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U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:43 AM

US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children

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Uzbekistan asks global retailers to lift cotton boycott due to pandemic

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Uzbekistan's labor ministry says 1.5 million Uzbeks are unemployed as a result of lockdown measures and other factors related to the global coronavirus pandemic

A Uzbekistan's cotton grower looks on as she works in a cotton plantations outside Tashkent, on October 24, 2019. - A small revolution is taking shape in Uzbekistan: the State wants to eradicate forced labour in its cotton industry, after having, for decades, forced hundreds of thousands of Uzbeks to work during the harvest. (Photo by Yuri KORSUNTSEV / AFP)

'Uyghurs for sale': Your gadget may be a product of forced labor

Mar 05, 2020 - 8:26 PM

Let's discuss forced labor practices in China and how such practices impact the technology sector

Top brands accused of using forced Chinese labor

Mar 02, 2020 - 3:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says the Chinese government has transferred 80,000 or more Uighurs out of camps in Xinjiang and into factories across the country

FORCED LABOR? This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows a facility believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, north of Akto in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

South Korea's Moon offers olive branch to Japan

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:51 PM

President Moon Jae-in says Seoul is willing to work with Tokyo to secure 'fair trade and cooperation' in the region

MOON JAE-IN. In this file photo, South Korea President Moon Jae-in addresses journalists on February 17, 2018, in Pyeongchang. File photo by Florian Choblet/AFP

South Korean forced laborers seek Japanese asset seizure

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The court order comes after Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal displayed an 'inhumane attitude and indifference' with the Supreme Court ruling last October and failed to comply with the provisions

LONE SURVIVOR. Lee Choon-shik (center), a victim of forced labur by Japan during its colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, sits in the supreme court in Seoul on October 30, 2018.  Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery – ILO

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:15 AM

7 in 10 victims are women and girls, while 25% are children

Philippines warns of Japan human trafficking risk

Aug 03, 2016 - 6:29 PM

The department records 6 human trafficking cases involving Filipinos seeking work in Japan last year

CHARLES JOSE. Rappler file photo

'Forced labor' for thousands of maids in Hong Kong – report

Mar 15, 2016 - 4:49 PM

The study by the Justice Centre estimates that one in 6 or 50 000 of Hong Kong s more than 300 000 migrant domestic workers – mainly from Indonesia and the Philippines – fall into the forced labor category

In this file photo, a foreign domestic helper reads a newspaper showing a report on the rights of immigrant workers as she sits beneath the HSBC building in the Central district of Hong Kong on October 2, 2011. Ed Jones/AFP

Abusive work conditions persist despite gains – UN report

Jan 18, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The 2015 Human Development Report highlights the unequal benefits of progress in work and human development

IMPROVEMENTS? As more people benefit from progress, many people are not only left behind, but also subjected to the abuses carried over from the past

Human trafficking 101: What trafficking is all about

Dec 12, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Human trafficking is considered one of the most profitable organized crimes in the world as it generates almost 32 billion each year

VICTIM. Trafficked persons are usually forced to engage in prostitution, illegal labor, begging, pornography, sex tourism, organ sale, and other jobs where they are exploited and taken advantage of.

Many children ‘born as slaves,’ think it’s OK

Nov 07, 2015 - 10:54 PM

Describing slaves in the 21st century an ILO official says: ‘There are no chains They are walking around freely But very often psychologically they re chained to someone or something ’

MODERN-DAY SLAVERY. Young boys remove fish from nets in a fishing village on Lake Volta, Ghana on March 21, 2007. Many are given or sold by poor parents to fishermen in hopes they would get schooling or apprenticeship in fishing, but the children often end up as modern-day slaves. Photo by Tugela Ridley/EPA

Congressman on 'student labor' budget: Abad doesn't get the point

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the role of students in the university is to study and not to do voluntary manual labor of work that should be done by government contractors

Child labor seen in 13 PH goods – US report

Dec 10, 2014 - 9:33 PM

Who picked the cotton for the shirt on your back? Who cut the cane for the sugar in your coffee? Who fired the kiln to make the bricks in your fireplace?

UN: Child trafficking on the rise

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:29 AM

About 15 of the 128 countries the report covers does not have a record of even a single conviction against human trafficking

Ageing Japan struggles to make immigrants feel at home

Nov 20, 2014 - 5:28 PM

There is a growing number of poorly protected employees brought in through the national back door are increasing They are ripe for abuse and exploitation

Swiss reject world's highest minimum wage

May 18, 2014 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED If they said yes it would ve been the world s highest minimum wage at US 25 per hour

Trafficking in Persons report: PH still under Tier 2

Jun 20, 2012 - 11:55 AM

The Philippines is a source country and to a much lesser extent a destination and transit country for men women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor

Trafficking in Persons report 2012.

Up to 27 million people living in slavery worldwide: US

Jun 20, 2012 - 10:16 AM

As America prepares to mark the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the emancipation of US slaves people must reflect on how much further we have to go to free all these 27 million victims Clinton said at the unveiling of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons report

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking during the release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons report at the US Department of State in Washington DC, June 19, 2012. Frame grab courtesy of the US Department of State.

Sparking rage vs modern-day slavery

Jun 17, 2012 - 12:23 AM

The International Labor Organization estimates there are now 20 9 million people living in modern slavery — almost twice as many people in the National Capital Region

PAYING TRIBUTE. Human trafficking survivors perform in a recent forum to thank groups that fight modern-day slavery.

1-M jobs target surpassed but new workers cancel out gains

Jan 09, 2012 - 9:30 AM

Those who are available for work exceeded the number of new jobs created in 2011 by at least 746 000

EMPLOYMENT. Job seekers flock to a job fair. Photo by Purple Romero