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modern slavery 'affecting every uk town and city'

Slavery is happening now in every major urban centre in the UK, according to a new report by the National Crime Agency.More than 300 police investigations are under way, dealing with "tens of thousands of victims" of modern slavery across the country, the report says. It warns that estimates of 10,000 to 13,000 victims in the UK are the "tip of the iceberg", and says the problem affects "every large town and city in the country". A surge in operations focusing on labour and sexual exploitation over the past three months has uncovered a wide range of cases, says The Guardian, "ranging from a Romanian organised crime gang making €5m (£4.5m) from advertising prostitutes online and laundering the proceeds, to a 12-year-old girl being trafficked into the UK to take children to school".There wer

presstv-tens of thousands of slavery victims in uk: report

Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is "far more prevalent than previously thought," with potentially tens of thousands of victims across Britain, according to a new report.There were more than 300 live policing operations currently, with cases affecting "every large town and city in the country,” the National Crime Agency said in its report.The NCA said previous estimates of 10,000-13,000 victims in the UK were found to be the "tip of the iceberg."“It’s likely in the tens of thousands,” the NCA's vulnerabilities director Will Kerr said. “The more we look for modern slavery the more we find evidence of the widespread abuse of the vulnerable. The growing body of evidence we are collecting points to the scale being far larger than anyone had previously thought.”Human trafficking i

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

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

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

survivor joins hollywood star to urge australia to end modern slavery

Australia is being encouraged to play a leading role in ending the insidious cycle of modern slavery by formally establishing a' Modern Slavery Act'. The subject matter is by no means “glamorous” – nor is the austere grey of Victoria’s Parliament. But, on Wednesday in Melbourne a Hollywood luminary lent her considerable star-power to the cause of ending so-called modern slavery.Rachel Griffiths, the Academy Award nominee attended a federal inquiry assessing Australia’s will to formally establish a Modern Slavery Act.RELATED STORY:Think beyond selfies to tackle child slavery: Rachel GriffithsHollywood star Rachel Griffiths says tourists who travel to Asian orphanages and donate money aiming to help, could actually be fuelling the slave trade.By Ms Griffiths’ side, stood a brave survivor of

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 slavery ‘to 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

presstv-uk family enslaved homeless, disabled people

A UK court has convicted a British family-gang for a series of modern slavery offenses.Eleven members of the Rooney family in Lincoln were convicted of fraud and slavery in four trials for forcing 18 victims to work for little or no pay and live in squalid conditions for up to 26 years, the Guardian reported on Friday.The report came a day after the National Crime Agency (NCA) said modern slavery and human trafficking was far more prevalent than previously thought, with potentially tens of thousands of victims in the UK.Read more:Modern slavery in UK more prevalent than previously thought: ReportThe members of the Rooney family targeted vulnerable people, including some with alcohol or drug addiction, and deliberately looked for potential captives on the streets, Nottingham crown court hea

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

the culture war over the civil war | usa

On much of the American left, a pernicious, conspiracy-minded view of the Civil War and its outcome has taken hold. The ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery, is in particular held in low esteem by many on the identitarian left today. This view, as put forward in the much-praised Netflix documentary 13th, holds that the amendment was phrased in such a way as to allow, sneakily, for the continued bondage of black Americans through penal servitude. This means slavery continued after the war, some argue. And of course, Confederate apologists likewise view the Union’s abolition of slavery as a cynical ploy, as being more about the preservation of Northern power than expanding liberty. While modern-day leftists may, rightfully, despise the Confederacy, they show litt

the culture war over the civil war | usa

On much of the American left, a pernicious, conspiracy-minded view of the Civil War and its outcome has taken hold. The ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery, is in particular held in low esteem by many on the identitarian left today. This view, as put forward in the much-praised Netflix documentary 13th, holds that the amendment was phrased in such a way as to allow, sneakily, for the continued bondage of black Americans through penal servitude. This means slavery continued after the war, some argue. And of course, Confederate apologists likewise view the Union’s abolition of slavery as a cynical ploy, as being more about the preservation of Northern power than expanding liberty. While modern-day leftists may, rightfully, despise the Confederacy, they show litt

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

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

how u.s. immigration law enables modern slavery

By tying workers’ residence status to an employer, the visa system leaves many of them vulnerable to exploitation.

grappling with a story of modern slavery

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confederate: game of thrones writers criticised for new show

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss are turning their attention to new projects, but their planned HBO series, Confederate, has already set off alarm bells.See related Game of Thrones season 7: Key questions after premiereGame of Thrones Season 7: Clues from the castAlthough details about the production are still sketchy, the project has been criticised over its premise. Confederate is set in a future version of the US where slavery still exists.Variety reported this week that the show had got the green light.Confederate envisions the lead-up to a third American Civil War, with the breakaway southern states maintaining a system of slavery.It follows characters on "both sides of the Mason-Dixon Demilitarised Zone", including freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abol

