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How to Spur Corporate Accountability with Modern Slavery Legislation
International Justice 8 May 2019
Following the example of the 2015 UK Modern Slavery Act, several countries are now passing anti-slavery legislation. As John McKay recently wrote about in a recent article on this site, Canada is considering a new law, as is Norway. Few would disagree that government action and legislation are needed to address forced labour. The problem […]
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British Columbia Tightens Child Labour Laws
2 May 2019
The Canadian province of British Columbia introduced changes to its child labour laws that will raise the working age from 12 to 16. The proposed changes will bring British Columbia into compliance with international standards. Read more about the updated to the Employment Standards Act here. Learn more about Canada’s anti-slavery efforts here.
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Shared Learning and Understanding the Contexts for Human Trafficking from Albania, Viet Nam and Nigeria to the UK
Measurement and Statistical Methods 2 May 2019
Since the establishment of a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in the UK in April 2009, which allows first responders to formally identify potential victims of trafficking so they can receive support and assistance, referrals from Albania, Viet Nam and Nigeria have consistently been among the top referral countries of origin. Between 2014 and 2018, 34 […]
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Nepal Releases New Forced Labour Survey
Measurement and Statistical Methods 29 April 2019
Nepal’s Central Bureau of Statistics released the Report on the Nepal Labour Force Survey 2017/18, which shows that over 30,000 people are in forced labour in Nepal. The highest incidence of forced labour was found in the agriculture and forestry sector, followed by the construction sector. The survey follows the recommendations of the International Conference of Labour […]
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New Tool to Understand Link Between Trafficking and Corruption
29 April 2019
Freedom Collaborative released a new data visualization tool to better understand the link between human trafficking and corruption. Part of a larger research project, Freedom Collaborative surveyed its community members about their experiences with corruption and created an interactive data visualization based on the responses received thus far.
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Ireland Takes Steps to Protect Migrant Workers From Modern Slavery
25 April 2019
Ireland has agreed to modify the Atypical Worker permit scheme to increase protections for migrant fishermen who are vulnerable to modern slavery. Under the changes to the scheme migrant fishermen are now able to more easily transfer to a different vessel and employment documents will have to be provided in the worker’s native language, among […]
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New Report on Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon
24 April 2019
Amnesty International released a new report about migrant domestic workers exploited under Lebanon’s kafala system. “Their House Is My Prison: Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon” looks at the exploitative working conditions faced by migrant domestic workers and offers recommendations for the Lebanese government.
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Sri Lanka Ratifies Forced Labour Convention
18 April 2019
Sri Lanka ratified the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, becoming the 31st country worldwide and the second Asian country, after Thailand, to do so.
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New Report Shows Companies Fall Short in Efforts to Address Forced Labour
17 April 2019
KnowTheChain released its third benchmarking report of 119 companies in sectors that are at a high risk of forced labour. The report, “Three Sectors, Three Years Later”, shows that a majority of companies have made progress since the first report was published in 2016, but that the average score is still only 33/100, indicating that […]
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The Social, Spatial and Temporal Systems Behind Human Trafficking
Measurement and Statistical Methods 17 April 2019
Without a strong evidence base on human trafficking, responses risk being shaped by myths, stereotypes, assumptions and agendas. Although many hundreds (thousands even) of millions of dollars have been spent on counter-trafficking, the underlying empirical literature remains notoriously fragmented and underdeveloped. A fundamental barrier to its expansion lies in difficulties accessing and generating data. Trafficking […]
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