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Tackling Modern Slavery: Problems and Possibilities

edited by Brad K. Blitz with Agnes Simic, posted to Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, in 2019

The articles included in this special issue are the result of research funded under a joint British Academy–DFID (Department for International Development) programme, ‘Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business’. Together they address the modern slavery regime from a number of angles, interrogating the effectiveness of law and policy in curbing abuse, and exploring how cultural and societal norms influence the ways in which modern slavery is understood.


The modern slavery regime: a critical evaluation
Agnes Simic and Brad K. Blitz
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 1-34, posted 18 June 2019.

Transparency in supply chains and the lived experiences of workers and their families in the garment sectors of Bangladesh and Myanmar
Leona Vaughn, Alex Balch, Jennifer Johns and Samantha Currie
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 35-60, posted 18 June 2019.

International supply chains: compliance and engagement with the Modern Slavery Act
Hinrich Voss, Matthew Davis, Mark Sumner, Louise Waite, Ilse A. Ras, Divya Singhal and Deepti Jog
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 61-76, posted 18 June 2019.

Victims of trafficking and modern slavery or agents of change? Migrants, brokers, and the state in Ghana and Myanmar
Priya Deshingkar, Mariama Awumbila and Joseph Kofi Teye
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 77-106, posted 18 June 2019.

Fishing for export: calo, recruiters, informality, and debt in international supply chains
Katharine Jones, David Visser and Agnes Simic
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, accepted manuscript, posted 9 July 2019.

Worker feedback technologies and combatting modern slavery in global supply chains: examining the effectiveness of remediation-oriented and due-diligence-oriented technologies in identifying and addressing forced labour and human trafficking
Lisa Rende Taylor and Elena Shih
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 131-165, posted 18 June 2019.

‘For the English to see’ or effective change? How supply chains are shaped by laws and regulations, and what that means for the exposure of modern slavery
Silvia Marina Pinheiro, Caroline Emberson and Alexander Trautrims
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 167-190, posted 18 June 2019.

Tourism and sexual violence and exploitation in Jamaica: contesting the ‘trafficking and modern slavery’ frame
Katie Cruz, Julia O’Connell Davidson and Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 191-216, posted 18 June 2019.

Glossary of abbreviations used in the issue
Journal of the British Academy, volume 7, supplementary issue 1, pp. 217-219, posted 18 June 2019


Supplementary issues of the Journal of the British Academy publish articles arising from the Academy’s own major research programmes.