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During 2014, the risks of global fraud and rising terrorism; the multi-stage recovery of world markets and the opening up of China; the significant shift in oil prices and increasingly urgent focus on climate change and energy alternatives; and the economic and social impacts of an aging world population and Alzheimer’s disease were just a few of the challenges and opportunities facing our world. It was a year in which knowing more — who, what, why and how — was critical to informed decision making and successful outcomes.
Britain’s Home Office (interior ministry) estimates there were up to 13,000 victims of slavery in Britain in 2013. Victims were most often from Albania, Nigeria, Vietnam and Romania. In this video, Chloe Setter of ECPAT UK, a charity working with child victims of trafficking, describes the plight of Vietnamese children who are trafficked to Britain for cannabis cultivation.
In this short video Detective Inspector Jim Faulkner of the Greater Manchester Police talks about Operation Retriever, dedicated to uncovering and tracking down on human trafficking and modern slavery in Rochdale. The program could provide a template for similar operations around the UK. The Home Office (interior ministry) estimates that there were up to 13,000 victims of slavery in Britain in 2013.
In Pikine, a suburb of Senegal’s capital Dakar, the “Live with Water” project captures floodwater in large sandy basins, around which cash crop gardens of mint and basil provide an income for local residents.
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Using the basins, floods that once wiped out houses, strained the local economy and heightened the risk of disease have been converted into a new stock of fresh water for a West African community that is dusty and dry much of the year.
That was the challenge for our 25 volunteers at the Technology Careers day we recently held at our Canary Wharf office.
The event, organized by Tamara Waltho and Rebecca Gray, aimed to show children from Broadwater School in Surrey the kind of application technology subjects can have in the real world. A host of colleagues from across our business units helped to make the day happen, encouraging children to opt into subjects such as Science, Technology Engineering and Math.
Students had the opportunity to dig for news stories, conduct product reviews on apps, and grill volunteers on exactly what they do all day. We caught up with three of the volunteers to see how they fared:
Philippa Southwell, a criminal defence lawyer at London-based firm Birds Solicitors, specialises in representing victims of trafficking. Most of her clients are Vietnamese boys and young men who have been trafficked to the UK to work in cannabis farms. In this video she describes the scale of the problem and why so many of her clients go missing. In 2013, the government announced a draft bill to tackle rising cases of trafficking and slavery. The Modern Slavery Bill, which is being considered by the House of Lords (upper chamber of parliament), is expected to be passed before elections in May.
Steven L. Caponi Steven L. Caponi is a partner at Blank Rome LLP. His national litigation practice covers all facets of business litigation, including corporate and IP matters, cybersecurity, M&A litigation, and securities litigation.
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