News on forced labour

July 2012

  1. Forced labour: an EU problem

    10 July 2012

    New ILO estimates show forced labour is a serious issue in the European Union. Many countries are adopting increasing measures to tackle the problem, but more is needed when it comes to identifying and prosecuting criminals.

  2. Launch of new forced labour estimate for the EU-27

    The ILO launches on 10 July 2012 its new estimate of forced labour in the EU-27. The ILO estimate covers thousands of cases of forced labour and human trafficking reported over the period 2002-2011.

June 2012

  1. The US Department of Labour commends the ILO for its Global estimate of forced labour

    05 June 2012

    Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement on data regarding forced labor that have been issued by the International Labor Organization.

  2. New ILO Global Estimate of Forced Labour: 20.9 million victims

    01 June 2012

    Today sees the launch of a new ILO global estimate of forced labour – a shocking 20.9 million women, men and children are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. Our estimate captures the full realm of forced labour and human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation, or what some call “modern-day slavery”. The figure means that, at any given point in time, around three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide are suffering in forced labour.

  3. 21 million people are now victims of forced labour, ILO says

    01 June 2012

    According to new ILO estimates, three out of every 1,000 people worldwide are trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave.

May 2012

  1. ILO reports on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

    25 May 2012

    The ILO has issued a report on the worldwide situation concerning its fundamental principles and rights of work – freedom of association and collective bargaining, forced and child labour and discrimination.

June 2010

  1. Journalistic prize awarded to Nina Corpuz for her article on the rise of human trafficking in the Philippines

    24 June 2010

    “Filipino domestic workers: the struggle for justice and survival”, the article that won the 2010 Media for Labour Rights Prize

June 2009

  1. New ILO study on migrant workers and their vulnerability to exploitation, trafficking and forced labour in Bangladesh

    01 June 2009

    This qualitative study of returned migrants by Dr. Rita Afsar of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) in Dhaka has shed new light on some of the complexities and problems faced by Bangladeshi migrant workers leaving the country to work in the Gulf States, as well as the benefits that such migration can bring.

May 2009

  1. Abolishing Forced Labour in Indonesia through the Establishment of International standards for Domestic Workers

    25 May 2009

    The new ILO Global Report “The Cost of Coercion” points out that among the intensified international and national efforts to reduce and prevent forced labour, are new laws and policies at national and regional level, as well as a growing provision of social protection for those most at risk of forced labour and trafficking

  2. Zambia: From labour exploitation to forced labour: a fine line

    11 May 2009

    Forced labour is a crime that requires severe punishment. But clear guidance is needed, to determine the often thin dividing line between labour exploitation and forced labour. Zambia is one of the African countries to have taken steps both to understand the problems through research and to instigate measures to combat them. The case illustrates some of the dilemmas.