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Forced labor: Coercion and exploitation in the private economy

PRAISE FOR FORCED LABOR 'Excellent. . . . This state-of-the-art volume provides a first-rate analysis of the dynamics leading to the occurrence of forced labour, its global distribution,and different types of policy responses.' -Jens Lerche, SOAS, University of London. Two centuries after the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, at least 12.3 million people are subjected to modern forms of forced labor - in rich countries, as well as poor ones. The authors of Forced Labor present state-of-the-art research on the manifestations of these slavery-like practices, why they continue to survive, and how they can be eliminated.

Type: Book
Date issued: 26 August 2009
Reference: 978-92-2-120164-9[ISBN]
Format available: xvi+230
Prices: Sw.frs.25; US$22.50; UK£17; €17
Support medium: Paperback

Two centuries after the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, at least 12.3 million people continue to be subjected to modern forms of forced labour characterized by coercion and exploitation. The original field research presented in this volume shows that the victims include not only indigenous workers in Andean countries or people of slave-descent in Niger, but also migrant workers trafficked into Europe and the U.S and vulnerable members of the labour force in Brazil or Pakistan. The book highlights some of the measures that can be taken to combat these unacceptable practices. The authors argue in favour of a labour market approach, which includes the regulation and monitoring of labour intermediaries, the strengthening of labour inspection systems, as well as a stronger involvement of trade unions and employment tribunals.

Tags: bonded labour, forced labour, labour market, labour policy, minimum wage, labour relations, labour law, labour legislation, private sector, labour inspection

Regions and countries covered: Global

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