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Human trafficking for labour exploitation is on the rise, according to the latest report by the Council of Europe. The victims are often undocumented immigrants, and all vulnerable groups living in precarious economic conditions are at risk. What seems a job opportunity can turn into a living hell: the victims often depend on their traffickers for work and housing. They work in a wide range
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Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and the aim is not only to alleviate poverty but also to empower women. But simply improving a woman’s economic situation does not necessarily result in greater equality. Increasing women’s economic engagement often increases
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'The Media and Capitalism'  Saturday, 26 May   2:00pm - 4:00pm Venue: Quaker Meeting House,  20 Nigel Playfair Avenue,  London W6 9JY Speaker: Stephen Harper
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Fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, tens of thousands of children come to the United States each year and are detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The report (pdf) from the ACLU and University of Chicago Law School says detained children have faced "physical and psychological abuse, unsanitary and inhumane living
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The stock market has been on a boom in recent years and many corporations are reporting strong profits. Four in 10 Americans are unable to cover an unexpected expense of $400 or more without resorting to borrowing money or selling some of their possessions, a Federal Reserve annual economic survey has found. At the same time, in 2017 one in five Americans knew someone who was addicted to
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