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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, about a U.S. China trade agreement, accompanied by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, right. On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Sens. Wyden and Brown said the government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US senators demand action after AP exposes palm oil abuses

Sep. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Lawmakers said Friday that the U.S. government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden —who spearheaded...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks

Sep. 24, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic. Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his...

African national, daughters charged with trafficking 2 girls

Aug. 8, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say an African national brought two West African girls to the Chicago area on falsified visas and along with her two daughters forced the girls to work for several years, threatening serious harm if they refused. Nawomi Awoga, 71, a citizen of Benin who lives in the Chicago...

UN agency hails 'historic first' with child labor convention

Aug. 4, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The International Labor Organization on Tuesday welcomed a global agreement to combat the worst forms of child labor as the first time all of its member states have ratified a convention — in a process that lasted 21 years. The 101-year-old United Nations agency that brings together...