Healthcare/ Pharmaceuticals

There are several touch points of human trafficking and forced labour in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry. Human trafficking in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry may for example occur for the purpose of organ trafficking. In 2007, WHO estimated that out of all transplants worldwide, 5–10% were conducted illegally. Also at a high-risk for labour exploitation and modern slavery is the private aged-care sector. Reports from the sector have shown that migrant workers are often exposed to abusive and exploitative working conditions and recruitment practices.

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