ILO and UK team up to combat trafficking of women and girls in South Asia

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Work in Freedom is a UK funded ILO programme aimed at preventing trafficking and forced labour of migrant women and girls from South Asia. [ILO Photo]

A new project by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Kingdom aims to prevent 100,000 girls and women across Asia from falling victim to labour trafficking.

Launched on Monday by the ILO and the UK Department for International Development, the Work in Freedom Initiative will promote skills and knowledge needed to secure legal contracts, decent wages and economic empowerment.

It will also support migrant women by cracking down on unscrupulous recruitment practices and prevent child labour by helping thousands of girls under 16 years ld to stay in school.

The UK government will invest nearly 10 million pounds over five years in the project in efforts to tackle known labour trafficking routes between South Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal, to the Middle East, including Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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