Global Newsroom

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South Korea’s seasonal worker program- uncovering abuse and exploitation

South Korea’s seasonal worker scheme has come under fire, with accusations of modern slavery and systemic abuse of migrant workers, …

Pizza chain forced labor scheme exploiting undocumented workers

A 48-year-old owner of an American pizza chain was recently found guilty of exploiting undocumented workers in a forced labor …

Shein’s proposed joining of London’s stock exchange opposed by rights campaigners and Fashion Council

Shein has long been plagued by accusations of exploitative and forced labor conditions in its supply chains. In addition, it …

Children being exploited through forced labor by European cocaine gangs

A recent investigation by The Guardian found the continent’s £10bn appetite for cocaine has led to forced child labor on …

Busted! Child labor scandal again at Alabama Hyundai plant

After a 13-year-old girl was found illegally working on an assembly line in Alabama, South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor …

An emerging form of human trafficking: “exit trafficking”

Australia has recognized – and prosecuted – a new form of human trafficking that focuses on the departure, instead of …

British care agencies accused of trapping migrant workers in modern slavery

Lured by deceptive recruitment practices and false promises, foreign workers are coming to the U.K. to help fill in labor …

Missing asylum seeking children in the U.K- the continued plight

On Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, BBC reported that a High Court decision was made on a case brought against the Home Office …

In the midst of Saudi Arabia’s FIFA World Cup bid workers’ file complaint

AP News reports that a coalition of trade unions has lodged a formal complaint against Saudi Arabia, accusing the nation of severe …

Volkswagen’s feet held to the fire by Freedom United and partners

This week, Volkswagen held its annual general meeting and advocates, including the Freedom United community, had one required item for …

California stalled on progress to end forced child marriage

California was on the verge of taking significant steps toward ending forced child marriages, but the opposition has now threatened …

Migrants scapegoated for hostile border tragedies

After spending 11 months in detention, the “Pylos 9” were acquitted in May 2024, but they still cannot walk free. …

The stink of exploitative child labor in L’Oréal and Estée Lauder perfumes

Egypt produces about half of the world’s supply of jasmine, a major ingredient for the perfume industry. But a recent investigation …

Incarcerated workers in America get no protection from injury or death on the job

“I could hear ‘crunch, crunch, crunch. I couldn’t feel anything, but I could hear the crunch.” Blas Sanchez’s harrowing ordeal …

Report reveals Uyghur forced labor still used by BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen

A recent U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation has revealed the ongoing use of Uyghur forced labor in the supply chains …

At Mar-Jac Poultry using hazardous child labor is “the norm”

On May 1st, the Department of Labor searched Mar-Jac Poultry, a meat processing plant in Alabama, and found that the …

Europe’s hidden support of migrant round up and abandonment

It is well documented that inhumane immigration policies are forcing migrants to take extremely risky routes on their journey to seek asylum …

Forced marriage in Malawi: Memory’s fight

Memory’s life changed irrevocably when her younger sister, merely 11 years old, was forced into marriage with a man in …

Despite ban, Uyghur Region cotton sneaking into US markets

An alarming new report reveals that cotton linked to forced labor in China’s Uyghur Region continues to find its way …

The “Child Labor Amendment”, is it time for a revival of the idea?

Child labor protections in the U.S. are facing unprecedented rollbacks at a rate that hasn’t been seen in decades. In …

Grabbed and forced to be a “human shield”: Abdullah’s story

The Rohingya population in Myanmar were stripped of their citizenship rights decades ago. And now, due to the ongoing conflict, …

U.K. government’s ongoing inhumane treatment of asylum seekers

The Rwanda Bill, discriminatory GPS tagging coupled with a raft of other inhumane legislation, all underline the U.K. government’s current uncompassionate and often …

New Hampshire House passes child marriage bill after controversial remarks

In a heated debate within the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a proposed bill to set the state’s minimum marriage …

Federal investigation finds U.S. company guilty of illegally hiring children

A Tennessee based janitorial service was fined $650,000 after a federal investigation by the Department of Labor (DOL) found they …

The coast to coast fight against prison slavery is heating up!

Watch Freedom United’s event with a brilliant panel of activists discussing forced prison labor in the U.S. For the first …

China’s organ harvesting trade: fighting a billion dollar crime

China’s illicit forced organ harvesting industry, valued at a staggering $1 billion annually, targets ethnic and religious minorities, including Uyghurs, …

Addicted to shopping at Temu? You might be getting a forced labor fix

Temu has perfected the art of gamifying cheap online shopping as reported by the BBC. Using everything from roulette wheels with …

Due diligence efforts in disarray due to China’s forced labor transfer program

The U.S. Labor Department has raised concerns about China’s expanding labor transfer program, which relocates forced laborers from the Uyghur …

