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With its hardline immigration policy, the U.K. is failing victims—including children

From Carlo Ladd, Freedom United 

October 25, 2020 News Digest
October 25, 2020 News Digest

Child trafficking

Majority of foreign-born child victims of trafficking in the U.K. face threat of deportation

New data has revealed that of the foreign-born children that are identified as victims of modern slavery in the U.K., almost none are granted a secure immigration status. This means that the vast majority are at risk of being deported, potentially right back into the conditions that made them vulnerable to trafficking in the first place. Experts say that by its treatment of child victims, the U.K. risks breaching international law.

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Supply chain

World’s chocolate supply relies on more than 1 million child laborers

A major report from the U.S. Department of Labor has exposed the failure of chocolate companies to eliminate child labor in their supply chains. In fact, despite commitments to improve, child labor—often in hazardous conditions—has increased in the supply chains of chocolate giants including including Nestlé, Hershey, and Mars. Read more…

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Law & policy

Survivors of modern slavery in the U.K. endangered by immigration policies

Freedom United marked U.K. Anti-Slavery Day last week by calling for a commitment to ensure that victims of trafficking are able to seek help without fear of immigration detention and deportation. We joined 50 other groups urging for better immigration protections. The U.K., ostensibly a leader on modern slavery, is currently holding more survivors than perpetrators behind bars.

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