Hong Kong rapped in slavery study

Central Station | 18 Jul 2019

Ten thousand people would need to be freed every day for 10 years to eliminate slavery within a decade, according to Australia-based anti-slavery group Walk Free and the International Labor Organization.

But researchers also say the world is making little or no progress in efforts to end slavery, and Hong Kong is rated as tardy in that regard.

More than 40 million people are estimated to be captive, which includes forced labor and forced marriage.

Ending slavery by 2030 was among global goals adopted by the United Nations four years ago.

But at today's rate achieving that goal is "impossible," the researchers reckon. It would require freeing some 10,000 people each day for the next decade, but "at current progress we will not be able to eradicate modern slavery by 2030," says Katharine Bryant, research manager at Walk Free.

The group assessed 183 governments on such factors as identification of slavery survivors, criminal justice, support systems and efforts to clean up supply chains.

Listed as worst countries for slavery are North Korea and Eritrea, with governments complicit in forced labor.

And wealthy places said to have taken little action to counter problems are Hong Kong, Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait, Brunei and Russia.

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