Free the Slaves and our implementing partner, La Lumiere, successfully reintegrated 16 survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation back to Nigeria. The successful return of these survivors to their homes are the first repatriations as part of the Program to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation in the Kédougou area (PACSEK), Senegal. All 16 survivors were removed from exploitation at different times through collaboration with Kédougou community systems, including Community Vigilance Committees (CVCs) and the gendarmerie (military police). Early in this project, Free read more >
Archive for 2022
Upon surveying civil society organizations across Southeast Asia, Free the Slaves has published a report, ‘Learning from NGOs’ Approaches to Modern Slavery in Southeast Asia’. Groups working to counter modern slavery in this region and beyond can learn from FTS’s data-driven recommendations.
Over 60 organizations responded to FTS’s online survey, leading to the key findings of this report. Community organizations committed to anti-modern slavery work can find ten recommendations spanning a range of areas from training to implementation of legislative tools read more >
Twelve Nigerian women are free from slavery in Senegal today! Adaku*, Joy*, Esther*, and Chinara* were intercepted in Fadougou village on their way to what they believed were good jobs in restaurants, hotels, or boutiques that paid a good salary.
Adaku* says, “I left home because my father is a farmer, and I couldn’t continue my studies. So I came to Senegal to work and get money to help my older brother stay in read more >
Here are 3 reasons why you should support Free the Slaves through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) :
Liberation – Your pledge can literally help us #FreetheSlaves! By donating to FTS, your funds can help support our work in liberating enslaved people in places like Ghana, Senegal, India, and Vietnam!
Education – Education is the key to ending modern slavery. We work to educate at-risk communities, locally based CSO, and even families of survivors on how to stay FREE!
Rehabilitation – We know read more >
West India is one of the largest migration corridors in the world. It’s estimated that 9 million Indian migrants are working in the Persian Gulf region. Many are employed in low-profile jobs such as construction jobs, food service, or even domestic positions. Oftentimes, these workers are paid for their hard work and provided with food and housing for their services. But, that’s not always the case.
The less fortunate Indian migrant workers are victims of hazardous labor or even labor trafficking. read more >
The Free the Slaves Community Liberation Toolkit (CLT) continues to provide learning opportunities for anti-slavery grassroots organizations worldwide. Following the loosening of the COVID-19 restrictions around the globe, FTS conducted the first in-person training to 14 Vietnamese organizations in Ba Vi province, Vietnam, last July 12 – 14, 2022.
Training local groups in Vietnam plays an essential role in the fight against human trafficking. By providing frontline workers with the knowledge and skills to identify and support victims of trafficking, these read more >
Aspiring for a better livelihood, migrants from Cote d’Ivoire frequently cross the border to Ghana in search of greener and more fertile lands. Due to financial hardship, they were deceived into taking jobs without reviewing their authenticity and even gave out their children to labor. However, little do most migrants know that some “job opportunities” can lead to exploitation or human trafficking—something that frequently occurs in Ghanaian communities like Jamera.
Situated on the border of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire is an read more >
Immigrants and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are vital to the Philippine economy. It’s estimated of the 109 million people residing in the Philippines, 1.77 million Filipinos are OFWs. Despite their important role in the Philippine economy, many of these seasonal workers lack the respect, care, and rights they deserve. Employers and government officials often do not understand or respect these workers. As a result, OFWs are vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and trafficking.
OFWs are often the particular targets of traffickers due read more >
On June 13, 2022, Free the Slaves joined 20 civil society organizations, survivors, and academics in urging the G7 to adopt new measures in ensuring forced labor is eradicated from the global supply chain. The leaders of these prosperous countries have the resources and collective voice necessary to enact concrete steps that would protect those in forced labor, children, and marginalized groups. We strongly urge these nations to take four attainable steps forward, and end the use of forced labor.
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This post was written by Dame Ba, Mauritania Program Coordinator
Free the Slaves is working hard trying to change the conditions that allow slavery to persist. That’s why we’re continuing our work in Mauritania to promote social inclusion and prevent the marginalization of the Haratin Community. Since 2021, FTS has focused on educating and supporting journalists, promoting human rights, and encouraging civil society to effectively report on and respond to cases of social exclusion. Free the Slaves’ goal is to champion read more >