Migrant children disappear daily in latest European crisis

The alarming trend of migrant children disappearing daily across Europe continues to escalate, with recent research revealing that approximately 47 children …

Surviving modern slavery and finding a normal life: Loretta’s story

What began as an invitation to work as a caregiver for four children living in the U.K. turned into what …

Child labor trafficking- it’s time to face some hard truths

Child labor trafficking, a grim underbelly of society, thrives in the shadows of everyday life, often camouflaged within the bustling …

Behind online romance scams, torture and modern slavery are hiding

Warning: This story contains details of violence, including sexual violence, which may be disturbing. Names have been changed to protect …

Criticizing the Ukraine war leads to 5-year forced labor sentence

In a recent ruling by the Moscow city courts service, a 39-year-old Russian man, Yuri Kokhovets, was sentenced to five …

U.K.’s cruel Rwanda Bill leaves survivor fighting to protect her child: the human cost of legislation

The U.K. recently passed the much-contested Rwanda Bill that allows asylum seekers arriving in the U.K. to be sent to …

Progress against forced labor: is the E.U. finally getting there?

It has been a big week for the European Union as the Members of the European Parliament voted on several …

Promoting to penalizing: Alabama’s evolving stance on child labor

The “Crimes Against Children Remedy” bill, headed to the Alabama House floor, seeks to increase penalties for employers violating child …

Answering job ads Indian men find themselves on the Russian frontline

Warning: This article contains details some readers may find distressing. In a classic bait and switch, the BBC recently reported on the …

Advocates warn Thailand is about to return fisheries to exploitative conditions

Thailand is considering significant amendments to its fisheries laws, raising concerns about the protection of workers and the sustainability of …

Migration politics leading to risky routes leading and modern slavery or death

A new people smuggling route has opened across the Carribean Sea via the Bahamas for those attempting to reach Florida …

The vital fight for financial inclusion for sex workers

Becky Webster, a former NHS worker turned full-time sex worker in the U.K., faced another financial barrier when Barclays Bank …

U.K.’s controversial Rwanda deportation policy has modern slavery victims at its heart

In a significant development in U.K. immigration policy, the debate over the Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill, recently renamed the …

Record numbers of kidnapping and modern slavery at Texas/Mexico border

Seeking asylum in the U.S. at the Mexico/Texas border has been a risky proposition for years. But aid workers, asylum …

Rohingya victims of ethnic cleansing now forced to fight by the same government

Rohingyas living in the Rakhine State of Myanmar are being forcibly conscripted into the ruling military junta’s army according to the …

Payzee Mahmod’s journey from forced marriage to frontline activist

In April 2022, Freedom United celebrated as the U.K. caved to our pressure, passing the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) …

Is the “Migration Pact” the end of human rights in the E.U.?

After nearly a decade of deliberation, the European Parliament recently passed a sweeping overhaul of the European Union’s asylum and …

The Crucial Links Between Modern Slavery and Access to Documentation

To understand and tackle the systemic barriers that underpin modern slavery, the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) and The …

Sodas “sweetened” with child marriage, hysterectomies and debt bondage

A recent study by the New York Times and Fuller Project reveals the not-so-sweet side of sugarcane production in India. In the state of …

Is migrant worker exploitation the legacy being left by Theresa May?

As Theresa May bids farewell to politics, her legacy is one of controversy, particularly within migrant communities and advocacy circles. …

Emerging human trafficking patterns in Southeast Asia: the rise of the scamdemic

The trafficking landscape in Southeast Asia has changed. The Telegraph reports on what they call a ‘scamdemic’ where men and boys are …

Tuff Torq Corp’s child labor violations set new legal precedents

Tuff Torq Corp., a Tennessee-based manufacturing company is facing substantial fines close to $300,000 for exploiting children and violating child …

Report exposes Dynasty Gold’s complicity in Uyghur forced labor

The Canada Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) released its first final report this week after a complaint filed in 2022 against Vancouver …

What’s left after the E.U. CSDDD compromise?

After extensive negotiations and a near-failure to be passed, the European Council Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) and the European …

Trafficked Malawian women find a lifeline in WhatsApp group

Georgina, a 32-year-old woman from Malawi, envisions a promising future when she accepts an offer to work as a driver …

Forced conscription: Sudan’s descent into famine and violence

In mid-December 2023, Sudan’s breadbasket, Al Jazira state, witnessed a chilling ultimatum: “Enlist or die.” The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), …

International Labor Organization reports “obscene” yearly profits are being made from forced labor

The International Labour Organization’s (ILO) latest figures on illegal profits generated by forced labor worldwide show a huge increase over …

‘Dangerous and abusive” conditions found in India’s shrimp industry

The insatiable demand for shrimp in Western countries has led to the rapid expansion of hatcheries and processing plants across …

Opinion: Is protecting children from labor exploitation a distant dream?

