Tag Archives: Modern slavery

Carrying bricks, picking potatoes: all in a day’s work for Syrian children in Lebanon

Oped in The Guardian, 2 February 2016. I met six-year-old Mustafa in the safe zone of one of the many tented settlements for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. These areas offer schooling, including art and music classes, for Syrian children. They provide a respite from the brutal realities of life as a refugee, which […]

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 […]

Traumatized and vulnerable, slavery survivors live with mental health issues

Oped in CNN International. (CNN) Try and imagine, if you can, an existence where every important decision in your life is controlled by someone else. An existence where the only concern of the person exploiting you is to make as much profit as possible from your labor or your body. An existence where you and your […]