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.
Walk Free provides essential actions for governments and businesses to take in order to protect informal workers from covid-19 related risks of exploitation. Recommendations include repatriation of vulnerable workers abroad, work visa extensions and amnesties for migrant workers, as well as facilitation of health care access.
Penn State surveyed over 300 garment suppliers in Bangladesh on the effects of covid-19 and its economic costs on the treatment of workers. Eighty percent of workers were left without severance pay after brands reneged on their legal responsibility to contribute to severance funds, following a cancellation of orders.
A report from Aajeevika Bureau addresses the exclusion of domestic migrant workers in India from urban planning and policy, leading to heightened vulnerabilities during the covid-19 lockdown. The study interviewed 285 migrant workers in Ahmedabad and Surat, focusing on issues of housing, water and health. Recommendations include regular monitoring of employer provided housing facilities, migrant inclusive public healthcare and creation of public sanitation facilities.
The newest issue of Anti-Trafficking Review focuses on the role of technology in anti-trafficking. Articles include addressing how technology can uplift worker voices in supply chains, apps that support ethical consumption and digital evidence in human trafficking investigations.
An evaluation of the Freedom Fund’s work in Nepal to reduce the use of minors in the adult entertainment sector. Using process tracing methods and interviews with key government and civil society stakeholders, 78 percent of respondents observed a reduction in minors working in adult venues, and 60 percent attributed this decrease to increased inspections of venues and legal reform.
The Freedom Fund has released our 2019 Annual Impact Report. Read on to learn more about our research projects, as well as our covid-19 emergency response fund.
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