people across the UK – and the number of cases is growing.
JRF has supported research into the nature, scale and scope of forced labour in the UK since 2010.
As the UK Government, Northern Ireland Assembly and Scottish Parliament consider new legislation to tackle the issue, this round-up draws together JRF's programme of research, highlighting the most significant findings and key recommendations.

Modern Slavery is closer than you think: Understanding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking - YouTube

Modern Slavery is closer than you think: Understanding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking - YouTube:

uploaded by: ukhomeoffice


'Published on Aug 28, 2014

Modern Slavery is closer than you think. This film includes information on how to spot potential victims, how they may be exploited and what you can do to help free the UK from Modern Slavery. To find out more visit www.modernslavery.co.uk

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gangs move into human trafficking - News - recordnet.com - Stockton, CA

Source: recordnet.com - Stockton, CA

By Jennie Rodriguez-Moore 

Tragically, it is happening across California. And Stockton, not only has been part of the circuit that underage girls, boys and women are passed through, it is an area where gangs are becoming increasingly involved in the trafficking of prostitutes and victims who are forced to work in the sex trade.
"It's a new phase in gang activity," said Deputy District Attorney Mark Dennings, a prosecutor in the gang unit. "They feel that prostitution and human trafficking is something law enforcement is not looking into.
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Is your wardrobe human-trafficking free? - CSMonitor.com

Source: CSMonitor.com:

By , Correspondent

Many American shoppers make it a point to
 purchase certified organic, non-GMO, or fair trade products. 
And now, globally conscious consumers can add another
 label to the list. A new Freedom Seal will certify products 
that are made without forced labor or by victims of human
 trafficking.
The Freedom Seal was launched simultaneously in the United States
 andColombia on Wednesday, marking the first ever World Day 
Against Human Trafficking. It will eventually be used on
 products sold worldwide.
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US attorneys host human trafficking forum in South Dakota

Source: bismarcktribune.com

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Law enforcement officials fighting human trafficking and sexual assault cases in the Dakotas want to increase the help they receive from medical professionals and the public in general to identify victims of those crimes.
The message was stressed Tuesday during the first day of a conference sponsored by U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson from South Dakota and U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon from North Dakota that was meant to raise awareness.
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