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Sir Mo Farah was a domestic slave in Great Britain at the age of nine
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Being trafficked away from his mother in Somaliland to work as a domestic slave for a family that he didn’t know in the UK.
14 jul. 2022
19 jul. 2022
Sir Mo Farah reveals he was trafficked to the UK at age nine.
Please watch ‘The Real Mo Farah BBC Documentary’ above.
Almost 50 million victims of modern slavery worldwide© ANP
GENÈVE (ANP) – The number of people who are victims of modern slavery has increased in five years. 49.6 million people were engaged in forced labour or were trapped in a forced marriage, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and human rights organisation Walk Free report on the basis of their own estimates. That is 10 million more victims than in 2016.
Under modern slavery, the two UN organisations and Walk Free include forced labour as well as forced marriage because people cannot voluntarily escape it due to coercion, threat or abuse of power. Between 2016 and 2021, the number of people forced into forced labour increased by 2.7 million to a total of 27.6 million. An estimated 3.3 million of them are children, more than half of whom are forced to work in the sex industry.
The number of people in forced marriages increased by 6.6 million over the same period to a total of 22 million. Two thirds of them are women. People who are involuntarily married are at greater risk of sexual exploitation, domestic violence or forced labour inside or outside the home, say the researchers.
As an explanation for the increase, the organisations point to the corona pandemic. This caused many people to lose their income. This may have led to more debt bondage, where people are forced to work until they have paid off a debt. The virus outbreak also pushed more people into extreme poverty, increasing the risk of exploitation. Forced marriages are also common in families that are very poor.
Despite this link to poverty, modern slavery is still common in richer countries and the very richest. According to ILO, IOM and Walk Free, about half of all cases occur in these parts of the world, for example in agriculture, domestic work, the sex industry or fishing. Migrants in particular are at risk of exploitation in these countries. In addition, slavery occurs among suppliers to companies in these rich countries, for example in the extraction of raw materials.
The organisations base their findings on anonymised data on human trafficking, 68 surveys on forced labour and 75 surveys on forced marriage. They call on governments to better equip their inspection services to combat slavery. The social safety net in many countries should also be expanded to prevent extreme poverty. These rights should also apply to migrants. In order to combat forced marriages, the organisations suggest an age limit of 18 years for getting married and a total ban on marrying people off against their will.
10 okt. 2015
19 jun. 2015
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
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