LONDON – Garment production hubs such as Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Cambodia and India have all witnessed a significant increase in modern slavery in the past four years, claims new research. And forecasting company Verisk Maplecroft’s 2020 Human Rights Outlook warns that risk is set to intensify further as the economic fallout from COVID-19 takes full hold.
The latest annual edition of the company’s Modern Slavery Index reveals Bangladesh (18th highest risk globally), China (20th), Myanmar (23rd), India (25th), Cambodia (32nd), Vietnam (35th) and Indonesia (44th) all sit at their lowest point in the ranking of 198 countries since 2017.
The index measures the risk to business of the possible association with slavery, trafficking in persons and forced labour in supply chains, operations and service providers.
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