Category My opeds

The importance of the new global estimates of modern slavery

Oped by Nick Grono in the Huffington Post on 11 October 2017. Measuring modern slavery is hard. The data is hidden and difficult to get at. And despite big progress in recent years, there is still much dispute over what is being measured and how it should be measured. That’s why the new Global Estimates […]

We Need Action, Not Slogans, to Tackle Slavery In Supply Chains

Oped in Huffington Post, Sept 23 2017. Tackling forced labour in corporate supply chains is difficult, particularly when those supply chains span continents and extend down multiple tiers. To do so successfully requires real commitment from companies, and robust and sophisticated policies rigorously applied, with transparency and vigilance.   We Need Action, Not Slogans, to […]

Sold Into Marriage In China

Oped in Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Blog, Mar 8, 2017.   China’s one child policy, and the preference of parents for boys, means that by 2025-2030, an estimated 22 to 30 million Chinese men will be unable to find women to marry. This is creating a huge demand for foreign “wives”. And this demand is being […]

Putting Slavery Out Of Business

Oped in the Huffington Post, Jan 12, 2017.    As the UK government recasts its international role following the Brexit vote, it should draw on the country’s proud abolitionist history to lead global efforts to encourage businesses to eliminate slavery and forced labour from their supply chains. This would give practical effect to Theresa May’s […]

To Fight Modern Slavery, We Must Fight Corruption

Oped in Huffington Post, with Duncan Jepson, Jul 26, 2016.   Trafficking and slavery are really crimes of many crimes. Take, for example, a young woman from Eastern Europe woman trafficked and forced to work in a British brothel. In trafficking her, the perpetrators will have committed deceit, fraud, smuggling, kidnapping, violent assault, false imprisonment, money […]

Measuring Slavery Encourages Governments To Do Better

Oped in the Huffington post, Jul 16, 2016  Modern slavery is currently receiving unprecedented attention from political and religious leaders, and in the international media. Yet for all this welcome attention, we can’t answer the most basic question about this horrendous crime – namely, is it increasing or falling around the world? Measuring Slavery Encourages […]

Carrying bricks, picking potatoes: all in a day’s work for Syrian children in Lebanon

Oped in The Guardian, 2 February 2016. I met six-year-old Mustafa in the safe zone of one of the many tented settlements for Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. These areas offer schooling, including art and music classes, for Syrian children. They provide a respite from the brutal realities of life as a refugee, which […]