Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery


"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity.  It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric.  It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets.  It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime.  I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."  -- President Barack Obama, Clinton Global Initiative, 9/25/12                           

The Trafficking Victims Protections Act (TVPA) defines human trafficking, in part, as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purposes of commercial sex acts or labor services through the use of force, fraud or coercion. 

Estimates indicate that 27 million victims fall prey to trafficking and slavery each year and that it is a global trade valued at $32 billion dollars. But due to the clandestine nature of these crimes and the reluctance of victims to speak out because they live in fear of physical retribution and/or deportation, trafficking and slavery are typically very difficult to uncover and prosecute.

ICCR members ask the companies they hold to adopt human rights policies that formally recognize human trafficking and slavery and to train their personnel and their suppliers to safeguard against these risks throughout their supply chains.

Featured ICCR Initiative

ICCR's Statement of Principles & Recommended Practices for Confronting Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery. ICCR's guildelines for companies to follow to ensure their global supply chains remain free from human trafficking and forced labor. Our Principles have been endorsed by nearly 500 groups and individuals.

Members of ICCR are working with a coalition of groups to combat human trafficking and slavery in Thailand, whose seafood industry is rife with human rights abuses.

ICCR members have submitted a resolution to Kroger requesting that the company Assess Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in its Supply Chain

ICCR is a sponsor of KnowTheChain,  a resource to promote compliance with SB-657 and encourage companies to go beyond the law to meaningfully addressing human rights in their global supply chains.

Featured Resources

ICCR's Human Trafficking Investor Statement: ICCR calls on companies to adopt human rights policies banning human trafficking, and to make these policies a key part of core business policies.

Annette Sinagra of the Adrian Dominican Sisters talks about her work to end human trafficking in hotels.

Human Trafficking Statistics:From the Polaris Project.

Resources for Responsible Recruitment: Verite provides resources for ensuring fair hiring in global corporate supply chains.

Guidelines for checking labor recruitment agencies: From the International Tourism Partnership.



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The Business Supply Chain Trafficking and Slavery Act.

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