More people than ever before are victims of slavery, the International Justice Mission’s Laurel Anderson Hoffner said, beginning the evening’s discussion by sharing sobering statistics. Today, 40 million people across the world are enslaved, and one in four of those is a child. Slavery is something that consumers are to likely come into contact with on a daily basis; 77% of retailers believe its likely that there is some form of slavery within their supply chains. Factories outsourcing production makes transparency difficult and inadequate legislation means that brands can publish a modern slavery statement without providing evidence that their claims are true. “The fashion industry has been marking its own homework, setting its own standards,” Anderson Hoffner said. IJM works with local police and authorities across the world to help rescue people from slavery and other forms of oppression, and has so far helped 49,000 people.