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LUMS PhD student attends Global Slavery Index event

Russell Crowe hosting the event.

08 June 2016

PhD student Amy Benstead attended the launch of the Global Slavery Index 2016, hosted by Russell Crowe, in London last week.

The Walk Free Foundation, which was founded in 2012 by Australian philanthropists Andrew and Nicola Forrest, developed the index, which is now in its third edition.  The index has quantified data across three dimensions: size of the problem, vulnerability and government response.

Global findings are provided, ranking 167 countries. The index uses data from over 42,000 surveys conducted in 53 languages and, according to the data, about 45.8 million people around the world trapped in modern slavery.

As part of her research with Pentland, Amy is looking into how the index can influence the development of an anti-modern slavery toolkit which will involve country risk assessment. This will help Pentland to understand and respond to modern slavery.