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

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

Opinion | When Migrants Are Treated Like Slaves – The New York Times

Detention is a business. In 2010, private prisons and their lenders and investors lobbied Congress to pass a law ordering Immigration and Customs Enforcement to maintain contracts for no fewer than 34,000 beds per night. This means that when detention counts are low, people who would otherwise be released because they pose no danger or … More Opinion | When Migrants Are Treated Like Slaves – The New York Times

Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention

There were rules. You couldn’t touch others. You couldn’t run. You had to wake up at 6:30 on weekdays, with the staff making banging noises until you got out of bed. “You had to clean the bathroom,” Diego said. “I scrubbed the bathroom. We had to remove the trash bag full of dirty toilet paper. … More Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention

Sex Trafficking Claim by Actress Against Harvey Weinstein Moves Forward

Source: Harvey Weinstein Must Face Sex Trafficking Claim by Actress U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson said Weinstein may be correct that Congressmay not have intended for the federal sex trafficking statute to apply to a “single, gender-based sexual incident.” But he found that Dominique Huett’s lawsuit included all the necessary allegations for her case to … More Sex Trafficking Claim by Actress Against Harvey Weinstein Moves Forward

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