Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings

How to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking

How to Combat Forced Labour and Trafficking

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 2010, 48 pages

The report gives examples of some of the most prevalent and severe forms of the practice, ranging from bonded labour in Nepal, child trafficking in West Africa and severe exploitation of farm workers in Italy.  It points to the hidden and isolated nature of the work done by those affected, and the ease with which many of those responsible are able to get avoid detection and prosecution. It also highlights the situation of many domestic workers in particular, showing how trade unions can help to protect them through lobbying, advocacy and awareness raising and campaigning, and by offering services and assistance and organising domestic workers into trade unions.

A "world forced-labour map" produced with the report shows the state of ratification of ILO Conventions 29 and 105 on forced labour, explains the most prevalent issues per region and highlights some of the trade union activities already undertaken to fight forced labour. The Global Trade Union Alliance, which is hosted by the ITUC, also provides quarterly updates on trade union activities on the issue through a newsletter which is available to those who sign up to receive it.