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 government has role to play in stopping modern slavery
government has role to play in stopping modern slavery

We might think slavery is something relegated to the annals of history, but it is a huge modern-day problem. And a global one.The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people in 167 countries are in some form of modern slavery. And the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said that 21 million people were in forced labour in 2012, generating a profit of nearly $200 billion.
Modern slavery may not always mean physical shackles. Photo: iStockSlavery in the 21st century is a complex issue, and stretches far beyond the bounds of human trafficking. The ILO recognises a continuum of human exploitation from forced labour and debt bondage through to exploitative work places and withholding of wages.Modern slavery may not always mean physical shackles, but financial ones that make it

slavery cases in london up by 60%

The number of slavery cases reported in London is expected to leap by more than 60 per cent this year, according to the head of the Metropolitan Police's modern-day slavery and kidnap unit.DCI Phil Brewer said the force expects as many as 1,600 cases of human trafficking to be referred to it in 2017, an increase on the 1,000 from 2016, which was itself a 260 per cent rise on the year before that.The figures "will come as a blow to Theresa May who as Home Secretary led the fight against modern-day slavery", says The Guardian.Despite government action against human trafficking, culminating in the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015, campaigners say many potential cases are still being missed. Tamara Barnett of the Human Trafficking Foundation said: "Victims are not being identified. When they are be

it isn’t only trump who’s demeaning the civil war | politics | usa

The amendment that ended slavery — which was made possible by the Civil War and the victory of the Union — is said to have sustained slavery through the backdoor. In the words of columnist Shaun King, a fan of the documentary, with ‘a wink and a nod’, it allowed slaveryto continue’. In short, the Civil War wasn’t really about ending slavery; the North was not ‘good’.This interpretation implies that lawmakers in the North were indifferent to the abolition of slavery. In truth, the wording of the Thirteenth Amendment was plucked from the Northwest Ordinance, which, even before the Civil War, had successfully prevented slavery in the mid-Western states. That is, the amendment was unquestionably intended to end slavery and realise the ideals of those who fought for the Union.The supposedly r

new report examines the integration of modern slavery survivors

IMAGE: This is the Fresh Start Report.
view more Credit: University of LiverpoolA new report launched today (Wednesday, 1 March) at the International Slavery Museum by the University of Liverpool assesses an innovative solution to the problem of long-term care for survivors of modern slavery in the UK. Although slavery was officially abolished in the 19th century it still continues today in one form or another around the world. From women forced into prostitution, children and adults forced to work in agriculture, domestic work, or factories and sweatshops producing goods for global supply chains, entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off debts, the illegal practice continues. There are a growing number of individuals who have been identified as victims of modern slavery in t

india's paradox: best anti-slavery laws, but largest number of slaves

A child labourer cries as he is rescued during a joint operation by Labour department and a non-governmental organisation in New Delhi. India has some of the world’s best anti-slavery laws, better than Europe, but it also has more people living in modern slavery than any other country.Nearly 46 million people live under conditions of slavery across the world, with 18 million (39%) of those in India, which is home to the world’s largest number of slaves, according to 2016 Global Slavery Index.These 18 million Indians–twice the population of Sweden–have lost their freedom by way of bonded and domestic labour and sexual slavery, among other means.Globally, modern slavery includes child workers in African mines, deforestation crews in the Amazon or people trapped in commercial sexual exploitat

the day the world remembers the victims of slavery

The first International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade took place in 2007, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.The UN-designated day honours the millions of men, women and children who were victims of the transatlantic slave trade, which the UN describes as "among the worst violations of human rights in the history of humanity".Up to 28 million Africans were enslaved during the course of the trade, writes the BBC, which began in the 16th century and spanned over four hundred years.The notorious route saw Africans taken across the Atlantic by Europeans, mainly to colonies in North America, South America and the West Indies.It is estimated that as many as one in five of them died during the journey due to

presstv-80% rise in human trafficking cases in uk

Official statistics show the number of potential human trafficking victims identified in the UK has surged by nearly 80 percent in a year, triggering concerns about modern slavery.The latest available data from the National Crime Agency (NCA) goes back to 2015, with 306 cases of trafficking reported by local councils and over ten-fold that number by other sources.Some cities saw a very clear surge in the number of reported human trafficking victims and greater Manchester experienced a 197 percent increase.Authorities say labor exploitation is the most common fate of trafficking victims in Britain.In spite of the significant increase in the reported cases of abuse, there are still up to 13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK.The number of victims of human trafficking in the UK rose i

in defence of the thirteenth amendment | race | usa

This new interpretation of the Thirteenth Amendment needs to be challenged. Because it completely ignores the motivations behind the amendment’s passing, and why that particular wording was chosen.It’s true that African-Americans faced racial oppression for a long time after the passing of Thirteenth Amendment, including from law enforcement. However, despite the fashionable new view of the Thirteenth Amendment, the fact is that it was created with the explicit intention of not allowing slavery to continue after the end of the Civil War and never allowing it to return in the future.In 1864, with the Civil War turning in the Union’s favour, James F Wilson, a congressman from Iowa, asked: ‘Is it not madness to act upon the idea that slavery is dead?’ Thousands still remained in bondage in th

