News on forced labour

May 2007

  1. Forced Labour to be included in trade deals

    09 May 2007

    WASHINGTON, May 10 — The Bush administration reached agreement on Thursday with the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democrats to attach environmental and worker protections in several pending trade accords. The unusual agreement, which came after weeks of negotiations, would guarantee workers the right to organize, ban child labor and prohibit forced labor in trading-partner countries. It would also require trading partners to enforce environmental laws and comply with several international environmental agreements. It has immediate importance for four countries — Colombia, Panama, Peru and South Korea — that are seeking to enter into trade pacts with the United States. But officials in Washington predicted that the agreement’s effect would go beyond those countries and could be a template for all trade deals, including a possible worldwide accord. (The New York Times, Steven R. Weisman)

  2. Nordic Expert Seminar on trafficking for forced Labour

    The seminar was organised in cooperation with ILO Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour (SAP-FL), the OSCE office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, and the UNODC Anti- Human Trafficking Unit as a part of its Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. The goal of the seminar was to gather experts representing ministries, law enforcement, migration authorities as well as labour market parties.

  3. A global alliance against forced labour film

    08 May 2007

  4. Human Trafficking Of Asian Citizens Into The Western Hemisphere

    Hosted by Organization of American States (OAS), International Labor Organization (ILO), Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition (BSCC), Rescue and Restore Unity Coalition of Southern California, the conference will be held to discuss the trafficking of Asian migrants into the Western Hemisphere.

  5. Public-Private Partnerships to End Human Trafficking and Forced Labour: New Business Solutions to a Global Challenge

    This Summit is the launch of a two-year initiative that will focus attention on corporate social responsibility to combat human trafficking and forced labour in Asia. It will showcase innovative business practices that are curbing human trafficking for both labour and sexual exploitation.

April 2007

  1. Human Trafficking for Forced Labor Might Exceed Perception

    26 April 2007

    Human trafficking for forced labor might be a greater problem than the more widely known problem of trafficking for sexual exploitation, says Kristiina Kangaspunta, the chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, working closely with the International Labour Organization.

  2. Technical consultation on forced labour indicators, data collection and national estimates

    The objective of the meeting is to discuss how to improve indicators and data on forced labour, including the forced labour outcomes of human trafficking, with a view to promoting better law enforcement and monitoring the impact of national and international policies.

  3. Business Alliance tackles scourge of forced labour

    19 April 2007

    Concerted business action against forced labour can be a concrete first step towards the decent work agenda and a fair globalization for which we stand.

March 2007

  1. Misuse of the Internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings

    The Council of Europe has prepared a study on the misuse of internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings. In order to contribute to the preparation of this study, the seminar held in Strasbourg on 7 and 8 June 2007 discussed the different methods used for the recruitment of victims on the internet and possible legislative, administrative and technical measures to combat this misuse. Representatives of the countries which had ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, EUROPOL, EUROJUST, ILO, national polices forces and non-governmental organisations attended the seminar.

  2. Burkina Faso: A New Life for Trafficked Children

    15 March 2007

    In Burkina Faso, the focus is on bus stations and bus drivers to help prevent children from being trafficked. Rescued children are given apprenticeships to ensure they won't be trafficked again.