News on forced labour

May 2007

  1. Public-Private Partnerships to End Human Trafficking and Forced Labour: New Business Solutions to a Global Challenge

    This Summit is the launch of a two-year initiative that will focus attention on corporate social responsibility to combat human trafficking and forced labour in Asia. It will showcase innovative business practices that are curbing human trafficking for both labour and sexual exploitation.

April 2007

  1. Human Trafficking for Forced Labor Might Exceed Perception

    26 April 2007

    Human trafficking for forced labor might be a greater problem than the more widely known problem of trafficking for sexual exploitation, says Kristiina Kangaspunta, the chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, working closely with the International Labour Organization.

  2. Technical consultation on forced labour indicators, data collection and national estimates

    The objective of the meeting is to discuss how to improve indicators and data on forced labour, including the forced labour outcomes of human trafficking, with a view to promoting better law enforcement and monitoring the impact of national and international policies.

  3. Business Alliance tackles scourge of forced labour

    19 April 2007

    Concerted business action against forced labour can be a concrete first step towards the decent work agenda and a fair globalization for which we stand.

March 2007

  1. Misuse of the Internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings

    The Council of Europe has prepared a study on the misuse of internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings. In order to contribute to the preparation of this study, the seminar held in Strasbourg on 7 and 8 June 2007 discussed the different methods used for the recruitment of victims on the internet and possible legislative, administrative and technical measures to combat this misuse. Representatives of the countries which had ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, EUROPOL, EUROJUST, ILO, national polices forces and non-governmental organisations attended the seminar.

  2. Burkina Faso: A New Life for Trafficked Children

    15 March 2007

    In Burkina Faso, the focus is on bus stations and bus drivers to help prevent children from being trafficked. Rescued children are given apprenticeships to ensure they won't be trafficked again.

January 2007

  1. Marinalva: Mobile Squad Labour Inspector

    12 January 2007

    Marinalva is a labour inspector, part of the Brazilian government team called the “mobile squad”. They inspect farms in remote parts of the country, rescuing workers from forced labour as ILO TV explains.

June 2006

  1. Final whistle to human trafficking and sexual exploitation

    15 June 2006

    As the football World Cup 2006 gets underway, a German NGO has launched a campaign against human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. According to German police sources, fears that the number of women trafficked for sex work during the games might go into the tens of thousands have failed to materialize.

May 2006

  1. Regional Meeting for the Americas 2-5 May - Forced labour in Latin America: Fighting impunity

    02 May 2006

    In Latin America, 1.3 million people are victims of forced labour, representing more than 10 per cent of forced labourers worldwide. According to the report prepared for the ILO Regional Meeting for the Americas, despite this high number it is possible to drastically reduce forced labour over the next 10 years if there is a will to do so. ILO Online reports from Brazil.

January 2006

  1. A Global Alliance Against Forced Labour

    10 January 2006

    How does someone get caught in the trap of forced labour? From the rainforests of Peru to the meat factories of Germany, ILO TV tells the stories of men and women forced to labour, and shows what is being done globally to combat this modern day slavery.