Welcome to the Slavery Research Bulletin, the Freedom Fund’s monthly brief designed to bring you new & compelling research from the global anti-slavery movement.
Many countries still allow underage girls to marry with parental or judicial consent. Close to 100 million girls globally are not legally protected against child marriage, according to a research brief by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, the Global Partnership for Education, Save the Children and the World Bank. The analysis suggests that legal reforms are not sufficient to end child marriage.
The complicated task of measuring modern slavery is fraught with the challenges of investigating hidden criminal activities. The International Labour Organization and Walk Free Foundation have released a report explaining the methodology behind their recently published Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, which found that approximately 40 million people were in modern slavery in 2016.
The 2017 Mining the Disclosures report by the Responsible Sourcing Network finds a decrease in companies’ efforts to provide strong supply chain due diligence regarding their use of conflict minerals. Despite this disappointing trend, the report notes that high performing companies, mostly in the tech sector, keep pushing for more transparency to mitigate risks in global supply chains.
Although a handful of leading UK companies are taking robust action to identify and respond to modern slavery risks in their supply chains, the majority are not doing enough, according to a report by the Business and Human Rights Resources Centre. Half the companies provided no meaningful data on whether their actions were effective in addressing risks.
An article in BMJ Open details research findings on the prevalence of forced labour among Nepali migrant workers. Overall, 73% of the 194 respondents experienced forced labour during their most recent labour migration. Forced labour was more prevalent among those who had taken loans for their migration.
The Freedom Fund is pleased to unveil our latest impact numbers. Since the Fund’s inception, our partners have liberated over 13,000 people from slavery.
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