What is modern slavery?
Slavery, taking many tragic forms, is a blight on modern civilisation that has been described as a crime against humanity. Its ugly tentacles stretch through almost every country in the world, not discriminating between religion, nationality or age. Modern slavery involves the ancient forms of slavery itself, human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, organ trafficking, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of girls, boys, women and men. It is a problem that continues to grow, largely uncensored, and particularly in places where poverty and greed are different sides of the same coin. The moral, political and economic outcomes of modern slavery are pervading and harming countless societies and people.
How big is the problem?
Over 40 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery, more than at any time in our history and in spite of the fact that slavery is illegal in almost every country. Those enslaved have had their rights and freedom stolen from them in horrendous circumstances. They are often subjected to abuse, both physical and mental, and are treated as commodities to be bought, sold and traded.
What is our approach to ending modern slavery?
We are committed to eradication of modern slavery through engagement with faith leaders around the world and work with them to take spiritual and practical actions to eradicate modern slavery. We empower them to mobilise their efforts and work in collaboration with the private, public and civil sectors to fight modern slavery. We also work with the Governments of the ten leading economies of the world to support them to enact laws, and ensure budget and capability for enforcement, to hold organisations accountable for modern slavery in their supply chains. As part of their commitment to end slavery we will seek to have the leaders of these countries join faith leaders in signing the Joint Declaration Against Slavery.
Mr Andrew Forrest AO
Industry and philanthropic leader Andrew Forrest grew up on a remote Australian cattle station, Minderoo, before graduating from university and building a career in investment banking, mining and farming. In his professional life he has created some of the largest raw material exporters and infrastructure companies in the world. Andrew is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and the Minderoo Foundation among other significant charities and companies. Some 90% of his time is now invested locally and internationally in ventures to protect and support the under privileged and communities. Andrew been asked to lead a new Business track of the Bali Process that will engage leading business figures from member countries to join the fight to detect and prevent trafficking in persons.