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. BBC News. “Twelve arrested in US raid on Latin sex-trafficking ring.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21083159

2. CNN Freedom Project. “Trafficking survivor: It’s time to help others.” http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/17/trafficking-survivor-its-time-to-help-others/

3. The Huffington Post. “Could Congressional Indifference Kill the ‘Most Important Anti-Trafficking Law Ever Passed’?” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-asbed/human-trafficking-act_b_2490834.html

4. CBS Detroit. “Soap Cleans Up Sex Trafficking During Auto Show.” http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/01/17/human-trafficking-opponents-focus-efforts-around-auto-show/

5. The Financial Times. “Myanmar violence fuels human trafficking.” http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f5cebda4-5e28-11e2-8780-00144feab49a.html#axzz2IFCOSPRZ

6. The Huffington Post. “California Prop 35, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, Blocked By Judge On Free Speech Grounds.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/14/california-prop-35_n_2473547.html

7. ONE.org. “Shocking video on child labor in India.” http://www.one.org/us/2013/01/15/shocking-video-on-child-labor-in-india/

8. International Business Times. “Mali’s Other Crisis: Slavery Still Plagues Mali, And Insurgency Could Make It Worse.” http://www.ibtimes.com/malis-other-crisis-slavery-still-plagues-mali-insurgency-could-make-it-worse-1017280

9. AllAfrica. “Congo-Kinshasa: Being Frank About Conflict Minerals.” http://allafrica.com/stories/201301142329.html

10. The Hill. “150 years after Emancipation Proclamation; Too many people are still for sale.” http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/277251-150-years-after-emancipation-proclamation-too-many-people-are-stil-for-sale

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. “It’s time for anti-slavery action, Mr. President.” http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/10/its-time-for-anti-slavery-action-mr-president/

2. The Huffington Post. “Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Spotlight on Domestic Workers.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffany-williams/human-trafficking-awarene_b_2443886.html

3. The New York Times. “A Google+ Hangout on Modern Slavery.” http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/a-google-hangout-on-modern-slavery/

4. News Track India. “NHRC looks into child-labour deaths in Bihar brick kiln.” http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2013/01/09/145–NHRC-looks-into-child-labour-deaths-in-Bihar-brick-kiln-.html

5. CNN Belief Blog. “College students raise funds to fight slavery.” http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/06/college-students-raise-funds-to-fight-slavery/?hpt=hp_t3

6. The Huffington Post. “China: Controversial Forced Labor Camp System To End, Media Reports.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/china-labor-camp_n_2422956.html

7. The Washington Times. “The Gray Haven Project: Local nonprofit helps victims of human trafficking.” http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/speaking-out/2013/jan/8/gray-haven-project-local-nonprofit-helps-victims-h/

8. BBC News. “The girls stolen from the streets of India.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20938125

9. The Examiner. “Recognizing slavery and human trafficking.” http://www.examiner.com/article/recognizing-slavery-and-human-trafficking-1

10. The Huffington Post. “Thailand: Nearly 700 Rohingya Asylum Seekers Allegedly Held By Human Traffickers Rescued.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/thailand-700-rohingya-asy_n_2453989.html

They clean and cook and sew and care for children. Their numbers are growing, and many of them have little legal protection. Many are slaves.

The dramatic growth in number of people working as domestic servants is documented in a report released today by the International Labor Organization (ILO), a branch of the United Nations. Researchers say the number of domestic workers has jumped by 19 million worldwide since the 1990s, and now stands at approximately 52 million. The ILO says 83 percent of them are women.

“Domestic workers are frequently expected to work longer hours than other workers and in many countries do not have the same rights to weekly rest that are enjoyed by other workers,” says ILO Deputy Director-General Sandra Polaski. “Combined with the lack of rights, the extreme dependency on an employer and the isolated and unprotected nature of domestic work can render them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse,” she said.

A domestic worker in India | Photo: Kay Chernush for Free the Slaves

Not all domestic workers are slaves. But the growing demand for household help, and increasing migration by women from impoverished rural areas to wealthier cities and countries, is causing a situation where trafficking and enslavement is more likely to occur.

