Nick Grono, CEO of the Freedom Fund, recently released positive news regarding the fight to end modern slavery and trafficking.
He highlighted three main movements showing progression is underway:
- On Tuesday the 19 of September, the International Labour Organization and the Walk Free Foundation released the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery. Their report found that 40.3 million people around the world are in modern slavery today, of which 24.9 million (62%) are in forced labour and 15.4 million (38%) are in forced marriage. It also found that it was normally women and children who were effected (71%). While this is shocking it is a positive step forward in measuring the scale of the problem so that it may be tackled.
- On the 14 of September it was also announced that there would be increased funding from the US and the UK government in an effort to end slavery. The US have committed $25 million to the new Global Fund to End Modern Slavery with the UK adding a further €20 million. This will hopefully encourage others to follow suit.
- Teresa May, the UK Prime Minister, hosted an event at the United Nations in which 37 governments committed to a Call to Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. This shows that there is an awareness of the scale of the problem and a willingness to address it.
While the scale of the issue remains huge, this shows encouraging signs and positive movements towards ending human slavery and trafficking