In 2019, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery said:
“The opportunities for using tech as a tool to identify people who are in modern slavery and to assist them are far greater and they outweigh the threat”
The Mekong Club has established itself as a thought leader on technology and its impact on modern slavery, contributing to the conversation via conferences, research studies and innovative tools that support human-rights protection.
Our tech projects are developed through partnerships with external organisations and available funds. Our members participate in a feedback process that contributes towards improvements.
Apprise – screening app
This is a collaborative project with United Nations University Macau Institute. The victim identification process is critical to victim recovery, but it is hindered by a number of challenges, such as language barriers, lack of trust and scarce training. In fact, only 0.2% of the victims of slavery are helped every year. Apprise is a tool that is designed to enhance the
screening of vulnerable populations and unmask situations of forced labour and human trafficking.
Through a mobile app and a web-based content management system, frontline responders can communicate with vulnerable workers while ensuring inclusivity, privacy and consistency of the screening process.
This version has been developed for brands and social auditors and is currently being implemented in supply chains across Asia with partner companies. See below a testimonial video from our pilot.
This version has been developed for NGO workers and law enforcement and is currently being implemented in Thailand and Hong Kong in the entertainment, domestic work, fishing and fish processing sectors.
eMin – recruitment platform
Tactics used to force victims into modern slavery include deception, abduction, debt, physical and emotional abuse, threats, withholding of wages, limitation of movement and use of unfavourable or illegal employment contracts. The eMin platform has been developed to achieve supply-chain transparency using blockchain technology.
eMin is designed to address the murky migrant-labour recruitment process by establishing a blockchain for key employment documentation and targeting two of the main contributors to exploitation risk: employment contract substitution and lack of supply-chain oversight.
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