Latest Forced labor News

Tennessee sheriff pleads not guilty to using prison labor for personal profit

Jul. 10, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sitting Tennessee sheriff pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he illegally profited from the work of jail inmates under his supervision and housed dozens of them in a home outside of the prison without permission. Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas...

Takeaways from AP's report on how China's textile recycling efforts take a back seat to fast fashion

Jul. 10, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

WENZHOU, China (AP) — China is the world’s largest textile producer and consumer, throwing away 26 million tons of clothes each year, mostly made of unrecyclable synthetics. A recycling factory in Zhejiang province on China’s east coast repurposes discarded cotton clothes to...

Forced labor, same-sex marriage and shoplifting are all on the ballot in California this November

Jul. 06, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Forced labor, same-sex marriage and shoplifting are among the 10 statewide ballot measures that California voters are set to consider in November. The California secretary of state assigned proposition numbers to the measures on Wednesday after the...

As temperatures soar, judge tells Louisiana to help protect prisoners working in fields

Jul. 03, 2024 20:44 PM EDT

Amid blistering summer temperatures, a federal judge ordered Louisiana to take steps to protect the health and safety of incarcerated workers toiling in the fields of a former slave plantation, saying they face “substantial risk of injury or death.” The state immediately appealed the decision....

US miners' union head calls House Republican effort to block silica dust rule an 'attack' on workers

Jun. 28, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The head of the national mine workers’ union on Friday condemned what he characterized as an effort by House Republicans to block enforcement of a long-awaited federal rule directed at curbing workers' exposure to poisonous, deadly rock dust, calling it “a direct...

California voters to weigh proposal to ban forced prison labor in state constitution

Jun. 27, 2024 16:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will decide in November whether to remove an exemption for involuntary servitude from the state constitution under a proposal the state Legislature approved Thursday. In California and many other states, the state constitution bans...

California’s Black legislators make case for reparations bills while launching statewide tour

Jun. 18, 2024 10:26 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several members of California’s Legislative Black Caucus launched a statewide tour in San Diego Saturday to promote a slate of 14 reparations bills, including a measure that could change the state constitution to end forced prison labor. That measure and several...

Boston pizza shop owner convicted of forced labor against employees in the country illegally

Jun. 07, 2024 19:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of two Boston-area pizza shops was convicted of forced labor on Friday for using physical violence and threats of reprisal or deportation against employees living in the country illegally to make them work long hours, sometimes seven days a week. Prosecutors...

Sen. Cory Booker questions US prison labor policies, calls for change

May. 21, 2024 23:45 PM EDT

Prisoners should be learning professional skills that help prepare them for their release instead of being forced to work, sometimes picking crops in triple-digit heat for pennies an hour or nothing at all, Sen. Cory Booker said at a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on prison labor Tuesday. ...

Senate report finds parts made with China's forced labor in cars by BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and VW

May. 20, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have bought parts made by a Chinese company sanctioned under a 2021 law for using forced labor, a Senate inquiry found, prompting lawmakers to call for stricter enforcement. The automakers responded to the Senate report,...