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‘Modern Slaves’ Wash Norwegians’ Cars – Police

Police and labour inspectors have uncovered widespread ”modern slavery” at car washes across Norway. “We have met people who earn 19 kroner ($3.17) an hour. That’s slavery,” police superintendent Alf-Magne Fredriksen told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv. In the last two years, the Norwegian labour inspectorate has examined working conditions at 100 car washes as part of […]

A prominent UK supermarket chain has removed a mannequin dressed as the character Solomon in the award-winning movie 12 Years A Slave, supposedly encouraging shoppers to go for ‘the slave look’. According to Metro, the prominent supermarket chain had a poster display of Steve McQueen’s multi award-winning film 12 Years A Slave, coupled with a […]

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Criticism of Santa Claus’s sidekick, known locally as Zwarte Piet and usually portrayed by white person in black face, reaches UN. As the Netherlands gears up for its annual Saint Nicholas celebration on Friday, the festivities are in danger of being overshadowed by a growing row over his helper and clown, “Black Pete”. While families exchange presents […]

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One of the stories in A Fragile Hope, my collection of short stories, is titled ‘London slaves’. It’s a satire, and when I wrote it eight years ago, I had no idea there were real slaves in London. The recent discovery of three women who have been kept as slaves for 30 years has shocked Britain […]

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In a landmark ruling on Thursday France recognized modern-day slavery as a new crime punishable by up to 30 years in jail, as it attempts to crack down on forced labour. Slavery may be officially banned in France, but according to an anti-slavery committee there are still hundreds of cases – many of them unreported […]

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