Thursday, 20 October (1930hrs - 2030hrs) Chat Room

Every four seconds, another person enters slavery somewhere in the world.  It is estimated that there are over 45 million people in slavery today – more than any other time in history.  One minute it might be a fifteen year old girl forced into prostitution, or a young boy forced onto a fishing boat to work 18 hours a day for years without coming to port.  To make sense of this crime against humanity, Matt Friedman will offer a compressive update on the State-of-the-Art of human slavery. Friedman’s talk will explore the changing human trafficking paradigm; the relationship between human trafficking and slavery; global trends and patterns; new, emerging responses; what is working/not working; the role of the private sector; what is happening in Hong Kong; and what is really needed to win the fight.  The presentation will offer a glimpse behind the curtain of this terrible human rights abuse – one that is much closer to home than we might expect.

Matt Friedman
Matt Friedman is an international human trafficking expert with more than 25 years of experience as a manager, program designer, evaluator, and front-line responder.   He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Mekong Club, an organization made up of Hong Kong-based private sector business leaders who have joined forces to help fight human trafficking in Asia.

This talk is open to all members and their guests - but please book so we know how many to expect. You can book by clicking on the 'Book Now' link at the top of this page, or by emailing

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