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).

Current and emerging forms of slavery
Publications
05 September 2019

Annual Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences Each year the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences is requested by the Human Rights Council (formerly the Commission)...

Human Trafficking and Technology: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
Publications
08 August 2019

The development of technology has had an important influence on the crime of trafficking in persons, presenting both challenges and opportunities. While technology is frequently misused to facilitate trafficking in persons, its positive use can also help practitioners combat trafficking, such...

How Technology Fuels Trafficking and Exploitation in Asia and the Pacific
Publications
01 May 2019

The total number of modern slavery victims in the world today is estimated to be 40.3 million. Out of this shocking figure, more than half of the victims – at least 24.9 million – are in Asia and the Pacific....

Supplier Responsibility
Good PracticesPublications
01 January 2019

This 2019 Annual Progress Report outlines Apple’s efforts in 2018.

NetClean Report 2018
Publications
01 December 2018

The 2018 report by NetClean looks at police officers’ experiences and perspectives of self-produced material, organised offenders, obfuscation techniques, cryptocurrencies and deepfakes; as well as at employers’ experiences and perspectives of detecting that child sexual abuse material is handled on the...

2018 ICT Benchmark Findings Report
Publications
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...

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