Protocol to help eliminate forced labour adopted by UN

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Egyptian boys hauling rocks around a Cairo construction site. [1978] UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont

A new protocol to eliminate forced labour has been adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

It brings the existing convention adopted in 1930, into the modern era to address practices such as human trafficking.

The ILO says that forced labour violates the human rights and dignity of millions of people and contributes to the perpetuation of poverty.

ILO expert Beate Andrees.

There is a clear link now between forced labour and trafficking but then in addition and more importantly we have these provisions now on protection, prevention and remedy which apply to all victims of forced labour whether they have been trafficked or not and which we believe can really make a difference in terms of suppressing and eliminating forced labour in the future”.  (19″)

There are currently an estimated 21 million forced labour victims worldwide.

A recent ILO report estimates that US$150 billion in illegal profits are made in the private economy each year through modern forms of slavery.

Member governments of the ILO will now be obliged to consider the protocol and report back on their plans to implement its requirements.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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