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.
Baptist World Aid’s annual Ethical Fashion Report sheds light on what fashion companies are doing to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation. The 2019 report found positive improvements in 49 of the 130 companies assessed. However, significant gaps remain, as only 5 percent of companies were paying a living wage to all workers.
A report by Human Rights Watch argues that fashion brands’ poor sourcing and purchasing practices are leading to rampant labour abuses in apparel factories, undercutting efforts to hold suppliers accountable for their abusive practices. While many brands demand their suppliers respect workers’ rights, in practice factories are financially incentivised to do the opposite.
Lebanon is home to over 250,000 migrant domestic workers who work in private households. Based on interviews with 32 women migrant domestic workers, Amnesty International uncovered a significant and consistent pattern of abuse, such as employers forcing them to work long hours, withholding their pay and depriving them of food and proper accommodation.
A paper by United Nations University describes the design process for Apprise, a mobile app to support the identification of human trafficking victims on Thai fishing vessels. A number of features in the app were developed specifically for marginalised, low-literacy workers to seek help while protecting their privacy and safety.
Childsafe.ai reviews the online disruption following last year’s shutdown of Backpage, the dominant online commercial sex marketplace in the United States which is thought to be fuelling sex trafficking. It finds that as a consequence of the shutdown, there are signals that suggest demand and supply for commercial sex may be falling.
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