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This week CORE - a UK civil society coalition on corporate accountability - published a report that looked at 50 modern slavery statements from large businesses like L'Oreal, Cartier, and Ferrero. They found that almost two-thirds of the companies hadn't made any reference to specific risks of modern slavery in their sector, suggesting they had not bothered to look at the issue in the in-depth way it requires.
The TISC Report, an online directory where modern slavery statements are collated, revealed that many companies who should be filing a report, are not doing so. Any company with a turnover of more than £36 million is required to produce a statement. According to TISC report there should be statements from 3939 companies, but 1683 have not provided one.
The Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, was recently on a trip to Nigeria, where she met men and women who had been trafficked. Nigeria is the third most common country of origin for victims of modern slavery in the UK. The UK government recently pledged an extra £7 million for projects in Nigeria which are preventing trafficking.
Two women and one man who trafficked vulnerable women around the South East of England and forced them into prostitution were found guilty this week. The investigation was conducted by Sussex Police, who particularly highlighted the contribution of a survivor who gave evidence at the trial.