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Kieran Guilbert

New U.N. envoy warns closed borders embolden human traffickers

19 May 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human traffickers will profit from rising nationalism fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic, the new United Nations expert on modern slavery said, warning that anti-migrant policies and rhetoric may prevent victims of exploitation from seeking help.

UK gangs could recruit more child drug mules as lockdown lifts

15 May 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Criminal gangs that use young people to sell drugs across Britain could recruit more out-of-school children as the country's coronavirus lockdown eases, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said, also warning of a spike in online child sex abuse.

Eritrean activists sue EU for funding roads built with 'forced labour'

13 May 2020

LONDON/ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Eritrean activists sued the European Union (EU) on Wednesday and asked it to halt 80 million euros in aid to the east African nation, saying the money funded a scheme built on forced labour.

UPDATE 1-Eritrean activists sue EU for funding roads built with 'forced labour'

13 May 2020

LONDON/ADDIS ABABA, May 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - E ritrean activists sued the European Union (EU) on Wednesday and asked it to halt 80 million euros in aid to the east African nation, saying the money funded a scheme built on forced labour.

Eritrean activists sue EU for funding roads built with 'forced labour'

13 May 2020

LONDON/ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Eritrean activists sued the European Union (EU) on Wednesday and asked it to halt 80 million euros in aid to the east African nation, saying the money funded a scheme built on forced labour.

Eritrean activists sue EU for funding roads built with 'forced labour'

13 May 2020

LONDON/ADDIS ABABA, May 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - E ritrean activists sued the European Union (EU) on Wednesday and asked it to halt 80 million euros in aid to the east African nation, saying the money funded a scheme built on forced labour.

As fashion sales fall globally, big brands leave Asia's garment workers in limbo

30 Apr 2020

LONDON/DHAKA/CHENNAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The livelihoods of millions of Asian garment workers are in jeopardy after cancellations by top fashion brands, with unions, researchers and campaigners warning coronavirus could lead to a rollback of labour rights in an industry often accused of abuse.

UK probes its own supply chains to offer lead on modern slavery

26 Mar 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain vowed on Thursday to tackle modern slavery in government supply chains as it shared an action plan to encourage other countries to follow suit, acknowledging a tough road ahead.

Coronavirus feared delivering double blow to modern slaves in Britain

25 Mar 2020

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The coronavirus pandemic could prove a double blow for modern slaves in Britain as those showing symptoms are unlikely to stop working or seek help, while other victims may be driven further into debt bondage, academics and activists warned on Tuesday.

Commonwealth leaders urged to pass laws protecting workers from slavery

13 Nov 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders should take aim at modern slavery in corporate supply chains at a global summit next year, labor rights activists said on Wednesday, calling for laws to compel companies to tackle worker exploitation in their operations.

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