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Using Frontier Technology to Detect Hidden Labour Abuses in Agricultural Sectors in Thailand
26 février 2021
In 2020, VerifiK8, a sustainability firm working with agribusinesses in Southeast Asia and Diginex Solutions (Diginex), a technology company specializing in responsible supply chains, joined forces to see how frontier technology can be used to improve the working conditions of agricultural workers in Thailand. The two firms set out to test the efficacy of eMin, […]
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The Politics of Anti-Trafficking
18 février 2021
Global Partners Governance’s (GPG) work is centred around strengthening representative politics. We collaborate with politicians, ministers and civil servants in order to support the quality of representation and enhance political will, which is essential to effect change—especially in the fight against human trafficking. Our political access gives us the scope to make a direct contribution […]
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Combating Modern Slavery in Textile Supply Chains in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas
11 février 2021
During colonial times in Brazil, approximately one million people from Africa landed at the Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro to be sold into slavery or—for those who did not survive the horrific conditions of the middle passage—buried in “cemeteries” specific to those who were enslaved. The abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888 transformed […]
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New GoodWeave International Report on Impact of COVID-19 on Textile Workers
11 février 2021
A new rapid research report conducted by GoodWeave International outlines the multifaceted, and devastating, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on textile workers in South Asia. The report details the pandemic’s grave impacts on workers and their families, which have resulted in increased risk for child and forced labour. The report also provides recommendations for short […]
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Grants for Civil Society Organizations Assisting Survivors of Slavery
5 février 2021
The UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery is offering grant funding to civil society organizations providing medical, psychological, legal, social, humanitarian and other direct services to victims of slavery. Organizations that work with the following groups are particularly encouraged to apply: indigenous peoples, minorities, people on the move, persons with disabilities, older persons and […]
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Migration and Modern Slavery: New Challenges in the COVID-19 Pandemic in Brazil
5 février 2021
Official cases of slave-like work conditions in Brazil have a close relationship with the social vulnerability of workers, many of whom move from poor regions in the country in pursuit of any job opportunity, formal or not, that can guarantee family support. A similar flow occurs from neighbouring countries to Brazil, where Latin American migrants […]
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UNODC Releases 2020 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons
2 février 2021
On 2 February 2021, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released their fifth global report on trafficking in persons. The new report, drawing on data from 148 States, comes at a moment in which short- and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to increase socio-economic vulnerabilities to trafficking as well as […]
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New Walk Free Report Outlines Gendered Nature of Modern Slavery
25 janvier 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
25 janvier 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
7 janvier 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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