Environmental damage exacerbates poverty, making it easier for poor people to be trafficked. What will campaigners do about it?

The Guardian / December 13, 2013

by Cameron Conaway

For years, researchers in a variety of sectors have known two key concepts about the intersection of poverty and the environment. The first is that unsustainable use of natural resources can and does cause poverty. The second is that poverty can, and does, cause environmental degradation. But many anti-slavery activists and climate change researchers are making more connections.

Increasingly it seems that there’s a link between a damaged environment and growth in modern-day slavery.

According to Arifur Rahman, the chief executive of YPSA, a non-profit social development organisation based in Chittagong, Bangladesh: “Without a doubt, each time our country battles through an environmental disaster, we see a subsequent rise in cases of slavery and human trafficking.