Anti-Trafficking Review

No 5 (2015): Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is now associated, and sometimes used interchangeably, with slavery and forced labour. As this issue highlights, this shift in how we use these terms has real consequences in terms of legal and policy responses to exploitation. Authors - both academics and practitioners - review how the global community is addressing forced labour and trafficking. In 2014 governments across the globe committed to combat forced labour through a new international agreement, the ILO Forced Labour Protocol. Assessing recent efforts and discourse, the thematic issue looks at unionsstruggling to champion the protection of migrants' labour rights, and at governments fighting legal battles with corporations over enactment of supply chain disclosure laws. At the same time, authors show how regressive policies, such as the Kafala system of 'tied' visas for lower paid workers, are eroding these rights. This issue features short debate pieces which respond to the question: Should we distinguish between forced labour, trafficking and slavery?

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Guest Editors: Nicola Piper and Marie Segrave

Table of Contents


Editorial: What’s in a Name? Distinguishing forced labour, trafficking and slavery PDF HTML
Nicola Piper, Marie Segrave, Rebecca Napier-Moore
Trade Unions, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking PDF HTML
Michele Ford
Deploying Disclosure Laws to Eliminate Forced Labour: Supply chain transparency efforts of Brazil and the United States of America PDF HTML
Ashley Feasley
Asylum, Immigration Restrictions and Exploitation: Hyper-precarity as a lens for understanding and tackling forced labour PDF HTML
Hannah Lewis, Louise Waite
‘Tied Visas’ and Inadequate Labour Protections: A formula for abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers in the United Kingdom PDF HTML
Daphne Demetriou
Vulnerability to Forced Labour and Trafficking: The case of Romanian women in the agricultural sector in Sicily PDF HTML
Letizia Palumbo, Alessandra Sciurba
Policy and Practice: The Role of Trade Unions in Reducing Migrant Workers’ Vulnerability to Forced Labour and Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Subregion PDF HTML
Eliza Marks, Anna Olsen
Policy and Practice: Claiming Space for Labour Rights within the United Kingdom Modern Slavery Crusade PDF HTML
Caroline Robinson
Debate: The Challenges and Perils of Reframing Trafficking as ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ PDF HTML
Janie Chuang
Debate: When it Comes to Modern Slavery, do Definitions Matter? PDF HTML
Fiona David
Debate: Forced Labour, Slavery and Human Trafficking: When do definitions matter? PDF HTML
Roger Plant
Debate: Towards a Cohesive and Contextualised Response: When is it necessary to distinguish between forced labour, trafficking in persons and slavery? PDF HTML
Marja Paavilainen
Debate: Use of the Term ‘Bonded Labour’ is a Must in the Context of India PDF HTML
Kiran Kamal Prasad



Where’s the Evidence? – Anti-Trafficking Review, Call for Papers, 1 July deadline


Guest Editor: Sallie Yea

Deadline for Submission: 1 July 2016

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a themed issue entitled ‘Where’s the Evidence?’

Responses to, and international interest in, human trafficking have proceeded apace over the past 15 years in line with the adoption of the UN Trafficking Protocol. Yet, a great deal of anti-trafficking work is based on assumptions that are not well-proven and infrequently questioned. Why, for example, do some regions or groups emerge as trafficking hot-spots to become ‘intervention intensive’? How do anti-trafficking actors justify and explain the need to continue work in a particular area, or with a particular group? Similarly, anti-trafficking measures often continue in the absence of efforts to monitor and evaluate their effectiveness. How, in these circumstances, can the value of anti-trafficking work be estimated? On what basis is funding continued or denied to organisations undertaking such interventions? There has been some critical reflection on these issues, with a number of critical commentators questioning the production, global circulation and validity of statistics on human trafficking in particular. Statistics often take on a life of their own, despite their often questionable genesis, whilst the place and value of qualitative approaches in the field is also open to some scrutiny. Qualitative research methods are not necessarily any more robust in this relatively young field, and critics have questioned unethical and sometimes directly harmful methods of both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.

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Regressive policies on labour and migration exacerbate forced labour and exploitation, international rights group says

A significant new protocol on forced labour was agreed last year, which promised to strengthen national laws and actions on protection of workers’ rights. However, many regressive policies related to migration and labour persist, according to the latest issue of the Anti-Trafficking Review, published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW).  
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The Anti-Trafficking Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking. It explores trafficking in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. The Review offers an outlet and space for dialogue between academics, practitioners and advocates seeking to communicate new ideas and findings to those working for and with trafficked persons.

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