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.
700 million children have had their childhoods stolen worldwide
A new report by Save the Children compares data across 172 countries and assesses where children are missing out on childhood due to poor health, conflict, child marriage, child labour and other factors. Based on secondary data, their analysis reveals the worst levels of child marriage are in South Asia (29.0%) and the highest levels of child labour are in West Africa (28.5%).
Widespread exploitation by recruitment agents in Nepal
Amnesty International documents the abusive recruitment of Nepali migrant workers in their latest report. On average, the 127 migrant workers interviewed paid $1,346 in recruitment fees, well above the government-imposed limit. The workers describe a systematic pattern of deception and coercion, with 91% not receiving the salary they were promised and half having their passports confiscated.
Financial incentives can delay child marriage in Bangladesh
A randomised control trial by the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women program found the use of incentives for unmarried girls in Bangladesh reduced child marriage by 22%, and decreased teenage childbirth by 14%. On the other hand, empowerment programing had no significant effect on child marriage or teenage childbirth, but did encourage the girls to remain in school for longer.
Indonesian trafficking survivors reflect on recovery and reintegration
Drawing on interviews with over 108 trafficking victims, research by the Nexus Institute explores risk and protective factors at different stages of their lives – before trafficking, as a result of trafficking and during recovery. The paper stresses that ‘rescue’ is only the beginning of a long and taxing process, and reintegration efforts must address victims’ personal traumas as well as broader social barriers.
Mapping the risk of human trafficking in global supply chains
Verité has collected data about global industries with evidence of trafficking activity and analysed the overlap between these supply chains and U.S. federal procurement. The analysis hones in on 43 of the world’s most important commodities.
Find out what companies are doing to eradicate modern slavery by searching the recently launched Modern Slavery Registry.
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