A factory fire in Lima, Peru, that killed four young people has drawn official and international attention to the sometimes deadly risk posed by the country’s use of forced labor, or slave labor. This tragedy, the International Labor Organization says, revealed that the Peruvian factory had operated in an abusive manner that “approaches modern forms of slavery such as forced labor, which affects millions of people around the world.”
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with a leader in the battle to end human trafficking. Bradley Myles and his colleagues at Polaris has for the past 15 years concentrated his efforts on reducing, and ideally eliminating, a practice that unfortunately may be as old as human history: slavery and trade in human beings.
Women have historically made up the majority of the world’s human trafficking victims. That percentage is now decreasing as more countries recognize labor and child trafficking as forms of modern slavery.
There are more than 45 million people trapped in modern slavery around the world, an increase of 28 percent from…