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.
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.
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.
08 February 2013
A public service announcement linked to a new report by the International Labour Office (ILO) looks at the "opportunity cost" of coercion to workers affected by forced labour, and details the growing number of unethical, fraudulent and criminal practices that can lead people into such situations.
30 November 2012
Today, 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world. Jada Pinkett Smith has teamed up with the ILO and its new campaign End Slavery Now, and so can you!
30 November 2012
Modern slavery, forced labour, still traps more than 20 million people around the world in different forms including debt bondage, forced begging, or trafficking. According to Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, one of the main problems in the fight against modern slavery is how to identify victims of this crime. The ILO plays a key role in training institutions to take legislative action that enable societies to implement and enforce laws that make modern slavery a crime.
27 November 2012
09 October 2012
Watch the new video "She breaks" by Vienne featuring Kathryn McCormick against modern day slavery
11 June 2012
The ILO`s Liaison Officer in Myanmar discusses the history of the ILO`s involvement in Myanmar, some of the challenges of dealing with forced labour in the country, and the role played by the ILO's unique tripartite structure in achieving progress.
03 June 2012
Al Jazeera News reports on the growing number of forced labour victims released by the ILO. Beate Andrees, Head of the Special Action Program is interviewed on the ILO's call to action and strategy to combat the global issue.