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

Barr makes major reversal in ruling some asylum seekers could be held indefinitely – CNNPolitics

On October 12, 2018, the attorney general “directed the Board of Immigration Appeals to refer Matter of M-S- for his review,” according to a Justice Department fact sheet. Barr’s ruling could likely affect thousands of migrants apprehended at the border, many of whom are seeking asylum and would be subject to expedited removal. “Basically if … More Barr makes major reversal in ruling some asylum seekers could be held indefinitely – CNNPolitics

JPMorgan backs away from private prison finance

“We will no longer bank the private prison industry,” a company spokesman told Reuters. The decision is a result of the bank’s ongoing evaluations of the costs and benefits of serving different industries, he said. JPMorgan is one of several banks that have underwritten bonds or syndicated loans for CoreCivic Inc and GEO Group Inc, … More JPMorgan backs away from private prison finance

SDSU students and faculty collect letters from detained migrants – The Daily Aztec

San Diego State students and faculty and members of the San Diego community formed Detainee Allies, a grassroots organization communicating with migrants and refugees through letters since July 2018. The detainees come from Latin American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela and Brazil, and even from as far away as Cameroon, Eritrea and China. … More SDSU students and faculty collect letters from detained migrants – The Daily Aztec

Governments Seek to Eradicate Child Labor on West African Cocoa Plantations

Source: Governments Look to End Child Labor in West African Cocoa Farming Researchers estimate that several hundred-thousand school-age children carry heavy loads, spray toxic pesticides and swing sharp machetes at cocoa pods throughout West Africa’s fertile hillsides. A new initiative involving the U.S. Department of Labor and the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast seeks … More Governments Seek to Eradicate Child Labor on West African Cocoa Plantations

Watchmakers at Baselworld Should Reveal Where Their Gold Is From and What They Do to Protect Human Rights

Source: Jewelers, Take Responsibility! We found that many companies don’t know where their gold and diamonds are coming from, and don’t do enough to assess human rights risks. In addition, jewelry and watch companies—including Bulgari, Chopard and Harry Winston– often publish only some sparse, general information about human rights risks in their supply chains.  Some … More Watchmakers at Baselworld Should Reveal Where Their Gold Is From and What They Do to Protect Human Rights

Nestle Sued (again) for Allegedly Using Child and Slave Labor in its Chocolate

Source: Hagens Berman: Massachusetts Consumers Sue Nestle for Allegedly Using Child and Slave Labor to Make Chocolate “Consumers across the country would be shocked to learn the horrible truth, that much of the world’s chocolate is brought to us by back-breaking forced labor of child slaves,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman. “This … More Nestle Sued (again) for Allegedly Using Child and Slave Labor in its Chocolate

Marine Stewardship Council promulgates new forced labor policy

Source: MSC seeks public input on new forced labor policy The Marine Stewardship Council is seeking public input on a new policy on forced labor and related issues. MSC will be asking for stakeholder input on labor practices in on-shore and offshore fisheries and seafood supply chains, and several other issues. The 30-day comment period opens … More Marine Stewardship Council promulgates new forced labor policy