Special Feature on Modern Slavery – 28 Resources

Prevalence of slavery by country Source: Global Slavery Index

To continue with this week’s special feature on Modern Slavery, here are several resources that can be used in the classroom relating to Modern Slavery.

Alliance 8.7is an inclusive global partnership committed to achieving Target 8.7 of the 2020 Sustainable Development Goals. The International Labour Organization serves as Secretariat for the Alliance. The Alliance has a Knowledge Platformthat brings together data, evidence, research and news. This includes a recently released report, Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains.

Anti-Slavery Internationalwas founded in 1839 and work to eliminate all forms of slavery and slavery like practices around the world. Their website has several reports on not just slavery in the UK, but human trafficking, child slavery and debt bondage, among other issues, in Europe and across the world. It also includes an interactive map of products we buy linked to slavery.

The Global Slavery Indexis an independent assessment of government progress towards achieving SDG 8.7. It provides a country by country ranking of the number of people in modern slavery, as well as an analysis of the actions governments are taking to respond, and the factors that make people vulnerable. The Index was developed by the Walk Free Foundationthat works with faiths, governments and NGOs across the world to agitate for change and support initiatives dedicated to the eradication of modern slavery in all its forms.They also published Tackling Modern Slavery in Supply Chains: A Guide 1.0. that offers a step by step guide for companies.

Modern Slavery Mapis an interactive map for business of Anti-human trafficking organisations that are engaging with the private sector to combat human trafficking, forced labour, child labour and modern slavery. It was developed in collaboration with several international organisations including the International Labour Organisation, the UN Global Compact and BabsonCollege.

The Council on Foreign Relations has a good and engaging infographic of Modern Slavery including discussion questions, essay questions and assignment ideas for the classroom. Other recently released resources include A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Traffickingpublished by the Liechtenstein Initiative, Modern Slavery Reporting Guide for Investorsand Managing Risks Associated with Modern Slaveryfrom Ethical Trading Initiative.

There are a significant number of resources and reports on the topic coming out of the UN system. The UN Global Compact published a Baseline Report on Decent Work in Global Supply Chains. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Report on trafficking in Persons.  The International Organization for Migration’s Global Data Hub on Human Trafficking  provides one of the data sources for the Migration Data Portal. July 30this the World Day Against Trafficking in PersonsDecember 2ndis the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

The International Labour Organisationcoordinated a number of programmes relating to modern slavery including an International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour and Forced Labour. It publishing a Global Estimate of Modern Slaveryand has a number of resources including focused on measuring child labour, forced labour and human trafficking, The website also includes several short videos on the topic including a recent one on combatting forced labour in the Thai fishing and seafood industry(5minutes).

Stop the Traffikuses the power of people and technology to prevent human trafficking globally to build a global picture of human trafficking hotspots and trends. This includes the STOP APP that allows anyone, anywhere in the world with access to a smartphone to anonymously report suspicious incidents of human trafficking.

For more on the various national legislation relating to Modern Slavery look at the Australian Modern Slavery Act 2018and the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015.  Many governments have resource sites focused on Modern Slavery including the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

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