News on forced labour

May 2009

  1. Labour Inspection in Italy by an elite unit of the Carabinieri and the Ministry of Labour

    12 May 2009

    This elite unit monitors the application of labour law and social security to combat illegal and disguised employment, exploitation of labour in “sweatshops”, trafficking in human beings and works towards the elimination of inhuman working conditions, including slavery.

  2. Italy: Carabinieri Labour Inspectors

    12 May 2009

    Twenty-one billion dollars: that’s how much the victims of forced labour lost in wages and in fees paid to agencies last year worldwide, according to “The Cost of Coercion”, the ILO’s Global Report on the economic costs of coercive labour practices. And the plague of forced labour is going global, now becoming part of the fabric of even the wealthiest and most progressive societies.

  3. Forced Labour report cites opportunity cost of coercion

    12 May 2009

    Forced Labour costs USD 20 billion per year - Roger Plant, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour, explains the financial as well as moral reasons why governments throughout the world must crack down on forced labour.

  4. New ILO report says “cost of coercion” to workers in forced labour surpasses USD 20 billion per year

    12 May 2009

    In a new study on the patterns of forced labour worldwide, the International Labour Office (ILO) says the “opportunity cost” of coercion to the workers affected reaches over USD 20 billion per year.

  5. Zambia: From labour exploitation to forced labour: a fine line

    11 May 2009

    Forced labour is a crime that requires severe punishment. But clear guidance is needed, to determine the often thin dividing line between labour exploitation and forced labour. Zambia is one of the African countries to have taken steps both to understand the problems through research and to instigate measures to combat them. The case illustrates some of the dilemmas.

April 2009

  1. Statement of the participants of the Asia Regional Good Practice Seminar

    27 April 2009

    The statement is an outcome of the Asia Regional Good Practice Seminar held in Kathmandu, Nepal where more than 90 representatives of indigenous peoples, government and national human rights institutions from 13 Asian countries, along with representatives of UN agencies and bilateral and multilateral development agencies discussed and exchanged experiences and lessons learned in the Asian region concerning the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights.

  2. Seminar on Labour and Human Rights, United Arab Emirates

    The seminar is jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour of the United Arab Emirates, the ILO and the UNHCR, and is part of a national campaign aiming at spreading awareness on human rights in companies. One of the sessions will be dedicated to “Strategies for Deterring, Detecting and Combating Forced Labour”.

  3. Maid in Lebanon

    15 April 2009

    Driven by extreme poverty in their home countries, thousands of female migrant workers go each year to the Arab States in order to earn enough money to support their families. What they find there is sometimes not what they expected. A film directed by Carol Mansour and funded by Caritas Sweden, the Netherlands Embassy in Beirut and the ILO depicts the gamble these women take when they decide to leave their families and go to work in Lebanon.

  4. Trafficking for Labour Exploitation - Conceptual Issues, and Challenges for Law Enforcement, by Roger Plant, Kiev, April 2009

    02 April 2009

    Presentation to Fifth International Law Enforcement Conference, Kiev, 31 March- 2 April 2009

March 2009

  1. Operational indicators of trafficking in human beings presented at the Conference of EU National Rapporteurs

    31 March 2009

    Resulting from a joint ILO - European Commission project, four sets of operational indicators of trafficking (adults and children for labour and sexual exploitation) have been presented during the Conference of EU National Rapporteurs on Trafficking in Human Beings "Joint Analysis, Joint Action" in Prague on 31 March 2009