Leading the battle to end modern slavery

12 July 2017 

We co-sponsored a three-day summit hosted by Wilton Park, a not-for-profit executive agency of the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It brought together government representatives, policy makers, law enforcement officials, academia and communications and technology providers from 15 countries to exchange information and ideas.

It follows our launch last autumn of the UK helpline to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery in partnership with the charity Unseen.

There are an estimated 45.8 million people in some form of slavery worldwide today – thought to be more than at any time in history – with 13,000 of those in the UK. And, driven by organised crime, slavery is growing despite legislation and increasing public awareness.

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The summit focused on understanding how and where technology is being used to enable slavery and how it can help tackle the crime and support victims.

Eric Anderson, Senior Consultant at BT says: “We believe more can be done to use technology in tackling modern slavery. We want to bring tech organisations and other interested stakeholders together to collaborate on solutions. This aligns with our company purpose, to use the power of communications to make a better world.”

It was the first time many of the summit delegates had come together to discuss using technology to tackle modern slavery.

A post-summit report has now been published. It examines the role technology providers can play in developing solutions for better collection, measurement, analysis, sharing and transparency of data around slavery.

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