In an effort to combat a practice called “fish laundering,” the European Union and Sweden pledged US$52 million in the beginning of September to various marine agencies in the Pacific who are supposed to monitor and crack down on fraudsters.
The Swedish retail giant IKEA has been reported to the US Customs Department for importing duvet covers made in Turkmenistan.
The US State Department watered down its annual human trafficking report and inflated the ratings of 14 strategically important countries, including Uzbekistan, according to a special report by Reuters.
The European Union (EU) and United States (US) have been forced into action over the use of slavery by Thai fishing firms whose produce has reportedly found its way onto global markets.
More than a million people were forced to work on cotton fields in Uzbekistan during last year’s harvest season under harsh conditions in which 17 people died, according to a damning report by a rights group.
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