Videos on forced labour

May 2009

  1. Forced Labour report cites opportunity cost of coercion

    12 May 2009

    Forced Labour costs USD 20 billion per year - Roger Plant, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour, explains the financial as well as moral reasons why governments throughout the world must crack down on forced labour.

April 2009

  1. Maid in Lebanon

    15 April 2009

    Driven by extreme poverty in their home countries, thousands of female migrant workers go each year to the Arab States in order to earn enough money to support their families. What they find there is sometimes not what they expected. A film directed by Carol Mansour and funded by Caritas Sweden, the Netherlands Embassy in Beirut and the ILO depicts the gamble these women take when they decide to leave their families and go to work in Lebanon.

December 2008

  1. Fighting Human Trafficking in Moldova

    18 December 2008

    Living in a poor rural area of Moldova, 17-year old Maria grabbed the chance for a better life when a family friend promised her lucrative work abroad. Instead she found herself doing forced labour on a farm in Russia, with no passport or money to get back home. Breaking this cycle of human trafficking will involve improving decent work prospects for Moldavians at home, as ILO TV reports.

  2. International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, December 2

    01 December 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme combatting Forced Labour, talks about modern day slavery in today's global economy.

August 2008

  1. Song "Break the Chain" of Human Trafficking

    14 August 2008

    The four minute ‘bounce-to-the-beat’ hip hop track, sung in English interspersed with three local Zambian languages, warns young people of the illegal trade in human beings and of how traffickers lure their victims with false promises of a ‘better life’.

July 2008

  1. CNN awards ILO TV with "Best Business Report 2008"

    11 July 2008

    The ILO TV story "Child Trafficking in Burkina Faso" has won the 2008 CNN World Report Award for "Best Business Report". Selected from over 70 nominations from more than 40 contributors, the report highlights ILO efforts to prevent children from being trafficked in Burkina Faso.

June 2008

  1. ILC coverage: After the Cyclone - the ILO's work in Myanmar

    09 June 2008

    In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Nargis hitting Myanmar the focus was inevitably on humantarian relief and the aid operation. Now attention is shifting to the longer term, and issues such as whether the next rice harvest can be saved and food shortages averted, and what measures need to be taken to stop forced labour being used in reconstruction work. The prevention of forced labour is at the heart of the ILO's mandate in Myanmar. The ILO's Liaison Officer for Myanmar, Steve Marshall, has been in Geenva, reporting to the International Labour Conference on the situation. As he prepares to return to Yangon, Sophy Fisher asked him what he thought the longer term effects of the cyclone disaster would be, in terms of the ILO's work.

February 2008

  1. A global alliance against forced labour gains momentum

    27 February 2008

    Roger Plant, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour; Brent Wilton, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers; and Neil Kearney, General Secretary of the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation speak at a press conference during the Vienna Forum Against Human Trafficking, showing strong support for a global alliance to abolish forced labour by 2015.

December 2007

  1. Human trafficking in Moldova: the trade of human misery

    20 December 2007

    In Moldova, desperation, poverty, and high unemployment make young girls and women easy prey for traffickers, who promise them well paid jobs abroad. In a co-production with Rockhopper TV, ILO TV tells the story of Maria, forced to work illegally in Russia.

May 2007

  1. A global alliance against forced labour film

    08 May 2007