News on forced labour

September 2009

  1. "What Not to Wear: Cotton and Child Slavery"

    This discussion is organized by Anti-Slavery International together with the Environmental Justice Foundation and is hosted by Amnesty International UK. This event has been re-scheduled from June 9 when it was cancelled due to the tube strike

  2. Trafficking for Labour Exploitation: challenges for criminal Law Enforcement, by Roger Plant, Cambridge, September 2009

    02 September 2009

    Paper prepared for the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2 September 2009

August 2009

  1. Bahrain: Decree 79 aims at ending sponsor system

    31 August 2009

    In 2009, Bahrain adopted the strongest sponsorship reform in the region by permitting migrant workers to change employment without their employer’s consent and in the absence of allegations of nonpayment of wages or abuse. Majeed al Alawi, the minister of labor in Bahrain, likened the kafala (sponsorship) system to slavery when justifying the reform.

  2. Modern Forms of Slavery are Flourishing

    21 August 2009

    Every year on August 23, the United Nations International Day for the remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition serves to remind people of the tragedy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade of old. It also aims to raise awareness about modern day forms of slavery.

  3. 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