News on forced labour

June 2010

  1. European Parliament seminar on combating and preventing trafficking in human beings: the way forward

    During the seminar, members of European Parliament urged greater emphasis on this issue. As Parliament's rapporteur Anna Hedh said it "is 2010 and women are still sold into slavery - even though slavery was abolished long ago". The Swedish Socialist believes Europe is engaged in an "every day struggle" against it.

  2. Journalistic prize awarded to Nina Corpuz for her article on the rise of human trafficking in the Philippines

    24 June 2010

    “Filipino domestic workers: the struggle for justice and survival”, the article that won the 2010 Media for Labour Rights Prize

  3. Action to combat trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation: Identification and protection of victims

    The conference will provide an overview of the results of the “FREED” Project, present the studies on trafficking for labour exploitation and forced labour in Italy and Poland, present the national versions of the handbook for labour inspectors and discuss their application on actual cases, discuss transnational cooperation mechanisms between labour inspectors and law enforcement agencies in source and destination countries, and share ideas about future steps towards an effective response to forced labour and labour exploitation.

  4. The Global Trade Union Alliance to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking Launches New Report

    17 June 2010

    A new ITUC publication details the extent of slavery and other forms of forced labour around the world, and sets out practical steps that trade unions can take to boost the global drive to help the more than 12 million people trapped in the different kinds of forced labour.

  5. Migrant construction workers exploited in Azerbaijan

    17 June 2010

    The Independent Trade Union of Construction Complex Workers of Azerbaijan (Inshaat-Ish), the Trade Union of Construction and Construction Materials of Bosnia and Herzegovina (SGIGMBIH), Trade Union Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Republika Srpska (SGSKRS) and the BWI signed a cooperation agreement on the protection of migrant workers’ rights in Eastern Europe

  6. Brazil Expands Technical Cooperation Efforts with the ILO (Interview in Portuguese)

    15 June 2010

    The government of Brazil has signed a series of agreements with the ILO, Timor Leste, Haiti and the United States as part of its on-going efforts to promote technical cooperation between nations. The agreements include a Joint Declaration on Combating Child Labour, a project on Social Protection, a programme on Forced Labour and Green Jobs, and a programme to strengthen workers’ organizations capacity in Africa. The Brazilian government was represented, among others, by Mr Marco Farani, Director of the Brazilian Agency for Cooperation, ABC, and Mr Carlos Lupi, Minister of Labour and Employment.

  7. “Contemporary forms of slavery in Brazil are crimes that must be punished,” says the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery

    10 June 2010

    During her mission, the Special Rapporteur congratulated Brazil for openly discussing and addressing forced labour: “The Brazilian Government has led the way in combating forced labour

  8. Georgia: Presentation of the ILO Casebook of Court Decisions on Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

    06 June 2010

    The ILO Casebook of Court Decisions on Forced Labour and Trafficking is part of the ILO’s broader efforts to address forced labour through promotional means and technical cooperation. On 4 June 2010, the Georgian translation of the Casebook has been launched, in the framework of the EU funded Anti-trafficking Project.

  9. Trafficking still one of fastest growing criminal activities globally, says UN expert

    02 June 2010

    Human trafficking, “one of the most appalling forms of human rights violations,” remains one of the world’s fastest growing criminal activities in the world, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons said today.

  10. Human trafficking is real: Let’s protect each other – Tsireledzani!

    02 June 2010

    Since February 2009, the Tsireledzani awareness-raising project has been working on the development, testing and dissemination of a series of pilot products, activities and tools aimed at raising awareness on human trafficking in selected pilot areas in South Africa. The Tsireledzani Programme is lead by the National Prosecuting Authority on behalf of the South African Government and its partners.