Presence of human trafficking and forced labour in labour migration - Sri Lanka

This study was undertaken within the framework of the International Labour Organization (ILO) project on “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)”, funded by the US Department of States Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Public perception, mostly fuelled by the media,
strongly associates labour migration in general,
and women in particular, with difficult working
and living conditions in the Middle East. However,
making such blanket claims to denote that
all migration for work culminates in negative
experiences is largely misplaced. At the same
time, denying that forced labour is present
within the international labour migration process
ignores the experiences of the migrant workers.
Of importance, therefore, is that programmatic
and policy efforts are able to identify the factors
that make people vulnerable to experiencing
forced labour. Thus, enabling government and
non-government stakeholders to provide support
for such identified vulnerable groups in order to
minimise the impact of experiencing forced labour conditions when working overseas.