Agriculture and Modern Slavery Act Reporting: Increasing engagement but poor quality from a high risk sector

The agricultural sector is considered high risk for forms of labour exploitation, including modern slavery. The International Labour Organisation places agriculture, alongside forestry and fishing, as the sector with the fourth highest proportion of victims of forced labour worldwide.i Within the UK, there is a lack of formal data on the prevalence of slavery within agriculture. However, the characteristics of work within this sector – tasks which are easily replicable and labourers thus easily replaceable, and a reliance on low-skilled seasonal labour – create vulnerability to modern slavery and other forms of exploitation.

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