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New Walk Free Report Outlines Gendered Nature of Modern Slavery
Survivor and Victim Support 25 January 2021
In their latest report, Stacked Odds, the Walk Free Foundation outlines the gendered nature of modern slavery. The report builds on primary quantitative data from international and UN organizations as well as interviews with front-line workers and survivors to illustrate how women and girls around the world are particularly vulnerable to modern slavery from conception […]
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Developing Freedom: The Sustainable Development Case for Ending Modern Slavery, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking
Development Assistance 25 January 2021
How can fighting slavery contribute to sustainable development? This is the question addressed in a new study from UN University Centre for Policy Research, Developing Freedom. The study was commissioned by the UK Government and undertaken over almost two years by an inter-disciplinary research team I led, including Dr Kelly Gleason, Angharad Smith, Nesrien Hamid, […]
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Human Trafficking and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Perspective
Survivor and Victim Support 7 January 2021
The global pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has rendered millions of adults and children vulnerable to exploitation and human trafficking, both directly through the health impact of the virus and indirectly through societal efforts to control viral spread. Death from COVID-19 leaves some families without a breadwinner, and many children without parents. “Shelter […]
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Slave-Like Labour in Brazil and the Vida Pós Resgate Project
Survivor and Victim Support 9 December 2020
Between 1995 and mid-2020, more than 55,000 workers were removed from conditions analogous to slavery by the Brazilian State, without any indication that there has been a reduction in this type of criminal exploitation of labour in the country. On the contrary, many workers are repeated victims of extreme exploitation. Data from the Digital Observatory […]
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Promise and Limits of Remote Monitoring in Addressing Forced and Child Labour
Economics, Business Regulation and Supply Chains 2 December 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is placing further strain on the ability of the public and private sector to monitor working conditions in global supply chains. Containment measures and travel restrictions linked to COVID-19 have made conventional in-person social audits or assessments, which rely on an auditor physically traveling to a factory or site, nearly impossible. While […]
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Are Pre-Departure Interventions to Prevent Human Trafficking Good Investments?
Measurement and Statistical Methods 28 October 2020
Globally, there has been enormous investment in interventions to prevent human trafficking and modern slavery, many of which have relied on limited evidence and best-guesses about individual vulnerability. The results from our paper, “The use of Bayesian Networks for realist evaluation of complex interventions: evidence for prevention of human trafficking”, contradict widely held assumptions about […]
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Why Data: The Importance of Systematizing Data Capture
Measurement and Statistical Methods 14 October 2020
Without reliable data and evidence, whether qualitative or quantitative, it is difficult for organizations and the global community to understand the extent of the trafficking problem, and to therefore build a strong foundation of effective measures to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. Since civil society organizations (CSO) are often the frontline responders to survivors […]
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Symposium: Protecting Children from Exploitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Survivor and Victim Support 2 October 2020
Photo credit: © UNICEF/UNI335716/ The mask 12-year-old Miajul wears offers scant protection from the toxic plastic hazardous waste he sorts through in the Shyamal Palli area of Dhaka. It’s no job for a child, but Miajul had little choice given the economic crisis precipitated by COVID-19 and containment measures taken by the Government of Bangladesh. […]
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Symposium: A Policy Journey towards the Elimination of Child Labour in Sri Lanka
Measurement and Statistical Methods 1 October 2020
When a country reduces its incidence of child labour to less than one per cent, its total elimination becomes one of the most challenging tasks that requires extraordinary effort and out-of-the-box thinking. After its success in combating child labour in the country, this is the challenge that Sri Lanka faces. In a collaborative effort that […]
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Symposium: A Multidisciplinary Model Toward Preventing and Eradicating Child Labour in the Agricultural Sector
Development Assistance 30 September 2020
This article examines the field experience of World Vision’s Campos de Esperanza project, a U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL)-funded programme that aims to promote labour rights and prevent child labour in the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico. The piece provides an overview of the project interventions that have proven to show early signs of […]
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