Information and Communications Technology

Human trafficking in the ICT sector may exist in the extractive stages (mining for raw material), in the component manufacturing stage (where separate pieces are produced or combined), and in the production stage (where a good is assembled and packaged in a factory). Though practices that lead to human trafficking might occur even earlier, in the recruitment process. Recruitment fees paid to a labor broker may cause indebtness to the worker, which may then lead to forced labor (debt bondage).

2018 ICT Benchmark Findings Report
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21 June 2018

This report found that while technology companies are working to bring the world closer together, they are failing to connect with workers in their own supply chains. Our ICT benchmark ranked the top 40 global ICT companies—with a combined market...

Using Blockchain To Combat Modern Slavery
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15 April 2018

Blockchain first entered public awareness as the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Whilst the longevity of Bitcoin remains uncertain, and governments and financial institutions alike are cautious in their acceptance of cryptocurrencies, the same cannot be said for blockchain technology,...

Using SAS® Text Analytics to Assess International Human Trafficking Patterns
Good PracticesPublications
11 April 2018

By Tom Sabo, Adam Pilz, SAS Institute Inc. Abstract  The US Department of State (DOS) and other humanitarian agencies have a vested interest in assessing and preventing human trafficking in its many forms. A subdivision within the DOS releases publicly...

Exploitation and Resistance: A Comparative Analysis of the Chinese Cheap Labour Electronics and High-Value Added IT Sectors
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15 October 2017

The article compares the electronics sector in the area of Shenzhen, based on cheap labour assembling goods for export, with the IT sector in the area of Shanghai, relying on a more skilled workforce manufacturing high value-added goods. The article...

Tracing a Path Forward: A Study of the Challenges of the Supply Chain for Target Metals Used in Electronics
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10 October 2017

This report outlines findings of the supply chain research (esp. Supply Chain Survey and Mapping) and desk review of supply chain initiatives, with an emphasis on lessons learned for future efforts aimed at improving the transparency of the electronics and...

Hiring, Human Trafficking & Modern-Day Slavery in the Global Economy
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08 October 2017

This report begins by offering key findings from recent Verité research on the intersection of brokers, migrant workers and slavery. This research was performed in a variety of sectors and locales across the globe, including: the migration of adults from...

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