The pandemic and resulting lockdowns have increased vulnerability to modern slavery around the world, as many of the underlying drivers of modern slavery have worsened, such as poverty, inequality and unemployment. Already vulnerable groups, such as migrant and informal workers, were most affected, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Vulnerability has increased for workers in the lower tiers of supply chains. This heightened vulnerability is likely to persist for the next 1-3 years. Some promising business practices emerged in response to the pandemic, but others may have exacerbated vulnerability to modern slavery
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