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19 Nov 2022

Tom Canetti, SBS News

Seafood, rubber gloves, oranges: the products you buy in Australia could be linked to modern slavery

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19 November 2022

If your clothes are made in China, rubber gloves from Malaysia and seafood sourced from Thailand, researchers are warning you may be at risk of supporting modern slavery practices.

Those were identified as the sectors with the highest risk of modern slavery in a new report, produced by a coalition of human rights organisations and academics.


There's evidence that workers in the Thai seafood industry have been held on ships in captivity for years, said one of the authors of the Broken Promises report into modern slavery.


Another high-risk product is cotton coming from China, which is almost all produced in Xinjiang - a region with links to alleged forced labour of the country's Uyghur Muslim minority.


Rubber gloves from Malaysia are another industry: the report says labour exploitation remains widespread in the Malaysian glove manufacturing sector in 2022.