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Have you ever wondered what the term ‘slavery’ means in 2019? ’Slavery’ is not an exaggeration, even in today’s context. In 2017, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Walk Free Foundation, and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated that more than 40 million people were trapped in modern slavery in various industries.1 Instead of focusing on seafood slavery; this post aims to address the wider context of modern slavery by discussing three features of modern slavery that are common across sectors and industries.

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In September 2018, the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool partnership will undertake a review of our methodology, building on the lessons and feedback we have received from external experts and industry. In preparation, the analyst team have looked back on the first six months to reflect on some of the highlights and challenges thus far.

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The Seafood Slavery Risk Tool is a risk indicator tool that provides knowledge and information based on professional assessments and perspectives from the fishing industry, civil society, and the anti-modern slavery community. The Risk Tool is not an ‘app,’ and there’s no algorithm that produces a rating solely from data scraped off the internet. We’ve created and will apply a consistent methodology, supported by a wide range of credible resources from local information to specific, published material and information from various due diligence technology organizations. Profiles will be updated and developed as the changes occur in industry, politics, the economy, and society.