September 2017 Report
Habitat and John Lewis have stopped selling certain granite worktops after it was revealed that child labour and slavery may have been used to mine them. Findings from a new study conducted by the India Committee of The Nederlands (ICN) revealed that many of India’s major granite mines violated labour and human rights laws.
The Daily Mail India reports on Rohingya children fleeing to Bangladesh as a result of the violence that has erupted in the region. Over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled a Myanmar military offensive that began after a series of guerrilla attacks on August 25 on security posts and an army camp in which about a dozen people were killed. The United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, has so far identified 1,312 unaccompanied or separated Rohingya children among the latest arrivals in Bangladesh. There is particular concern that the Rohingya’s stateless status and inability to receive aid and work legally increases their vulnerability to human trafficking.
More than 150 million children, or nearly one in 10 globally, are victims of forced labour and progress in reducing that number. Nearly half of children in forced labour do hazardous work and more than a third do not go to school, said a report by the U.N. labour agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO). Further the ILO stated that Africa, where child labour is highest in both proportionate and absolute terms, and where progress has stalled, remains a particular priority.
Mothers making bargain-basement British school uniforms in sweltering factories are being paid just 25p an hour, a Mail on Sunday investigation has found. Some of the mothers are forced to live hundreds of miles away from their families and can only afford to make the journey twice a year. At one factory, called NAZ, where Aldi polo shirts costing just £1.95 for two in the UK are made, a young mother told us she is paid the legal minimum wage of 5,300 Bangladeshi taka (£47.46) a month. There are various calculations for what constitutes the living wage in Bangladesh. But the lowest is around 15,000 taka (£134.31) a month (70p an hour).