Britain's May urges world leaders to act on modern slavery

  • Wednesday 12, June 2019 11:37 AM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Britain's prime minister on Tuesday , June 11 urged global leaders to do more to tackle modern slavery, saying they have a "moral duty" to combat a crime estimated to affect more than 40 million people worldwide.
Theresa May, who will stand down as prime minister when her party chooses a new leader, said it is crucial to "match words with actions" if the world was to meet a U.N. goal of ending modern slavery by 2030.

Speaking at an International Labour Organization (ILO) conference in Geneva, she pledged 10 million pounds ($13 million) to stop children being exploited in agriculture in Africa and announced plans for a new international envoy to coordinate Britain's anti-slavery efforts.

The event marked the centenary of the ILO, which estimates that there are 40.3 million people living in slavery worldwide.