Pressure from business leaders and a simple legislative process leave few excuses for not introducing rules to combat modern slavery in commercial supply chains.
A sweatshop in Dakar, Bangladesh, where underaged workers make steel consumer goods in hazardous and dangerous circumstances, October 20 2020.
121 companies in Australia have delivered their first reports required by the Modern Slavery Act.
One in six fishers in the Gulf of Thailand have been coerced or deceived into working against their will.
How to ensure your personal protective gear isn’t made by an exploited person.
Coronavirus has revealed the extreme plight of Bangladeshi factory workers.
Slavery and slavery-like practices exist in Australia, in the form of forced marriages, sexual exploitation and forced labour.
Slavery in Australia is not an issue confined to the past. It needs urgent action, and a key step is to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
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In the shadows of the agenda to accelerate India-Australia trade and investment is the risk of pushing Indian workers into slave conditions.
Computer chip and circuit board factory, Jiangxi, China.
Workers further down supply chains are being left destitute and exposed to exploitation.
South African corporates ignore exploitative business practices to get their products onto spaza shelves.
Informal retailers that dot South Africa's townships have changed dramatically, but at great cost - avoidance of regulation and exploitation of employees.
There are no criminal provisions around slavery in 49% of world nations, groundbreaking new legal research finds.
A drugs raid in London.
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Police should take a wider view to join the dots that link the networks behind slavery and drugs.
The lorry containing the bodies of 39 Chinese migrants found in Grays in Essex, England.
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After the death of 39 people in a container found on the back of a lorry in Essex, England, there are indications of exploitation on the rise.
Modern slavery is pervasive in global supply chains.
Combat modern slavery by spending your money in places that take the issue seriously.
Beninese children play football in Bohicon.
The real cost of footballs transfer markets: how fake agents traffic African boys with dreams of playing in Europe’s biggest leagues.
Target, Cotton On, Jeanswest, Dangerfield, IKEA and H&M are among the brands in Australia sourcing cotton from Xinjiang.
The prospect of China using forced labour to supply foreign companies highlights the importance of modern slavery laws.
Rather than requiring companies to ensure a living wage for their global supply chain workforce, the Modern Slavery Act ends up punishing them.
Many instances of slavery or exploitation start with the promise of a reasonably paying job in Australia.
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While some may not believe slavery and human trafficking happen in Australia, the unpalatable truth is that they do. Here are four examples of what they can look like.
The victim-offender overlap is disturbingly common in the human trafficking trade, with women once trafficked becoming traffickers.
Many trafficked victims are female. But what happens when the perpetrator is also female, and was once a victim herself?
Consumers should ask: “who made my clothes” so that they remember the modern slavery conditions imposed on many garment workers.
Fashion Revolution week puts a spotlight on the modern slavery conditions of the fashion industry and encourages fashion consumers to ask, "who made my clothes."