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

Lawsuit: Harvard ‘shamelessly’ profits from photos of slaves

Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of images she says depict two of her ancestors. Her suit, filed in Massachusetts state court, demands that Harvard immediately turn over the photos, acknowledge her ancestry and pay an unspecified sum in damages. Harvard spokesman Jonathan Swain said the … More Lawsuit: Harvard ‘shamelessly’ profits from photos of slaves

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

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

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

Court rules state consumer-protection law can’t help child slaves

Click for link to article: State consumer-protection law can’t be used to sue chocolate makers over harvesting of cocoa beans by child slaves, court rules US District Court Judge Allison Burroughs wrote today that she did not dispute that the use of child slaves in Cote d’Ivoire was “widespread, reprehensible, and tragic.” But, she continued, … More Court rules state consumer-protection law can’t help child slaves