The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7 is to:

SDG 8.7 – “Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.”

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015. And under this SDG Target 8.7, all Commonwealth states have committed to these goals.

This is a mighty huge challenge. Because we are nearing the end of 2020. So the question is…. have all countries taken “immediate and effective measures” to end this?

A recent report on the progress of SDG 8.7 finds that:

‘progress has been slow and concrete action is urgently needed to achieve this target by 2030. This report is the result of a partnership of Walk Free and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).’

The report indicated the main reasons for the slow progress are:

  • A lack of legislation across many states.
  • Almost a 1/5 of countries are yet to even criminalise human trafficking!!! (This is unacceptable!)
  • Two-thirds have failed to make forced marriage illegal.
  • The effectiveness of the criminal justice systems across the Commonwealth, are compromised by weak enforcement of this legislation.
  • Restrictive immigration policies also facilitate coercion. And they prevent workers from leaving an exploitative employer.
  • Discrimination, including harmful traditional practices, plays a large role. Therefore exacerbating the vulnerability of groups to exploitation.

You can read their 30th July Media Release here.

Ending Modern Slavery in Australia

The Freedom Hub is committed to the fight to end modern slavery. Therefore, we partner with many organisations in Australia, and globally to lobby governments, contribute to research and raise awareness.

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Pic Cred: Workers seen working in bricks field on April 29, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo Credit: Zakir Chowdhury / Barcroft Images.