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Undocumented migrants in the U.S. labour force could worsen the risk of modern slavery across key states. Over half of the undocumented migrant workers in Florida and California work in agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality, construction and transport. These sectors will therefore be hard hit by measures that put migrant workers at risk of abuse.
My first reaction is absolute shock – and I actually understand it when I think about it – but that's my first reaction. I feel kind of sad. I feel like the story of American chattel slavery and this incredible cultural tradition, built up within a community of people who were victims and often seen as incapable of standing up for themselves, is such a powerful story that I want the whole world to know about it. But apparently not everyone does.
John and I are going at it. I'm frustrated, because he believes in the system. He believes in this justice system, but I told him 'It's actually unjust when it comes to someone like us, someone of color.' Then, I took a pause and reflected on the fact that I could literally be saying this exact same line to someone today in real life. The wounds of slavery are still not healed. Our ancestors went through so many obstacles. Our show calls us to action, and shows how they pushed through.
Just slapping the word 'volunteer' in front of 'work program' doesn't exempt the prison firm from paying legally mandated wages any more than McDonald's can use 'volunteer' senior citizens and pay them Big Macs. There's no ostensible purpose to rehabilitate them. They're just waiting for a court date in order to clarify their immigration status. Some don't end up being deported.
GEO's argument was, Even if we are forcing people to work under threat of solitary confinement, that would be allowed,' . And the judge said, No it wouldn't be.
We intend to continue to vigorously defend our company against these claims. The volunteer work program at immigration facilities as well as the wage rates and standards associated with the program are set by the Federal government. Our facilities, including the Aurora, Colo. Facility, are highly rated and provide high-quality services in safe, secure, and humane residential environments pursuant to the Federal Government's national standards.
The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system. Therefore, I direct the Bureau to return to its previous approach.
That's obviously a big deal; it's recognizing the possibility that a government contractor could be engaging in forced labor. That means you need to round up and detain more people in order to determine whether they have the rights to stay in this country before you deport them. More people could be moving through, not just in the Aurora facility. More people could be subjected to GEO's forced labor policy.
Ministers have said that they need to end the Dubs scheme in order to prevent trafficking, but Save the Children and others have said this will make child trafficking, abuse and exploitation worse. That's why we have called on the government to consult the expert independent anti-slavery commissioner on his assessment of the risks of more trafficking if the scheme ends – after all, it is his job to prevent the kind of abuse and slavery we are all worried about.
This landscape is critical to her story.
I almost fell off my chair. I'm familiar with the [Tubman] images that we know of.
This is the area that shaped Harriet Tubman's ideals. It's where she and her family grew up, where she lived for 27 years of her life.
They would have imagined that it was a white male abolitionist. They just could not get their heads around thinking that it was a little black woman.
You see her vibrant, strong and nicely dressed.
She was a genius. Even though she couldn't read or write, she was born with a gift. When she worked in the woods with her father, he taught her how to survive. How to feed herself, how to protect herself, how to navigate through those woods that are really dark at night. When … I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came like gold through the trees and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.
The right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away, it's raped, it's abused, it's taken by force. Technology can be used to enable slavery, but it can also be used to disable slavery. We were the last line of defence - an actor and his foundation.
The decision to change a college's name is not one we take lightly, but John C. Calhoun's legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a 'positive good' fundamentally conflicts with Yale's mission and values. At that time, as now, I was committed to confronting, not erasing, our history. I was concerned about inviting a series of name changes that would obscure Yale's past.
We have a strong presumption against renaming buildings on this campus. I have been concerned all along and remain concerned that we don't do things that erase history. So renamings are going to be exceptional. John C. Calhoun. White supremacist. Ardent defender of slavery as a positive good. Someone whose views hardened over the course of his life, died essentially criticizing the Declaration of Independence and its emphasis on all men being created equal.'.
I'm underwhelmed. This choice makes no corrective move toward reconciliation in light of not just the legacy of John C. Calhoun, but Yale University's ties to slavery and systemic racism.
There is an ugly history to that that we should not be shy about talking about. The reason that we are the only country among advanced countries that makes it harder to vote is, it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery. It became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise. That's not who we are. That shouldn't be who we are. That's not when America works best.
You can say they could be very positive in their impact because lonely people who never get a chance to have a relationship can suddenly have a relationship, and could decrease the demand for sex slavery, or sex traffic. It could decrease the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, it could reduce the incompetence of human to human relations because they could serve as a kind of sex therapist and could train people for better human to human relationships.
The difference with the show that Jordi presents to us is that it doesn't show us beauty but instead it's a show that uses music to invite us to reflect on something that has happened in the past. But it also continues to be present today in another way – slavery.
