Videos on forced labour

March 2014

  1. Meet the descendants of Solomon Northup from "12 Years A Slave"

    25 March 2014

    Streamed live on 25 March 2014 - On the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, ILO hung out with the descendants of Solomon Northup, whose life and memoir inspired the film "12 Years A Slave". ILO's expert on modern slavery, Beate Andrees, also joined the discussion to talk about forced labour today and the battle to stamp out. The Guardian's Holly Young moderated.

February 2014

  1. Lured by a job, trapped in forced labour

    10 February 2014

    In search of a job to support his family, a man accepts an offer from a recruiter and signs a contract for what looks like a good job with decent wages. Once at destination, the reality is very different.

December 2013

  1. 2013: The world of work in pictures

    20 December 2013

    From disaster recovery, to rising unemployment and the protection of workers across the globe, ILO News looks back at the most memorable events and images from the World of Work in 2013.

October 2013

  1. EU, Switzerland events highlight scourge of human trafficking

    16 October 2013

    October 18 is EU anti-trafficking Day, and also marks the start of Switzerland’s first anti-trafficking week. The events aim to raise awareness of the trafficking of human beings, often called modern day slavery. (audio)

  2. Labour problems in Qatar "eminently fixable" says ILO

    03 October 2013

    ILO Director General Guy Ryder discussed accusations of forced labour and other labour violations on Qatar's World Cup and other construction sites, saying that while there had been progress to address these issues on paper, implementation is the major problem but an "eminently fixable" one. He went on to say that Qatar has the resources to do the job and that the necessary political will needs to be applied on all sides before more lives are lost on construction sites.

July 2013

  1. Educate, inform and empower women to prevent forced labor

    15 July 2013

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, tells CNN that billions of US dollars are withheld from workers worldwide - money that should be invested into lifting people out of poverty and out of entrapment.

  2. Work in Freedom: Making migrant work safer for women from South Asia

    15 July 2013

    Millions of women are trafficked from South Asia each year into exploitative forced labour like conditions. The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have launched a new “Work in Freedom” programme to fight trafficking of women and girls from South-Asia.

May 2013

  1. Tackling Bonded Labour in Tamil Nadu

    03 May 2013

    In India's Tamil Nadu state, thousands of people desperate for money are offered advance payments to work in the region's many brick kilns. While this system has worked well enough in the past for both employers and workers, many workers run the risk of "debt bondage" because they cannot leave the worksite until they repay the advance in full. But the situation is changing now, by ILO working with government and employers, and showing workers how they can take more control of their own lives.

April 2013

  1. ILO estimates 600,000 forced labour victims in the Middle East

    08 April 2013

    In an interview with CNN's Freedom Project, ILO's Beate Andrees spoke to Hala Gorani about forced labour in the region, and some of the challenges in combating it. One such challenge mentioned, was the sponsorship system set up years ago, which may create a "disproportionate power between workers and employers". Better enforcement of laws was also highlighted as a way of better protecting migrant workers.

  2. 1 in 300 workers in Middle East are found "victim" of forced labour, alerts the ILO

    07 April 2013

    The Middle East may represent an opportunity for some migrant workers, it can be something more "sinister" for others . A report from the ILO, titled 'Tricked and Trapped', estimates that in a region where 70% of the work force is made up of migrant workers, 1 in 300 are victims of forced labour. ILO's Beate Andrees, spoke to CNN World Business Today, explaining how workers are deceived about their employment conditions right from the moment they are recruited.