Trafficked and enslaved: the teenagers tending UK cannabis farms

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Posted on 10/30/2019 8:24:35 AM

It has been nearly 2 years since the Guardian ran an article exposing modern day child slavery in UK cannabis grow operations. 

The issue is in the news again as 39 immigrants were found frozen to death in the container of a UK Lorry. Some relevant articles on the issue: 

Bonded Labour, Slavery & Illegal Cannabis Farms. A Worldwide Enforcement Issue

People smuggling from Vietnam to Europe: The facts 

I Came to Britain to Run an Illegal Weed Grow House 

Confessions of a cannabis farmer: The Vietnamese getting UK high

After UK Truck Deaths, Prospering Vietnam Asks Why Workers Go Abroad

Expert Views: UK truck deaths cast spotlight on global trade in humans 

The UK has a strategic plan to generally address the issue - it is here:  Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Strategic Plan 2019-2021 

Question to the US cannabis industry ... are there seed-to-sale or supply chain transparency technologies (e.g. blockchain) that could help address this problem in the UK? If so, share your thoughts here ... we will try and help bring focused attention to this tragic issue. 

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