Publications on forced labour

November 2007

  1. Publication

    "The International Labour Organization and the Struggle against Forced Labour from 1919 to the Present", Daniel Roger Maul, Labor History

    01 November 2007

    Since its foundation in 1919 the International Labour Organization (ILO) has regarded the worldwide eradication of forced labour as one of its basic aims. This article looks at the ILO's role both as a forum for public discourse on the historically shifting boundaries that separated free labour from coercion, and as an independent actor in the struggle against forced labour throughout the twentieth century. Examining the ILO's efforts in three distinct phases (the inter-war period, the Cold War years and the age of decolonization / postcolonial nation-building) will also shed light and contribute to the discussion on the influence of international organizations in the making of the modern world.

  2. Publication

    “Trafficking in Human Beings”, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces

    01 November 2007

    This report brings answers to the following questions: What is and how to identify a trafficked person? How and why does trafficking occur? What are the links between trafficking and organised crime? What are the main challenges to address trafficking? What are the regional and international instruments?

  3. Publication

    “COLLATERAL DAMAGE - The Impact of Anti-Trafficking Measures on Human Rights around the World”, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women GAATW

    01 November 2007

    This anthology reviews the experience of eight countries (Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Thailand, UK and USA) and attempts to assess what the impact of anti-trafficking measures have been, specifically on people’s human rights. Each chapter mentions numerous examples of laws or government policies which have negative consequences for some of the very people they are intended to benefit, focusing on the impact of three different types of measure: policies to assist and protect trafficked persons provided they cooperate with law enforcement officials; anti-trafficking measures affecting migrants and others; and thirdly, the misuse of the concept of ‘trafficking’ to further the political agendas of governments.

October 2007

  1. Publication

    Poverty,Development and the Elimination of Slavery, Anti Slavery International

    01 October 2007

    This paper highlights the existing links between poverty, social exclusion and the different contemporary forms of slavery and the potential for development projects to reduce both slavery and poverty internationally. We argue that development assistance which is targeted at those in slavery or at risk of becoming slaves may be particularly effective in helping to achieve the millennium development goals as well contributing towards the reduction of slavery from the world.

August 2007

  1. Publication

    A Workers’ Alliance against Forced Labour and Trafficking

    20 August 2007

    Joint project between the Special Action Programme against Forced Labour and the International Trade Union Confederation. Workers’ involvement is key to the success of the ILO campaign to rid the world of forced labour and human trafficking by 2015. The ITUC urges you and your organisation to join the global Workers’ Alliance against Forced Labour and Trafficking.

  2. Publication

    Research on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Principles of ILO Convention No. 169 - Good Practices of Indigenous Political Participation: Maori Participation in New Zealand Elective Bodies: Case Study # 5

    01 August 2007

    The study present the case of Maori political representation in New Zealand as a positive example of indigenous participation in elective institutions, as required by article 6.1(b) of the ILO Convention No. 169

June 2007

  1. Publication

    “Ending Slavery", Kevin Bales

    01 June 2007

    The book stresses that slavery is not a matter of duration, as it is not necessarily a permanent condition. It’s characterized by the control of a person, through restriction of housing, food supply and movement and by the use or threat of violence. Slavery has grown because it means cheap labour, cheaper than former slaves, because the victims have no other survival options and because corruption allows it to take place. The author praises SAP-FL action against forced labour and researches which "helped to bring the subject to the notice of governements".

March 2007

  1. Publication

    "Slave and forced labour in the 21st century", TUC

    12 March 2007

    This TUC fact file and activities pack is intended for individuals and trade unions for eduction courses. It deals with the development of slavery and the different forms of forced labour today, and some of the actions that can be taken to face up to forced labour.

  2. Publication

    "Close to Slavery, Guestworker Programs in the United States", Southern Poverty Law Center

    12 March 2007

    The 48-page report, based on interviews with thousands of guestworkers and dozens of legal cases, describes the systematic abuse of workers under what is known as the H-2 system administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.

February 2007

  1. Publication

    "Contemporary slavery in the UK: Overview and key issues", Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    26 February 2007

    This report aims to be the first comprehensive review of the current extent of slavery in the UK, under the different forms it takes, such as trafficking for sexual or domestic labour, forced labour or debt bondage.