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Freedom United’s October 31 2021 News Digest

Prison slavery

Private prison company, GEO Group, ordered to pay detainees minimum wage

In a win for workers’ rights, a federal jury decided this week that private prison company GEO Group must pay detainees in an immigration detention center in Tacoma, Washington the state minimum wage of $13.69 per hour. The class action lawsuit brought against GEO Group exposed how detainees were paid just $1 a day for their labor. GEO Group has also faced allegations of forced labor in its immigration detention centers. 

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Forced labor

Enes Kanter calls out Nike on Uyghur forced labor

NBA player Enes Kanter has made headlines this week for calling out Nike’s inaction in tackling Uyghur forced labor in their supply chain. While Nike has claimed to be concerned about reports of forced labor, the company has reportedly lobbied against the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and is yet to sign the Call to Action from the Coalition to
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Child slavery
Better farming practices could help end cocoa slavery

The perpetuation of child slavery in cocoa farming in West Africa is complex and attributed to a variety of factors including labor shortages and reduced access to forestland required for cocoa cultivation. Researcher Michael Odijie explains the historical context of cocoa slavery and why it persists today. Read more…
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