Dressed to Kill

The truth behind the fashion industry

LexisNexis Legal & Professional, Business Insight Solutions and STOP THE TRAFFIK, October 2014

LONDON, 01 OCTOBER 2014 – LexisNexis® Legal & Professional (www.lexisnexis.com), a leading global provider of content and technology solutions, and STOP THE TRAFFIK a leading Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking, announce the publication of their joint report titled 'Dressed to Kill'.

Forced labour is unfortunately a very big part of human trafficking. To raise awareness for both consumers and organisations, this report by LexisNexis® and STOP THE TRAFFIK is designed to help the cotton industry – as well as the broader public - understand what is happening today and offers guidance on how to take actions to eliminate or reduce the risk.

Tom Ogburn, LexisNexis Managing Director for Business Insight Solutions, notes: "Human trafficking is a global crime; millions of men, women, and children are recruited by deception or coercion and moved within countries and across borders for exploitation. LexisNexis is committed to actively working to advance the rule of law, through its day-to-day business, products and services, and its actions. We are privileged to have developed this report with STOP THE TRAFFIK to help raise awareness of the effect of human trafficking and to highlight how various participants in the cotton supply chain around the world are working to prevent human trafficking through campaign-driven community action."

'Dressed to Kill' focuses on the 2,618 English language articles identified in the LexisNexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ directly relating to human trafficking and the global garment supply chain in the period 1 January 2013 until 31 March 2014. The LexisNexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ uses the respected Nexis® service to track and analyse the volume of news articles related to human trafficking. The articles provide a significant insight into the media coverage of this issue. Of the ten countries with the highest media coverage in the LexisNexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™, apart from Pakistan, all are mentioned on the 2013 List of Goods Produced by Child Labour and Forced Labour for using child labour for the production of cotton.

Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK explains: "We have a powerful voice, we can use it to urge companies to change their behaviour so that they can tell us that the clothes we are buying are free from trafficked labour. We are pleased to collaborate with LexisNexis in sharing information, creating opportunities for change and striving to STOP THE TRAFFIK."

'Dressed to Kill' will be of interest to campaigners, consumers and businesses. In particular, it should be of interest to Supply Chain and Procurement Directors seeking to better understand human trafficking in their supply chain and how analysing media coverage can support better supply chain risk management procedures.

The report is available to download here: Dressed to Kill.

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