Only if we know the history from our ancestors, we can be able to build a new future and I think this is what moved me to prepare and do all these projects about the history: because I think we need the art and the music helps us to understand what happened in our history.
To me, the modern slavery issue is like a slowly unfolding disaster.
To me, the modern slavery issue is like a slowly unfolding disaster. We all need to step up our game, we need to solve many of these long-standing systemic challenges, we need to have more of a sense of urgency, and we need to do it now.
In public school, we learned about slavery and the Vichy government [which collaborated with the Nazis during World War II]. We only learn about the somber moments of French history … Kids with immigrant parents will hear that and not want to be French. We have to teach people to be patriotic.
We have raised the issue for five years now, but even to us the scale of this problem came as a shock.
One element of this genocide (committed by ISIL against Yazidi) was the systematic enslavement of the Yazidi women, girls and children. More than 6 thousand were enslaved and reduced to items of property through an abusive system, where ISIL militants treated Yazidi women as a worthless tool to served there sick desires.
Often this crime and the exploitation of people is hidden in plain sight and the psychological chains that hold people in situations of modern slavery are very real.
Vulnerability is the number one factor why this is happening, and from a moral point of view, nobody in this world should be so vulnerable. It's a disgrace of our civilisation that we not only allow this vulnerability, but it is happening to hundreds of millions of people in a world of such wealth.
Children are growing up in very vulnerable conditions, usually poverty is part of the story. The fathers may not be at home, the mothers may not be literate and the children may not have enough to eat, and there is little work.
The criticism of Hollywood has been in the past that if you are making a black film, it's either going to be about slavery or civil rights.
As some of the biggest companies in the world, we have a particular responsibility to eradicate forced labour from our supply chains. I believe we need a combination of teamwork between individual corporations, governments, investors and other stakeholders to tackle the root causes of forced labour. Together I know we can.
The bar has now been raised for businesses all over the world to follow suit. The Stop Slavery Award wants to start a virtuous circle by proving that corporations play a key role in the fight against slavery.
This is the way we ensure we are good global citizens and that anyone we do business with follows the same high standards that we do. We have a complete team that goes out to audit and train procurement organizations to establish the right principles and processes with suppliers. We train so that working conditions are safe and healthy.
These were issues different to what the term 'slavery' usually means to people but we were able to eradicate it.
We have now expanded to 10,000 farmers in India producing cotton.
We look to find and we will find and when we find we know what to do because we are not scared. Turkey is a particular focus and we have changed the way we operate to deal with the devastating circumstances there.
It is about constantly being vigilant, constantly being out there and knowing what to look for and being forensic.
The further down the supply chain you go the more complicated it gets.
We don't have fancy branding, we don't have fancy advertising, all of which adds to the price of the clothes that you buy.
We're also calling on individuals to be vigilant when they're making hotel bookings. So next time you walk into a hotel, ask them what they're doing to tackle human trafficking and slavery.
Businesses have a big role to play. It's not just the government's job, it's not just charities working on the ground trying to protect these victims.
People don't really know what tangible steps they can take. But you don't need to leave your sector to go and do something about this problem.
The European Parliament cannot pretend that the human rights concerns over Uzbekistan ended with children no longer sent out to the fields, whilst their teachers and so many others suffer instead.
The European Parliament should hold the EU's trading partners to high standards.
Migrant domestic workers are generally treated as a homogeneous group defined by their job.
We believe that Hong Kong needs a transparent plan of action to combat human trafficking, forced labour, or slavery-like practices, and protect victims. And ultimately there needs to be legislative reform. Hong Kong must develop more comprehensive policies and laws to protect victims.
I think there is room for improvement but it is more of an enforcement issue. If people are scared of the repercussions if they quit their job, and feel like they can't, then that is a bad situation.
At the moment, there is little information from the government about human trafficking, forced labour, or slavery-like practices in Hong Kong.
No company wants the scourge of slavery in its operations and supply chains. We hope the next group (of companies)... will emulate the better practice of the (top performers).
This analysis exposes a shocking level of inaction within big business on modern slavery.
While the Modern Slavery Act has undoubtedly pushed modern slavery up the agenda and into the boardrooms of large businesses, this is just the first step. There is still much more to be done to ensure that companies produce statements that both comply with the Act's obligations and point to decisive action begin taken, as opposed to merely being a 'tick box' exercise. Here the role of consumer and investor pressure is crucial.
There aren't enough prosecutions, and that's in the UK and internationally. There aren't enough resources being allocated to this, and there isn't enough coordination. The criminals are very much operating with impunity.
