September 16, 2021

U.S. companies turn to exploitative prison labor

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By Miriam Karmali, Freedom United August 1, 2021 News Digest Every Sunday several hundred thousand people receive our weekly News Digest. Many of you have told us that it is your main source of information. We are proud to put together a thoughtful and informed analysis of what’s happening in the anti-modern slavery space and […]

Holding businesses accountable

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Herrana Addisu, Freedom United Our current economic system prioritizes profits over peopleallowing human rights violations by corporate giants to be overlooked. However, we now have a promising opportunity for reform. The movement to hold businesses accountable for human rights and environmental justice is picking up momentum and we need you on board!   In the United States, […]

Freedom United calls for business accountability

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By Miriam Karmali, Freedom United July 11, 2021 News Digest OUR CAMPAIGN ISSUES IN THE NEWS Law & policyFreedom United calls on U.K. government to pass corporate accountability lawsFreedom United and 30+ organizations wrote to the government calling for the passage of laws to hold businesses accountable for environmental and human rights abuses – including […]

Campaigners urge U.K. to criminalize child marriage

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Forced marriageFreedom United community powers open letter urging U.K. to ban child marriageMore than 20 organizations signed an open letter to the U.K. Prime Minister this week calling on the government to criminalize child marriage, a move that would protect children from being coerced into marriages against their will. The Freedom United community’s voice also […]

Pornhub listened…

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By Miriam Karmali, Freedom United Good news. After nearly 20,000 Freedom United supporters wrote to Mastercard, Visa and Discover[1] leading them to suspend payments on Pornhub, the company has now released its first transparency report,[2] announcing measures it’s putting in place to address trafficking on its site. We couldn’t get Pornhub to change, that’s why we called on their payment processors for […]

Urge Florida University to divest from forced labor in prisons

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BY Herrana Addisu, Freedom United We are still waiting for the University of Florida to address racism and inequity by implementing a set of initiatives it outlined one year ago!  The university committed to ending the use of incarcerated labor contracts, often linked to allegations of prison slavery — a practice that disproportionately exploits black and brown people —  but that commitment is yet to […]

Criminalization of sex work won’t prevent trafficking

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By Miriam Karmali, Freedom United April 18, 2021 News Digest OUR CAMPAIGN ISSUES IN THE NEWS Law & policyWhy Nordic Model policy pushed in the U.K. won’t tackle sex traffickingThis week, a push for the U.K. to adopt Nordic Model style policies that would criminalize sex workers’ clients was met with opposition from a broad […]

Prison slavery called out in Louisiana

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By Miriam Karmali, Freedom United April 11, 2021 News Digest OUR CAMPAIGN ISSUES IN THE NEWS Prison slaveryLegislator calls for an end to prison slavery in LouisianaThis week, Louisiana lawmaker Rep. Edmond Jordan introduced a new bill that seeks to remove language from the state constitution that allows involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime, […]

Act to support Qatar’s plan to protect workers!

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Miriam Karmali, Freedom United Big news. The ILO recently announced that Qatar plans to abolish the kafala system in the country, signalling an end to an employment practice notorious for leaving migrant workers vulnerable to forced labor. Qatar is the first country in the Gulf region to make this commitment and we are eager to see it realized  – can […]

Keep forced labor off the shelves

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From Joanna Ewart-James, Freedom United  Did you know that there is a high risk that palm oil linked to forced labor and environmental destruction could end up on supermarket shelves, making its way into everything from shampoo to ice cream? But consumers don’t have to accept this as business as usual —we can fight back. FGV, one […]