LexisNexis and STOP THE TRAFFIK’s joint report looks at the link between the tea industry and human trafficking
21 Dec 2015 12:00 am by Rebecca Gillingham
LONDON, 18 DECEMBER 2015 – LexisNexis® Legal & Professional (www.lexisnexis.com), a leading 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 – 'Not My Cup of Tea'.
Globally, people drink over 3 billion cups of tea every day and consumption has grown by 60% in the last 20 years. Tea production is labour intensive and, to meet this increasing demand, plantations are fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to human trafficking. 'Not My Cup of Tea' highlights the labour practices and working conditions on tea plantations within India, Kenya and Sri Lanka. The poor conditions drive workers and their families into the hands of human traffickers, who use false promises of a new life away from the plantations to lure people into forced labour and sexual exploitation.
Tom Ogburn, LexisNexis Managing Director for Business Insight Solutions, notes: "It is estimated there are 7 million new human trafficking victims each year, lured into involuntary servitude and sexual slavery. The gross and unjust economic exploitation of vulnerable people, especially women and children, is a direct consequence of the absence of Rule of Law. 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 the progress being made towards change."
'Not My Cup of Tea' focuses on the 2,107 English language articles identified in the Nexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ directly relating to human trafficking and the tea industry, in the period 1st January 2013–1st September 2015. Using a licensed collection of the most influential news sources from more than 120 countries, the LexisNexis® Human Trafficking Awareness Index™ measures media coverage of human trafficking to highlight key trends at national and global levels. The Index is designed to support the work of campaigners, organisations and others who are interested in understanding perceptions of human trafficking in the media.
Ruth Dearnley OBE, and CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK explains: "You can't stop what you can't see. LexisNexis has been working with STOP THE TRAFFIK to shine a light on the issue of trafficking in the supply chains of chocolate, clothes and now tea. This report lays out the challenges and highlights the importance for both consumers and company directors to understand the issue, know how it affects them and what they can do about it. Change happens when everyone engages. When we can see it, we can work together. We can 'stop the traffik'."
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'Not My Cup of Tea' will be of interest to campaigners, consumers and businesses. In particular, it should be of value 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 free to download: Not My Cup of Tea
About LexisNexis® Legal & Professional
LexisNexis Legal & Professional 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. LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which serves customers in more than 175 countries with 10,000 employees worldwide, is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.
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With more than 6000 customers in over 100 countries – including many of the FTSE 100 Insurance, Financial Services and Blue Chip multinationals – LexisNexis Business Insight Solutions (BIS) is the world's leading provider of critical business information. In fact, we've been helping businesses make smarter decisions since 1976 by utilising our unmatched collection of licensed news, regulatory, litigation and intellectual property content.
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.
About Finance Against Trafficking
Finance Against Trafficking is run by business for business, working to prevent human trafficking and labour exploitation within the business sector. It provides a number of products and services to enable companies to identify and understand their risks to human trafficking and labour exploitation, and supports them to mitigate the risks both within a business and its supply chain. www.financeagainsttrafficking.org.
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