Country: United States of America
Delegate Name: Kate Risley
Despite an official worldwide end to slavery in 1981 with Mauritania banning the legal recognition of ownership of individuals, the UN estimates that over 40 million people worldwide are still trapped in contemporary forms of slavery. The United Nations also indicates that the causes of this high rate of contemporary slavery range from poverty and unemployment to weak enforcement of laws. The United States recognizes the issue of worker exploitation worldwide and hopes to work towards a solution that helps the most vulnerable populations subjected to exploitation in the workforce and “modern day slavery”.
The US has implemented laws against discrimination and unsafe conditions in the workforce, and urges other countries to do the same. The United States is willing to provide any help, financial or otherwise, to help other countries enforce laws surrounding working conditions. The underlying causes of worker exploitation should also be investigated. COVID-19, natural disasters, poverty, and lack of job availability are just a few possible causes of worker exploitation that should be focused on in any effort to solve the problem.
The United States recognizes that worker exploitation is a broad issue and therefore cannot be solved in a short conference. Therefore, it is necessary that nations cooperate with each other and find specific issues within the topic of worker exploitation to focus on. The US is willing to focus on the issues that countries dealing with the most worker exploitation believe are the most prevalent.