News on forced labour

March 2009

  1. The ILO, the UN Global Compact, and UN.GIFT teamed up to produce and administer a "Private Sector Survey on Human Trafficking"

    26 March 2009

    The increased global scope of corporate activity today demands that businesses remain attentive to the many ways their operations can both positively and negatively affect human rights around the world. Although the connection between business and human trafficking may not be initially evident, human trafficking should be of pressing concern to companies - especially those with international operations and/or complex supply and production chains. In order to better understand corporate perceptions and concerns regarding human trafficking, raise awareness of the issues, and determine how the UN system can more effectively support business efforts to combat the problem, the UN Global Compact, UN.GIFT and the ILO teamed up to produce and administer a 'Private Sector Survey on Human Trafficking'. While companies did indicate that they were aware of human trafficking and there was a general consensus amongst participants that human trafficking is morally unacceptable, the relationship between business and human trafficking proved less evident to those who took the survey.

  2. Fifth Conference on “International Perspectives on Law Enforcement Co-operation in Combating Trafficking in Human Beings - Trafficking for Labour Exploitation”

    This conference, organized by the International Organization for Migration and the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, aims to bring together law enforcement practitioners from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as from other selected countries of origin, transit and destination to continue the dialogue relating to practical and operational initiatives within the context of international co-operation in combating human trafficking.

  3. Second national seminar of the monitoring Committee of the national Pact to eradicate slave labour

    The seminar will gather employers and companies signatories of the National Pact. The results of a new study on Supply Chain will be presented and some good practices will be presented. The Code of conduct of the National Pact will be given to participants.

  4. ‘Global Brands and Retailers Hold the Key to Snuffing out the Evil of Trafficked Labour’, Says Global Union

    03 March 2009

    Trafficking of workers and their subsequent slavery is a growing problem in the labour cost conscious global garment and footwear industry which is increasingly resorting to the use of migrant labour, including trafficked child workers.

January 2009

  1. Seminar for Labour inspectors on Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

    The ILO and the General Labour Inspectorate Portugal (ACT) are jointly organising a seminar for Portuguese labour inspectors on investigating forced labour in Lisbon on 2-3 February 2009. The workshop will bring together 30 Portuguese labour inspectors from regional branches international experts. The objectives of the seminar are to share experience in the fields of investigating forced labour, identification of victims of trafficking for forced labour and cooperation between law enforcement agencies, to test training modules of the ILO handbook on human trafficking and forced labour for labour inspectors in working groups, and to discuss and develop recommendations for the adaptation of the to the national context in Portugal.

December 2008

  1. Brazil supports the ILO in the fight against forced labour

    22 December 2008

    The Brazilian Government will contribute US$ 300,000 to the ILO’s Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA) to promote the agenda on decent work, in particular in the fight against forced labour in Latin America.

  2. Fighting Human Trafficking in Moldova

    18 December 2008

    Living in a poor rural area of Moldova, 17-year old Maria grabbed the chance for a better life when a family friend promised her lucrative work abroad. Instead she found herself doing forced labour on a farm in Russia, with no passport or money to get back home. Breaking this cycle of human trafficking will involve improving decent work prospects for Moldavians at home, as ILO TV reports.

  3. Human trafficking, turning our attention to labour exploitation

    Conference organized by the Science Shop of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings

  4. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    02 December 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme combatting Forced Labour, talks about modern day slavery in today's global economy

  5. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2

    01 December 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme combatting Forced Labour, talks about modern day slavery in today's global economy.