How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.

The boy is 10 years old, but he doesn’t go to school. He works for much of the day — and sometimes through the night — crawling through pitch-black tunnels inside the makeshift mine, his fingers picking through the earth, collecting and sorting shards of mica. The minerals he picks up will soon make their … More How mica mined by kids in Madagascar ends up in products used by millions of Americans.

69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year

The nearly 70,000 migrant children who were held in government custody this year — up 42 percent in fiscal year 2019 from 2018 — spent more time in shelters and away from their families than in prior years. The Trump administration’s series of strict immigration policies has increased the time children spend in detention, despite … More 69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year

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

U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention – Reuters

The judge disagreed. RELATED COVERAGE Legal setback for Trump administration plan to speed some deportations “This regulation is inconsistent with one of the primary goals of the Flores Agreement, which is to instate a general policy favoring release and expeditiously place minors ‘in the least restrictive setting appropriate to the minor’s age and special needs,’” … More U.S. judge blocks Trump rule on migrant child detention – Reuters

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