The rise of robots in manufacturing in South East Asia is likely to fuel modern slavery, as workers who end up unemployed owing to automation face abuses competing for a shrinking pool of low-paid jobs in a “race to the bottom”, analysts say.
Drastic job losses because of the growth of automation in the region, which has become a hub for many manufacturing enterprises, from clothing to vehicles, could produce a spike in labour abuses and slavery in global supply chains, according to UK-based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.
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