Entering a new era of economic integration and free trade: the importance of eradicating forced labour and human trafficking
By Maurizio Bussi, Director of ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific, 29 October 2015
The issues related to forced labour and human trafficking in the present context of trade liberalization and economic integration are wide and complex. A global labour market is rapidly emerging in which the rights and welfare of workers are becoming more interrelated through the closer linkages that are being created by global production systems and increased capital mobility. This is particularly relevant to the Asia Pacific region which maintains a global primacy with respect to the size and production capacity of its manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
One key aspect of these unfolding trends is the renewed emphasis on efforts at all levels to identify, manage, mitigate and prevent forced labour and trafficking issues particularly when they are directly or indirectly linked to trade agreements and global supply chains. The recently concluded Tr ...