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Supply Chains and Human Trafficking

"Labor Trafficking in Thailand's Fishing Industry: Its Causes, Effects, and Prevention"

by David Tian, PhD Candidate


Trafficking in persons remains one of the darkest blemishes on humanity to this day. To solve such a complex and prevalent issue plaguing the world is difficult and must be taken over time. This report focuses on labor trafficking on Thailand’s fishing boats. Using various print and online resources, this report gauges the current situation in Thailand, and uses that information to prescribe a set of eight policy and behavioral recommendations to help combat this transnational crime. If these steps are taken and are successful, perhaps they can also be applied to other areas of trafficking as well.


"Strengthening Corporate Supply Chains" 

by Sean McGuigan


This paper explores steps needed to be taken by major corporations in an effort to eliminate labor trafficking from their supply chains and offers recommendations to further strengthen supply chains in the United States to make them slavery-free. In a 2014 research report published by the United States Department of Labor, it was estimated that in today’s current market there are 64 different types of agricultural, fishing, and forestry goods, 42 kinds of manufacturing supplies, and 29 separate mined or quarried raw materials currently produced by child labor or forced labor (Bureau of International of Labor Affairs: United Sates Department of Labor, “List of Good Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor”, December 1, 2014). During the manufacturing of any given product, odds are that any one of these 135 slavery-produced materials would be use in the creation of the product leading The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability to estimate that roughly 71% of companies to suspect that there is, in fact, modern day slavery occurring within their supply chains (The Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability at Hult International Business School and Ethical Trade Initiative, “Corporate approaches to addressing modern slavery in supply chains: A snapshot of current practices”, March 23, 2016).