The horrors of modern slavery, in numbers

An artisanal miner works at Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, outside of Kolwezi, the capital city of Lualaba Province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 11, 2016. Picture taken June 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe - RTSIIMR

weforum_Modern slavery is a hidden crime, yet it’s happening right under our noses, in every part of world. In fields, factories, building sites, brothels and homes.

It takes on many different forms: human trafficking, forced and bonded labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced marriage, organ removal, and often exists in more than one of these guises. Tiếp tục đọc “The horrors of modern slavery, in numbers”

Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America

MARCH 18, 2013 11:09 AM March 18, 2013 11:09 am

The Great Divide

The Great Divide is a series about inequality.

SINGAPORE

Inequality has been rising in most countries around the world, but it has played out in different ways across countries and regions. The United States, it is increasingly recognized, has the sad distinction of being the most unequal advanced country, though the income gap has also widened to a lesser extent, in Britain, Japan, Canada and Germany. Of course, the situation is even worse in Russia, and some developing countries in Latin America and Africa. But this is a club of which we should not be proud to be a member.

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The job for life model is dead. Here’s what millennials need to know

Job seekers walk towards a job fair held for fresh graduates in Tokyo, Japan, March 20, 2016.

Written by
Jonas PrisingChairman and CEO, ManpowerGroup

weforum – Much has been written recently about technology, digitization and robots replacing jobs – some go so far as to say the end is near for many workers. But as I think of what each of us could accomplish with enhanced technology at our fingertips, based on the early benefits we’re already seeing, I’m an optimist. In this period of transition, or upheaval for some, the question is how we can help individuals and organizations quickly adapt to a changing labour market and upskill to new ways of working. It’s a race we can foresee and must win, for the benefit of all. Tiếp tục đọc “The job for life model is dead. Here’s what millennials need to know”

Vietnam’s latest minimum wage rise business as usual

17 October 2015
Author: Tu Phuong Nguyen, ANUeastasiaforum – In September 2015, the National Wage Council (NWC) of Vietnam proposed an increase of 12.4 per cent to the minimum wage in 2016. The key parties — representatives of business in the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the state-sanctioned national union of workers, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) — finally reached a consensus after two stalled meetings. The process, after all, is within the state’s annual schedule and hardly goes with any substantive changes to labour market institutions.

Vietnamese workers sew trousers and shirts destined for the U.S. market at the state-owned Thang Long garment factory in Hanoi (Photo: AAP).State-led wage bargaining is conducted annually in Vietnam and thus has become a key part of maintaining harmonious industrial relations in the country. There are four different minimum wages, which are categorised according to a region’s consumer price index. The first region covers urban and industrialised areas, while the others apply to different rural areas. The NWC has proposed raising the minimum monthly wage for this region from 3.1 million dong (approximately US$138) in 2015 to 3.5 million dong (approximately US$155.7) in 2016. It is likely that the proposal will make its way into a government decree at the end of 2015. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s latest minimum wage rise business as usual”

What is it like to be trafficked to a foreign country and forced into prostitution?

What is it like to be trafficked to a foreign country and forced into prostitution? Just ask Charimaya Tamang. She survived trafficking and now advocates for other survivors

Some Days I Lived, Other Days I Died. Resilience in the face of exploitation

Charimaya Tamang knows all too well how easy it is to be trafficked in Nepal.

That’s because 22 years ago, it happened to her. At 16, Charimaya was alone cutting grass in the forest when she was ambushed by four men. After being drugged and losing consciousness, she awoke in Gorakhpur, near the Nepali/India border with her appearance completely changed — she had on makeup, a new hairstyle and different clothes.

medium – She was transported to the brothels in the Kamathipura red light district of Mumbai, India. Her captors left her in a windowless room with only a bed, table and chair, where she was forced to be a sex worker for the next 22 months.

“Some days I lived, other days I died,” says Charimaya.

Beaten, burned with cigarette butts and repeatedly raped, hope for escape slowly drifted away. Faced with deep social stigma should she ever regain her freedom, despair set in as neither outcome brought justice.

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