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Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world with more than 40 million victims, but inadequate resources exist to prevent further exploitation. While slavery is illegal in every country in the world, cases of forced labor and sex trafficking are found all around the globe and are persistent across Southeast Asia.

Asia holds

70%

of sex trafficking victims

67%

of forced labor

$51.8b

illicit profits from human trafficking

Solving a problem this complex and far reaching requires cross-sector collaboration from all sectors of society. Business and tech leaders are leading the way, with anti-trafficking experts and survivor advocates, to identify and elevate solutions. Groundbreaking and life-saving work to combat human trafficking is happening across the region. Great strides have been made in the anti-trafficking field to identify victims, provide comprehensive victim care and restoration, work with law enforcement, prosecutors and companies innovating in their supply chains to address cases of forced labor. 

Singapore Roundtable

While the anti-human trafficking field appears to be crowded with initiatives, coalitions and organizations working on much-needed interventions, efforts to date remain small in scale, regionally focused and often disparate. There is need for meaningful efforts to identify and bring successful practices to scale to help accelerate progress. Such interventions must be designed and deployed strategically, thoughtfully and sustainably. Importantly, they need to respond to the needs of front-line service and response organizations, with input from survivors and victims who they are intended to assist.

The Singapore Leadership Roundtable will provide an opportunity for select leaders across the Southeast Asia region to share innovations and best practices from both the business, nonprofit and intergovernmental perspectives. We will facilitate a dialogue focused on how to examine the opportunities and challenges, as well as leverage collective assets in bringing anti-trafficking interventions to scale across the region.

 

Enquiry: info.apac@uww.unitedway.org