In a lot of ways this hasn't been a fair fight because the criminals are making $150 billion a year and there's about $1 billion invested in this from the global community. I think what we've been doing for too long is not looking at it as serious organised crime, not having the organisations that have the skills and the ability to pursue these crimes.
But what we do need to do is make sure the relationships that are there with law enforcement and prosecutors within the EU are developed, are trusting and look at serious and organised crime.
I think what we've been doing for too long is not looking at it as serious organised crime, not having the organisations that have the skills and the ability to pursue these crimes.
I think the frustration has been that we haven't had the right people doing the right job.
Once we start using those resources and tactics and strategies and working more with countries of origin, we will see a change in the prosecutions.
I think even most 8-year-olds will tell you that whole slavery thing wasn't very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn't very good for black people. What we have to do is use our history to propel us to make even more progress in the future.
Congress should repeal the loophole that exempts U.S. fishing captains from having to provide basic labour protections to their crew.
What they sought was to strike a balance - to help the employer save face, not to lose, and at the same time, not to jail Andy, to let him go with a slap on his wrist... but I don't think they satisfied anyone really.
Defamation should be a civil matter, not a criminal matter, and Thai laws, including criminal defamation and the computer crimes act, must stop being used as a form of retaliation against human rights defenders.
For any company around the world that is seriously interested in compliance with certain ethical principles, with respect for basic labor rights and human rights in supply chains, I think this conviction needs to put Thailand on a possible no-go list.
This will clearly have a chilling effect on independent research on supply chains all over Thailand. The concern is that we will see copycat prosecutions from other companies anytime someone criticizes them.
I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow, but we've got a museum for him to visit.
Located in the middle of the supply chain, spinning mills are uniquely positioned to identify cotton produced with forced labour and prevent it from entering corporate supply chains. Our initiative targets the most opaque place in the supply chain, where yarn spinners blend different types of cotton together.
They are the key to knowing if the cotton that gets spun and woven into our clothes was harvested under forced labour conditions.
Georgetown, being a Catholic institution, really can't escape the moral problem of that history, because it's come to challenge its Catholic identity.
I believe the most appropriate ways for us to redress the participation of our predecessors in the institution of slavery is to address the manifestations of the legacy of slavery in our time.
The history of the American college is in fact a chapter in the history of American slavery. Every college that was established before the American Revolution has direct ties to slavery.
But we must also talk about those who have been left behind, the millions suffering in disastrous conditions in so many of our inner cities.
Nothing makes me more honored and proud than to be the nominee of Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party. It is the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, and the party of opposition.
We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces. For me the burkini is a symbol of the enslavement of women.
Slavery, our country's original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws enforced by police, by slave-catchers.
We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform. As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of Black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable.
ISIS abuse of Yazidi men, women and children amounts to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The genocide is ongoing. From the day of the attack on Sinjar until today. ISIS has vehemently sought to erase the Yazidis through killing, sexual slaveries, enslavement, torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and forceable transfer, causing serious bodily and mental harm.
I think all of us should keep focussed on it until we get to that point … where it just gets pushed over the edge and it's finished.
We need to make it clear we're not going to tolerate slavery and when there is slavery in a regime we should not trade with them.
But I've had some of some biggest entrepreneurs in the world look me in the eye and say I will not look for slavery in case I find it.
As an actor, my role is often to portray raw human emotion, but nothing compares with the people's lives reflected in the report published today.
Reports of trauma from sexual and other forms of gender-based violence among women making the journey – or being trafficked – appear common. Some women have told us they were subject to sexual slavery in Libya. We have also been seeing an increase in arrivals of unaccompanied children.
Every time you pick up that $20 bill, it's a reminder that we can't ignore or pretend like we didn't have 400 years of slavery. Not only is this going to be the first African-American historical figure on U.S. currency, but it's a woman specifically from the era of slavery. We still live in a nation that doesn't like to acknowledge its history of racial and gender oppression. Black women experience those things simultaneously.
The key message of our findings is quite simple: human trafficking or modern slavery is a crime that does not discriminate. It damages the physical and psychological health of men and women exploited in many different labour sectors. The NHS has a key role to play in helping trafficked people to recover from their ordeal, and in the UK response to human trafficking.
The party I signed up for was the party that abolished slavery and broke up the trusts and tried to return power to the people instead of big government or big corporations. I think the party has strayed pretty far from that and doesn't reflect a lot of party members' values anymore. But I think it can still be that party I signed up for.
The mere deterrent effect of closing this loophole is a great step forward. We're going to make sure that is heavily noted throughout the world.
