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Cher is supporting the “Red Card to Child Labour!” campaign, announced at the closing of the Global Conference on Child Labor in Brasilia.  The Society is a founding organization of the Global March Against Child Labor.

There are 168 million child workers around the world and more than half of them are trapped in the worst forms of child labour. They work in fields, mines and factories and many are sexually abused, exploited in the drug trade or forced to join armies and militias.


May 2, 1768:
Birth of Zachary Macaulay (Scottish abolitionist and former Governor of Sierra Leone)

May 4, 1910:
International Convention for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic 1910

Mai 10:
Mémoires de la traite négrière, de l’esclavage et de leurs abolitions
(Day for the Memory of Slavery)
(dans la République française)

May 12, 1789:
William Wilberforce ("The Liberator")
rises in the House of Commons to deliver his first speech  to demand the abolition of the slave trade

May 14, 1859:
Death of Joseph Sturge (English abolitionist)

May 13, 1838:
Death of Zachary Macaulay (Scottish abolitionist and former Governor of Sierra Leone)

May 18, 1904:
International Agreement for the Suppression of the White Slave Traffic 1904

May 24, 1879:
Death of William Lloyd Garrison (US abolitionist)



February 6, 2014
17 boys rescued in raid

Delhi police and Labor Department  rescued 17 boys during a raid in central Delhi, following a complaint by the Society’s partners, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).

The children had been trafficked from the States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and were forced to work in appalling conditions making bags and plastic accessories.

The youngest is 10.

They were made to work for 14 hours a day till 1 am at night.  They were paid a only 12 rupees a day.

Preliminary medical tests revealed a high level of malnourishment among the victims.

A 12-year-old boy who is suffering from chicken pox said his employer did not take him to a doctor even though he pleaded with him.

The rescued children have been placed in the BBA’s Mukti Ashram, a child home run by the BBA for rescued children before they are returned to their parents.

Six employers were arrested.

The raids in Qutb Road and Ramnagar localities of Paharganj were led by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Karol Bagh, officials of the labour department, police, besides members of BBA.




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      The Society's Board of Trustees met in the Royal Automobile Club in Sydney.  Present included The Honourable John Dowd, AO, Dr Keith Suter, Dr Ian Barnett, Reverend John Martin and Julie Ganner.  
      November 10, 2013
Meeting of executive
      The Society's executive met in the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park to plan the Society's campaigns in 2014   
          January 12, 2014
Cocoa initiative
          The International Cocoa Initiative launched its 2012 annual report on progress made in the fight against child labour in cocoa-growing communities in the Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana.

Three new cocoa corporations have joined: Armajaro Trading; R Twining and Co Ltd; and Olam.

The International Cocoa Initiative now includes Ferrero, Mars International, Hershey Foods, Nestle, Armajaro Trading, R Twining and Co Ltd, and Olam.
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