136000 slaves in Britain today !!
Image: Sweatshop project by marissaorton used under CC BY-SA 2.0
Ask most people when slavery ended in the UK and they are likely to say "a long time ago". Historians might quote the Slave Trade Act of 1807 or the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 but few are likely to say it still exists.
The 2018 Global Slavery Index estimates that Britain was home to about 136000 modern day slaves in 2016.
Analysis of some 6076 cases reported via the National Referral Mechanism in the 12 months to June 2018 suggested 66% were male. Common industries included, food processing and packaging, construction, agriculture.
The following UK imports are at high risk of manufacture, packing and shipping involving slave labour:
- Apparel and clothing
- Laptops, computers and mobile phones
The 2015 Modern Slavery Act, gives law enforcers greater tools to fight slavery in the UK but is also places larger businesses under a duty to ensure that there is no slavery present in their business or supply chains. Most smaller businesses want to adopt a similar position on a voluntary basis.
Unfortunately ensuring supply chains are free from slavery is not easy. One low relatively low cost approach is the cascade the responsibility through supply and subcontracting contracts and to provide regular training for managers and staff to raise awareness and help them identify and report people who may be at risk.
Concrew training's one-day workshop on modern slavery provides such awareness training and is seen a positive step to help eradicate slavery from your supply chains.
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