Consumers are only benefitting from cheap clothes at considerable cost to the environment and by exploitation of a poor, vulnerable garment workers.
Tracking the journey of tuna from the seas around Thailand to Australian supermarket shelves shows modern slavery is a pervasive problem.
Just one brand of tinned tuna in Australian supermarkets is able to confidently claim slavery was not involved in its supply.
Modern slaves are not kept in literal chains, but this does not justify being oblivious to it. Consumers should care about how a product is made.
Hidden slavery is a growing global problem but we continue to turn a blind eye and embrace a seemingly insatiable demand for fast, cheap goods and services.
Soon we’ll have a much better idea of what we are buying, and companies will be shamed into sourcing products better.
Soon we'll have a better idea of what we are buying. There are no penalties, but "naming and shaming" might make Australia's Modern Slavery Act work.
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When it comes to tackling unacceptable forms of work, lessons can be learned from the global South.
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The long shadows of Cambodia’s edifices of wealth and progress conceal a deeper darkness.
Globalised fishing can leave workers vulnerable to exploitation.
A lack of sustainability, profitability and transparency in the global fishing industry is exacerbating the problem of slave-like working conditions for crew. Here are the warning signs to look out for.
Most hand car wash workers are subject to some form of labour exploitation, says new report
Nail bars are havens for modern slavery.
Slavery still exists and it happens in plain sight.
Many cocoa producers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast use child labour and child slave labour.
The Modern Slavery Bill before the Senate is touted as 'smart legislation', because it asks for information rather than imposes penalties, but it mightn't be enough.
Portside tuna unloading from a refrigerated cargo and trading vessel (reefer) in Thailand, 2013.
The seafood industry is a major contributor to modern slavery.
There are other ways of exploiting victims in the 'business model' of modern slavery.
The UK government presents itself as a pioneer in tackling modern slavery, but it doesn't allow victims to remain legally in the UK. Time is apt for the system to be overhauled.
The new NHS charging regime will have a severe impact on the most vulnerable people in society.
Businesses can play a major role in either facilitating modern slavery or eradicating it.
Protesters in South Africa, highlight the plight of immigrants forced into slavery in Libya.
The decision to repatriate migrants is a welcome intervention. But, it fails to consider the fundamental causes.
Young victims remain at risk because current laws are focused on concerns over immigration and the economy.
The Libyan coastguard has received money from the EU to stop migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean.
Insincerity and short-termism rule global responses to Libyan migration.
Nottingham: no more human trafficking.
Slavery is a local issue – and stopping it requires a local approach.
A scene from The Crossing, a project on human trafficking.
The Crossing tells the story of a girl who had been trafficked using the 'lover boy' technique.