Friday links: Are tech companies facilitating slavery, exploitation in Thai fishing, and #giveupslavery this Lent

Every Friday we share the latest news on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Keep up to date by following us on twitter (@theclewer) or Facebook, where we will share the article each week, or sign up to our monthly newsletter

Theresa May accuses Facebook of helping terrorists, child abusers, and slave traders

In Davos yesterday Theresa May warned that slavery, trafficking, and child abuse was being facilitated by technology platforms like Facebook and Twitter. She said social media sites had a responsibility to make this issue a priority. She also cited research by Edelman which found that "70% of British people believe that social media companies don't do enough to stop illegal and extreme material being shared on their platforms."

These companies simply cannot stand by while their platforms are used to facilitate child abuse, modern slavery or the spreading of terrorist and extremist content.
— Theresa May, Prime Minister


Lent is only two and a bit weeks away! This Lent we’re asking you to do something different. Instead of giving up your favourite treat, we want you to give up slavery. You can download our resource, or why not sign up to our weekly email to receive the challenges in your inbox? 

Human trafficking and violence still rife in Thai fishing industry

According to a new report from Human Rights Watch, trafficking and exploitative labour practices are still rife in the Thai fishing industry. Over three years they spoke to former fisheries workers, boat owners and Thai officials and discovered that Burmese and Cambodian migrants were at risk of being trafficking into the dangerous fishing industry. 

The EU and US urgently need to increase pressure on Thailand to protect the rights, health and safety of fishers.
— HRW’s Asia director Brad Adams

Arrests during joint investigation into modern slavery

The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority have released details of a joint investigation with West Midlands Police which has resulted in 13 people being arrested, and five suspected victims being taken to a safe place. Most of the arrests were made at properties in Birmingham. 

This was a well-planned and hugely successful operation and we were proud to assist West Midlands Police with the preparatory work, the arrests and in supporting the alleged victims.
— GLAA Senior Investigating Officer Andy Davies

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