Policy Brief on Practices and Regulations of Recruitment to Garment Work

The policy brief maps common recruitment practices and regulations observed along recruitment pathways to garment and textile work in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Jordan and Lebanon.

This policy brief responds to a growing interest among policymakers and practitioners in improving recruitment practices and regulations with an eye to reducing vulnerability to human trafficking and forced labour among girl and women migrants in the garment and textile work sector. Given the complexity of cross jurisdictional and multi-tier recruitment practices and regulations, this brief looks at common practices and regulations, pointing to where and how they can constitute better practices. The mapping and analysis are based on research and lessons learned from the ILO’s Work in Freedom Programme recruitment pilots within South Asia and/or from South Asia to the Middle East. There are two sections to this brief, first – describing common recruitment practices and regulations, and second – giving examples of better recruitment practices and corresponding regulations.