The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) / Skrivankova Klara
November 2010, 38 pages
This paper begins with the question: Where does decent work end and labour exploitation begin, and where does labour exploitation end and forced labour begin?
In the process of finding an answer to this question, the paper offers an overview of selected concepts and definitions from across the world, and examines how forced labour is currently framed within national legislations. It introduces a continuum of exploitation and interventions, ranging from decent work to extreme exploitation and covering both labour law and criminal law.
Case studies are used to demonstrate how the concept of a continuum can be applied in practice in the UK.