Working on the Walk Free Foundation’s government response database is a fascinating, thought-provoking, and troubling experience. As a researcher going from knowing relatively little about the global situation of modern day slavery to spending several months conducting detailed research into the topic, I was exposed to just how extensive this global problem is, and how useful the work conducted by the Walk Free Foundation is in combating modern slavery.
By Stella Freitag
Last week, we had the pleasure of having Professor Daniel Pauly of the University of British Columbia, one of the world-leading marine biology experts, present to Walkfree Foundation as part of a visit to the University of Western Australia where an Indian Ocean node of his Sea Around Us project is being established.
Supply chains that compete solely on price with little opportunity to differentiate from the competition or to compete on value-added propositions, are almost naturally drawn towards modern slavery and other unethical labour practices. This is particularly the case for industries where low skill labour is a key resource and in places where automation cannot economically compete with the abundant supply of such labour resources.
Alongside our work on the joint estimate to end modern slavery, the Walk Free Foundation research team are busy collecting data for the 2018 Global Slavery Index. More specifically, we are updating our assessment of government responses.