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‘Treated like cattle': Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS

By Ivan Watson Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor. Then, ISIS came to her village last August. She described to me in chilling detail, how the jihadis first demanded that members of her Yazidi religious minority convert to Islam. Then they stripped villagers of […]

Report shines light on slave labor in U.S.

They work on U.S. construction sites and farms, in restaurants and hotels, even in homes. Foreign workers, lured by false promises of good jobs in America, soon find themselves enslaved in plain sight as victims of labor trafficking, according to a new report published by the nonpartisan Urban Institute and Northeastern University.

Mauritania: Where escaping slavery can be a crime

By John D. Sutter Imagine being rescued from modern slavery, only to be charged with a crime. That's the apparent reality in Mauritania, the country with the world's highest incidence of modern slavery. Located in West Africa, on the edge of the Sahara Desert, an estimated 4% to 20% of people there remain enslaved. It […]

Mauritania: Where escaping slavery can be a crime

By John D. Sutter Imagine being rescued from modern slavery, only to be charged with a crime. That's the apparent reality in Mauritania, the country with the world's highest incidence of modern slavery. Located in West Africa, on the edge of the Sahara Desert, an estimated 4% to 20% of people there remain enslaved. It […]

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is awarded to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people's rights, including the right to education. Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, "Children must go to school, not be financially exploited." Yousafzai came to […]

Time for electronics industry to end supply chain slavery

By Dan Viederman, CEO Verité If you are reading this on a tablet, smart phone or computer monitor, then you may be holding a product of forced labor. Verité's two-year study of labor conditions in electronics manufacturing in Malaysia has found that one in three foreign workers surveyed was in a condition of forced labor. […]

Race on to raise $1m in a day to combat human trafficking in U.S.

By Leif Coorlim, CNN A U.S. national campaign is under way to raise more than a million dollars in 24 hours. The Everyone’s Kids, Everyone Gives campaign is working to raise $1 million for more than 100 non-profit organizations united in the fight against human-trafficking and modern-day slavery. Like many other hidden criminal issues, accurate […]

While India’s girls are aborted, brides are wanted

Cultural preference for boys in parts of India results in some of the largest imbalances between males and females in the world. And that creates a demand for brides that human traffickers are willing to meet. Film maker Carl Gierstorfer visited villages where brides fetch a price and teenage girls are snatched from their families. […]

Time to get children out of factories and into schools

By Nina Smith Editor’s Note: Nina Smith is the founding CEO of GoodWeave International, a California-based non-profit organization that works to stop child labor in the carpet industry. In a small village in central Afghanistan, 13-year-old Basma is about to start her first day of school –- ever. She’s a world away from the millions […]

What’s your slavery footprint?

By Allyssia Alleyne How many slaves work for you? If you’ve answered “zero,” you’re probably way off. At least that’s the premise behind Slavery Footprint, an online survey developed by the U.S. State Department and anti-slavery organization Made in a Free World. The web interactive invites users to insert information about their consumer habits and […]