Mining billionaire Andrew Forrest has launched an organisation aimed at ending modern slavery, gaining the support of the Pope and a major Islamic organisation.
Forrest unveiled the Global Freedom Network at the Vatican. It will be supported by Pope Francis, the archbishop of Canterbury and the grand imam of al-Azhar in Egypt.
Forrest said he was inspired to tackle the issue of slavery after his daughter Grace, had volunteered at a Nepal orphanage but found the children had been trafficked to the Middle East to be sex slaves.
The mining magnate, ranked by Forbes as the 270th richest person in the world, said he met a nine-year-old Nepalese orphan who had been trafficked.