News on forced labour

April 2008

  1. Engaging Business: Addressing Forced Labour

    On 20 February 2008, the Coca-Cola Company hosted a conference on “Engaging Business: Addressing Forced Labour” at its headquarters in Atlanta. The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Council for International Business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Organization of Employers, in Cooperation with the International Labour Organization. It brought together 80 representatives from employers’ organizations and individual companies, officials from the US Departments of Labor and State, civil society organisations and the ILO to share experiences and knowledge on combating forced labour.

March 2008

  1. Meeting of European Christian anti-trafficking network strengthens cooperation with trade unions

    31 March 2008

    Some 80 representatives of churches, governments, trade unions, police and NGOs from 15 European countries met for an international conference and workshop on trafficking in human beings in Bucharest from 27th to 30th March 2008. The workshop “Christian action against trafficking – going beyond”, which was co-organised by the Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe and the Romanian ecumenical association of churches AIDRom, looked at the particular challenges of trafficking for forced labour. The workshop is the first of a series of CCME activities aimed at mapping and sharing best practice against trafficking for forced labour.

  2. Slavery In Our Times

    17 March 2008

    Human trafficking is not just a problem for other communities or other people. It exists on our own doorsteps, and our lack of action shames us all. It's hard to put an accurate figure on the full scale of this misery. But the International Labor Organization estimates that there are at least 2.5 million forced laborers who are victims of human trafficking at any one time. Their plight can be seen as the hidden side of globalization: a sickening business worth more than $30 billion a year.

  3. Uzbeks Prey to Modern Slave Trade

    04 March 2008

    As poverty and unemployment drive an increasing number of workers abroad, many become victims of traffickers who sell them into virtual slavery. These “potential slaves” constitute the least well-informed group of migrants, and consequently the least able to defend their legal rights. But for the moment, there is little sign they are heeding warnings that they are placing themselves at risk by entrusting their future to the wrong people.

February 2008

  1. A global alliance against forced labour gains momentum

    27 February 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour; Brent Wilton, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers; and Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation speak at a press conference during the Vienna Forum Against Human Trafficking, showing strong support for a global alliance to abolish forced labour by 2015.

  2. ILO welcomes new momentum for global alliance against forced labour involving employers and workers

    20 February 2008

    A recent international forum against human trafficking has generated new momentum for a global alliance aimed at abolishing forced labour in the next decade, with strong support from employer and labour representatives, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  3. ILO's workshops at the UN.GIFT Vienna Forum

    12 February 2008

    The UN.GIFT Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking will take place in Vienna, Austria, 13-15 February 2008, to raise awareness about human trafficking. During the Vienna Forum, the ILO will organize 3 sessions: * "Supply Chain Management – Eliminating the Risks of Forced Labour and Trafficking"; * "Demand for Forced Labour and Sexual Exploitation – How and Why it Fuels Human Trafficking"; * "The Roles of Employers’ Organisations, Businesses and Trade Unions in Combating Trafficking for Labour Exploitation".

  4. ILO experts to highlight critical aspects of human trafficking at Vienna Forum

    11 February 2008

    Leading experts representing the International Labour Organization (ILO), including senior employers and trade unionists, are to focus new attention on critical aspects of human trafficking such as forced labour, and the role of employers and workers in combating trafficking within supply chains, at the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking on 13-15 February.

January 2008

  1. ITUC and ETUC Welcome European Convention Against Human Trafficking

    30 January 2008

    The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) have welcomed the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Convention becomes legally binding on the first ten countries to have ratified it (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia), on 1 February, with Bosnia-Herzegovina, France and Norway following on 1 May. Most European countries have taken the first steps to ratify the Convention, with the UK having already announced its intention to complete the ratification by the end of 2008. “We are encouraging our member organisations in Europe to push their governments to ratify this Convention and to make sure it is fully enforced. The criminal gangs and the recruiters who organise this trade in human beings must be stopped and punished, and the factors which make people vulnerable to this exploitation must be dealt with. Our global alliance against forced labour and trafficking will mobilise increased trade union action around the world against this form of modern-day slavery.”, said ITUC General Secretary Guy Ryder.

  2. Two new publications in Chinese!

    28 January 2008

    Two publications have just been translated into Chinese: a training manual "Trafficking for forced labour – how to monitor the recruitment of migrant workers", and some legal guidelines "Human trafficking and forced labour exploitation - guidance for legislation and law enforcement". More information under Information Ressources section.