Making Forced Labour Economically Unprofitable

GFEMS article published in Delta 8.7: “Modern slavery is a crime against humanity and a crime of economic opportunity, generating an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits to traffickers. It erodes economies and communities and sits at the intersection of global issues including migration, organized crime and global business operations.

Modern slavery is driven by supply of vulnerable people, a demand for cheap labour and commodities, and sexual exploitation. Of the 25 million people in forced labour, 16 million victims are in the private economy, and more than 70 countries produce goods using forced or child labour. The impact stretches beyond any one commodity or industry, touching everything from shoes, apparel and smartphones to fishing, construction and mining.”

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Sara Beatty