Illegal Gold Mining in Latin America Report

Verité announces the release of this report that will be of interest to the wide variety of companies and retailers that sell products that contain gold, as it starkly highlights how illegal gold mining throughout Latin America is tied to human trafficking. The report is based on field research in Peru and Colombia as well as extensive desk research and analysis of global gold flows. In Latin America, and elsewhere in the world, illegally mined gold is strongly linked to human trafficking and other labor abuses. It is also closely associated with child labor, severe threats to workers’ health and safety, and sex trafficking. In the coming months, Verité will publish a white paper with detailed recommendations for concrete steps that can be taken. 

Verité is pleased to release these reports as part of our project to prevent human trafficking in federal and corporate supply chains sponsored by the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Each report describes the connection, if any, between 43 commodities and human trafficking and/or child labor and provides documented case studies. The reports also describe the structure of the supply chain for each commodity and review existing initiatives to reduce human trafficking in conjunction with these commodities. 

Forced Labor in the Production of Electronic Goods in Malaysia

Verité released this report about the risk of trafficking in persons in federal and corporate supply chains. Providing a comprehensive framework for evaluating trafficking risk, this report identifies 11 key sectors at heightened risk for human trafficking and maps federal spending in each key at-risk sector. Verité’s report will be an essential resource for government officials and federal contractors concerned about compliance with Executive Order 13627, as well as for any businesses concerned about human trafficking in their supply chains.

The Cost of a Job tells the story of modern-day slavery through the experience of a worker who was brave enough to talk to Verité about her situation. Hers is the voice of millions of job seekers who can’t leave their jobs because they are bound by debt, threatened or coerced in other ways. Together with companion microsites Help Wanted and Resources for Responsible Recruitment, Cost of a Job illuminates the problems facing the most vulnerable workers in global supply chains, and points the way towards solutions for companies, governments, NGOs, trade unions, investors, and other stakeholders.

Now available in Spanish! Our Help Wanted Fair Hiring Toolkit provides brands and suppliers with tools to fight forced labor in their supply chains.

This website is our newest effort to promote safe, fair and legal work—and to prevent human trafficking. Did you know that much of human trafficking is based on exploitative recruitment practices? RRR will build awareness of this—and show how companies can end unethical hiring in their supply chains.

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Migrant workers all around the world make the products we buy and harvest the food we eat. 

These migrants leave home for jobs that can help them achieve a better life, or simply allow them to feed their family. Almost all of our products - clothes, shoes, computers, toys, furniture and food - involve a supply chain that employs migrant workers. Migrants provide the flexible workforce that keeps our just-in-time global economy humming.
Workers will go to great lengths to snag promising jobs, no matter where they are located. Often workers become indebted to middlemen - labor recruiters and moneylenders - whose practices can be exploitative and illegal and it becomes difficult or impossible to come out on top.
Our research showed us that:
    • The job probably won't pay what the recruiter promised;
    • They don't often know about the compound interest on their debt, which increases every month;
    • There are illegal wage deductions and unexpected fees;
    • Their passports may be taken away so that they can't complain or flee;
    • Their work visas will tie them to their employer, giving them no other alternative way to dig themselves out of debt;
    • What they also don't know is that they may end up for months - even years -- in slave-like conditions or debt bondage.

How do we end this practice? Verité's Help Wanted initiative begins with fair hiring worldwide.

Our Help Wanted Initiative addresses the recruitment and hiring practices of workers in all supply chains. Explore our Fair Hiring Toolkit to learn more. 

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