More than 45 million people are held in some form of slavery throughout the world. Modern slavery is a complex and often hidden crime that crosses borders, sectors and jurisdictions. It impacts on all of us, from the food we consume and the goods we purchase. And it is our responsibility to tackle this crime.
The Walk Free Foundation works to provide an integrated strategy to respond to this scourge against humanity. We believe that a strong multi-faceted approach through a combination of direct implementation, grassroots community engagement and working in partnership with faiths, businesses, academics, NGOs and governments around the world, is needed to end modern slavery. This includes building a robust knowledge base to inform action, driving legislative change in key countries and harnessing the power of businesses and faiths.
The Foundation was launched by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2012 and encompasses their vision to end modern slavery globally. Seed funded by the Forrests’ Minderoo Foundation, it provides the information and capabilities required for countries to defeat slavery in their jurisdictions.
By Professor Zoe Trodd
Almost 46 million people are enslaved around the world today. But we’re in the middle of history’s fourth great antislavery movement. We have a global commitment to ending slavery by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, and a deep commitment from the UK government, in the new Modern Slavery Act.
The drive for an Australian Modern Slavery Act received a tremendous boost with the recent visit of Kevin Hyland, the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, to Australia.
Working on the Walk Free Foundation’s government response database is a fascinating, thought-provoking, and troubling experience. As a researcher going from knowing relatively little about the global situation of modern day slavery to spending several months conducting detailed research into the topic, I was exposed to just how extensive this global problem is, and how useful the work conducted by the Walk Free Foundation is in combating modern slavery.