More companies need to take their anti-forced labor and human trafficking compliance obligations seriously.

Source: Julie DiMauro: A compliance plan to keep forced labor and human trafficking out of your supply chains – The FCPA Blog – The FCPA Blog

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 21 million people are enslaved today, or forced into labor, and 1.5 million of the victims are in Europe or North America.

In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a report on labor conditions around the world that listed six countries (among a total of 74) where the cocoa industry employed underage children and indentured laborers. Instances of child labor were reported in four of the listed countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The others, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, resorted to both child labor and forced labor.

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