Issue 11: Slavery in the UK, & the trafficking fight through 2017

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Fighting trafficking in 2017

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Science & technology will play a key role in the fight against modern slavery & human trafficking during 2017. The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked experts for their thoughts on what the global fight will look like in the coming year, and there are some promising & exciting innovations taking place.

A software company in the US has developed a mobile phone-based service which provides factory workers with a means to anonymously report labour abuse, late wages, child workers, and poor working conditions. The data logged by the company can also be used by businesses wanting to ensure they are sourcing their materials from the best possible factories.

Technology is also being used to make it easier to locate instances of trafficking, and to bring swift prosecution. DNA forensic technology is already able to tag cottons so that their origins can be traced, meaning that big companies have an opportunity to verify…

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