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January 16, 2022 News Digest From Freedom United

Human trafficking

Two Libya trafficking survivors appeal to UN committee

Two Nigerian women are taking a case against Italy and Libya to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The women report being trafficked and subjected to enslavement in Libya, and are accusing the two countries of failing to protect their human rights. Read more… 
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Forced labor

U.K.’s largest bank accused of profiting from Uyghur forced labor

HSBC, the U.K.’s largest bank, reportedly bought £2.2 million ($3 million) worth of shares in Chinese chemical and plastics company, Xinjiang Tianye Group last year. According to a report by Sheffield Hallam University, the company has ties to the state-sanctioned forced labor system of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s Uyghur Region. Read more… 
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Forced marriage

New Hampshire and the endurance of child marriage in the U.S.

A lawmaker in New Hampshire is calling on the state to ban child marriage and raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 with no exceptions. Most U.S. states still allow 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent, an exception that leaves children vulnerable to coercion into marriages against their will. Read more…

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EVENTS HAPPENING NEXT WEEK
Monday January 17:
Abolishing legal slavery in New York: #FixThe13thNY campaign launch
Modern slavery and the construction sector 

Tuesday January 18:
Report launch: “We also want to be safe”: undocumented migrants facing COVID in a hostile environment 

Wednesday January 19:
Launch event: SIFA fireside adult modern slavery pathway
Overview of labor trafficking (in Spanish)

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Freedom United

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