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LexisNexis and STOP THE TRAFFIK launch a new report looking at human trafficking within the cotton industry

September 30th, 2014 - Posted by Claire Barker in Press Releases

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'.

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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About LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions
Part of LexisNexis Legal & Professional, we are the leading global provider of business information solutions with more than 3,000 customers in over 60 countries. We aggregate information from over 36,000 international news and business sources, as well as thousands of business-relevant web sites, blogs and forums. Our content portfolio ranges from newspapers to trade magazines, from company databases to market reports, with literally millions of new documents added to our database every single day. With archives dating back up to 35 years, we provide results that paint the whole picture, rather than just the most recent headlines.

About LexisNexis Legal & Professional
LexisNexis® Legal & Professional (www.lexisnexis.com) is a leading global provider of content and technology solutions that enable professionals in legal, corporate, tax, government, academic and non-profit organizations to make informed decisions and achieve better business outcomes. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. Today, LexisNexis Legal & Professional harnesses leading-edge technology and world-class content, to help professionals work in faster, easier and more effective ways. Through close collaboration with its customers, the company ensures organizations can leverage its solutions to reduce risk, improve productivity, increase profitability and grow their business. Part of Reed Elsevier, LexisNexis Legal & Professional serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide.

For more information on LexisNexis or the Human Trafficking Awareness Index, please email claire.barker@lexisnexis.co.uk, call +44 (0)20 7400 2544 or visit http://bit.ly/1uN6uSs.

About STOP THE TRAFFIK
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a global movement of individuals, communities and organisations working to prevent human trafficking around the world by disrupting trafficking routes at street level. STOP THE TRAFFIK was set up in 2006 and has over 75,000 members in countries all over the world.

For more information on STOP THE TRAFFIK activities, please email info@stopthetraffik.org, call the International Office on +44 (0)20 7921 4258 or visit www.stopthetraffik.org.

Finance Against Trafficking is part of STOP THE TRAFFIK, a project run by business for business, made up of experts from a variety of business sectors offering their time and services on a pro bono basis. Finance Against Trafficking is working to raise awareness, equip and resource companies to help them effectively address all areas of their business that can be affected by people trafficking and manage the risk and threats to their supply chain, money services, reputational risk and prosecution. If you would like more information please contact info@financeagainsttrafficking.com or visit www.financeagainsttrafficking.org.

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