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Work in Freedom: Making migrant work safer for women from South Asia

Work in Freedom: Making migrant work safer for women from South Asia

Millions of women are trafficked from South Asia each year into exploitative forced labour like conditions. The UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have launched a new “Work in Freedom” programme to fight trafficking of women and girls from South-Asia.

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Tackling Bonded Labour in Tamil Nadu

Tackling Bonded Labour in Tamil Nadu

In India's Tamil Nadu state, thousands of people desperate for money are offered advance payments to work in the region's many brick kilns. While this system has worked well enough in the past for both employers and workers, many workers run the risk of 'debt bondage' because they cannot leave the worksite until they repay the advance in full. But the situation is changing now, by ILO working with government and employers, and showing workers how they can take more control of their own lives.

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21 million trapped in modern slavery

21 million trapped in modern slavery

Modern slavery, forced labour, still traps more than 20 million people around the world in different forms including debt bondage, forced begging, or trafficking. According to Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO's Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour, one of the main problems in the fight against modern slavery is how to identify victims of this crime. The ILO plays a key role in training institutions to take legislative action that enable societies to implement and enforce laws that make modern slavery a crime.

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Lured by a job, trapped in forced labour

Lured by a job, trapped in forced labour

In search of a job to support his family, a man accepts an offer from a recruiter and signs a contract for what looks like a good job with decent wages. Once at destination, the reality is very different.

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Guy Ryder's speech -- Modern slavery: The British challenge in international context

Guy Ryder's speech -- Modern slavery: The British challenge in international context

For centuries, slavery has demonstrated a remarkable capacity to adapt and mutate into forms which become highly resistant to the measures taken for its eradication. The conclusion to be drawn from our current circumstances is one that was evident already to the early abolitionists: the movement for the prohibition of slavery was the first human rights campaign to recognize the need for concerted action between countries for its success. Indeed it was the anti-slavery movement which led directly to the development of an international treaty regime on human and social rights.

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MTV Exit videos

MTV Exit videos

MTV EXIT is a campaign fighting human trafficking and exploitation by raising awareness, promoting positive behaviour change and driving social action. With the support of AusAID and USAID, MTV EXIT works closely with key stakeholders and influencers across the globe, including international and local celebrities, media and corporate partners, anti-trafficking and youth organisations, government agencies and young people to create targeted campaigns that promote safe migration, and encourage communities to take social action.

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Call on your Minister to support a strong Protocol to the ILO Forced Labour Convention

Call on your Minister to support a strong Protocol to the ILO Forced Labour Convention

This is a unique opportunity. We have until June to make the world know that it is time to end forced labour.

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New Protocol adopted to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery

New Protocol adopted to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery

A newly legally binding Protocol aimed at strengthening global efforts to combat forced labour was largely adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the International Labour Conference. “This is truly a historic moment because delegates in this room have now modernized effectively Convention 29, which was adopted 84 years ago.”, said Beate Andrees.

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ILO's Director-General urges immediate action to eradicate forced labour

ILO's Director-General urges immediate action to eradicate forced labour

Forced labour in the private economy generates $ 150 billion in illegal profits per year, about three times more than previously estimated, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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ILO Online Course - Preventing and addressing forced labour and trafficking in persons

ILO Online Course - Preventing and addressing forced labour and trafficking in persons

From 3 August to 30 September 2015, the AP-Forced Labour Net will host its first online course on preventing and addressing trafficking in persons in East and South-East Asia. The online course was developed to help participants have a clearer understanding of issues such as forced labour, trafficking in persons, substandard working conditions and labour migration, as well as of the root causes and vulnerabilities that put people at risk of falling victims to labour exploitation. It builds upon ILO’s experience in combating forced labour and promoting decent work and aims to equip participants with the necessary tools to identify and respond to cases of exploitation of workers, as well as to strengthen prevention measures.

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AP-Forced Labour Net Online Course Module 1

AP-Forced Labour Net Online Course Module 1

Welcome to Module 1 of the online course. You can start your self-study by watching the module introduction video attached. This section of Module 1 introduces the global and regional forced labour situation and introduces the international legal definitions of forced labour and trafficking in persons and the related international legal instruments, including the ILO Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29), Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, and the UNTOC Trafficking Protocol.

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Online course introductory video

Online course introductory video

From 3 August to 30 September 2015, the AP-Forced Labour Net will host its first online course on preventing and addressing trafficking in persons in East and South-East Asia. The online course was developed to help participants have a clearer understanding of issues such as forced labour, trafficking in persons, substandard working conditions and labour migration, as well as of the root causes and vulnerabilities that put people at risk of falling victims to labour exploitation. It builds upon ILO’s experience in combating forced labour and promoting decent work and aims to equip participants with the necessary tools to identify and respond to cases of exploitation of workers, as well as to strengthen prevention measures.

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AP-Forced Labour Net Online Course Module 2

AP-Forced Labour Net Online Course Module 2

Welcome to Module 2 of the online course! In this module, you will learn the ILO indicators of forced labour, how indicators of forced labour can contribute to data collection and research and the concept of a "continuum of exploitation".

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AP-Forced Labour Net online course module 3

AP-Forced Labour Net online course module 3

The module 3 covers the topics such as prevention of forced labour, victim protection and access to remedies.

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Making Labour Migration Safer for Laotian Workers

Making Labour Migration Safer for Laotian Workers

Many people dream of a better life in a foreign country, but without job skills and good connections the risk of exploitation is high. There's a new initiative by the Laotian government to give people who want to try for a better life abroad the chance to make it work safely and legally.

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Migrant worker resource centres in Viet Nam

Migrant worker resource centres in Viet Nam

Migrant Worker Resource Centres (MRCs) in Vietnam provide a variety of services to potential migrant workers and their families. Through the support of the GMS TRIANGLE project, MRCs have been incorporated into five Employment Service Centres in provinces that send high numbers of migrant workers. This video shows three young people navigating their way through regular migration channels, receiving recruitment agency pre-departure training and visiting the MRC for information.

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Domestic Worker Realities in Asia

Domestic Worker Realities in Asia

Domestic workers across Asia face similar obstacles in realizing their rights at work. This short video presentation takes the viewer behind the closed doors of a domestic worker's workplace and hears their concerns. It also examines the legislative situation in several countries of the region and the views of employers.

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No one should work this way: Ending the abuse of Asian domestic workers

No one should work this way: Ending the abuse of Asian domestic workers

This video is part of an advocacy project to expose some of the abuses and poor conditions that a significant number of domestic workers experience, and call for governments to ratify international convention (ILO Convention 189) that would protect them .There are more than 52 million domestic workers worldwide but the vast majority are unprotected by labour laws. This leaves them open to – sometimes terrible – abuse and exploitation. The journalist Karen Emmons worked with the photographer Steve McCurry on this documentary project.

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Access to Justice

Access to Justice

The ILO and Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center have conducted an ambitious research to better understand the barriers to access to justice faced by migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

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