Italy becomes high risk for modern slavery

31 January 2017

Russia, Slovakia, India and Pakistan present a “severe risk” of importing modern day slaves to the UK, according to a study.

Italy joined Greece and Turkey as “high risk” nations in BSI’s Trafficking & Supply Chain Slavery Patterns Index, partly due to the conflict in Syria.

The index looks at the intersection and relationship between source countries of displaced people and the likelihood of being exploited upon arrival in destination countries.

It includes tens of thousands of pairings of source/destination countries and their relative risk, covering human rights abuses, security threats and business continuity risks.

BSI said the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 was highlighting the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking, and the risk to business of finding examples of it in global supply chains.

UK anti-slavery commissioner Kevin Hyland said: “Evidence suggests labour exploitation is rife in the UK. Construction, agriculture, hospitality and seafood are core sectors in my work against modern slavery. Along with statutory agencies, government departments and NGOs, it is incumbent on companies to drive out any forms of exploitation.”

The index noted the UK was exposed to an increased risk of modern day slaves entering the country from two thirds of nations.

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