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The Slavery Research Bulletin: Issue 41, January 2019

January 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.

Nearly one-third of the world’s human trafficking victims are children

According to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the number of human trafficking victims detected around the world has been steadily increasing and 30 percent of identified victims are children. The 2018 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons covers 142 countries and provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking at regional and national levels.

Mapping the evidence on modern slavery in South Asia

An evidence map published by the UK Department for International Development draws together what is known about interventions to tackle trafficking, child and forced labour in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The map provides a visual summary of 116 existing and ongoing studies on modern slavery, as well as highlights research gaps.

Evaluation approaches for gender equality and marginalised voices

UN Women has released a new evaluation guide on Inclusive Systemic Evaluation for Gender Equality, Environments and Marginalized voices, applying systems thinking to evaluation by recognising the interactions between economic, social and environmental goals. The guide includes both a summary of the key theoretical concepts and tools for applying them in practice.

Roadmap for integrating survivors of human trafficking

The Council of Baltic Sea States published guidelines for providing long-term protection and integration support to survivors of human trafficking and forced labour in the European Union. Personal safety, recovery from stress and physical health needs were identified among the first needs to be addressed when a trafficked migrant is identified.

Men and boys, invisible victims of human trafficking

Male trafficking is prevalent in the child pornography industry, but the assumption that men and boys are not vulnerable to sexual exploitation contributes to continued victimisation by turning a blind eye to their suffering. A chapter in the Handbook of Sex Trafficking offers prevalence data about the trafficking of men and boys for sexual exploitation.

Read on…

  • A report on child labour by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that 452 children died on the job in the United States between 2003 and 2016.
  • Analysis by EPCAT USA looks at the linkage between commercial sexual exploitation of children and the foster care system in the United States.
  • A briefing paper by Shift and the Lichtenstein Initiative explores responsible lending and investment practices among financial institutions to reduce modern slavery risks.

And finally

Our CEO Nick Grono reflects on the Freedom Fund’s impact in its first five years.

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