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Roli Srivastava

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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10 May 2018

India cracks down on bonded labour, but freed workers await compensation

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India has not paid full compensation to anyone freed from bonded labour since introducing policies in 2016 to fight the crime, which included grants for rescued workers of up to 300,000 rupees ($4,458), officials said.

07 May 2018

Trapped: Many hurdles to repatriate foreign nationals sex trafficked to India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women are increasingly being trafficked into India's sex industry from countries outside South Asia that do not have repatriation agreements, which leaves victims trapped in limbo for months after being rescued, officials said.

01 May 2018

Explain stand on gay sex: India's Supreme Court issues notice to government

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's government must explain its stand on consensual sexual relations between same sex adults, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday, setting a July deadline for a response.

01 May 2018

Child brides sold into sex slavery, domestic work, say Indian officials

MUMBAI(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls are being trafficked into domestic servitude or sex slavery after their parents illegally marry them off, said officials in Maharashtra on Tuesday.

26 Apr 2018

Campaigners concerned as India delays tough new anti-trafficking law

CHENNAI/MUMBAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a sex trafficking survivor, Lilufa Bibi was hoping that India would enact a new legislation aimed at helping thousands trapped in modern slavery. But lawmakers failed to table the bill in the last session of parliament, which ended this month.

24 Apr 2018

India death penalty for child rape unlikely to deter traffickers, says campaigner

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People selling children into India's sex trade are unlikely to be deterred by a new order approving the death penalty for child rape, because laws are rarely applied in trafficking cases, said a leading campaigner.

13 Apr 2018

Protests erupt after two child rape cases shock India

MUMBAI/CHENNAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protests have erupted across India after police officers and a politician were named separately in connection to two unrelated child rape cases, which are now under investigation.

10 Apr 2018

Delhi High Court orders officials to report on efforts to rehabilitate bonded labourers

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Delhi High Court has ordered the labour ministry, police and New Delhi government to report on efforts to rehabilitate people rescued from bonded labour, after allegations that many did not receive support they were legally entitled to.

10 Apr 2018

Fledgling Mumbai charity aims high after it gets the royal wedding touch

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Mumbai-based charity that makes low-cost sanitary pads and gives menstrual hygiene lessons to slum-dwellers said on Monday it would look to scale up its operations after being chosen to benefit from donations made for the British royal wedding.

09 Apr 2018

Police in Gujarat rescue child workers in major crackdown on imitation jewellery

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Police in Gujarat have rescued over 70 children and arrested about 25 people in the first crackdown on one of the country's main artificial jewellery making centres with the operation ongoing.

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