No 5 (2015)

Forced Labour and Human Trafficking

Guest Editors: Nicola Piper and Marie Segrave

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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Table of Contents


Nicola Piper, Marie Segrave, Rebecca Napier-Moore
Michele Ford
Ashley Feasley
Hannah Lewis, Louise Waite
Daphne Demetriou
Letizia Palumbo, Alessandra Sciurba
Eliza Marks, Anna Olsen
Caroline Robinson
Janie Chuang
Fiona David
Roger Plant
Marja Paavilainen
Kiran Kamal Prasad