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Global: Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention

Global: Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention

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by IDWFED published May 06, 2014 12:00 AM
Millions of workers are in forced labour and human trafficking. Today's slave trade generates billions of dollars in profits annually. We are all complicit through the goods and services we buy every day. The workers need stronger prevention measures, increased protection and effective compensation. In June 2014, 185 countries will meet at the International Labour Conference in Geneva to update the international law to protect everyone from forced labour. Call on your government to support a Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention.

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In 1930, the world made a commitment to end forced labour by adopting the ILO Forced Labour Convention #C29.

C29 was designed to address forced labour exacted from people in overseas colonial territories. Over the years, new challenges have emerged to tackle today’s forced labour in the private economy, in private homes, local businesses and multinational supply chains.

Forced labour today has risen to an alarming level.

In 2000, forced labour and human trafficking became the world’s third biggest crime business, following the global drugs and arms trade, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In 2005, the International Labour Office estimated that 32 billion dollars in illegal yearly profits was made on the backs of exploited workers.

We know what is missing from the international regulatory framework to turn the tide.

International legal experts agreed that there is an urgent need for stronger prevention measures, increased protection of workers, and effective compensation of workers to prevent re-victimisation. They have prepared a new international binding instrument, a Protocol to the ILO Forced Labour Convention.

World leaders have put it on the agenda of the 2014 International Labour Conference in June in Geneva.

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

Source: time2act. & ITUCCSI

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