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Ending Modern Slavery, Child Labor Remains ‘Formidable Challenge’

TIME: Modern Slavery Is Real and 40 Million People Are Trapped In It
Guy Ryder, director general of the International Labor Organization; Andrew Forrest, chair of the Walk Free Foundation; William Lacy Swing, director general of IOM, the U.N. Migration Agency

“…Modern slavery remains very much a feature of today’s global economy, and is present in almost every country. … No nation is immune from this problem. Each must design their own prevention and protection policies. Several international legal instruments can provide guidance … But law and policy must go further, focusing on prevention, on protecting victims, on remedies, and on tackling the root causes of the abuses. … For now, ending modern slavery and child labor remains a formidable challenge. We must move faster if we are to reach the ambitious target set by the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals of ending child labor by 2025 and modern slavery by 2030 — and to make this the world we wish to live in” (10/19).