The following is an opinion piece written by executive director of Freedom United, Joanna Ewart-James, for CNN. A 16-year-old boy …

Ahead of Olympics, Paris charities decry repression of sex workers

As Paris prepares to host millions of international visitors for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games, advocates are sounding the …

Care workers forced to stay silent on abuse due to U.K. visa system

*Names have been changed to protect anonymity Abena*, Bernice*, and Chidera* came to the U.K. as migrant care workers, only …

Cobalt mining and the quest for clean energy: the dark side

In an episode of the podcast On Point hosted by WBUR, host Meghna Chakrabarti and Siddharth Kara, associate professor of Human Trafficking and …

Global fishing industry SOS: forced labor, abuse and murder

One in every five fish is caught through illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, often in conditions rife with worker abuse. …

Chinese factories hiding North Korean forced labor and sexual abuse

*Trigger warning: sexual abuse* The New Yorker recently conducted an investigation documenting North Korean workers held in Chinese compounds. These workers were …

One woman’s commitment to finding trafficked children in rural India

Rural India is filled with stories of missing children grabbed and forced into various forms of modern slavery including forced …

Sea migrant return scheme denounced by Italian top court

Advocates feel vindicated as Italy’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, ruled earlier this month that it is illegal to …

Human rights in danger due to blockage of key legislation, CSDDD

What could have been a day to celebrate, has turned into a day full of disappointment. On February 28, 2024, …

Organised crime in Africa / New measures needed to curb Kenya’s rampant trafficking

Dangerous criminal networks for drugs, people and arms add to insecurity in the northern part of the country. On 11 …

Kenya’s human trafficking routes: new data insights into high activity locations and regional risk

During the third quarter of 2019, the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) contribution to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – the …

Canada’s migrant workers program denounced by lawsuit as modern-day slavery

When Black and Brown field hands were recruited to Canada to fill labor shortages in the 1960s, a migrant worker program was …

Is legal child marriage in Virginia finally at an end?

Virginian lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove all exceptions to getting married before the age of 18, as …

Kenyan domestic workers demand protection from exploitation & abuse in Gulf countries

A legal case being brought by a group of almost a dozen Kenyan former domestic workers who worked in Gulf …

Oman’s human trafficking corridor

Fareeda’s story Recruited to work as a domestic worker in Dubai, Fareeda, a 49-year-old woman from India was promised a …

Cambodia’s hidden cyber slavery horrors

An industrial park in rural Cambodia is surrounded by a 10-foot-high concrete wall that is lined with barbed wire. According …

Volkswagen linked to Uyghur forced labor by new evidence

In the midst of mounting concerns surrounding forced labor in China’s Uyghur Region, German automaker Volkswagen once again finds itself …

Criminal Exploitation: Modern Slavery By Another Name

Summary New analysis from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and Justice and Care reveals that almost half (45 per …

Audits are Not the Answer: Four Labor Approaches to Eliminating Child Labor on U.S. and Global Supply Chains

Darigold processes milk from Northwest dairy farms where children were found to be working in violation of labor laws. Credit:Ruth …

In Sierra Leone, climate change worsens human trafficking of the poor

Two women look on to the site where their homes used to be after the mudslide in Regent, Freetown, in …

I escaped modern slavery. Wouldn’t you want to know if I made your shirt?

According to the Global Slavery Index, nearly 50 million people are living in modern slavery, exploited because of society’s desire …

Why are Ugandan nationals still trapped in Myanmar?

At least thirty Ugandans, are part of thousands of people from around the world still trapped in so-called scam compounds …

Breaking Free of the Thirteenth Amendment’ Slavery Exception

This report comes roughly a year after we published our first report, in November 2022, on the existence of forced …

The Experiences of Children on Sri Lanka’s Tea Plantations: Labor & Sexual Exploitation, Violence, & Inadequate Education

Biography Rathnayake Mudiyanselage Bandaranayake is the Founder/Director of Youth Voice International, which has worked to address the specific challenges of children …

“What We Say Is What You See”: Portrayal by Faith-Based Organizations of Female Survivors of Sexual Exploitation in Cambodia

Abstract The representation of trafficking survivors in marketing, research, and other materials can have a significant impact on the stigma …

New study finds ending prison slavery makes good economic sense

Governments can’t afford to undo slavery in prisons. At least, that’s what we’ve been hearing for years. But maybe they …

Should private equity be held accountable for labor abuses in their portfolio companies?

