Slavery in This Week’s News

We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye:

1. Wired. “Child Labor, Environmental Destruction, and Dangerous Working Conditions: Is Small-Scale Mining Really So Bad?” http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/03/child-labor-environmental-destruction-and-dangerous-working-conditions-is-small-scale-mining-really-so-bad/

2. The Daily Mail. “Widow accused of keeping household servant virtually a prisoner in her New York mansion for 5 1/2 years goes on trial.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2289864/Widow-accused-keeping-household-servant-virtually-prisoner-New-York-mansion-5-1-2-years-goes-trial.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

3. The Times of India. “Congress walks-out on human trafficking.” http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-03-07/bhopal/37530563_1_minor-girls-girl-children-home-minister

4. The Times of India. “High court seeks report on child labour, missing children.” http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/High-court-seeks-report-on-child-labour-missing-children/articleshow/18839870.cms

5. The Wall Street Journal. “SEC Says “Conflict Minerals” Rules Mandated by Congress.” http://blogs.wsj.com/corruption-currents/2013/03/06/sec-says-conflict-minerals-rules-mandated-by-congress/

6. The New York Times. “Global Slavery, by the Numbers.” http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/global-slavery-by-the-numbers/

7. The CNN Freedom Project. “Pimps hit social networks to recruit underage sex workers.” http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/05/pimps-hit-social-networks-to-recruit-underage-sex-workers/

8. Charisma News. “Congress Sends Human Trafficking Bill to Obama.” http://www.charismanews.com/us/38499-congress-sends-human-trafficking-bill-to-obama

9. Blumenthal.senate.gov. “Blumenthal, Cornyn, Carter, Maloney Introduce Bill to Fight Human Trafficking.” http://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/blumenthal-cornyn-carter-maloney-introduce-bill-to-fight-human-trafficking

10. The Huffington Post. “Underground Trade Part Six: The Shame (of Human Trafficking).” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phillip-martin/underground-trade-part-si_b_2789219.html

Slavery in This Week’s News

We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye:

1. The New York Times. “A Shift on Violence Against Women.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/opinion/a-shift-on-violence-against-women.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

2. U.S. Department of Labor. “A Champion in the Fight against Child Labor.” http://social.dol.gov/blog/a-champion-in-the-fight-against-child-labor/

3. The Huffington Post. “Underground Trade Part Five: Taken into China (Human Trafficking).” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phillip-martin/underground-trade-part-fi_b_2732142.html

4. The New York Times. “Children Toil in India´s Mines, Despite Legal Ban.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/26/world/asia/in-india-missing-school-to-work-in-the-mine.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

5. Ghana Web. “60% of children in hazardous work found in agriculture.” http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=266011

6. The CNN Freedom Project. “Lincoln inspiring today’s anti-slave activists.” http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/27/lincoln-inspiring-todays-anti-slave-activists/

7. The Financial Times. “Samsung rejects child labour allegations.” http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/89cc545e-80fb-11e2-9908-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2MChUCXsD

8. The Examiner. “Database lets Britons find slave-owning ancestors.” http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/feed/2075320

9. UNICEF. “In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, helping children of the mines find a way out.” http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/drcongo_67998.html#sthash.v46HIDPK.dpuf

10. The Seattle Times. “Bipartisanship saves Violence Against Women Act.” http://blogs.seattletimes.com/opinionnw/2013/03/01/bipartisanship-saves-violence-against-women-act/

Slavery in this Week’s News

We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye:

1. CNN Freedom Project. “Cotton exporters using child labor.” http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/21/cotton-exporters-using-child-labor/

2. The Huffington Post. “India Mine Child Labor: Despite National Ban, Children Work In Rat-Hole Coal Mines For $4 A Day.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/india-mine-child-labor_n_2730607.html

3. NBC Chicago. “The World of Human Trafficking: One Woman’s Story.” http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/human-trafficking-alex-campbell-192415731.html#ixzz2LdfL8fV3

4. UPI. “Lincoln chair to be sold before Oscars.” http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/02/16/Lincoln-chair-to-be-sold-before-Oscars/UPI-45801361029253/

5. WUSA 9. “Prevent Your Child From Being a Victim of Sex Trafficking, On The Rise Locally.” http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/244281/158/Sex-Trafficking-On-The-Rise-In-DC-MD-VA

6. The Guardian. “Ireland apologises for ‘slave labour’ at Magdalene Laundries.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/19/ireland-apologises-slave-labour-magdalene-laundries

