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.
The report – jointly published by the International Labour Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Organization for Migration, and UNICEF – highlights the extent to which child labour, forced labour, and human trafficking are present in global supply chains. The study estimates that 26 percent of child labourers in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia contribute to exports to other regions.
Migrant workers often incur debt during their recruitment journey, increasing their vulnerability to forced labour. An assessment by Impacct explores how global seafood producer Thai Union implemented an ethical recruitment policy to reduce fees for workers. The evaluation found that workers under this policy paid significantly lower recruitment fees, and it offers key lessons for other companies to build upon.
A paper by Oxfam presents evidence that food supply chains are rife with violations of human, labour and women’s rights. The research finds that half of the workers on Assam tea estates in India earn below the poverty line and are reliant on government food subsidies. It also estimates that while tea brands receive 58 percent of the end consumer price, only 7 percent goes towards workers on tea estates.
Bangladesh hosts over 900,000 Rohingya refugees, and their displacement is likely to be protracted. Research from the Overseas Development Institute provides insight into refugees’ aspirations and challenges, including negative coping strategies that make families more vulnerable to child labour, early marriage and human trafficking.
A Winrock report summarises the findings of a review of models of care available to trafficking survivors in Thailand. The study examines the models’ relative effectiveness in victim recovery and explores other approaches used elsewhere that could be adapted to the Thailand context. It provides recommendations to government and non-governmental organisations as they strive to make assistance more responsive to survivor needs.
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