Although slavery is commonly thought to be something of the past, human trafficking is sadly happening and no matter where you live, the chances are that it is happening close to you. Millions of people are trapped in horrific situations, they are being threatened, they’re going through mental and physical violence, deception, and many other manipulative tactics to force them to do things against their will.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness of this worldwide issue. This is a form of modern slavery, a multi-billion pound criminal industry that denies freedom to between 21-30 million people around the world.
Sadly, in Britain there are many men, women, and children primarily from Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe who are subjected to human trafficking with the number of potential victims being trafficked into Britain rising by 245% over the last five years.
Although the UK government passed the Modern Slavery Act in 2014, more needs to be done. Below are the different types of Human Trafficking:
- Sexual exploitation
- Forced labour
- Domestic servitude
- Organ harvesting
- Child related crimes such as child sexual exploitation, forced begging, illegal drug cultivation, organised theft, related benefit frauds etc.
- Forced marriage and illegal adoption
Businesses must act ethically and with integrity and transparency throughout all business dealings and relationships, ensuring there are effective systems and controls to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking are not taking place anywhere within either its own business or in any of its supply chains, consistent with its obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
You should expect the same high standards from all of your suppliers, contractors and other business partners and, as part of your contracting processes, you must include specific prohibitions against the use of modern slavery, and expect that your suppliers will in turn hold their own suppliers to the same standards.
Your zero tolerance approach to modern slavery must be communicated to all suppliers, contractors and other business partners when entering into new or renewed contracts with them.
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