Videos on forced labour

May 2014

  1. ILO's Director-General urges immediate action to eradicate forced labour

    20 May 2014

  2. Presentation concerning standard setting on forced labour

    16 May 2014

    In June 2014, the ILO’s International Labour Conference (ILC) will consider an agenda item entitled Supplementing the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), to address implementation gaps to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, to effectively achieve the elimination of forced labour. This presentation provides an overview of the standard-setting process and elements of the proposed instrument(s) presented in Report IV(2A) and 2(B): Strengthening action to end forced labour.

  3. ILO's Approach to Labour Migration and Human Trafficking in the Middle East

    08 May 2014

    MAGNET is the ILO's regional migration and governance network. It aims to improve the governance and protection of male and female migrant workers in different economic sectors.

March 2014

  1. Meet the descendants of Solomon Northup from "12 Years A Slave"

    25 March 2014

    Streamed live on 25 March 2014 - On the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, ILO hung out with the descendants of Solomon Northup, whose life and memoir inspired the film "12 Years A Slave". ILO's expert on modern slavery, Beate Andrees, also joined the discussion to talk about forced labour today and the battle to stamp out. The Guardian's Holly Young moderated.

December 2013

  1. 2013: The world of work in pictures

    20 December 2013

    From disaster recovery, to rising unemployment and the protection of workers across the globe, ILO News looks back at the most memorable events and images from the World of Work in 2013.

October 2013

  1. EU, Switzerland events highlight scourge of human trafficking

    16 October 2013

    October 18 is EU anti-trafficking Day, and also marks the start of Switzerland’s first anti-trafficking week. The events aim to raise awareness of the trafficking of human beings, often called modern day slavery. (audio)

July 2013

  1. Educate, inform and empower women to prevent forced labor

    15 July 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, tells CNN that billions of US dollars are withheld from workers worldwide - money that should be invested into lifting people out of poverty and out of entrapment.

  2. Work in Freedom: Making migrant work safer for women from South Asia

    15 July 2013

    Millions of women are trafficked from South Asia each year into exploitative forced labour like conditions. The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have launched a new “Work in Freedom” programme to fight trafficking of women and girls from South-Asia.

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.

April 2013

  1. ILO estimates 600,000 forced labour victims in the Middle East

    08 April 2013

    In an interview with CNN's Freedom Project, ILO's Beate Andrees spoke to Hala Gorani about forced labour in the region, and some of the challenges in combating it. One such challenge mentioned, was the sponsorship system set up years ago, which may create a "disproportionate power between workers and employers". Better enforcement of laws was also highlighted as a way of better protecting migrant workers.