News on forced labour

January 2009

  1. Seminar for Labour inspectors on Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

    The ILO and the General Labour Inspectorate Portugal (ACT) are jointly organising a seminar for Portuguese labour inspectors on investigating forced labour in Lisbon on 2-3 February 2009. The workshop will bring together 30 Portuguese labour inspectors from regional branches international experts. The objectives of the seminar are to share experience in the fields of investigating forced labour, identification of victims of trafficking for forced labour and cooperation between law enforcement agencies, to test training modules of the ILO handbook on human trafficking and forced labour for labour inspectors in working groups, and to discuss and develop recommendations for the adaptation of the to the national context in Portugal.

December 2008

  1. Brazil supports the ILO in the fight against forced labour

    22 December 2008

    The Brazilian Government will contribute US$ 300,000 to the ILO’s Regular Budget Supplementary Account (RBSA) to promote the agenda on decent work, in particular in the fight against forced labour in Latin America.

  2. Fighting Human Trafficking in Moldova

    18 December 2008

    Living in a poor rural area of Moldova, 17-year old Maria grabbed the chance for a better life when a family friend promised her lucrative work abroad. Instead she found herself doing forced labour on a farm in Russia, with no passport or money to get back home. Breaking this cycle of human trafficking will involve improving decent work prospects for Moldavians at home, as ILO TV reports.

  3. Human trafficking, turning our attention to labour exploitation

    Conference organized by the Science Shop of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings

  4. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

    02 December 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme combatting Forced Labour, talks about modern day slavery in today's global economy

  5. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2

    01 December 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme combatting Forced Labour, talks about modern day slavery in today's global economy.

November 2008

  1. Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: the Labour Market Dimensions by Roger Plant, Athens, November 2008

    27 November 2008

    Presentation to International Trade Union Conference on Combating Forced Labour and Human Trafficking, Athens, 21-23 November 2008

  2. International Trade Union Conference on Combating Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

    Organized by the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

  3. ILO to launch new guide against child trafficking during III World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents

    24 November 2008

    The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) will launch a new resource guide on child trafficking and sexual exploitation to coincide with the III World Congress against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 25 to 28 November.

  4. ILO strengthens efforts to help private sector fight forced labour and human trafficking

    10 November 2008

    The International Labour Office (ILO) is to reinforce its efforts to help employers and the private sector contribute to the global fight against forced labour, which the ILO estimates afflicts more than 12 million persons worldwide.