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

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