I was forced to stay at the hospital which they have made as a garrison. I met six women in the garrison after two or three days in the place. The Japanese soldiers were forcing me to have sex with several of their colleagues. Sometimes 12 soldiers would force me to have sex with them and then they would allow me to rest for a while, then about 12 soldiers would have sex with me again.
Today there are many children in the world who are slaves.
We ask not for handouts or any such acts of indecent submission. We merely ask that you acknowledge responsibility for your share of this situation and move to contribute in a joint programme of rehabilitation and renewal.
I think its a terrible insult to the black residents of the State of South Carolina. It's a symbol that they are inferior citizens, and they are not: they are equal. South Carolina is a diverse state and we should revel in our diversity.
When we see that symbol lifted up as an emblem of hate, as a tool of hate, as an inspiration for hate, as an inspiration for violence, that symbol has to come down! That symbol must be removed from our state capital!
The minister of education introduced changes to the school curriculum in this region. So here we teach some things that aren't necessarily taught all over France – for example the history of slavery and the treaty are taught as well as other subjects. So we are allowed to go further into it, and we have an extra hour a week to teach these subjects in depth.
I urge leaders around the world to view this Index as a call to action, and to stay focused on the work of responding to this crime, even if your country receives a positive rank. Now we know the Index isn't perfect and can't answer every question about modern slavery, but this is an important starting point.
With this evidence, we can now plan the end of child slavery in our generation. If anybody is in any doubt that slavery is a thing of the past you must look at the Global Slavery Index produced by the Walk Free Foundation and Andrew Forrest. It exposes the horror and injustice of millons of people condemned to slavery in the 21st century. It is the most powerful call to action, and that action must be heeded by the international community.
Andrew Forrest and Walk Free's pioneering work to expose the full scale and horror of child slavery is a landmark moment in the struggle for children's rights. He has undertaken the vital work of revealing the full evidence that will allow us to campaign for children to move from exploitation into education, from oppression into opportunity, from slavery into school.
This is a place dedicated to the history of slavery from Spartacus to Malcolm X. Also slavery in modern times. We hope that in four years time our visitors will be able to see the boats arrive from our great vantage point here.
There is no place in the world where children, women and men are safe from human trafficking. Official data reported to UNODC by national authorities represents only what has been detected. It is very clear that the scale of modern-day slavery is far worse.
I think that what's happened is that people have said that they are not willing to accept being put into any sort of debt slavery.
To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction: you will not be forsaken, you will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you, the world stands with you. We know that you are a strong and resilient people. You have endured a history of slavery and struggle, of natural disaster and recovery and, through it all, your spirit has been unbroken and your faith has been unwavering.
Trafficking in women is a Europe-wide crime and an extraordinarily cruel form of modern slavery.
They don't take action for the long term. The only way they have is in creating Solidarity Village, a huge and expensive centre, far from the towns, that will be soon a ghetto. It cost a fortune. With the same money, you could restore some houses in this area.
Farmers have to accept the prices established by the industry, that does not want to pay more. And that is why we get the exploitation of foreign workers. Labourers were exploited 50 years ago, and it is still happening today. Once they were locals, now they are foreigners.
I called for help immediately. I wrote to the prefect, to the regional president of Calabria, to other institutions. Nobody answered. So I had no choice. I had to order the camp closed.
They shouldn't be uprooted. Of course people want to protect them and raise them, but this should be done in their country where their long-term future lies.
Twenty-five years ago, Romania and Bulgaria and other countries were not in the EU, and the Berlin Wall had not fallen. With Europe now in existence, it is up to each country to integrate its people. It melts my heart to see them – not only the Roma but them in particular – treated badly, exploited, children drugged so as to appear ill in order to invite pity; there is a real oppression and even enslavement of these populations. It does not in the least amuse me. How to remedy this? Through my resignation? I thought about it!
It has turned up not only in the Best Film category but also in the Outstanding British Film category because, of course, although it's got Hollywood stars, it was made here. British technicians doing all those incredible effects, it's the first 3D film I have ever seen where I have thought it really is better in 3D than in 2D. However, I have to say my affections are for '12 Years a Slave', which I think is an extraordinary piece of work with great direction by Steve McQueen.
We hope that the Israelis will go back to their reason and understand that we are people under occupation and we are freedom-seekers so that we would like the whole world, really, to emancipate us from the slavery of occupation.
This Index will help us find answers. It also reminds us that trafficking in persons is a crime that affects every country in the world, that all governments have a responsibility to deal with this problem and that no government anywhere is doing enough.
You've just got back from a tour of Africa, publicising your new book about the continent 'My Black Stars'. What would you like to tell the children of Africa?
