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Hosted with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and supported by McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University, our recent webinar series “The Private Sector and the Future of Illicit Trade: Next Generation Human Trafficking and Smuggling Challenges” looked at emerging issues surrounding human trafficking and promising anti-trafficking initiatives from the private sector.


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Recordings from Webinar Series 2016

The Private Sector Countering Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is interlinked with the global economy, having an estimated worth nearing $32 billion and affecting around 21 million people. The private sector is an important actor in the field of modern-day slavery as it has a role in both enabling and in combatting the different aspects of human trafficking in global supply chains. Despite the many actors that are fighting against human trafficking, the issue remains pervasive, warranting the need for more dialogue to occur between stakeholders in order to foster a more robust global response. This webinar series sought to contribute to that dialogue by examining international standards and their application while uncovering and addressing the gaps in global policy against human trafficking in the supply chain. In looking for solutions to this problem, the series brought together thought leaders, practitioners, and policymakers.

Consumers in the Global Supply Chain

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This webinar focused on the role that consumers have in the global supply chain, that they can effect change surrounding human trafficking through what they do or do not buy. The discussion also touched on consumer-led campaigns against human trafficking in supply chains and effective ways to advocate for change.

Training and Auditing—Lessons Learned

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If improved with a significant emphasis on human trafficking for forced labor, social auditing can be a powerful tool in eliminating forced labor through the implementation of auditing procedures that can better assess risks before they degrade into abuse and exploitation. This webinar discusses how companies could develop more robust auditing procedures to reduce the number of forced laborers.

How to Mitigate the Risk of Child Labour in the Supply Chain

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Under extreme poverty and lack of opportunities to work, families often have to resort to sending their children to work on plantations or even selling them to traffickers to sustain themselves. Though international labor laws exist, child labor still persists. Multilateral corporations can do more to ensure that their suppliers are not utilizing these trafficked children. This webinar discussed policies that worked and those that didn’t to extract best practices to eliminate child labor in supply chains.

Illicit Goods in the Supply Chain

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The mining industry also is susceptible to human trafficking for forced labor as miners often are employed under dangerous conditions that involve being exposed to toxic substances and severe illnesses. This webinar surveyed promising practices aimed at eradicating human trafficking from supply chains within the mining industry and laws that could be improved upon to safeguard miners’ wellbeing.

Responsible Recruitment vs. Human Trafficking of Migrant Workers

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Multilateral corporations can be indirectly linked, through outsourcing, to recruitment companies that are engaged in the exploitation of migrant workers. At times, a company could be involved in human trafficking without their knowing it, highlighting the need for monitors that ensure that recruitment agencies aren’t obtaining workers through coercion or other illegal means. This webinar looked at corporations with successful monitors and explores policy measures that are useful in combating exploitation of workers.

Recordings from Webinar Series 2015

Understanding Illicit Trade: Impact of Human Trafficking and Smuggling on the Private Sector

A pervasive and urgent problem, modern day slavery, or forced labor, involves an estimated 20.9 million victims around the world. Precisely because this problem plagues so many people, it is imperative that we gain a deeper understanding of these criminal networks that perpetuate human exploitation and trafficking, so that we can improve our methods of tracking perpetrators and protecting victims. The 2015 webinar series explores the different fields implicated in human trafficking—ranging from illicit organ trading in the black market, the football industry, sexual exploitation of children, migrant workers in the USA, and labor exploitation in the construction industry. In documenting these different forms of trafficking and exploitation, the webinars also examine the different criminal networks that make up these fields. In order to develop individualized strategies to combat the various forms of human trafficking for the private sector, it is important to gain in-depth knowledge on the functioning of these networks, which is what this webinar series seeks to do.

The Price of Life: Responding to the Global Black Market in Illicit Organs

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Organ purchase is considered to be illegal in almost all parts of the world, yet the black market still thrives with organ transactions, with the World Health Organization estimating that around 7,000 kidneys are obtained illegally each year. Criminal groups that harvest organs for the black market usually obtain them from the most vulnerable groups in society (the poor, the homeless, refugees, and children). This webinar examines existing policies tackling the issue and the role that the private sector plays in combating illicit organ trading.

Labour Exploitation and the Construction Industry

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Among those victims involved in human trafficking, labor exploitation and the construction industry account for the largest percentage. In fact, some of the world’s landmarks and architectural creations were built through exploited labor. The 2018 World Cup, for example, already has claimed the lives of 1,000 migrants working on the stadium. This webinar investigates existing measures in the construction industry aimed at prohibiting labor trafficking.

It’s Not Winning that Counts, it’s How You Play the Game: Criminal Infiltration into Global Sports

View the recorded webinar: It’s Not Winning that Counts, it’s How You Play the Game: Criminal Infiltration into Global Sports »

This webinar looks specifically at the organized crimes involved in international sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics, such as illegal betting, money laundering, human trafficking, and migrant smuggling. The relationship that the private sector and companies have with suppliers for professional and recreational sports also is discussed in this segment.

Online Sexual Exploitation of Children: Rights and Responsibilities

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Worldwide, around 1.8 million children are exploited through prostitution or through pornography. Children account for 20 percent of those victims implicated in human trafficking. To combat child exploitation in an under-regulated online environment, multisectoral partnerships that seek to involve national and international authorities in law enforcement and the judiciary need to be established. This webinar explored existing policies’ effectiveness in combating this issue and the progress being made toward new innovations to combat this problem.

The New American Dream? Illicit migration, Human Trafficking and Smuggling in the Americas

View the recorded webinar: The New American Dream? Illicit migration, Human Trafficking and Smuggling in the Americas »

Since 2011, the rate of deportation has increased exponentially in the United States. As a result, migrants from Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Latin American states (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) have turned to migrant smuggling networks to enter the United States, to the extent that 60-75 percent of illegal immigration into the U.S. is facilitated by said networks. This webinar considered how further deportations affects criminal networks involved in illegal immigration and whether increased deportations further contributed to the expansion of these criminal syndicates.