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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 Campaign Summary: Thousands of temporary workers are being trafficked into forced labor in California under threat of violence, deportation, and harm to their families. The vast majority of temporary workers are recruited via third-party foreign labor contractors, some of whom act neither lawfully nor ethically. That is why we are working with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking and calling on the California State Legislature to support legislation that would help protect temporary workers from modern slavery. My name is Raymundo. I was

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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 the Uyghur Region has impacted her and her loved ones.   My name is Rahima Mahmut and I am from Ghulja, in the north of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region/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

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Stay Home blog header image Activists
Thursday April 9, 2020

How to stay home and take action!

This is a strange time for the world and so much has changed about our daily lives. With many of us staying inside where possible, and our events and plans put on pause, we’re taking this as an opportunity to fire up our activism! Check out our Stay Home hub where you can take action to call for better protections for workers, end forced child marriage and demand better support for survivors. The Freedom United team has also put together a list of top tips on how we can all continue to make change happen without having to leave the house. But we’d love to share what you’re doing,

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Anti-slavery activists
Friday March 20, 2020

Let’s remember that addressing racial discrimination is crucial to ending modern slavery

Modern slavery can affect people of any gender, age, ethnicity, or race. However today on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Freedom United is raising awareness of the critical link between racial discrimination and forms of modern slavery. Modern slavery thrives upon existing structures of racial inequality that are already deeply present in the global system. This inherent power imbalance creates an opportunity for vulnerable communities to be exploited.  Across the Middle East, where the kafala visa sponsorship system thrives, migrant workers are

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