More than 29 million people of the estimated seven billion in the world are living in conditions of modern slavery, according to a new report from Walk Free.
That’s a stark figure, especially when we think of slavery as something that happened centuries ago. But such crime is still rife in India, with approximately 14 million people in modern slavery, according to the new statistics. And in China, there are an estimated 2.9 million people enslaved.
Slavery today is no different from the slavery that was abolished all those years ago. People, including children, are still being bought and sold as property and are forced to work in conditions most of us couldn’t even imagine.
The government is making strong calls against modern slavery. Home secretary Theresa May told retailers at an event calling for transparency in the supply chain
: “The Government is sending the strongest possible signal to the international community – the UK will not tolerate any form of modern slavery.” She also revealed plans for a Modern Slavery Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny in before the end of the year.
Supply chain professionals need to make sure they are not turning a blind eye to this, and must ensure their supply chain is free from modern slavery. If you source from the countries highlighted, could you be sure your suppliers and their sub-contractors are not involved in modern slavery? As it is anti-slavery day today, maybe it is time to check again.