December 2017 Report
The products of modern slavery “stare at us in the face” as we shop on Britain’s high streets, the International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has said. She set out how Britain would spend £40m of funding pledged by Prime Minister Theresa May in September to help more than 500,000 vulnerable men, women and children who have either survived modern slavery or are at risk of becoming victims. “While we continue to tackle the slavery still present in the UK, the only way for us to eradicate the practice once and for all is to tackle the problem both in the UK and at its source, stamping it out of our economies,” according to Mordaunt.
Thousands of people are victims of forced labor and inhumane work conditions in Brazil’s booming meat and poultry industries, with some forced to work 20-hour days, researchers said on Thursday. More than 160,000 people are believed to be trapped in modern slavery in Brazil that includes forced labor, according to the Walk Free Foundation, a rights group.
The Huffington Post reports on the persistent issue of slavery in our modern world which include forced labour, child labour, trafficking and sexual exploitation. Over 40 million people were victims of modern day slavery on any given day in 2016. This includes almost 25 million victims of forced labour and a staggering 15 million or more in forced marriage.
Out of the almost 25 million victims of forced labour, 16 million are believed to be enslaved in the private sector, four million enslaved by states and state bodies, and almost five million in forced sex labour.
Police will investigate if upmarket homes in southern India are hiding child laborers after rescuing a 13-year-old girl who was enslaved for four years, as demand for domestic workers soars. Reuters reports that the police rescued the girl on Monday evening, following an alert by campaigners, and booked her employers - a businessman and his wife - under India’s child labor prohibition law. India’s rising affluence and growing numbers of working women have spurred demand for domestic workers, which remains a largely unregulated sector. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates India has almost 6 million child workers aged between five and 17.