20 Ways to Fight Slavery

Ethical businesses can play a double role in combating slavery by creating more jobs that pay living wages, which in turn reduces poverty rates.

Rehabilitation efforts must be coordinated, and governed by a central body to support survivors of slavery and help them move through the proper channels to receive assistance.

Learn from survivors. Survivors have first hand experience of the tactics used by slave traders and what it takes to escape slavery.

Don’t force collaboration if your priorities don’t overlap. Focus on common priorities and support each other in addressing them.

Tackle the complex causes of slavery at their roots. 

Keep track of those you rescue to avoid them falling back into slavery.

New non-governmental organizations (NGOs) should bring unique approaches. 

Regardless of your sector, improve your data collection. Ultimately, this will better ensure that there is regular, reliable information about what trafficking trends actually look like and therefore inform strategic, targeted interventions.

Groups should learn more from each other’s projects.

Share your data to avoid replication. This increases the credibility of associations who need the attention and resources to fight slavery and trafficking.

Anti-slavery organizations cannot achieve much without engaging with other sectors.  Slavery will only be tackled through collaborations between governments, business, and civil society, including trade unions and development agencies.

Engaging corporations is key, so long as they address their faults.  Before the necessary collaboration with the corporate sector can occur, firms will have to confront any exploitation that occurs in their supply chains.

Media platforms are powerful tools, but outputs must be well-balanced. Social media has a key role to play in combating slavery, especially when resources and funding for other types of campaigns are scarce. Human interest angles must be covered and victims and survivors must be portrayed with dignity and respect.

Identify common ground by forming working groups.  A working group can review proposed draft laws, provide comments, suggest revisions and lobby for their uptake. This results in better anti-trafficking law, and should be replicated in other countries.

Learn more at Anna Scott’s The Guardian article: 20 ways to combat modern-day slavery.


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