Private equity firms are increasingly grappling with labor rights scandals within their portfolio companies. As a result, campaigners and investors …

China and manufacturers feeling the bite of Xinjiang product bans

Human rights groups estimate that more than 1 million Uyghurs and other Muslims minorities have been detained and held in modern slavery …

The “Romeo Effect” and how traffickers use love to lure victims

The Star recently published the story of “Nicole,” a 20-year-old woman from a small town in Canada who fell victim …

Transparent supply chains are the only way forward for business

In an era defined by heightened awareness of environmental and social concerns, including forced labor, the corporate landscape is undergoing …

U.K. modern slavery laws inadequate 20 years after preventable deaths of migrant workers

20 years ago, on the beach of Morecambe Bay, 23 migrant workers illegally smuggled into the U.K. drowned while picking …

Cookie maker being sued over child labor in supply chain

In a landmark legal action, plaintiff Megan Waggener Van Meter’s class action lawsuit against Mondelez International Inc. sheds light on …

Reunited twins victims of decades-long baby trafficking scheme

In 2021 Tamuna Museridze, a journalist in Georgia, Europe discovered she was adopted and started a Facebook group to search …

Prison slavery linked to fast Food Giants Coca Cola, McDonald’s and Kroger

A comprehensive two-year investigation by The Associated Press unravels intricate, invisible webs connecting some of the world’s largest food companies …

Corporate due diligence law one step closer in EU

The European Council has unveiled an updated strategy to address the issue of forced labor within the European Union (EU). Just …

Car manufacturing brands tarnished by Uyghur forced labor still include Tesla and Toyota

A recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) found aluminum made by Uyghur forced labor may be in the supply chains of …

Theresa May to confront Home Office over ‘appalling’ secret policy on trafficking victims

Department has admitted that it hid the policy due to concerns about former PM’s reaction Theresa May is to confront …
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12 years of forced labor for North Korean teens caught watching K-dramas

A video clip from North Korea showing two 16-year-old boys being sentenced to 12 years of forced labor for watching …

Modern slavery in U.K. social care: relaxed visas = rising exploitation

Modern slavery is escalating within the social care sector in the U.K. following the relaxation of immigration rules to address …
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Uyghur forced labor still not adequately addressed in renewable energy sector

A recently published investor guide and policy brief on green technology supply chains found that more proactive strategies are needed …

Garment industry stitched together by exploitative labor

Major fashion brands, including Barbour and PVH (owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger), are set to pay over £400,000 in …

Forced labor concerns plague U.K.’s seasonal worker scheme

U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery Tomoya Obokata, recently warned the U.K. government that by failing to investigate …
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Child labor laws dissolving across the US as fast-food child labor violations soar

A comprehensive analysis by The Washington Post has uncovered a troubling surge in child labor violations within the fast-food industry in the …
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Forced marriage in Afghanistan: selling your daughter just to survive

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Heartbreaking stories shared by the Washington Post reveal the devastating impact of forced child marriages on vulnerable Afghan children. …

$200,000 fine for Slaughterhouse found responsible for migrant teen’s death

A Mississippi meat processing plant, Mar-Jac Poultry, was found responsible for the death of a 16-year-old migrant teen worker who …
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“Fair Trade” labels helping corporations hide exploitation

In the idyllic aisles of U.S. supermarkets, labels like “responsibly grown,” “farmworker-assured,” and “fair-trade certified” adorn fruits and vegetables, masking …

New worker driven scheme takes aim at modern slavery at sea

The U.K. has launched a two-year program to be run by labor rights groups in partnership with the Seafood Ethics …

Big brands implicated in forced labor finds report

Leading fashion brands, including Barbour and PVH (Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger owner), have pledged over $400,000 to compensate garment …

“100% ethical” sourcing commitment by Starbucks focus of new lawsuit

NBC reports that a consumer advocacy group filed a lawsuit this week challenging global coffee chain Starbucks’ claims of ethical sourcing …

Child marriage: Washington takes a stand

Lawmakers in the U.S. state of Washington have unanimously passed House Bill 1455, a proposal to ban child marriage on …

China appears to be boasting about having increased Ugyhur forced labor

Despite ongoing concerns about forced labor in the Uyghur Region from human rights advocates, the United Nations, scholars and the …

Lax European laws lead to forced labor at sea “running wild”

A recent report found that European companies, led by Spain, Russia, and the UK, owned almost 23% of the commercial …

Child labor a common blind spot for private auditing firms

In recent years, major U.S. corporations have assured ethical labor practices within their supply chains through private social compliance audits. …

Migrant workers fighting back against racist policies in Canada

Policies from the 1960s still in place today are being challenged in court by seasonal agricultural workers who say the …

60 more lives lost off Libyan coast- EU’s migration policy

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 60 persons drowned last week attempting the cross the Mediterranean and enter …

Exploitative child labor and denied accountability: a look at 2023

2023 was marked by the alarming resurgence of child labor, signaling a troubling rise of exploitative practices and casting a …

Outlawed marriage practice “ghag” leads to forced marriage and trauma

n northwest Pakistan, many women and girls are forced into marriages based on an outlawed custom named ghag, where a …

Modern slavery is turning into a “feature” of care sector in UK

Restrictions on the free movement of workers around the E.U. have significantly increased the likelihood of exploitation in the U.K., …

