Labour exploitation

Victims of labor exploitation are sometimes not aware that they are being exploited. Not only the low wage, but also missing documents and employment contracts or an isolated workplace can be indications of exploitation. 

Find out more in our collection of media reports.

80% of global population live in areas rated high or extreme risk for modern slavery

The European Commission’s newly unveiled plan to ban products made with forced labour from entering the EU market is the latest in a growing list of human rights due diligence laws.

Article by Jess Middleton (27.10.2022)

Hundreds of Taiwanese trafficked to Cambodia and held captive by telecom scam gangs

Police forces in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Vietnam have launched major operations to rescue their citizens and shut down trafficking syndicates.

Article by Helen Davidson (23.08.2022)

Ukrainian workers flee ‘modern slavery’ conditions on UK farms

Charity calls for people who arrived on seasonal work visas and are now undocumented to be offered protection

Article in the Guardian (20.04.2022) 

EctHR rules Azerbaijan to compensate Bosnian injured workers

On October 7, the European Court of Human Rights issued a long-awaited verdict in the case of Zoletic and Others v. Azerbaijan – 20116/12, in favour of 33 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who were recruited in 2009 and taken to Azerbaijan where they were forced to work.  The court ruled that the respondent State failed to comply with its procedural obligation to institute and conduct an effective investigation of the applicants’ claims concerning the alleged forced labour and human trafficking.

Article by LaStrada (08.10.2021)

A Gymnastics Coach Was Charged With Human Trafficking. What Does That Mean?

Experts say the filing of human trafficking charges against John Geddert, who died on Thursday, could have major ramifications for future prosecutions of coaches in the high-pressure world of elite sports.

Article by Allyson Waller (26.02.2021)

Europe's rights court orders UK to compensate human trafficking victims

Britain should pay 90,000 euros (78,590 pounds) in compensation to two Vietnamese men who were convicted of drug crimes despite signs they had been trafficked as children and forced to work on cannabis farms, Europe’s top rights court ruled on Tuesday.

Kieran Guilbert (16.02.2021)

UK officials struggle to persuade suspected modern slaves to accept help

London - Britain's anti-labour exploitation agency is ramping up investigations into worker abuses and uncovering more suspected victims of modern slavery, but few are choosing to receive support from the government, a report showed on Thursday.

Article by Kieran Guilbert (21.01.2021)

Slave markets found on Instagram and other apps

Drive around the streets of Kuwait and you won't see these women. They are behind closed doors, deprived of their basic rights, unable to leave and at risk of being sold to the highest bidder.

Officers identify 715 potential victims of labour exploitation in two pan-european joint action days

Between 14 and 20 September 2020, Europol supported two Europe-wide joint action days against human trafficking for labour exploitation.

Press Release Europol (06.10.2020)

One in eight Ukrainians ready to accept a job offer that can lead to exploitation

To cross the border illegally; to work without official employment contract, illegal production and in a closed space.