Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Modern-day slaves

by The Editors
Posted 3/26/20, 02:58 pm

40.3 million

The number of slaves in the world, according to the Walk Free Foundation’s 2018 Global Slavery Index. The total number of slaves included 24.9 million persons working in forced labor (including those trafficked for sex) and 15.4 million persons in forced marriages. The United States was rated as low in terms of numbers of slaves and as strong in terms of government responses. However, the United States ranked the highest in terms of imports of products at risk of being produced by slave labor, with $144 billion in such imports.

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China’s non-coronavirus news

China | Beijing continues a crackdown on dissidents, Hong Kong protesters, and religious minorities
by June Cheng
Posted 3/06/20, 08:40 am

While the China-related headlines have focused on the novel coronavirus outbreak for the last month and a half, you may have missed other breaking news that reveals the continuing trend of China flexing its control inside and outside the country.

Swedish bookseller sentenced to 10 years

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Fear broken

Persecution | Standing firm without counting the cost marks Iran’s jailed Christians
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/27/20, 04:51 pm

In 2009 Victor Bet Tamraz received a call at his home from an officer with Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security summoning him to the church he pastored. When he arrived at Tehran Pentecostal Assyrian Church, officers told him: Stop holding services in Farsi or we close the church.

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