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A Call to Action Against Human Trafficking
Earlier this month the Trust Women conference convened in London to talk about issues affecting women including human trafficking. Here’s more about the conference and its goals:
The Trust Women Conference is about making connections that make a difference. It places the world’s most innovative leaders in women’s rights in front of the best minds in law, finance, technology, media, government and philanthropy, to help spark new collaborations and solutions.
Comprised of 350 delegates from around the world – female and male leaders in their fields – the conference will offer a provocative mix of keynote speeches, multimedia, plenary discussions, debates, break-out “action groups” and opportunities to engage online.
At the end of the conference the participants committed to a variety of actions. Read the full list here; the actions related to human trafficking are below—pay attention to the one in bold; it’s for all of us!
- The conference calls on all countries to ratify the International Labour Organisation Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Only three countries – the Philippines, Uruguay and Mauritius – have so far ratified it.
- The conference calls on major international banks to work with law enforcement agencies to use existing technology and data mining to identify financial transactions that may indicate trafficking and related crimes.
- The conference calls on companies and consumers to do due diligence about the origins of products and services to ensure that supply chains are free of trafficking and slavery. It also supports initiatives that encourage markets to reward supply-chain transparency.
- The conference calls on pro bono lawyers to take on and pursue individual lawsuits on behalf of victims of trafficking and forced labour.
- Thomson Reuters Foundation will launch a TrustLaw Connect research programme to analyse the legality of prostitution in different countries and its impact on trafficking.
- Thomson Reuters Foundation will launch a TrustLaw Connect research programme to analyse the legal status of people rescued from trafficking, focusing on issues such as the right to live and work in the country they were trafficked to.
Melissa loves merging her passions for writing and for helping provide restoration for exploited people. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in Adolescent English Education and is a former middle school language arts teacher. She now works full time as an editor. Melissa has visited Freeset in Kolkata, India.
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