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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Slavery

This year
# British Royal family
King Charles shows support for research into British monarchy’s historical links to slavery
The research will investigate the UK monarchy’s involvement in the slave trade and engagement with the empire.
# Reparations
British family descended from slave owners to apologise and pay £100,000 in reparations
The Trevelyan family had more than 1,000 slaves there in the 19th century and owned six sugar plantations.
Last year
# Netherlands
'A crime against humanity': Dutch PM apologises for 250 years of slavery
The apology comes almost 150 years after the end of slavery in the Netherlands’ overseas colonies
# Slavery
Dutch PM to make landmark slavery speech next week
The Dutch government would not confirm reports that he would give a formal apology for the Netherlands’ role.
Opinion: Child Marriage - a human rights violation happening every two seconds
Carole Wickham of Plan International Ireland outlines the needless suffering of so many young girls and what can be done to prevent it.
All time
# ruling the airwaves
'The words will be sung': BBC backs down in row over Rule Britannia slavery lyrics
The song features the lyrics: “Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.”
# Irish History
FactCheck: No, hundreds of thousands of Irish people were not sold as slaves in the 17th century
Posts on social media have stated that Irish ‘slaves’ were treated as poorly as African slaves during this period.
# maria miller
Woman who held pensioner as slave and forced her to sleep in outhouse jailed in England
The victim, now aged 74, has learning difficulties.
# galveston
Officers leading black man by a rope in Texas sparks outrage
Police said Donald Neely should have been taken to the station in a police car but only mounted officers were available.
'A moral imperative' Divisive slavery reparations hearing takes place in the US
The idea that the descendants of US slaves should be compensated has proven controversial.
# modern slavery
Man arrested in Belfast under suspicion of human trafficking for purposes of domestic servitude
A 25-year-old woman was also arrested today in Scotland as part of the operation.
# kanye
Kanye's been invited to some former slave ports after his dodgy comments this week
Let’s just say it wasn’t a friendly invitation.
# absence of thought
Kanye West criticised by musicians and fans for calling slavery 'a choice'
A TMZ employee told the rapper he was “disappointed, appalled and hurt” by his comments.
# Employment Authority
Some foreign nationals in Ireland work in 'conditions that are close to slavery'
The head of the Workplace Relations Commission spoke to Newstalk about strikes, the ‘gig economy’ and a Supreme Court ruling.
# major dick dowling
Call for Tuam Town Hall to remove memorial to Irish Confederate major
Shaun Cunniffe said that the plaque should be removed to a museum so that people can discuss the issues around it.
# modern slavery
UK family enslaved addicts and people with disabilities 'to fund lavish lifestyle'
At least 18 victims had been working for the family for up to 26 years for little or no pay.
# Torture
Migrants trying to reach Europe being sold as slaves for as little as €200
The slaves are forced to call their families, and beaten while on the phone, to get money demanded for their freedom.
# Trim District Court
Five people are up in court in Meath today in a suspected case of slavery
The extensive operation was launched after gardaí received reports of people being falsely imprisoned at a house in Navan.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, "Irish slaves" did NOT build the White House
FactCheck debunks a false claim that has gone viral after a major speech by Michelle Obama, last night.
# Exploitation
The majority of child trafficking victims in this country last year were Irish
A US government report was critical of Ireland’s system, which it says is failing to identify trafficking victims.
# Slavery
'A wake-up call': There are 800 people living in modern slavery in Ireland
This figure has more than doubled in the last two years.
# Trafficking
Survivors of Nepal earthquake 'being sold as child slaves in UK'
Children are said to be exchanging hands for as little as €6,500.
# whitewashing history
This book about George Washington's happy looking slaves has been pulled from the shelves
A Birthday Cake for George Washington has raised questions about depictions of slavery.
# Slavery
Doctor and his wife who kept man as a slave jailed for 12 years
They called the man a “parasite” and made him be their “house boy”.
# London
Man who kept Irish woman and two others as 'slaves' found guilty of false imprisonment and rape
He was also found guilty of child cruelty and sexual offences spanning more than 30 years.
# Ealing
Well-to-do London couple abducted boy from Nigeria and made him their slave for 24 years
Dr Emmanuel Edet engaged in charity work for children in the developing world, while keeping a Nigerian “house boy” trapped in his home.
# London
Man at centre of London slavery case 'forced woman to perform sex acts'
“I know he is there. And I want him to hear it. I loathe him so much”.
# Philadelphia
Life sentence for woman who kept disabled people in a 'dungeon' and collected their welfare
“There is no penalty that is too harsh for the people that did this. The word horrific is not sufficient.”
# Slavery
'You guys used to be slaves': Police investigate 'racist' video filmed on London Tube
A woman has now come forward to speak to police about the incident.
# Trapped
Trapped over a €300 debt - the lives of Pakistan's slaves
“I’ve spent the last 40-odd years in this grind, sometimes in one factory, sometimes in another.”
# low rank
There are 300 slaves in Ireland (and the Government's response is ranked pretty well)
We rank second last on a global index of the prevalence of modern slavery.
# Slavery
Trafficked Asian nationals forced into drug trade are getting tougher sentences than Irish - MRCI
Today is United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Opinion: Following the money – Irish slave owners in the time of abolition
What happened to slave owners in Ireland after slavery was abolished? They were handsomely compensated.
# Exploitation
Concerns raised about some Irish businesses involved with Qatar World Cup
As fresh bribery allegations throw the spotlight back on to Qatar, an Irish human rights lawyer has warned that the country’s ‘kafala’ labour system is leading to the exploitation of migrant workers.
# Survival story
'I was the punching bag, the sex toy, the maid' - Michelle Knight describes life being held by Ariel Castro
Knight spoke to RTÉ about her 11 years in captivity in which she became pregnant five times.
# Forced Labour
The State is failing to spot victims of trafficking, here's why...
There is still a general onus on victims to self-report according to the ESRI.
# Criminal Justice System
Ireland sends more Asian people to jail for growing cannabis than Irish people
A new report has found that Ireland may be sending victims of slavery to prison, rather than helping to free them.
# Border Force
British officers will be looking out for potential slavery victims at airports
The anti-slavery teams will be in place from 1 April.
Column: John Mitchel was hailed as a totem for Irish liberty... but he was a white supremacist.
John Mitchel was a leading member of nationalist groups that demanded freedom for the Irish. But his sympathies didn’t stretch beyond his own countrymen: he was also vocal and passionate supporter of slavery.