Migrants in New York victims of forced labor and sex trafficking

Trigger warning* The Miami Herald reports that the U.S. Federal prosecutors brought charges of forced labor and sex trafficking against a New York …

Alabama’s prison work programs labeled ‘modern day slavery’ and taken to court

This week, current and former prisoners in Alabama filed a lawsuit in federal court arguing that the state’s prison labor …

Forced child marriages deepen Rohingya girls’ suffering

Warning: The original article is upsetting and may trigger some readers. The Malaysian Rohingya Muslim minority group has had to …

Illegal debt bondage infecting India’s labor force

NPR News relays the story of Shanta Bai, a farmworker in rural India, who was locked in a chicken coop for a …

Forced to scam: online scam operations exploiting and entraping thousands

TIME reports on the global cyber scam operation known as “pig butchering” that originated in China six years ago. The scam …

Doubts remain after Volkswagen audit finds “no signs” of forced labor

German human rights due diligence firm Loening Human Rights & Responsible Business GmbH conducted an audit of Volkswagen’s site in …

Child labor found on California poultry farm

According to the World Socialist Web Site, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has fined The Exclusive Poultry Inc., a Californian …

Foster children more vulnerable to trafficking due to gaps in screening process

Amid growing concerns over sex trafficking, a federal audit reveals critical shortcomings in screening protocols for foster children, leaving many …

Without strong legislation forced labor will corrupt E.U. market

A report published on December 6 commissioned by a group of E.U. lawmakers warns that “a substantial volume of apparel tainted by …

The dangers of rolling back child labor protection laws underlined by 16-year-old’s death at sawmill

The Guardian reports that in Wisconsin, a 16-year-old was killed when he was operating a conveyor at a sawmill and got …

Ending child marriage in Malawi by breaking the chains of tradition

In the heart of Malawi, child marriage persists despite its outlawing in 2017. Tamara’s* story, shared by the BBC, unveils the …

Given forced labor evidence, will Shein be allowed on on the U.S. stock exchange?

As Shein confidentially files for a U.S. initial public offering, questions about forced labor in its supply chain resurface, casting …

Modern slavery survivors serving time for crimes they were forced to commit

Survivors of modern slavery are being sent to prison for crimes they were forced to commit instead of being identified …

The dirty secret behind the popular superfood açaí

Açaí has become well known in recent years as a popular superfood, transforming from a little-known berry grown in the …

Long overdue due diligence laws are still missing in New Zealand

According to RNZ, the average household in New Zealand spends $77 per week on products linked to modern slavery. This figure …

Child marriage needs to end say Philanthropist leaders

Michelle Obama, Amal Clooney, and Melinda French Gates recently visited Malawi and South Africa announcing to the BBC their aim to end child …

Seafood purchases of U.S. government violate Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

China’s distant-water fishing fleet, the world’s largest with up to 6,500 ships, operates in murky waters, both literally and figuratively. A four-year …

EV industry’s filthy supply chain needs cleaning up say protesters

The recent opening of the LA Auto Show was disrupted by protesters aiming to shine a light on harmful practices found …

Bill S-21 is almost here, but are Canadian retailers ready?

Bill S-211 is Canada’s new supply chain law, officially known as the “Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in …

U.N. proposal’s reference to forced labor in solar panel supply chain leaves China objecting

Climate Home News reported that a U.N. climate resilience fund proposal was objected to by China due to documents mentioning the …

Japanese companies pledge to keep child labor out of their chocolate

The cultivation of cocoa beans often involves the use of child slavery and child labor. Kyodo news reports two companies in Japan …

Germany’s supply chain legislation under fire

Oxfam, an international aid organization, has made an official complaint to the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export …

Temu shirks responsibility for forced labor in supply chain

Newcomer Temu has been finger pointed as very likely to have Uyghur forced labor in their supply chain, according to El Pais News. In …

Seafood for sale in Ireland pulled from currents of forced labor

A documentary film crew recently investigated modern slavery and human rights abuses reported onboard Chinese fishing vessels. According to The Irish …

Teens call for end to Kentucky prison slavery

A group of teens from Kentucky, U.S. has been sharing an unsettling truth in their home state: the state’s constitution …

U.S. Bishops call for action to safeguard migrant children

U.S. bishops are urging Congress to address the rising threat of human trafficking faced by unaccompanied migrant children within the …

Anti-trafficking legislation language creates “another hoop” for survivors

An anti-human trafficking expert is leveling criticism at proposed legislation by the Irish Government, claiming it lacks protections and forces survivors …

Carbon credit scheme likely linked to Uyghur forced labor

South Pole, the world’s largest carbon consultancy, sells carbon credits for companies seeking to offset their carbon emissions. A recent …

Celebrating the U.K. Supreme Court decision, but what comes next?

