10 July 2018
Internationally, there has been increasing recognition of modern slavery as one of the greatest human rights abuses of the modern world. The term 'modern slavery' encompasses a range of heinous practices including human trafficking, slavery, servitude, debt bondage, forced labour and forced marriage. Modern slavery is particularly prevalent in the Asia Pacific region, with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimating that over half of the victims of forced labour, approximately 11.7 million people, are in the Asia Pacific region.
The nature of modern slavery is that it is largely clandestine, meaning it can be 'hidden in plain sight'.