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decrypted: american gods gives us a spider we can’t forget

Enlarge/ In his opening soliloquy, Anansi/Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) sums up the story of black slavery in one sentence: "Once upon a time, a man got f**ked."StarzShare this storyAmerican Gods' second episode took us to a place that the book never did: straight into the belly of the slave ship that bore the spider trickster god Anansi (Mr. Nancy) from West Africa to America. Our guest this week is Evan Narcisse, who writes for io9 and is working on a super secret comic book project for Marvel. This is his second time on the show, and it was great to have him back and force him to tell me all about the New Gods that Jack Kirby invented for DC Comics.In this episode, we discuss the meaning of Mr. Nancy's incredible opening soliloquy and how slavery left its mark on American history. We agreed

decrypted: american gods gives us a spider we can’t forget

Enlarge/ In his opening soliloquy, Anansi/Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) sums up the story of black slavery in one sentence: "Once upon a time, a man got f**ked."StarzShare this storyAmerican Gods' second episode took us to a place that the book never did: straight into the belly of the slave ship that bore the spider trickster god Anansi (Mr. Nancy) from West Africa to America. Our guest this week is Evan Narcisse, who writes for io9 and is working on a super secret comic book project for Marvel. This is his second time on the show, and it was great to have him back and force him to tell me all about the New Gods that Jack Kirby invented for DC Comics.In this episode, we discuss the meaning of Mr. Nancy's incredible opening soliloquy and how slavery left its mark on American history. We agreed

presstv-harvard confronts ugly truths of slavery ties

Harvard University, one of the most prestigious colleges in the United States, has publicly acknowledged its connections with slavery in colonial America.At a conference on the relationship between colleges and slavery on Friday, Harvard President Drew Faust said the school must confront its dark past before it can move forward."Harvard was directly complicit in slavery from the college's earliest days in the 17th century until the system of bondage ended in Massachusetts in 1783," Faust, a historian, said in her opening remarks, ABC News reported."We look at both past and present today in the firm belief that only by coming to terms with history can we free ourselves to create a more just world."Scholars presented research on the topic and discussed how other American colleges benefited f

presstv-us to keep 'beating up on russia'

The administration of US President Donald Trump will continue "beating up on Russia" in the wake of Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential vote.US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley appeared in television interviews broadcast Sunday to say that the commander in chief is OK with pressuring Russia over its alleged role in the election, which yielded President Trump.“He is not stopping me from beating up on Russia,” she stated, further explaining that, “He's not stopping me from talking about the pressure that China needs to be putting on North Korea. He's not stopping me on how we're working together to defeat ISIL (Daesh).”In a declassified report released in January, the intelligence community concluded that Russia helped with the New York billionaire’s campaign effort ahead

how sports bodies keeping winning the tv great rights battles

If anyone needs a reminder of the bond between sport and commercial television in this country it should be remembered it was the 1956 Olympics that finally brought TV screens into our lounge rooms. After two decades of prevarication by politicians, the Menzies government bit the bullet in 1953 – after Melbourne had been named as host of the Summer Games – and amended the Broadcasting Act to allow for the granting of commercial television licences.For the next decade, the major sporting bodies and television networks enjoyed a cosy if not lucrative relationship, until the arrival of 1970s saw sport and television form an unrivalled symbiotic relationship.Blackmail, extortion and slavery: Australia's visa fraud victimsVideo duration02:47Previous slideNext slideVideo duration02:16Did Murdoch

presstv-iom to fly 10,000 refugees out of libya

Up to 10,000 refugees stranded in Libya will be flown back to their home countries this year, but the returns can only play a limited role in tackling migrant flows toward Europe, the head of the UN migration agency's Libyan office said. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) program is one of the few ways EU states can fund action inside lawless Libya, which has become the main migration departure point for Europe, as they scramble to stem record flows across the central Mediterranean.Other plans have been held up by poor security, political resistance and a lack of government control in Libya, where powerful militias and smuggling networks act with impunity.The IOM scheme is meant to offer a way out to those stuck in Libya without money, work, or a means to move on, said Othm

when is tax day? deadline moved to april 18, 2017—here's why

Few things are as certain in this life as the fact that Tax Day will come around year after year — typically, on April 15. Not in 2017. The final deadline for filing 2016 taxes falls on Tuesday, April 18 this year partly because the 15th falls on a Saturday, but also thanks to an annual holiday being observed in Washington, D.C., on the Monday on which the tax deadline would otherwise fall.Every year, D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day to commemorate President Abraham Lincoln signing a bill ending slavery in the District on April 16, 1862. When the 16th falls on a weekend, as it does this year, the city observes the day on the nearest weekday. And under the tax code, as Money reports, holidays in D.C. impact the deadline to file taxes for all Americans.So what exactly is this holiday that's

