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May 2005

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    17 May 2005

    A report on forced labour from the International Labour Organization (May 11) highlights the situation of child soldiers, forced to kill or to serve as sex slaves. In Northern Uganda, some reports suggest that 20’000 children have been abducted and used during a long-running conflict with the Lords Resistance Army in the north of the country. ILO TV reports.

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    Forced labour in Africa: between poverty and tradition

    13 May 2005

    The ILO estimate of the number of victims of forced labour in sub-Saharan Africa is 660,000. In this region, the figure reflects the stubborn survival of traditional forms of servitude, but also relates to extreme poverty, a high incidence of child labour, and a context of severe political violence. Where armed conflicts and ethnic tensions have flared, nations have been confronted with the forced recruitment of child soldiers, abductions, and enslavement of whole segments of their population. ILO online draws a picture of forced labour in Africa.

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    Forced labour: labour exploitation and human trafficking in Europe

    12 May 2005

    Today, an estimated 2.4 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, says a new ILO report ( Note 1). While in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, the proportion of trafficked persons is less than 20 per cent of all forced labour, trafficking in industrialized and transition countries accounts for more than 75 per cent of the total. According to the report, economic incentives for trafficking are powerful: the total illicit profits – produced in one year by a single commercial sex worker in industrialized countries – attain an average of US$ 67,200 per year. ILO online draws a picture of human trafficking in Europe.

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    Modern forms of slavery in industrialized countries

    11 May 2005

    A new report by the ILO estimates that more than 12 million people worldwide are victims of forced labour. But this modern day form of slavery is not restricted to developing countries, and can also be found in industrialized countries, where approximately 360,000 people are forced to work. Two examples of this practice are migrant workers in the German meat industry, and fruit pickers in Florida, United States.

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    Africa: insecurities compound poverty

    11 May 2005

    JOHANNESBURG - Africa has suffered greater economic insecurity and instability than any other region of the world during the past decade and half. According to a recent ILO report presented at last month's annual meeting of the African Union Labour and Social Affairs Commission, among the 23 African countries for which adequate data are available, 19 fall in the category "much-to-be-done", facing tremendous challenges in terms of policy reforms, building capacity and delivering results. An interview with Guy Standing, Director of the ILO Socio-Economic Security Programme.

  6. Video


    07 May 2005

    In the former Soviet Union, movement of workers was strictly controlled. But today’s Russia is seeing a growing phenomenon of labour migration, especially from some of the poorest former Soviet republics. But as ILO TV finds out, the life of a migrant worker is not an easy one.

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    05 May 2005

    The Japanese government has brought in new rules to crack down on entertainment visas which have been widely used to bring women into the country to work in the sex industry. Tens of thousands of foreign women work in bars and clubs in Japan, some of them against their will, according to a report by the International Labour Organization.

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    05 May 2005

    An ILO study detailed 42 cases of forced labour in Germany, where migrant workers in particular find themselves tricked into situations where they are forced to work for low pay – or no pay. ILO TV reports from Germany on a new union set up especially for workers away from home.

April 2005

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    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2005 ILO project aims to take some of the strain from Viet Nam's farmers

    26 April 2005

    The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is held on 28 April each year. A key focus this year is on the prevention of work-related accidents and ill-health. Bangkok based journalist Sam Taylor reports from Viet Nam where a recently tested ILO project aims to give agricultural workers the skills to improve safety on farms in Viet Nam.

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    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2005 Promoting construction safety in Cambodia: Prevention is far better than cure

    25 April 2005

    There are annually at least 60,000 fatal accidents on construction sites around the world, according to an ILO report published for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2005. The focus of this year's World Day to be held on 28 April is on the prevention of work-related accidents and ill-health, particularly in the construction sector. Phnom Penh-based journalist Bronwyn Sloan reports from construction sites in Cambodia.