Videos on forced labour

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.

  2. 1 in 300 workers in Middle East are found "victim" of forced labour, alerts the ILO

    07 April 2013

    The Middle East may represent an opportunity for some migrant workers, it can be something more "sinister" for others . A report from the ILO, titled 'Tricked and Trapped', estimates that in a region where 70% of the work force is made up of migrant workers, 1 in 300 are victims of forced labour. ILO's Beate Andrees, spoke to CNN World Business Today, explaining how workers are deceived about their employment conditions right from the moment they are recruited.

February 2013

  1. Face Up to Forced Labour

    08 February 2013

    A public service announcement linked to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) looks at the "opportunity cost" of coercion to workers affected by forced labour, and details the growing number of unethical, fraudulent and criminal practices that can lead people into such situations.

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. Jada Pinkett Smith joins ILO campaign against modern day slavery

    27 November 2012