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Slavery Research Bulletin: Issue 50, October 2019

October 15, 2019

Welcome to the Slavery Research Bulletin, the Freedom Fund’s monthly brief designed to bring you new & compelling research from the global anti-slavery movement.

Unlocking what works to end modern slavery

New findings from five external evaluations of the Freedom Fund’s hotspot programs by leading research organisations have validated a community-driven model of working with vulnerable populations. Two of the evaluations by the Institute of Development Studies found that between 2015 and 2018, the prevalence of households in bonded labour fell steeply from 56.2 percent to 11.4 percent, across the 1,100 communities in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where the Freedom Fund is investing in frontline activities.

Public perceptions and responses to human trafficking

A new issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review reflects the growing unease and disagreements among anti-trafficking practitioners and scholars about the current state of public awareness and perceptions of human trafficking. The articles in this issue converge around one central message: public perceptions of human trafficking remain incomplete and are often misleading.

A blueprint for mobilising finance against modern slavery

The financial sector has a unique role to play in investing in and fostering business practices that help to end modern slavery. The Lichtenstein Initiative released a blueprint for mobilising finance against slavery and trafficking, based on inputs gathered from over 140 experts around the world. The report sets out five goals towards which financial sector actors can work through individual and collective action.

The mental health needs of former child soldiers

An article in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry surveyed 323 former child soldiers from Sierra Leone to investigate the associations of war with mental health. The survey found that 67 percent of the former child soldiers reported being victims of life-threatening violence, and 28 percent exceeded the threshold for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Indian businesses paying lip service to human rights

Corporate Responsibility Watch released its fourth report based on analysis of 300 Business Responsibility Reports, randomly selected from the top 500 companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The team found a large gap between policies and practices. For example, although 93 percent of companies have a policy on respecting human rights, only 31 percent have explicit commitments to prevent child labour in their supply chain.

Read on…

  • The Campbell Collaboration reviews the effects of interventions to promote citizen engagement in public service management in 20 countries.
  • Queen’s University Belfast assesses the impact of a 2015 law banning the purchase of sexual services in Northern Ireland.
  • The Commonwealth of Learning evaluates a program aimed at preventing early and forced marriage through technology-based education in Bangladesh, Mozambique, Pakistan and Tanzania.

And finally…

Watch Freedom Fund’s Dan Vexler (Director of Programs) and Michelle Mendonca (Program Officer) explain why our community-based model is effective in tackling bonded labour.

News & updates

For more news and updates about the Freedom Fund, visit our Newsroom. You can also view archived issues of our bulletin here.

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