Australian parliament is evaluating a modern slavery act, based on the UK’s 2015 legislation that led to increase in convictions

An estimated 4,300 people are now enslaved in Australia, a parliamentary inquiry has been told, but Australian companies are also linked to slave-like supply chains overseas, where tens of millions work in bondage.

Thirty million people are estimated to be held in slavery or slave-like conditions across the Asia-Pacific region: major trading partners and supply countries such as India, China and Bangladesh have some of the largest slave populations in the world.

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