News on forced labour

August 2009

  1. ILO launches book on “Forced labor: Coercion and exploitation in the private economy”

    19 August 2009

    More than 200 years after a slave rebellion in the Caribbean sparked a movement that eventually led to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, an estimated 12 million people around the world still work under coercion in forced labour, slavery and slavery-like practices. The ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour is marking the annual International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on August 23 with the release of a new, comprehensive series of case studies and policy recommendations on forced labour and modern slavery in the world today.

July 2009

  1. IALI newsletter highlights the "Handbook for labour inspectors on forced labour and trafficking"

    24 July 2009

    The handbook, first launched at the IALI Conference in June 2008, is part of ILO support to IALI efforts.

  2. Capacity Building for Migration Management in China - Newsletter July 2009

    24 July 2009

    Update about the ‘Capacity Building for Migration Management in China’ Project, which is co-implemented by the ILO and IOM, in close partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Human Resources and Socurity, and the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China.

  3. Prevention of Modern Slavery: “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”

    Conference organized by the OSCE, including speakers from ILO, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, IOM, trade unions and NGOs on the prevention of trafficking in human beings.

June 2009

  1. Carabinieri Fight Human Trafficking in Italy

    23 June 2009

    Aired on CNN World Report, ILO TV travels to Italy where a special unit of the Carabinieri is tracking down perpetrators of human trafficking and forced labour.

  2. US Trafficking in persons report 2009: Financial crisis feeds human trade

    16 June 2009

    The congressionally mandated report provides data from 175 countries about the level of human trafficking occurring within their borders. The report cites the International Labour Organization estimate that at least 12.3 million adults and children are victims of forced labour, bonded labour and sex slavery annually

  3. New ILO study on migrant workers and their vulnerability to exploitation, trafficking and forced labour in Bangladesh

    01 June 2009

    This qualitative study of returned migrants by Dr. Rita Afsar of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka has shed new light on some of the complexities and problems faced by Bangladeshi migrant workers leaving the country to work in the Gulf States, as well as the benefits that such migration can bring.

May 2009

  1. Identifying Good Practices for Producers/Purchasers to Reduce the Use of Child or Forced Labor

    The workshop is part of a National Research Council (NRC) study sponsored by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) of the Department of Labor. Participants will discuss the elements of a possible framework for identifying and organizing a standard set of practices that will reduce the likelihood that persons will use forced labor or child labor to produce goods, with a focus on business and governmental practices.

  2. National Workshop on Labour Market in Tajikistan: Performance and Challenges

    The purpose of the National workshop is to discuss the results of the ETF Labour Market Review and Migration Survey in Tajikistan.

  3. National Workshop on the Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Tajik migrant workers

    Event organized in conjunction with the Launch of ILO’s Global Report on Forced Labour 2009 “The Cost of Coercion”