Fighting modern slavery with drones

February 11, 2016

Anti-slavery activist, Leonardo Sakamoto, and his team have developed innovative ways of combatting modern slavery in Brazil. Speaking at the TEDx Place des Nations event in Geneva, Sakamoto explains how they use drones, apps and web robots to track down forced labour.

Image: Leonardo Sakamoto at TEDx Place des Nations


Brazilian anti-slavery activist Leonardo Sakamoto spoke at the United Nations’ TEDx Place des Nations event in Geneva early February as part of the ILO’s 50 for Freedom campaign to end modern slavery. Sakamoto, head of the non-governmental Organization, Réporter Brasil, was one of eleven speakers selected to speak at the event, which showcased stories of scientists, peacemakers, innovators and humanitarians who are transforming the lives of people around the globe.

Watch Leonardo Sakamoto’s TEDx talk!

The TEDxPlaceDesNations 2016 was attended by more than 1,000 people at the Palais des Nations and watched live by more than 3,000 people in 76 countries, including through 21 viewing parties in 16 cities.