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In a report published by the International Labour Organisation in 2017 titled Global Estimates of Modern Slavery: Forced Labour & Forced Marriage, it was estimated that in 2016 there were 5 victims of modern slavery in every 1,000 people. Further, the Global Slavery Index found that, in 2016, approximately two-thirds of the 45.8 million people in modern slavery are in the Asia-Pacific region. Examples of modern slavery include forced labor, child labor, and human trafficking.
In collaboration with the British High Commission, where Her Excellency Victoria Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia gave the opening remarks, the United Nations Global Compact Network Malaysia held an all-day pre-forum workshop on Slave Free Trade last March 15th in Kuala Lumpur, where various speakers from different organisations discussed the vital role businesses play in ending slavery.
The panel of speakers was notable leaders from various NGOs and CSOs, including Dato’ Aishah Bidin from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), Dr. Nisar Ahmad from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, and Ms. Aegile Fernandez from local human rights and non-profit organisation Tenaganita.
LexisNexis’ Hannah Lim — Head of Rule of Law and Emerging Markets, SEA — spoke as a panelist about the ways in which even companies not directly involved in supply chains can still join the fight against modern slavery.
Post-workshop, we canvassed Hannah’s opinion on various issues on modern slavery and what can be done to tackle it.