On November 15, human rights won when the U.K. Supreme Court ruled the Rwanda plan unlawful, stating that it is …

New film ‘Tobacco Slave’ puts modern slavery front and center

The Bristol Cable discusses a new documentary film, titled Tobacco Slave, which gives a voice to Malawi farmers trapped in …

Seasonal worker scheme plagued by modern slavery

An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) and The Independent has uncovered a report done by the UK Home …

U.K. care sector still challenged by modern slavery

Care workers in the U.K. have been calling the national helpline for victims of modern slavery at an unprecedented rate …

CoreCivic settles detainees forced labor case after 5 years

Immigrant detainees at Georgia’s largest immigration detention center have finally reached a settlement in their forced labor case against CoreCivic …

Forced labor the source of “fishy” imports to the U.S. from China

On October 24, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China sent a formal request for the government to ban seafood that is …

Fines levied to X/Twitter for failing to protect against child sexual exploitation

Australia’s eSafety commissioner has issued a legal infringement notice to X, formerly known as Twitter, regarding its failure to implement …

Thai political leadership rolling back regulations that prevent slavery at sea

Thailand’s recent election winner Move Forward party and the Prime Minister’s Pheu Thai party recently published policy positions that would reduce …

A trafficking survivor’s story under the Illegal Migration Act “If I go back, I will be murdered”

The reality of Anna (pseudonym), a sex trafficking survivor, facing unlawful removal from the U.K.  demonstrates the abominable dangers that …

Cracking down on child labor violations on the agenda for Pennsylvania Rep

In the United States, Representative Ryan Mackenzie of Pennsylvania has introduced new legislation that would increase the penalties for child …

Global seafood supply chain tainted by Uyghur forced labor

A recent investigation by the Outlaw Ocean Project, in collaboration with The New Yorker, exposes deep-rooted human rights violations, including …

Supply-chain auditing prioritizes protecting companies, not workers

A recent investigation by The Guardian into international supply-chain auditing companies found a lack of independence and transparency in their auditing processes. …

Florida latest state to roll back child labor laws

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Florida has become the 16th U.S. State to roll back workplace protection laws for children with …

U.S. prison labor system “contemporary slavery” according to UN report

A recent report published by United Nations human rights experts denounces the prevalence of “contemporary slavery” within the U.S. prison …

Cryptocurrency scammers found to be victims of cyber-slavery

KHMER Times reports that at the end of September, approximately 27 Filipino nationals were rescued from a cryptocurrency scam, a form of …

Child labor laws violated by Chick-fil-A operator

Two Utah Chick-fil-A locations were recently found guilty of violating child labor laws. The owner and operator of both locations, …

In Michigan, U.S. child marriage is outlawed

The U.S. state of Michigan signed a bill that banned people under the age of 18 from getting married – …

Malaysian rights groups say law allowing excessive overtime equals forced labor

A group of 20 Malaysian organizations and trade unions are calling on the government to amend the employment regulations law …

U.S. prison work programs at exploitative and traumatizing says former inmate

The U.S. has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world – housing over 20% of the world’s …

Forced labor ties lead to restricted imports for three more Chinese companies

In an effort to eliminate goods made with Uyghur forced labor, the U.S. State Department added three more Chinese companies to the …

Human trafficking cover-up at “Faith-based treatment facility”

In the latest scandal to hit the so-called “residential therapy for teens” industry, a judge in Wyoming has allowed claims …

Cargill fined by Brazil for using child labor on cocoa farms

American company Cargill, the world’s largest commodity trader, has been ordered by a Brazilian court to pay 600,000 reais ($120,185) …

Exploitative recruitment scheme of Ethiopian’s for Saudi Arabia

In a distressing revelation, The Globe and Mail exposes a deeply troubling reality: the Ethiopian government’s Facebook campaign, ostensibly aimed at providing …

Incarcerated workers in Louisiana take prison officials to court over forced labor

Incarcerated workers at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola, have filed a class-action lawsuit against the prison warden, …

Testimonies and complicity found in the forced organ harvesting trade in China

Envir Tothi and Grace Song share their horrific experiences encountering China’s $1 billion-a-year illegal organ harvesting trade, via The Daily Mail. …

Tesla boasts about their ethics, but what’s the truth about their ethics?

