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Why the UK Government Needs to Do More To Combat Modern Slavery

January 28, 2019 / Ben Lane

More than 35 million people around the world are subject to modern-day slavery, a quarter of them children. Victims include women who are trafficked for prostitution or forced marriage and people coerced into bonded or forced labor.  In recent years, there has been a growing international effort to persuade governments to address modern slavery more aggressively, including by holding companies legally accountable for abuses in their global supply chains. This initiative has been led by organizations like Focus on Labor Exploitation (FLEX),  Anti-Slavery International, and  KnowTheChain, and it has been supported by such organizations as the Freedom Fund  and Humanity United.