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What commodities present the highest risk for human trafficking and forced labor? Verité’s newly released report outlines risks of forced labor faced by workers in 43 of the world’s most important primary commodities. We conducted this research as part of our program to prevent human trafficking in federal and corporate supply chains, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

These reports supplement research on human trafficking risks associated with major business sectors globally. The reports describe the structure of the supply chain for each commodity and any links to other supply chains for which the commodity is a key input, and review any government or industry initiatives that exist to reduce human trafficking in conjunction with the commodity in question. We also include case studies of documented instances of human trafficking where available.

We hope that these reports will be useful to any company or other stakeholder seeking to prioritize anti-trafficking efforts.