Government moves to curb modern slavery

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Slavery is the world’s second-biggest illicit market

In the past, slaves were shackled in metal chains.

Today, they are exploited in supply chains.

It might have been thought that slavery was a shameful but pretty much closed chapter of history.

It’s not.

Depression 1a LLLLIt is the world’s second-biggest illicit market, behind drugs, with an estimated 45 million children, women and men treated as commodities (average price about $90).

Forced labour generates an estimated $US150 billion  ($199b) in profits a year.

Two-thirds of this pernicious trade happens in our region, and across most forms of labour, particularly sex work, fishing, construction, hospitality and…

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