In today’s globalized economy, the recruitment and employment of workers across global supply
chains and international borders is becoming a common practice. While private employment agencies,
when properly regulated, play a legitimate role in the efficient and equitable functioning of labour
markets, concerns have been raised about the abuse of migrant workers during the recruitment and
placement process. Despite the existence of international standards relating to recruitment, national
laws and their enforcement often fall short of protecting the rights of migrant workers in particular.