Fighting the scourge of forced labour November 2016 | FEATURE | LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT Financier Worldwide Magazine Few topics raise the hackles among the global populace as that of forced labour – a reality that essentially represents a scourge on humanity. A contentious issue, forced labour – especially child labour – has been on … More According to Robert Teel, a lawyer with a strong focus on forced labour and anti-human trafficking issues, the top five countries with the most enslaved people are India, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Russia. “India, with the second largest population in the world, is by far the worst offender with the largest absolute number of modern-day slaves estimated at 14.3 million people,” says Mr Teel.
On July 14, 2005, three former child slaves filed a class action lawsuit in California federal court against Nestlé, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midland for being trafficked and forced to work on the cocoa plantations of the Ivory Coast. The lawsuits seek to hold the companies liable for the torture, forced labour, and arbitrary detention … More Big Business Has Failed an Entire Generation of Children
Human trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of illegal profits. (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). $150 billion: ILO report, “Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour” (2014) available for download here. According to the International Labour … More Modern Day Slavery: A $150 Billion Business