Tag Archives: human trafficking

Women and girls should be at heart of efforts to tackle modern slavery

Oped on CNN.com by Nick Grono, 17 January 2018. Born to a desperately poor family in rural Nepal, Alina was just five years old when she was forced to work as a maid in her village. She endured long hours of hard labor without breaks, and was physically and verbally abused. She received no schooling. […]

Modern-day slaves are suing the traffickers

Oped with Martina Vandenberg on CNN website on 8 January 2016. “The dirty secret of today’s human trafficking is that almost no one is held accountable. Modern-day slavery, particularly in the transnational supply chains of major international corporations, is too often a risk-free proposition… A network of private lawyers, many working pro bono, has grown […]

Remarks by Nick Grono to UN Security Council during debate on Human Trafficking in Situations of Conflict

The UN Security Council debate on 16 December 2015 on Trafficking in Persons in Situations in Conflict was the first time that the Security Council has ever held a hearing on the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. Our CEO Nick Grono was one of two non-UN experts asked to brief the Council. The […]

Breaking the Back of Modern Slavery – Our Progress to Date

Freedom Fund blog post by Nick Grono.  14 December 2015. By the end of this month, the Freedom Fund will have been in operation for two very busy years. In that time, working with our committed frontline partners in India, Nepal, Ethiopia and Thailand, we will have: liberated 4,761 men, women and children from slavery […]

How the Security Council Can Fight Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Oped by Nick Grono and James Cockayne in Huffington Post.   14 December 2015.  Link here. Photo credit: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images This Wednesday, the UN Security Council will for the first time ever discuss human trafficking in conflict situations. This is a very welcome development, because, while slavery is illegal everywhere, several armed groups […]

How Can We End Modern Slavery by 2030?

Oped by Nick Grono and James Cockayne in Huffington Post.   2 December 2015. Link here. Photo credit: Hussein Malla/AP/Corbis On 2 December, the world marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. That might suggest that slavery is a thing of the past – but tragically, it is not. Slavery still thrives around […]

Perpetrators of Modern Slavery are Devastating Our Environment Too

Oped by Nick Grono in the Guardian.   13 November 2015. Criminal gangs who employ slave labour are often involved in deforestation or pollution. Fighting slavery will also protect our natural resources. In many poor countries, environmental destruction is the tipping point that pushes vulnerable families into slavery. Unseasonal droughts, encroaching deserts, extreme flooding, the […]