News on forced labour

October 2013

  1. What do we know about human trafficking in Switzerland?

    15 October 2013

    This is one of the issues which will be discussed during Switzerland’s first annual Anti-Human Trafficking Week.

May 2013

  1. Tackling Bonded Labour in Tamil Nadu

    03 May 2013

    In India's Tamil Nadu state, thousands of people desperate for money are offered advance payments to work in the region's many brick kilns. While this system has worked well enough in the past for both employers and workers, many workers run the risk of "debt bondage" because they cannot leave the worksite until they repay the advance in full. But the situation is changing now, by ILO working with government and employers, and showing workers how they can take more control of their own lives.

February 2013

  1. Meeting of Experts on Forced Labour and Trafficking for Labour Exploitation

    The purpose of the Meeting was to formulate recommendations to the Governing Body on the scope for possible standard setting to complement the ILO’s Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), and Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105).

  2. ILO: Tougher measures needed to curb forced labour

    08 February 2013

    According to an ILO report, the need to deter would-be perpetrators is widely recognized, but more effort is needed to identify cases of forced labour and to prevent the crime.

December 2012

  1. Message by ILO's Director-General on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 2012

    02 December 2012

November 2012

  1. Jada Pinkett Smith: End Slavery Now!

    30 November 2012

    Today, 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world. Jada Pinkett Smith has teamed up with the ILO and its new campaign End Slavery Now, and so can you!

  2. 21 million trapped in modern slavery

    30 November 2012

    Modern slavery, forced labour, still traps more than 20 million people around the world in different forms including debt bondage, forced begging, or trafficking. According to Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, one of the main problems in the fight against modern slavery is how to identify victims of this crime. The ILO plays a key role in training institutions to take legislative action that enable societies to implement and enforce laws that make modern slavery a crime.

  3. Cher, Jada Pinkett Smith and other Hollywood artists team up with the ILO to end slavery

    30 November 2012

    Top artists, activists and sports personalities from around the world join the ILO in a global awareness-raising campaign to fight slavery.

October 2012

  1. ILO launches artists programme, Nicolas Cage calls for an end to child labour

    15 October 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) – the UN agency specialising in the world of work – launches ArtWorks, an artist engagement programme to raise awareness of fundamental rights at work, including freedom from slavery and from child labour.

  2. Vienne: She Breaks

    09 October 2012

    Watch the new video "She breaks" by Vienne featuring Kathryn McCormick against modern day slavery