7. Government of Ghana. “Nana Oye Lithur Promises To Tackle Issues Of Child Trafficking And Adoption.” http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php/news/general-news/20010-nana-oye-lithur-promises-to-tackle-issues-of-child-trafficking-and-adoption

8. The Parliament. “EU in fresh crackdown on human trafficking.” http://www.theparliament.com/latest-news/article/newsarticle/eu-in-fresh-crackdown-on-human-trafficking/#.UST-K1qDQXw

9. The Hindu. “‘Prosecution of child labour offenders must’.” http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/prosecution-of-child-labour-offenders-must/article4424304.ece

10. KUHF FM. “Sen. Cornyn Announces Bill To Target Human Trafficking.” http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1361376705-Sen.-Cornyn-Announces-Bill-To-Target-Human-Trafficking.html

Magdalen-asylumThere’s major news this week from Europe involving government compensation for slavery survivors. Ireland has formally apologized for decades of slave labor inside laundries run by Catholic nuns.

The notorious facilities, known as the “Magdalene Laundries,” have been described by ABC News as “virtual slave labor camps.”

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny issued an apology Tuesday night to 10,000 women and girls who were sent to work without pay in the laundries, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Some women were sent by state authorities and institutions through contracts, simply because they were unmarried, came from broken homes or were abused, according to the BBC. Others were sent for petty crimes such as forgetting to pay a train ticket. There were 10 laundries with government contracts between the years of 1922 to as late as 1996.

The women toiled behind locked doors, unable to leave, and while the laundries were paid, the women and girls received no wages, according to the BBC.

Kenny apologized during a speech in parliament, two weeks after an official 1,000-page report expressed the suffering the women and girls endured in the laundries. In his apology, he said they deserved “the compassion and recognition for which they have fought for so long, deservedly so deeply.”

He said their experiences had cast a “long shadow” over Irish life and that it had been “humbling and inspiring” to meet them.

“For 90 years Ireland subjected these women, and their experience, to a profound indifference,” he said. “By any standards it was a cruel and pitiless Ireland, distinctly lacking in mercy,” according to the BBC.

Along with his apology, Kenny offered a government-funded memorial to remember the victims, and a compensation package to 800 survivors who are still alive. This package includes counseling services, healthcare and individual cash payments.

“He didn’t hold back on anything, he really did us proud,” Maureen O’Sullivan, a Magdalene Laundries survivor, told the Irish Times. “Now we can get on with our lives, now that we have an apology and they’ve taken responsibility.”

The Magdeline Laundries have been the subject of numerous exposes, a documentary and even a movie.

Slavery in this Week’s News

We see slavery and trafficking stories throughout the world each week. It’s great news that journalists and bloggers are exposing the problem of slavery, and examining solutions to it. Awareness creates momentum for change. Here are 10 top stories that caught our eye:

1. The Indian Tribune. “Over 60 million child laborers in India!” http://www.indiatribune.com/index.php?option=com_content&id=2884:over-60-million-child-laborers-in-india&Itemid=400

2. Enough Project. “Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program.” http://www.enoughproject.org/blogs/apple-new-pledges-conflict-minerals-clean-congo

3. The Examiner. “Likely girl trafficking victims are instead becoming young leaders in Nepal.” http://www.examiner.com/article/likely-girl-trafficking-victims-are-instead-becoming-young-leaders-nepal

4. Thomson Reuters. “The Word on Women – Transporting bras to aid sex-trafficking survivors.” http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/blogs/the-word-on-women/transporting-bras-to-aid-sex-trafficking-survivors

5. The Examiner. “World renowned sculptress Cybele Rowe to partner with Free The Slaves (Photos).” http://www.examiner.com/article/world-renowned-sculptress-cybele-rowe-to-partner-with-free-the-slaves?cid=rss

6. The New York Times. “Seeking Redress for a Mother’s Life in a Workhouse.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/world/europe/seeking-redress-in-ireland-over-magdalene-laundry.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

7. The Times of India. “Hewlett-Packard directs its suppliers to limit child labor in China.” http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-08/strategy/36992296_1_school-students-fair-labor-association-supplier-factory

8. All Africa. “Congo-Kinshasa: Girl Child Soldiers Face New Battles in Civilian Life.” http://allafrica.com/stories/201302130106.html

9. Ghana Business News. “NGO rescues 111 Ghanaian children from slavery in 2012.” http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/02/13/ngo-rescues-111-ghanaian-children-from-slavery-in-2012/

10. News OK. “Nonprofit head: Oklahoma delegation should work to end human trafficking.” http://newsok.com/nonprofit-head-oklahoma-delegation-should-work-to-end-human-trafficking/article/3752938