First of all I think that our win in 1998 was important for French social cohesion, for asking questions which hadn't been been asked before, I mean about living together, the fact that France is a multi-coloured nation so it was also a good time to talk about colonialism, slavery… Also 1998 was the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in France, so I think it brought all these questions out into the open.
Well of course as soon as you are a trainer or a manager you have to make choices, and as a general rule you make choices to achieve the best team possible. And the best possible team contains the strongest possible players. And players who can play together as a team.
Did the other players support you when you were playing football?
Discrimination as we have already said, doesn't stop with the colour of someone's skin, it is also a discrimination against poor people. So turning to the World Cup in Brazil, I'd like to ask you, can spending so much on a sporting event be justified?
How can you say that? Football is very influential in our society!
The rise of the National Front in France could be a sign that the French are becoming more racist or more afraid of immigrants. Do you ever think, right I'm leaving France?
Ah well, but I see that it's only the result of the history, and we just have to understand why.
The World Cup victory in 1998 was, of course, a sporting victory but also a social one, your rainbow team was recognised for being well integrated, so 20 years later, what is it like now?
That depends on the players. But once again, many people don't understand that racism is above all a form of violence. Whenever I wanted to complain about verbal racism or racist acts, many players would say 'Oh you know, it doesn't matter, they just want to upset you', and I would say that racism in football is less dangerous than racism in society….
Oh no, really no! I have to say that I think what I'm doing now is much more important than football.
He ate a banana that someone threw at him, didn't he?
Yes, of course, but there is the economic crisis. It's clear that in an economic crisis all of us become a bit disorientated because the future looks complicated, and that's why some people sometimes turn to the extreme right. But once again, it's very difficult to compare the situation today with the situation in 1998. I still think that people who were there in 1998 were positively influenced by living that together.
But now, after the European elections, we see a very different society in France… don't we?
Well it would be quite something to be playing in the World Cup in Brazil. As of course it would have been symbolically amazing to have playing in a World Cup in Africa.
And finally I'll just finish of with a question from Tommy Aditya who asks 'Who was your favourite player when you were a child?' And I'll add the question, and who's your favourite player today?
They are setting up anti-racism campaigns. But I think that they could go further of course! It is abnormal that football hasn't found a better solution after such a long time. So that means that the responses so far, like the response of Dani Alvès, aren't the best response, because only a week later the same thing happened to a player from AC Milan.
Exactly on that point we have a question from someone called Arthur Eld, who asks if you think FIFA and UEFA are doing enough to combat racism in the stadiums?
It isn't football that is the problem. It is political choices. And yes, I think citizens should question their governments. And saying, Look yes, football is fine but perhaps other things are more important. Like constructing schools, hospitals, trying to establish the best social security cover possible for everyone. And yes, they are right actually.
Can you forgive them for behaving like that?
I have a question from Chrétien Wemby, who asks if you plan to train a football team one day?
Well, to answer your question, do you really think that sexism is part of human nature? No, I think that sexism is the oldest of the hierarchies which exist between men and women and it's a construction, used to exploit women. And racism is exactly the same thing. At a certain moment in history, in order to exploit non-white people, their inferiority had to be constructed.
What is dramatic is that in fact, racism has existed in football stadiums, the football world in general, doesn't seem able to stop it. If you analyse what happened with Dani Alvès, everyone loved what Dani Alvès did, and I still think that it wasn't what he did that was important.
You mentioned your football career, and we asked our social media fans to send questions in for you, and we got one from someone called Glody Morinio, who asks whether you suffered racial discrimination when you played for France?
And now a question from Samer Chaloub, who asks how policies and reforms can help in the fight against racistm. You were very critical of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, do you think François Hollande is doing better?
You don't think there is more racism in football stadiums than there was 10 or 15 years ago?
Which brings me to your comic book 'Our History'. It's really meant to try and make children understand that there aren't different races, that we're all part of the human race, but is it also meant as an internal psychological journey to try and understand and take responsibility for what happened when you were young, and all that?
So as I'm sure you can believe, we received lots of questions about the World Cup and about the French team. So I've chosen a question from Baba Bah, who asks what do you think about Samir Nasri not being selected for the team?
And when you talk to young Africans, does this message get through?
I would tell them – whether they are from Africa or any other continent – you have to explain to children that we are not born racist. We become racist, because racism is a cultural thing. I mean that throughout history we have always been shut into hierarchies linked to the colour of our skin, and so hierarchies are there in all of us and we have to question them in order to overcome them.
Was there a key moment for you, when you said to yourself, When I finish playing football, I'm going to start this campaign against racism?
So if you had a magic wand… would you like to be there playing with the French team?
You really think that this is not part of human nature, this fear of other people?