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Spot the Signs of Modern Slavery in Your Supply Chain

Posted by

Max Khamneian

on 06 Aug 2020

Spot the Signs of Modern Slavery in Your Supply Chain

In spite of what many of us would like to believe, it is quite apparent that slavery is far from a thing of the past. The introduction of the UK Modern Slavery act is yet to dent its growth.  

The Global Slavery Index, estimates that there are a staggering 40.3 million people who are subjected to some form of modern slavery, 136,000 of whom are in the UK.

What are the signs of modern slavery in your supply chain?

For many of us, this may be happening right under our nose, but without knowing how to identify the red flags, this abhorrent crime could be passing us by unnoticed.

Firstly, you must establish visibility by understanding your supply chain and where your products and services come from. Modern slavery can come in many different forms, so it is vital that you are able to identify the red flags that may indicate a potential problem. For example, look into recruitment fees, migratory workforces, and be aware of which countries and regions are at greater risk of slavery in the work force.

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Spot the signs of modern slavery

  1. Physical and psychological abuse
    Many victims will look malnourished and may appear withdrawn when you try to communicate with them. Signs of physical abuse could be apparent, such as bruising and other injuries.
  2. Restricted movement
    Victims may not be allowed to travel alone and will not be in possession of their passport. They may seem under the influence of others, have little interaction, and be unfamiliar with the surroundings in which they are working.
  3. Poor accommodation
    A victim of modern slavery will likely have an extremely poor standard of living, often staying on site in cramped and dirty conditions with other workers. It is also quite possible that they would not know their home or work address.
  4. Lack of personal belongings
    As well as having no form of identification, such as a passport, a victim of modern slavery will likely have very few personal possessions and wear the same clothes every day. These clothes could appear unsuitable for their working conditions.
  5. Unusual behaviour
    It is quite common for victims of modern slavery to avoid eye contact, continually appear frightened, and allow others to speak for them when addressed directly. They will be very reluctant to ask for help, quite possibly due to fear of further abuse or fear of deportation.

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