dutch investors lobby says no role for government in most takeover battles

Photo: DutchNews.nlThe Dutch government should not get involved in takeover battles for Dutch firms unless they have a crucial role in the economy, says lobby group Eumedion, which represents large investors such as pension funds.While there is a role for the government if companies which have a key role in society are under attack, there is ‘no role’ for ministers in other takeovers, Eurmedion said in a statement.The lobby group was commenting on recent government proposals to protect key telecom firms from takeover.The draft bill will enable ministers to prevent takeovers of ‘telephony, data centres, hosting services and internet’ companies which are ‘of vital importance to national security and public order.’Various politicians have suggested that other companies should also be better p

voters back company tax cuts, doubt penalty rate cut will help

More voters back the Turnbull government's $50 billion plan to cut company taxes than oppose it, in findings the Coalition will seize on ahead of a decisive Senate vote this week.But Australians are sceptical that cutting penalty rates on Sundays will mean more businesses will open, while three-quarters of voters believe real estate tax concessions should be cut or left alone.How your soft drink is bottledVideo duration01:22Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:53Biggest budget tax reform ever?Biggest budget tax reform ever?It's all about changing the tax mix, according to Peter Martin.How your soft drink is bottledVideo duration01:22Video duration01:22How your soft drink is bottledHow your soft drink is bottledClean technology is helping bottle your soft drink more efficiently than eve

presstv-india facing missing children crisis

Munawar ZamanPress TV, New DelhiThe Indian government says some 250,000 children have been registered as missing over the past 5 years. Most of the children are sold into slavery or are used as cheap laborers, domestic servants or beggars.

albanese slams government for skipping un nuclear ban talks

Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese has slammed the government for skipping a United Nations negotiation on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Anthony Albanese says Australia should have attended the UN talks on developing a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in order to play a 'constructive role'.“Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons are going to be difficult. But we also know if you aren’t inside the tent, participating in negotiations, you can’t influence the outcome,” he told SBS News.Nearly 40 countries, mostly US allies, including Britain, South Korea and France, are not taking part in talks. Major nuclear armed powers such as Russia and China are also not attending.Related 'Let it be an arms race' - Trump on nukesComments US President-elect Donald Trump made on Twitter about strengthe

albanese slams government for skipping un nuclear ban talks

Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese has slammed the government for skipping a United Nations negotiation on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Anthony Albanese says Australia should have attended the UN talks on developing a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in order to play a 'constructive role'.“Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons are going to be difficult. But we also know if you aren’t inside the tent, participating in negotiations, you can’t influence the outcome,” he told SBS News.Nearly 40 countries, mostly US allies, including Britain, South Korea and France, are not taking part in talks. Major nuclear armed powers such as Russia and China are also not attending.Related 'Let it be an arms race' - Trump on nukesComments US President-elect Donald Trump made on Twitter about strengthe

albanese slams government for skipping un nuclear ban talks

Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese has slammed the government for skipping a United Nations negotiation on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Anthony Albanese says Australia should have attended the UN talks on developing a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in order to play a 'constructive role'.“Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons are going to be difficult. But we also know if you aren’t inside the tent, participating in negotiations, you can’t influence the outcome,” he told SBS News.Nearly 40 countries, mostly US allies, including Britain, South Korea and France, are not taking part in talks. Major nuclear armed powers such as Russia and China are also not attending.Related 'Let it be an arms race' - Trump on nukesComments US President-elect Donald Trump made on Twitter about strengthe

albanese slams government for skipping un nuclear ban talks

Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese has slammed the government for skipping a United Nations negotiation on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Anthony Albanese says Australia should have attended the UN talks on developing a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in order to play a 'constructive role'.“Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons are going to be difficult. But we also know if you aren’t inside the tent, participating in negotiations, you can’t influence the outcome,” he told SBS News.Nearly 40 countries, mostly US allies, including Britain, South Korea and France, are not taking part in talks. Major nuclear armed powers such as Russia and China are also not attending.Related 'Let it be an arms race' - Trump on nukesComments US President-elect Donald Trump made on Twitter about strengthe

albanese slams government for skipping un nuclear ban talks

Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese has slammed the government for skipping a United Nations negotiation on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Anthony Albanese says Australia should have attended the UN talks on developing a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in order to play a 'constructive role'.“Negotiations to ban nuclear weapons are going to be difficult. But we also know if you aren’t inside the tent, participating in negotiations, you can’t influence the outcome,” he told SBS News.Nearly 40 countries, mostly US allies, including Britain, South Korea and France, are not taking part in talks. Major nuclear armed powers such as Russia and China are also not attending.Related 'Let it be an arms race' - Trump on nukesComments US President-elect Donald Trump made on Twitter about strengthe

cross-species jumps may play unexpectedly big role in virus evolution

On occasion, a virus may jump from one host species to another and adapt to the new host. Such cross-species transmission happens more often than expected, according to new research published in PLOS Pathogens, and it may play a much bigger role in virus evolution than previously thought.

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