A report published by the Washington Post reveals the evidence of an investigation into the supply chains of major auto companies that …

Instead of living the American dream, migrant teens are “living the American nightmare”

An investigative journalism piece from PBS recently uncovered evidence that migrant teens arriving at the U.S. border are being exploited by hiring agencies …

Migrant workers in Canada at severe risk of modern slavery

A recent report by an independent U.N. human rights expert found that the current migrant worker system in Canada is a “breeding …

Unmasking human trafficking realities along the U.S.–Mexico border

As part of the Women and Foreign Policy program’s Democracy, Corruption, and the Fight Against Human Trafficking Project, Melissa I.M. Torres was …

When it comes to modern slavery, “trusting a company’s word” doesn’t suffice

MPs and anti-slavery groups are sounding the alarm after recent revelations that ministers in the U.K. are simply “taking the …

Modern slavery survivor calls for economic system built on transparency

Modern slavery remains an unsettling presence in our every day lives. Our garments, smartphones, and even solar panels often carry …

Ireland’s noteworthy anti-trafficking framework

13 September 2023, a report by the Human Rights and Equality Commission of Ireland (IHREC) on recommendations to the government for improving …

Cubans trafficked to fight for Russia in war against Ukraine

According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, Russia has been operating a human trafficking ring that forcibly “recruits” Cubans to fight …

Arrests in Indonesia, but organ trafficking continues

According to The Diplomat, 12 people have been arrested as suspects in a transnational organ trafficking ring. The suspects include a …

Darien Gap: facing danger in the search for safety

The dense jungle between Panama and Colombia referred to as the Darien Gap, is being crossed by an unprecedented number …

What’s the difference between prison work programs and sweatshops?

Prison labor is a silent but significant contributor to the American economy. It encompasses various industries, from woodworking to vehicle …

Braverman’s bid to leave the ECHR is the latest hostility to modern slavery survivors

In a recent interview on BBC’s Radio 4’s Today, Home Secretary Suella Braverman stated her wish that the U.K. leave …

IOM Program helps make Middle East migration safer for women

Irregular migration routes from Africa to the Middle East are increasingly being traveled by women and young girls that are …

Human rights activists win suit against Thai chicken company again

Three human rights activists in Thailand have finally been declared not guilty in a trial lasting almost four years. Their …

16 Attorneys General issue warning for Shein, dialing up pressure for change

In a letter dispatched to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week, Republican attorneys general from 16 U.S. states to scrutinize …

UN Report details how, under threat of torture, thousands in SE Asia are being forced to scam

The BBC recounts the findings from a UN report that details how hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are lured to …

Cotton harvest in Turkmenistan tainted by state-sponsored forced labor

Right now, it’s cotton-picking season in Turkmenistan and the authoritarian government is using the forced labor of thousands of teachers, …

Starbucks called on to come clean by Freedom United and other anti-trafficking organizations

Freedom United and our global partners, Be Slavery Free, Green America, and Mighty Earth, are taking on coffee chain giant …

Modern slavery survivors denied support due to crackdown on “bogus claims”

Thousands of suspected modern slavery cases were recently rejected by the UK’s home office due to a crackdown on “bogus …

Family of former UK Prime Minister make historic apology for slavery

As Guyana commemorates the 200th anniversary of a rebellion by enslaved people that historians say paved the way for abolition, …

AI to help weed forced labor out of cotton

Legislation aimed at eliminating forced labor is rolling out around the world, forcing companies to start mapping their supply chains to prove they are free of …

“Sound of Freedom”: Hollywood’s misguided take on anti-trafficking

Amid the tremendous popularity of the film “Sound of Freedom,” which has made over 100 million dollars already, a critical …

Foreign diplomats given tour of Uyghurs’ “content and happy life”

Beijing-based ambassadors and diplomats from 25 developing countries visited the Uyghur region recently on invitation from the Chinese government. The …

Russian revenue from forced prison labor doubles in value

Russia’s federal budget revenue has seen a significant upswing due to prison labor, which has just brought in double the …

Migrant labor trafficking operation behind a laundry service

A judge recently found the owners and managers of a Virginia based laundry business guilty of illegally smuggling 100 migrants …

U.S. government faces new lawsuit on child slavery cocoa

A nonprofit has filed a federal lawsuit to force the U.S. government to block imports of cocoa from Côte d’Ivoire, …

Why Ron DeSantis’s Florida slavery curriculum is problematic

Ron DeSantis, Florida’s governor and a potential Republican presidential candidate, is facing mounting criticism for newly approved curriculum guidelines in …

Are tech worker shortages to blame for a predicted spike in forced labor?

According to TechHQ, manufacturing titans in Asia are facing a labor crisis with more and more young workers dropping out …

Kafala system promotes worker mistreatment

Kafala system leads to migrant domestic workers being treated like animals Photographer Aline Deschamps recently met and photographed women who were …

Eritreans experienced forced labor under compulsory national service

Eritreans experienced forced labor under compulsory national service Eritrea’s policy of indefinite national service, which includes civil service and military …

Risk of forced labor in Lululemon’s supply chain

The Canadian government recently joined the ranks of California, the United Kingdom and Australia in passing laws designed to eliminate …

“You would lose your mind” – inside Libya’s hostage centers

A recent privately screened documentary gives an in depth look at life inside migrant detention centers in Libya, notorious for …

U.S. bans goods from Chinese companies linked to Uyghur forced labor

Al Jazeera reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has sanctioned two Chinese firms, battery manufacturer Camel Group and …

