According to EU figures, around 25 million people worldwide work in conditions that can be classified as forced labor. In countries such as China, these modern-day slaves pick cotton for clothing, harvest fruit and vegetables, or assemble electrical components. These goods then end up with consumers in Europe. This should change. The European Parliament is putting pressure on the executive EU Commission: in the fall, a long-requested draft law for an import and export ban on products from forced labor should finally see the light of day in Brussels’ bureaucracy.
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