In the summer the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights (APPG) released the first interim report presenting initial findings for the UK Government and legislative bodies. The report was commissioned in recognition of the central focus sport has within British culture and a recent increase in awareness of modern slavery and exploitation within the sporting sector – particularly in relation to mega sporting events.
The report has a broad remit in addressing the many varied issues that can arise in the sporting context, ranging from child protection concerns for young athletes through to issues of labour exploitation and forced labour in stadium construction and staffing of mega sporting events. Though addressing modern slavery the report addresses potential human rights abuses in the sporting context more broadly, including gender and race discrimination, suppression of free speech, and corporate responsibility.
The present report is an interim report and findings are subject to change with the final report. The full interim report can be found here.
HTMSE has previously analysed human trafficking and modern slavery in the sporting context. The full article can be found here.