Sewing factories that use slaves to make cheap clothes have become one of the newest battle fronts in the fight against human trafficking. A new investigation by one of our Brazilian partner organizations unveils just how important this effort can be. Repórter Brasil has just published an exposé of slavery involving the global clothing retailer Zara.
Today marks the 13th annual World Day Against Child Labor, and this year’s theme is education. That’s because educating children is one of the most effective ways to prevent them from becoming exploited in hard labor or slavery.
Schooling prepares children for productive lives in freedom, providing them with options as they grow up. Educating impoverished children can transform them from being a burden on their parents to becoming family assets who uplift their families and communities. Education is like read more >
Fathers everywhere want to protect and provide for their families. But many fathers cannot – because of slavery. You can help change that by supporting the community-oriented programs of Free the Slaves. We help reunify families torn apart by trafficking. We help strengthen families and communities so they are no longer vulnerable to slavery.
Ghana is one of the world’s top 10 gold producers, providing international refiners with gold that is eventually sold to banks, jewelers, electronics manufacturers and others. But a new investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW) unearths how gold extracted by child hands in Ghana ends up in the global gold supply chain.
HRW’s long awaited report was released this morning in Accra: Precious Metal, Cheap Labor: Child Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Ghana’s Artisinal Gold Mines.
Investigators found read more >
Free the Slaves south Asia Director Supriya Awasthi sees herself as a connector. She builds bridges between slavery survivors and those still in bondage.
“I always wanted to do something like this, because I could see something changing in front of me,” she says. Once villagers are free, Supriya says “they also dream about others.”
“The people who are in slavery and those who have been freed, they connect. And the movement becomes contagious,” she says.
You can see Supriya share her thoughts read more >
We headed to Burkina Faso earlier this year for a training program that traditionally does not fall under the Free the Slaves model for intervention. Our mandate was to train 29 community facilitators on issues of child labor and slavery, social protection and data management systems for monitoring child abuse cases. It turns out that the same techniques we have developed to combat child slavery at mines in Ghana can be used to support other types of child rights projects read more >
European companies may soon have to ensure that their products do not contain so-called “conflict minerals” that are often mined by slaves. The European Parliament “made history” yesterday, according to a statement by Amnesty International and Global Witness, by approving “a strong and binding law to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals.”
“The groundbreaking proposal would require European companies importing four key minerals – tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold – to ensure their purchases are not contributing to read more >
The U.S. Senate is poised to vote this week on a fast-track trade deal among 12 Asia-Pacific countries.
However, one of those countries–Malaysia–has been identified by the U.S. State Dept. as a persistent slavery hot spot, and anti-trafficking organizations are urging Senators to exclude countries with poor track records on modern-day slavery from fast-tracking in global trade agreements.
Congress has approved tougher penalties for traffickers and increased funding for slavery survivors.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act deadlocked the Senate for weeks earlier this year, and even delayed Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote. However, a Senate compromise in April led to a vote of 99 to 0 to approve the measure. Yesterday, it passed the House on a vote of 420 to 3.
The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), a coalition of major organizations combatting read more >
Staying free is just as important as breaking free. It’s vital that slavery survivors plan what they will do to earn a living once they are rescued.
In the India village of Kukdaha, rescued slaves decided that they would do in freedom exactly what they did in slavery: make bricks. Except now they would be laboring for themselves, their families and their community.