By Marja Paavilainen, former Chief Technical Adviser, ILO Forced Labour Action in the Asian Region (FLARE project)
It is nearly two years since the launch of the AP-Forced Labour Net. Now, our Community of Practice is preparing to take an indefinite break, and it is a good time to look at some of the highlights of our community.
When we started, the AP-Forced Labour Net had an open agenda that allowed it to respond to the needs of the community. Looking back a common thread however emerges in the different contributions by our community members. These contributions have together sketched out a strategy, which can be called a “labour approach” to forced labour. Let me draw together some of these threads.
The main feature of a labour approach to forced labour – or trafficking in persons or slavery, if those are your preferred terms – is that, as the term suggests, it sees these atrocious practices primarily as labour issues. That is, as criminal labour practices existi ...