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

abdz photo challenge: our #abdz_shadowplay picks

One of the greatest things you can experience when visiting a different city is to live its night life and to see its lights. The lights are a great part of the soul and life of any city around the world, and it sets the overall mood of that town.
Whether it's a modern city, or an older, medieval one, it's just amazing to see the night life happening before our eyes. I've selected some photographs that represent this idea with excellence. These were taken by some super talented photographers.. for more of their work, please visit their portfolios simply by clicking each image!

presstv-morality and selfishness in modern times

Almost every one of us know at least a few selfish people  — the kind that either make decisions without stopping to think how their actions affect others, or simply don't care whether they do or not.Sadly, selfishness has become the attitude of our modern world. It’s not only affecting us, but it’s destroying the animals and the environment as well. In this episode of Press Plus, we will discuss ways to overcome selfishness.  

police are investigating ‘racist’ social media messages after slavery abolition

Photo: Depositphotos.comPolice are investigating discriminating and racist comments on social media around live broadcasts of events to commemorate the abolition of slavery, reports AT5.Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told an AT5 programme that during the Keti Koti events on July 1st – in memory of the end of slavery in Suriname and the Dutch Antilles in 1863 – potentially criminal comments were made online.One formal complaint has been made to police, he said, and they are expecting more. ‘I know that people are preparing to make statements,’ he said. ‘It really is very serious. If you see these comments, they are deeply discriminatory and sometimes also racist.’He said the police wants to get rid of anonymity for such commentators. ‘A file on these people will be handed ov

lyons, longmont staffs reach agreement on proposed water plant sale

If you go: Lyons Town Board, Longmont City CouncilWhat: Lyons' Town Board and Longmont's City Council are to consider a contract for Lyons' purchase of Longmont's decommissioned water treatment plants.east of Lyons, during separate meetings this coming week.Lyons Town Board of Trustees: 7 p.m. Monday, Town Hall Board Room, 432 Fifth Ave., LyonsLongmont City Council: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Civic Center Council Chambers, 350 Kimbark St., LongmontLyons' and Longmont's staffs have negotiated an agreement for Lyons' purchase of Longmont's two decommissioned water treatment plants, and the governing bodies of the two municipalities are to consider signing off on the transaction next week. Lyons would pay Longmont $925,000 for the two properties, if its Town Board of Trustees approves a resolution on Mo

think beyond selfies to tackle child slavery: rachel griffiths

Hollywood star Rachel Griffiths says Aussies need to think past selfies when volunteering at overseas orphanages and consider if the children are benefiting. Australians need to think past the "selfie moment" at foreign orphanages and consider whether they are helping or hindering the fight against child slavery, Hollywood star Rachel Griffiths says.Ms Griffiths told a federal parliamentary inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act that Australian organisations which arrange orphanage tourism visits in countries like Cambodia have an important role to play.MORE NEWS:New Zealand opposition leader in sexism row over baby plansNew Zealand's freshly installed opposition leader Jacinda Ardern was drawn into a sexism row Wednesday after being asked if having a baby would affect her chances

europe records biggest rise in slavery due to vulnerable migrants | news

The European Union recorded the largest increase in slavery of any world region in 2017, with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them extremely vulnerable to exploitation, analysts said on Thursday.The risk of slave labor in farming, construction and other sectors rose across the region, with 20 of the EU's 28 member states scoring worse than in 2016 in an annual global slavery index by British analytics company Verisk Maplecroft."The migrant crisis has increased the risk of slavery incidents appearing in company supply chains across Europe," said Sam Haynes, senior human rights analyst at Verisk Maplecroft.Globally there are 21 million people in forced labor, including children, in a business worth $150 billion a year, according to the International Labour Organization (IL

billionaire andrew forrest pledges $400m for various charities

Andrew Forrest, one of Australia's richest men, is giving away $400 million to help cancer research, early learning and ending modern slavery. In a parliament which dictates taxes and debates how to spend the money of Australians there was lots on offer on Monday - but this time it came with $400 million worth of love.Standing beside film star Russell Crowe, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the single biggest philanthropic donation from the family of mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest."Every dollar we spend, the government spends, will buy as much as a dollar that a philanthropist like Nicola and Andrew give," Mr Turnbull told the event attended by senior government figures, including Tony Abbott and Labor frontbenchers."But what you give and what other philanthropists give an

