Most experts believe that slavery will exist as long as there are economic disparities – and unscrupulous individuals willing to exploit others for profit. But that doesn’t mean effective action isn’t possible. Here are a few ways slavery’s ugly presence can be eliminated or at least significantly reduced:
- Raising public awareness of the existence of slavery in the global economy by, for example, listing products or services derived from forced labor.
- Pressing for national laws and local statutes that make human trafficking a separate and distinct crime.
- Reducing demand for commercial sex by increasing liabilities for those who purchase sex.
- Enforcing existing national prohibitions against slavery and human trafficking through increased reliance on transnational investigational work and data collection and sharing.
Note: This list will continue to grow as I continue to research this policy area.