California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers | Fox News

“These Wall Street-owned for-profit, private facilities inhumanely treat people as commodities. These companies are incentivized to maximize profits and minimize costs — including the important ‘costs’ of investments in programs, services and rehabilitation efforts that reduce recidivism rates and increase success for Californians upon their reentry into society,” said Assemblyman Bonta. California became dependent on private … More California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers | Fox News

The $1 Per Day Issue | Merion West

However, some detainees have suggested that though work may nominally be voluntary, a variety of pressures exist to prod detainees into choosing the work option. This often takes the form of using commissary items as the bargaining chip. To this effect, Wilhen Hill Barrientos, a detainee from Guatemala who lived at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia (and who … More The $1 Per Day Issue | Merion West

Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Oct. 1 slapped rare detention orders on goods imported from an unprecedented five countries in one day based on allegations that people producing those items might be children, or adults subjected to forced labor. The orders are used to hold shipping containers at the U.S. ports of entry until … More Company making Costco pajamas flagged for forced labor

Resistance to Private Prison Industry Mounts Amid Debate Over Trump’s Immigration Detention Policies | Common Dreams Views

The private prison industry is under renewed scrutiny, and things are not going well for it. Prison companies were already under fire, accused of putting profits above the well-being of incarcerated individuals and staff at the dozens of federal and state prisons and local jails they run around the country. Currently, about 8 percent of state and … More Resistance to Private Prison Industry Mounts Amid Debate Over Trump’s Immigration Detention Policies | Common Dreams Views

Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims | Trump administration | The Guardian

Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims | Trump administration | The Guardian — Read on http://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/09/labor-secretary-alexander-acosta-sex-trafficking-budget-cut

Ninth Circuit Refuses En Banc Review of Child Slave Labor Case

Source: Nestle Won’t Get Full Ninth Circuit Review of Slave Labor Case A three-judge panel of the court held in October 2018 that the Alien Tort Statute covers allegations that the companies aided and abetted slave labor. Allegations that the companies perpetuated overseas slave labor from headquarters in the U.S. are relevant to the statute’s … More Ninth Circuit Refuses En Banc Review of Child Slave Labor Case

How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished

Gold from AGR has made its way into supply chains at U.S. companies including General Motors Co., General Electric Co. and Starbucks Corp., the firms’ filings for 2018 with the Securities and Exchange Commission show, despite U.S. measures to discourage use of so-called conflict minerals from Congo. GM prohibits suppliers from using forced or involuntary … More How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished

Elder care homes rake in profits as workers earn a pittance

Human trafficking – in which workers, particularly Filipinos, are coerced, manipulated and exploited – also is not uncommon, according to prosecutors and attorneys. For example, several family members were charged last year with human trafficking and labor abuse in a case involving caregivers in San Mateo County, California, south of San Francisco. apnews.com/8e852a9b2fd9459e9e7ca2412c7bcf47

Western Companies Get Tangled in China’s Muslim Clampdown

Adidas AG, Hennes & Mauritz AB, Kraft Heinz Co., Coca-Cola Co. and Gap Inc. are among those at the end of the long, often opaque supply chains that travel through China’s northwest region of Xinjiang. Residents there are routinely forced into training programs that feed workers to area factories, according to locals, official notices and … More Western Companies Get Tangled in China’s Muslim Clampdown

A Texas couple has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for forcing a young girl to work in their home for 16 years – CNN

Mohamed Toure, 58, and Denise Cros-Toure, 58, were convicted in January of forced labor, conspiracy to harbor an alien and alien harboring. They both are citizens of Guinea — where the young girl was taken from — and lawful permanent residents of the US, but may lose their US immigration status and be deported to … More A Texas couple has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for forcing a young girl to work in their home for 16 years – CNN