billionaire andrew forrest pledges $400m for various charities

Andrew Forrest, one of Australia's richest men, is giving away $400 million to help cancer research, early learning and ending modern slavery. In a parliament which dictates taxes and debates how to spend the money of Australians there was lots on offer on Monday - but this time it came with $400 million worth of love.Standing beside film star Russell Crowe, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the single biggest philanthropic donation from the family of mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest."Every dollar we spend, the government spends, will buy as much as a dollar that a philanthropist like Nicola and Andrew give," Mr Turnbull told the event attended by senior government figures, including Tony Abbott and Labor frontbenchers."But what you give and what other philanthropists give an

billionaire andrew forrest pledges $400m for various charities

Andrew Forrest, one of Australia's richest men, is giving away $400 million to help cancer research, early learning and ending modern slavery. In a parliament which dictates taxes and debates how to spend the money of Australians there was lots on offer on Monday - but this time it came with $400 million worth of love.Standing beside film star Russell Crowe, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the single biggest philanthropic donation from the family of mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest."Every dollar we spend, the government spends, will buy as much as a dollar that a philanthropist like Nicola and Andrew give," Mr Turnbull told the event attended by senior government figures, including Tony Abbott and Labor frontbenchers."But what you give and what other philanthropists give an

longmont council, lyons board approve $925,000 water plant deal

Longmont's City Council gave initial approval Tuesday night to an ordinance authorizing the city to sell two decommissioned water treatment plants to Lyons for $925,000. The Longmont council's action, on a unanimous vote, came after Lyons' Town Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to approve paying that amount and other terms of the contract negotiated by the city and town staffs.The two former treatment plants sit on a total of about 10 acres of property east of the junction of Colo. 66 and U.S. 36.Under the purchase agreement, which got Lyons' Town Board approval and the Longmont council's initial OK, Lyons would initially provide $10,000 in earnest money and make three $305,000 annual payments to Longmont this year and in 2018 and 2019."This is a positive step for Lyons in that we

presstv-negative impacts of consumerism on society

Consumerism is one of the strongest forces affecting our lives in the modern world. The term ‘consumerism’ does not simply refer to immediate factors in our daily lives such as the omnipresence of advertising, but anything connected to the overarching idea in our modern society that in order to be happier, better and more successful people we have to have more stuff. In this episode of Press Plus, we will explore the power of consumerism, how it manifests itself in our lives and the effects it has on us.

a city without gays

Svetogorsk, Russia — It all began with a penis-shaped lollipop called “Mr. Bob” that appeared in a bakery in Svetogorsk, a small town on Russia’s border with Finland. A photo of the candy appeared in social networks, where the town’s mayor — a former military man named Sergei Davydov — came across them. The indignant mayor paid a personal visit to the bakery to deliver a tongue-lashing. “Right near the school,” he complained. “Do you even know what you are selling?” The incensed mayor went on to proclaim: “This city does not have and will never have any gays. They won’t be allowed to come here, even from the West!” The mayor’s comments electrified social media. While officials in neighboring cities chimed in to support Davydov’s proclamation, it represented a challenge to others: LGBT acti

'confederate' and 'black america': is there a right way to put slavery onscreen?

On Black Twitter, the amorphous digital precinct that has become a primary incubator for internet culture, the excitement surrounding Amazon Studios’ announcement Tuesday—that The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and producer Will Packer are developing an alternate-history drama series for the company’s streaming platform—carried with it feelings of pride and savor.Whether imagined on television or in darkened theaters, alt-histories are, on average, built with a dystopian premise at the center. But McGruder and Packer have fused their series, deftly titled Black America, with paradise in mind: according to Deadline, former slaves have acquired Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as restitution—collectively designated New Colonia—“and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny.”

'confederate' and 'black america': is there a right way to put slavery on-screen

On Black Twitter, the amorphous digital precinct that has become a primary incubator for internet culture, the excitement surrounding Amazon Studios’ announcement Tuesday—that The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and producer Will Packer are developing an alternate-history drama series for the company’s streaming platform—carried with it feelings of pride and savor.Whether imagined on television or in darkened theaters, alt-histories are, on average, built with a dystopian premise at the center. But McGruder and Packer have fused their series, deftly titled Black America, with paradise in mind: according to Deadline, former slaves have acquired Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as restitution—collectively designated New Colonia—“and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny.”

'confederate' and 'black america': is there a right way to put slavery onscreen?

On Black Twitter, the amorphous digital precinct that has become a primary incubator for internet culture, the excitement surrounding Amazon Studios’ announcement Tuesday—that The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and producer Will Packer are developing an alternate-history drama series for the company’s streaming platform—carried with it feelings of pride and savor.Whether imagined on television or in darkened theaters, alt-histories are, on average, built with a dystopian premise at the center. But McGruder and Packer have fused their series, deftly titled Black America, with paradise in mind: according to Deadline, former slaves have acquired Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as restitution—collectively designated New Colonia—“and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny.”

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

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