News on forced labour

June 2009

  1. 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”

  4. Abolishing Forced Labour in Indonesia through the Establishment of International standards for Domestic Workers

    25 May 2009

    The new ILO Global Report “The Cost of Coercion” points out that among the intensified international and national efforts to reduce and prevent forced labour, are new laws and policies at national and regional level, as well as a growing provision of social protection for those most at risk of forced labour and trafficking

  5. National Stakeholder Hearing on the plight of Indonesian domestic workers

    Event organized in conjunction with the Launch of ILO’s Global Report on Forced Labour 2009 “The Cost of Coercion”: Global Report under the Follow up to the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work”

  6. Addressing Forced Labor in a Time of Global Economic Crisis

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown Law organizes a panel discussion on a unified approach to ending forced labour -- the role of governments, business, trade unions and civil society.

  7. ILO Calls for a Unified Approach to Combatting Forced Labour

    20 May 2009

    Forced labour must be vigorously tackled by government, business and unions with criminal prosecution for offenders and greater protection for victims.

  8. Briefing “Forced Labour: The Cost of Coercion”

    This briefing will look at what new tactics are being employed to combat forced labour and what steps must still be taken to create a world where human labour cannot be bought.

  9. New ILO report says “cost of coercion” to workers in forced labour surpasses USD 20 billion per year

    12 May 2009

    In a new study on the patterns of forced labour worldwide, the International Labour Office (ILO) says the “opportunity cost” of coercion to the workers affected reaches over USD 20 billion per year.