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Thursday June 25, 2020

What happened to me should never happen to anyone else

Angela is a survivor of labor trafficking in an elder care facility in California. She came in hopes of finding decent work and found herself in modern slavery. This is her story.   I came to the United States with the promise of a good job. In the Philippines, going to the United States is like winning the lottery. When I got my visa, I was so excited that I did not ask many questions.”   The person who got me the job in the Philippines told me the only way to get a visa to the US was to come on a P-1 visa for the purpose of performing at a specific athletic competition.  I came

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George Floyd Trafalgar Square protest Other slavery
Tuesday June 2, 2020

Live through us George Floyd

Joanna Ewart-James

Our Executive Director, Joanna Ewart-James, comments on the murder of George Floyd.  The murder of George Floyd in police custody exposes a total failure in the principle of equality - that for all lives to matter Black lives must matter. His life cannot have been valued by those in the position of power whilst his breath was being taken away. The many others who have died at the hands of police in the U.S., without legitimate defense, share with George their racial identity – Black. The circumstances can only be explained by deep-seated racism – actions suggesting Black lives don’t

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Empower Thailand and English Collective of Prostitutes Activists
Thursday May 28, 2020

Q&A: Taking the trafficking out of sex work

Sex trafficking has long been separated from the broader crime of human trafficking. But some are beginning to question whether this separation is useful—or even whether it’s actively harmful. Sex workers' rights advocates argue that the division makes it easier for people to conflate all sex work with trafficking, inspiring misled campaigns to eliminate sex work at large and denying sex workers the opportunity to advocate for their labor rights. It also perpetuates victims of exploitation being treated as criminals rather than receiving the help, support and justice they

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Wednesday May 20, 2020

Help protect farmworkers like me from modern slavery

Descargue este blog en español My name is Raymundo. I was recruited from Mexico to work on a farm in California. I was promised that my work would be legal and that I would be paid $11.10 an hour for at least forty hours of work per week. I was happy to start working and I was ready to send money to my family back home. To pay for my visa, I had to take out a loan of 10,000 pesos from my trafficker. They promised me that I would earn enough money so I thought I could work off my debt. But when I arrived in California, everything was different. I lived in a single room with 34 other

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Rahima Mahmut Anti-slavery activists
Friday May 15, 2020

“What is happening in my homeland is cultural genocide”

Uyghur activist Rahima Mahmut shares how the Chinese government's repressive system of forced labor in XUAR has impacted her and her loved ones.   My name is Rahima Mahmut and I am from Ghulja, in the north of XUAR/East Turkistan. I have been unable to return home since I came to the UK in 2000 because I chose to speak out about the injustice my people faced. But for most of those years I was still in normal contact with my family—we would have long conversations on the phone.  Then in 2016, I began to hear about the chilling changes taking place in my homeland as the current

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