“The precarious legal status of migrant domestic workers and their lack of knowledge of the local language and laws, make them especially vulnerable to abusive practices, such as physical and sexual violence, psychological abuse, non-payment of wages, debt bondage and abusive living and working conditions,” the ILO says.

Today’s report is called Domestic workers across the world: Global and regional statistics and the extent of legal protection.

It follows the June 2011 adoption of a new ILO Convention and Recommendation on domestic work.

Free the Slaves is working in several countries to confront various forms of domestic slavery.

You can read about our program to reduce child domestic slavery in Haiti here.

You can watch our documentary about undercover efforts in India to unmask traffickers posing as domestic labor recruiters, Fighting Domestic Slavery.

You can also watch our documentary about migrants who’ve come to the U.S. looking to work as domestic servants, Dreams Die Hard.

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. Lancaster Online. “North Star Initiative formed to fight sex trafficking.” http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/797578_North-Star-Initiative-formed-to-fight-sex-trafficking.html#ixzz2GvHNy7Pv

2. The Voice of Russia . “Modern Slavery Chains 21 Million: International Labor Organization.” http://voicerussia.com/radio_broadcast/61124198/99820747.html

3. U.S. Department of Defense. “OD Heightens Training, Prevention to Target Human Trafficking.” http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=118894

4. White House. “Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2013.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent/

5. Times of India. “One special court for human trafficking.” http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-31/mumbai/36078756_1_special-court-prevention-flesh-trade

6. NBC 11 Alive. “Passion 2013 tackles sex trafficking, slavery.” http://www.11alive.com/news/article/270773/40/Passion-2013-tackles-sex-trafficking-slavery

7. Relevant Magazine. “The State of Modern Slavery.” http://www.relevantmagazine.com/reject-apathy/loss-innocents/state-modern-slavery

8. The Wall Street Journal. “Treasury Places Sanctions on Armed Groups in Congo.” http://blogs.wsj.com/corruption-currents/2013/01/03/treasury-places-sanctions-on-armed-groups-in-congo/

9. New York Post. “City releases new anti-sex trafficking video for cabbies.” http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/cabby_hooker_lessons_rPlNarfRfyE3bb9k8XBFQP

10. Bank Credit News. “Conflict minerals provision of Dodd-Frank contains loophole for electronics companies.” http://bankcreditnews.com/news/conflict-minerals-provision-of-dodd-frank-contains-loophole-for-electronics-companies/6700/

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. Forbes. “Sweatshop: Exploiting Child Labor On The iPad.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielnyegriffiths/2012/12/11/sweatshop-littleloud-ipad/

2. The Times of India. “Experts recommend ways to check child labour in country.” http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-11/allahabad/35748980_1_child-labour-child-rights-rajiv-gandhi-chair

3. The Examiner. “Senator Coons urges passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.” http://www.examiner.com/article/senator-coons-urges-passage-of-the-trafficking-victims-protect-act

4. Trust Law. “Hundreds of thousands at risk of slavery in USA – former victim.” http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/news/hundreds-of-thousands-at-risk-of-slavery-in-usa-former-victim/

5. UNODC. “Webinar panellists call for partnerships in efforts to combat trafficking globally.” http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/2012/webinar-panellists-call-for-partnerships-in-efforts-to-combat-trafficking-globally.html

6. BBC News. “Argentina sees protests after Marita Veron verdict.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20705751

7. All Africa. “Congo-Kinshasa: DRC Govt, M23 in Closed-Door Talks.” http://allafrica.com/stories/201212140101.html

8. Press TV. “About one million people displaced by fighting in E Congo: UN official.” http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/12/13/277905/914000-people-displaced-in-e-congo/

9. The Seattle Times. “Editorial: Backpage.com settlement doesn’t end sex-trafficking fight.” http://seattletimes.com/html/editorials/2019857384_editbackpagesettlementxml.html

10. The Washington Times. “Workers abused by immune diplomats.” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/13/workers-abused-by-immune-diplomats/