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China leads list of labor abusers, sometimes akin to slavery, detected on fishing vessels worldwide

Nov. 15, 2023 10:38 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Hazardous, forced work conditions sometimes akin to slavery have been detected on nearly 500 industrial fishing vessels around the world, but identifying those responsible for abuses at sea is hampered by a lack of transparency and regulatory oversight, a new report concluded. ...

South Korean scholar acquitted of defaming sexual slavery victims during Japan colonial rule

Oct. 26, 2023 11:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s top court on Thursday cleared a scholar of charges of defaming the Korean victims of sexual slavery during Japanese colonial rule, in a contentious book published in 2013. Thursday’s ruling in the criminal case of Park Yu-ha isn’t the...

UN report on Ecuador links crime with poverty, faults government for not ending bonded labor

Sep. 08, 2023 17:41 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A U.N. envoy urged Ecuador's leaders Friday to boost enforcement of labor laws and end popular fuel subsidies as part of key policy changes needed alongside their continuing efforts to combat the drug-related crime that has undermined the country's peaceful image. ...