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Between decent work and forced labour: examining the continuum of exploitation

Between decent work and forced labour: examining the continuum of exploitation

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.

Publication Date
Monday, 1 November, 2010
Section Publications
Type of Publication Handbook
Year 2010
Means acts purpose Labour exploitation