Billions Of Dollars Of NZ Imports Linked To Modern Slavery

Credit: Original article can be found here

More than three billion dollars’ worth of imports that
could be linked to modern slavery are brought into New
Zealand every year according to new research by World
Vision.

Every household spends on average 34 dollars a
week on goods that are associated with either forced labour
or child labour – that’s only slightly less than we
spend on electricity a week.

“This research has an
urgent message for New Zealanders, says World Vision
national director Grant Bayldon “Right now there is no
requirement for businesses to do even the most basic checks
on their supply chains. This ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
approach means that it’s currently almost impossible for
kiwis to have confidence that what we buy and use is
slavery-free.

The research recommends the Government
urgently introduce an effective Modern Slavery Act, which
would require businesses to understand the risks of modern
slavery in their purchasing, to report on those risks and
take action to address them. The act would also give
consumers more information about the products they are
buying, who made them and how.

Australia, the United
Kingdom, Canada, the EU and other countries are setting up
laws that require companies to find out and disclose whether
their products are supporting modern slavery. Some are going
even further and banning imports linked to modern slavery
from entering. This is forcing real change. As a country
that aspires to treat all people fairly, we must do the
same.

“None of us want to be an unwitting part of
enslaving people”, says Bayldon. “Yet 40 million
children, women and men are estimated to be in modern
slavery worldwide right now – more than at the height of
the transatlantic slave trade. They are making the products
that are in our homes and workplaces. If demand for those
products ends, so does modern slavery. We can all do
something, right now, to help that happen.”

Read the
imports research report here

Sign
the petition calling for a Modern Slavery Act at signforfreedom.nz

© Scoop Media