Shining the Light on Slavery in Supply-Chains – A Modern Slavery Act for Australia

Institute for Civil Society

Mark Sneddon & Pete Mulherin

Modern slavery rarely uses the shackles, whips, ships’ holds, and slave markets historically associated with the transatlantic slave trade of the 18th and 19th centuries. Britain legislated to abolish slavery in 1833 after years of lobbying by William Wilberforce and others. But slavery has not gone away. As far as the world may have come since the UK’s Abolition Act of 1833, and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) over 21 million people remain in forced labour worldwide. Over 11.5 million of these are in Australia’s neighbourhood, the Asia-Pacific. This modern slavery generates a staggering US$51 billion in our region alone; a figure which explains the slave-economy’s enduring existence.

Full article at http://www.i4cs.com.au/shining-the-light-on-slavery/ 

 

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By Mark Sneddon and Pete Mulherin

The Melbourne Anglican

OCTOBER 20

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