Flawed visa system locks survivors out of services

The Australian government recently introduced new measures aimed at protecting migrant workers at risk of exploitation. But new research by Nerida Chazal …

Forced labor pervasive in U.S. food chain

While the U.S. generally treats forced labor as a foreign issue, a new study highlights a need for the country …

Modern slavery cases on the rise as U.K. care worker shortage exploited

Over the past year modern slavery cases reported in the care industry in the U.K. have more than doubled. Investigators …

Ukrainian civilians endure brutal exploitation under Russian occupation

An investigation by Associated Press has uncovered how Ukrainian civilians are being forced to dig trenches for Russian soldiers. At …

Uyghur teenage girls forced to work in garment factory

Around 90 Uyghur teenage girls are reportedly trapped in a government controlled garment factory in the Uyghur Region of China. …

From self-styled modern slavery leader to abandoning trafficking victims – what happened?

The U.K. has just passed the Illegal Migration Act into law in a devastating attack on the rights of migrants, …

Australian employment agency investigated for exploiting migrant workers

Australian employment agency, Linx Employment, is facing multiple allegations of exploiting Pacific Islanders working in Australia on seasonal visas under …

Nike and Dynasty Gold investigated for Uyghur forced labor

Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), has opened an investigation into complaints about the overseas operations of the popular brand …

International Justice Mission involved in violent raids, separating children from families

A recent investigation by BBC Africa Eye has raised serious concerns about the operations of one of the world’s leading …

Migrant care workers exploited by unscrupulous employers in U.K.

General secretary of the U.K. healthcare trade union Unison, Christina McAnea, has written to the U.K.’s social care minister, Helen …

Trafficking survivors may stop calling National Hotline, advocates warn

A proposed bill in the U.S. House has ignited a fierce debate surrounding the National Human Trafficking Hotline, as the …

U.K. forced to drop unlawful policy penalizing trafficking survivors

In January of this year the U.K. Home Office introduced new guidance for those claiming asylum as victims of modern …

Fair Food Program to protect farmworkers comes to Colorado

The recently released 2023 Trafficking In Persons Report calls on businesses to partner with NGOs to ensure forced labor is not part …

No scrutiny for some 2 million packages entering U.S. daily

U.S. lawmakers are concerned about an overwhelmed Customs and Borders Protection (CBP) which is charged with blocking imports linked to …

Over half of child trafficking victims recruited by family and friends

A new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Harvard University has uncovered how more than half of …

The problem with the Shein influencer trip

In a strikingly obvious attempt at whitewashing, fast fashion giant Shein invited a group of American influencers on a trip …

Volkswagen bends to pressure, will audit Uyghur Region plant

Volkswagen’s recent annual general meeting (AGM) sparked an interesting week in activism with online, in house and in person protests, …

Modern slavery survivors in Australia face multiple barriers to housing

The Australian federal government recently passed a funding boost directed at modern slavery survivors to help them access services such …

Human trafficking prevention: Ireland’s plan

Minister of Justice Helen McEntee of Ireland launched the Third National Action Plan to prevent and combat human trafficking on …

Organ trafficking survivor in U.K. fears for his safety

When Daniel travelled from Nigeria to the U.K. at 21 years old, the terrifying notion of being forced to undergo …

Effectiveness of mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation in addressing modern slavery in business value chains

Overview This is an updated version of the Policy Brief first published in May 2022 which was the second2 in …

European Parliament improves crime reporting for migrant victims – but fails to fully protect them from immigration enforcement

MEPs in the European Parliament’s LIBE and FEMM committees voted today on their joint report revising the EU’s rules on …

Southeast Asia human trafficking now a global crisis, Interpol says

SINGAPORE, March 27 (Reuters) – Organised crime rings who fuelled an “explosion” of human trafficking and cyber scam centres during …

New EU-UN ‘PROTECT’ project supports women migrant workers and children in Southeast Asia

Bangkok, 26 March 2024 – The European Union (EU) announces a financial support of € 13 million to the United …

Survivors and Organizations Working Together Against Human Trafficking: Insights From East and Central Africa

Executive Summary Survivors of human trafficking are the ones who best know the root causes, the consequences, and the implications …

Child marriage debate in Ghana- is it tradition or tragedy?

A traditional marriage ceremony of a 12-year-old girl to a 63-year-old priest in Accra, Ghana has sparked outrage across the …

Outcomes for children and young people affected by modern slavery

The ICTG service, mandated by Section 48 of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, introduced the role of the Independent Child …

Is Uyghur forced labor powering the U.K. solar industry?

As the United Kingdom prepares to embark on an ambitious expansion of its solar energy infrastructure called the Solar Stewardship …

The village of “Kidney Valley” is at the nexus of poverty and organ trafficking

In Nepal, there is a village that is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, officially called Hokse, but commonly …