Vol. 6 “Modern Slavery: Measuring a Hidden Problem”

(NFSJ Cafe #26, January 19, 2022  Held online)

For decisionmakers and organizations to fight modern slavery effectively, it is essential that they have access to updated data and information at the local and international levels. However, because of its hidden nature, reliable data on modern slavery are difficult to collect.

In response to this challenge, Walk Free developed the Global Slavery Index (GSI) by using a combination of social research methods and advanced technology systems. The GSI offers a detailed picture of modern slavery as it exists across industries and countries, as well as an analysis of the actions governments are taking to respond.

On January 19, 2022, Brittany Quy and Elly Williams from Walk Free presented the GSI during the 26th NFSJ Café. Their presentation helped the participants understand how pervasive modern slavery is around the world nowadays.

According to Walk Free, there are around 40.3 million people living in modern slavery worldwide. Of course, this number is just an estimate as many people entrapped in slavery remain unaccounted for as a result of the hidden and dangerous nature of their situation.

It was encouraging to learn that organizations like Walk Free invest in research to produce tools and data that help inform the development of anti-slavery projects and initiatives.

The last GSI was released in 2018, and the 2022 index is expected to be published sometime this year. (Randrara “Dara” Rakotomalala)

For more information on the guest speakers:

To access the Global Slavery Index and read the latest reports written by the Walk Free team, please visit: https://www.globalslaveryindex.org

To view the GSI country data and country studies for Japan, please click on the following links: https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/2018/data/country-data/japan/

To learn more about Walk Free, please visit: https://www.walkfree.org/projects/the-global-slavery-index/