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Modern slavery on the rise as crises fuel poverty – UN report

Qatar Al Bayt Stadium

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters The number of people forced to work or in a marriage against their will has surged in recent years to around 50 million on any given day, the UN’s International Labour Organization said on Monday upon releasing its modern slavery report. Crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, armed conflicts and climate change […]

Contemporary slavery extensive around globe – UN investigator

China Xinjiang Uyghurs

United NationsAP A UN investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labour for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labour for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur Tomoya Obokata adds that traditional enslavement, especially of […]

Indian droughts and cyclones fuel trafficking fears for climate migrants

India Ahmedabad heatwave

Chennai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Climate disasters such as droughts are like a “silent poison” in India as a rising number of people end up migrating to survive and risk being trafficked, researchers said this week. Migration is a coping strategy for many communities in India in the face of economic woes and extreme weather events, […]

One in five major Australian businesses failing reporting obligations on modern slavery

Katherine Christ

Sydney, Australia One in five large Australian businesses are likely to fail their legal reporting obligations on the effectiveness of modern slavery actions in their supply chains by the end of 2021, a review of statements to the Australian Modern Slavery Register shows. Analysis by the University of South Australia says that by midnight on […]