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Symposium 2010

Stopping Human Trafficking

The Challenge

At least 12 million people worldwide are trapped in conditions of forced labor, a fifth of them being exploited as a result of human trafficking. These forms of modern day slavery have become one of the most profitable and most horrifying businesses in the world. Human trafficking and coerced labor are said to be the fastest growing source of income for organized crime and its third most important source after drugs and the arms trade.

A fundamental reason for trafficking and exploitation is the demand for cheap workers and prostitutes in both developing and developed countries. At the same time, there are millions of poor and vulnerable people who want to seek a better life abroad. But with partially closed borders, there are only a few legal job opportunities in destination countries. This situation has created a breeding ground for smugglers, traffickers and exploitative employers willing to use force or restraint to make a profit.

Can the current anti-trafficking campaign have any real impact? Are more severe trafficking laws and amnesties for trafficking victims helpful or might they exacerbate the problem? And how could better information provision by both governments and businesses help to raise awareness of the problem among consumers, investors and private citizens?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Each government should create an independent national antitrafficking ombudsman and an associated international network of ombudsmen.

    Each government should create an independent national antitrafficking ombudsman and an associated international network of ombudsmen.

    Each government should create an independent national antitrafficking ombudsman and an associated international network of ombudsmen.

    Polity
    Solution
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    Toughen laws and scale up enforcement against human trafficking at the national level in both sending and receiving countries, as well as at the global level through cross-border prosecution units.

    Toughen laws and scale up enforcement against human trafficking at the national level in both sending and receiving countries, as well as at the global level through cross-border prosecution units.

    Toughen laws and scale up enforcement against human trafficking at the national level in both sending and receiving countries, as well as at the global level through cross-border prosecution units.

    Polity
    Solution
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    Introduce independent certification of goods and services to make forced labor and trafficking a core issue of supply chain management. Raise awareness among consumers, investors and private citizens of the ...

    Introduce independent certification of goods and services to make forced labor and trafficking a core issue of supply chain management. Raise awareness among consumers, investors and private citizens ...

    Introduce independent certification of goods and services to make forced labor and trafficking a core issue of supply chain management. Raise awareness among consumers, investors and private citizens of the need to avoid exploitative work.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Regulate the processes of cross-border labor recruitment by certifying employment agencies, standardizing cross-border work contracts and imposing an international code of conduct.

    Regulate the processes of cross-border labor recruitment by certifying employment agencies, standardizing cross-border work contracts and imposing an international code of conduct.

    Regulate the processes of cross-border labor recruitment by certifying employment agencies, standardizing cross-border work contracts and imposing an international code of conduct.

    Polity
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    Provide incentives to avoid investments in companies engaged in forced labor.

    Provide incentives to avoid investments in companies engaged in forced labor.

    Provide incentives to avoid investments in companies engaged in forced labor.

    Business
    Solution
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    Raise awareness everywhere about the risks of human trafficking and exploitation.

    Raise awareness everywhere about the risks of human trafficking and exploitation.

    Raise awareness everywhere about the risks of human trafficking and exploitation.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Stopping Human Trafficking

    An essential requirement for redacting human trafficking is to raise awareness that it’s exists and how prevalent and evil it is. This orgatrates on two levels: First, raising awareness on the part ...

    An essential requirement for redacting human trafficking is to raise awareness that it’s exists and how prevalent and evil it is. This orgatrates on two levels: First, raising awareness on the part of those who may become the victims of trafficking; and, Secondly, raising awareness on the part of society at large. No doubt there are few who would deny that Human Trafficking exists; but most of those who are trafficked probably never appreciated the risk that it would happen to them: and the countries from which and to which victims are trafficked may not recognize that trafficking occurs

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Stopping Labor Trafficking - what each stakeholder must do

    Labor trafficking and forced labor cannot be stopped by any single stakeholder among the many who operate in the global economy. Each separate stakeholder group must take serious steps to reform its b ...

    Labor trafficking and forced labor cannot be stopped by any single stakeholder among the many who operate in the global economy. Each separate stakeholder group must take serious steps to reform its business practices. The good news is that we know what these steps are, we know they aren't difficult, and we know they don't add cost to businesses.Verite's recommended key steps are: For ‘ethical’ investors and large pension funds alike – ensure that all companies in which you invest have adopted codes, investigative mechanisms, and remediation approaches such that they will not engage forced labor. Communicate/engage with asset managers

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Two steps towards protecting migrant workers from trafficking

    A key vulnerability for migrant workers, and one which can lead to Forced Labour and Human Trafficking, is the role of recruitment agencies to bring workers across international borders or internally ...

    A key vulnerability for migrant workers, and one which can lead to Forced Labour and Human Trafficking, is the role of recruitment agencies to bring workers across international borders or internally within large countries. A classic example of this is the recruitment in poorer countries, such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, to work in textile factories in other parts of the world - all too often bribes are paid to 'unofficial facilitators' in order to get the necessarily permissions and visas. Workers who owe large sums to intermediaries are much more likely to succumb to exploitation. Although different in nature,

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Stopping Human Trafficking

    1. Raise awareness on risks of trafficking and exploitation A globally coordinated campaign should raise awareness of the scale and real nature of human trafficking and labor exploitation. The campaig ...

    1. Raise awareness on risks of trafficking and exploitation A globally coordinated campaign should raise awareness of the scale and real nature of human trafficking and labor exploitation. The campaign should be based on pooled resources of governments, NGOs, international organizations and the media. Higher levels of awareness are essential to protect migrants from wrong choices and lower social tolerance of exploitative working conditions. Migrant-sending countries should specifically target potential migrants and provide objective information on the risks of trafficking and exploitation. To be comprehensive and meaningful, such information must include illegal migration options. Political sensitivities about the illegal nature

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Stopping Human Trafficking

    Some proposals for the fight against trafficking in human beings. Leitmotiv are the P’s: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, Punishment and Partnership. The most important but at the same time the ...

    Some proposals for the fight against trafficking in human beings. Leitmotiv are the P’s: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, Punishment and Partnership. The most important but at the same time the most difficult is the P of prevention. Every victim of trafficking is one too many. Three issues can be noted : Raising the public awareness both for possible victims and for the general public to be able to see the signals and to alert the authorities of irregular situations. Creating barriers for the traffickers was. Every trafficker and every victim needs papers, housing, transportation. There is a need to collaborate with

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Stopping Human Trafficking

    Nurture business leadership and sustainable practices within the world of private enterprise. For example, the Not For Sale Campaign teamed up with Manpower, Inc., to design an online course that, beg ...

    Nurture business leadership and sustainable practices within the world of private enterprise. For example, the Not For Sale Campaign teamed up with Manpower, Inc., to design an online course that, beginning in November 2010, gives business professionals the early building blocks for addressing responsible and sustainable inside their own company. We will then link these pioneers into our Business Leadership Network, where they can share best practices and lament common obstacles, and the strategies they might best deploy to overcome them. Create tools that unite consumers and companies who dream to see a world where all people are “free to

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society