News on forced labour

June 2008

  1. ILC coverage: After the Cyclone - the ILO's work in Myanmar

    09 June 2008

    In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Nargis hitting Myanmar the focus was inevitably on humantarian relief and the aid operation. Now attention is shifting to the longer term, and issues such as whether the next rice harvest can be saved and food shortages averted, and what measures need to be taken to stop forced labour being used in reconstruction work. The prevention of forced labour is at the heart of the ILO's mandate in Myanmar. The ILO's Liaison Officer for Myanmar, Steve Marshall, has been in Geenva, reporting to the International Labour Conference on the situation. As he prepares to return to Yangon, Sophy Fisher asked him what he thought the longer term effects of the cyclone disaster would be, in terms of the ILO's work.

  2. ILO Brazil Combating Forced Labour Campaign wins important Publicity Prize

    02 June 2008

    In 2007, a publicity piece of art – a magazine centerfold – was created by the agency AlmapBBDO for ILO’s Project Combating Forced Labour in Brazil. The piece won one Advertising Award “Abril”, 2008 edition, in the category "Creation in Review – Reader’s Opinion".

May 2008

  1. Regional Workshop on Labour inspection and Forced Labour in Latin America

    This technical workshop will gather about 50 persons linked to labour inspection and forced labour from 12 Latin American countries

  2. Forced labour in Brazil: 120 years after the abolition of slavery, the fight goes on

    13 May 2008

    On May 13th 1888, Brazil became the last nation in the Western Hemisphere to formally abolish slavery. One-hundred and twenty years later, it is estimated that 25,000 to 40,000 workers are still victims of conditions analogous to slavery in this South American country. The problem is particularly serious in the northern agricultural states, where widespread poverty and the vast distances make it very difficult to detect violations. However, with the guidance of the ILO and the help of employers, the Brazilian government is gradually turning the situation around. ILO Online reports from Brazil.

  3. Eradicating Forced Labour: The International Business Challenge by Roger Plant, London, 1 May 2008

    01 May 2008

    Presentation to the Conference "Is there Forced Labour and Slavery in your Supply Chain?", Clifford Chance, London, 1 May 2008

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.