News and Events

Anniversary of Protocol amending Trafficking Conventions

Monday, October 19, 2020


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President Trump condemns child labor

Thursday, October 08, 2020

September 30, 2020.  Present Trump issued Executive Order on Addressing the Threat to the Domestic Supply Chain from Reliance on Critical Minerals from Foreign Adversaries, in which he condemns child labor and forced labor. More...

Child laborers rescued from cocoa plantations in Côte d'Ivoire

Thursday, October 08, 2020

October 7, 2020.  Child laborers have been rescued by police from cocoa plantations in Côte d'Ivoire.  The owners were arrested. 
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20 child slaves rescued from bangle-making factories in India

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

October 5, 2020.  As many as 20 children have been rescued from three bangle-making factories in the State of Hyderabad in India.  More...

Child labor palm oil detained at US border

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

On September 30, 2020, United States Customs and Border Protection determined that palm oil and palm oil products from FGV Holdings Berhad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia are now subject to a Withhold Release Order.  Its palm oil and palm oil products have been detained at the US border.
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Child labor in tobacco and sugar in Zimbabwe

Sunday, October 04, 2020

October 3, 2020. The US ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Brian Nichols, urged the government to eliminate child labor in tobacco and sugar cane farming.  More...

Girl child slaves rescued

Sunday, October 04, 2020

October 2. 2020. Eight girl-children are rescued in India. They had been sold by three slave traders for 50,000 rupees each to wealthy families in Tadepalli, Dolas Nagar and other places. They worked for their owners as unpaid domestic servants. They only received food and a place to sleep. The owners refused to let them return to their parents. One of them, a 13 year old girl, eventually escaped and telephoned the police. The police raided seven houses and rescued the girl-children from their owners. The police have now arrested the three alleged slave traders: Karappu Asiraiah alias Chiranjeevi, Vempada Padalu alias Srinu and Khambham Ramu, all from Chillapetarajam village in Srikakulam.

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UN human rights experts call on Mali to end slavery

Sunday, October 04, 2020

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​UN Special Rapporteur on slavery warns COVID-19 could push millions into slavery

Sunday, October 04, 2020

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Child labor in cocoa production

Saturday, October 03, 2020

September 3, 2020: Child labor in cocoa production

“Estimates suggest that around one in three children living in cocoa-growing areas of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana (which account for more than 65% of global cocoa production) is involved in child labor,” according to the International Cocoa Initiative.

“Child labour in cocoa remains a significant challenge despite extensive efforts to tackle it over the past two decades.”

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