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Libyan outrage: slavery or borders?

A recent CNN video of an apparent ‘slave auction’ in Libya has caused horror on social media, but the term slavery hides the European migration policies leading to such abuse.

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Libyan outrage: slavery or borders?

A recent CNN video of an apparent ‘slave auction’ in Libya has caused horror on social media, but the term slavery hides the European migration policies leading to such abuse.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Why roundabout solutions to forced labour don’t work

Without policies that explicitly address structurally-induced vulnerabilities, we are likely to continue to fail in our efforts to end forced labour.

40.3 million slaves: challenging the hypocrisy of modern slavery statistics

The new estimates on modern slavery hide incontrovertible biases within them, but their weight will be used to justify the actions of ‘white saviours’ for years to come.

Portrait of an Indian labour activist

From anti-imperial activism in the United States to garment sector organising in India, Anannya Bhattacharjee has spent a lot of time on the front lines.

Informal, but organised: the 30-year success of the Self Employed Women's Association of India

Coming together as a collective is a proven way to improve the pay and labour conditions for informal workers in India.

The social and political roots of exploitation in India

What is it that allows severe labour rights abuses to flourish in India? The answer is more complicated than poverty alone.

The presence of the past: lessons of history for anti-trafficking work

Those fighting against modern slavery draw inspiration from the abolitionists of yesteryear, but their misappropriation of the transatlantic slave trade is dangerous.

The UK, ‘modern slavery’, and the elephant in the room: prevention

Europe hosts many examples of how to prevent exploitation in national labour markets. This EU Anti-Trafficking Day, why doesn’t the UK follow suit?

Southern perspectives on development: the missing link in discussions on modern slavery

Isn’t it strange that so few people who are assumed to be ‘modern slaves’ see themselves as such?

Basic income’s third wave

The drive toward a basic income isn’t new. It’s a 100-year-old movement that has gotten stronger each time inequality has returned to the public discussion.

Could India support a basic income?

After a successful pilot project in Madhya Pradesh the India Network for Basic Income is setting its sights higher.

40.3 million slaves? Four reasons to question the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery

The new slavery estimates will guide international policy for years to come, which is why we need to start taking their data limitations seriously.

Eight reasons why we shouldn’t use the term ‘modern slavery’

The imperialist and racist undertones of ‘modern slavery’ should be troubling for anybody seeking to advance human rights.

Organising the unorganised in India

When will the workers of India become sufficiently united to demand a change in terms?

Corporate social responsibility should start with giving workers a fair wage

The global garment and textile industry is worth billions. Why can't workers in Tamil Nadu get their fair share?

Regional organising and the struggle to set the Asia floor wage

A global production system demands a global response from organised labour.

Can the world end forced labour by 2030?

Alliance 8.7 needs to embrace a wholesale change in approach to forced labour if it is serious about tackling it in supply chains. 

My body is my piece of land

Stories of migrant sex workers often cast human smugglers as the villains, yet the biggest evil many migrants face is their hopeless debt in their home country.

Breaking the cycle of expulsion, forced repatriation, and exploitation for Rohingya

Demanding the ‘right of return’ for Rohingya eases the way for countries to forcibly repatriate them back to Myanmar. Again.

Barbudan land ownership: a 200-year-old freedom put at risk following Hurricane Irma

Suspicion and frustration grow as Hurricane Irma evacuees find themselves unable to return home to Barbuda, whilst a law protecting the island from private and foreign investment is dismantled.

“Hands Off Pants On”: time to end gender-based abuse in the hotel industry

Too many women in Chicago’s hospitality industry are experiencing gender-based abuse at work – and women are speaking out to change that.

The crisis of workplace violence against women

Violence against women at work is real; it happens every day, in every corner of the world. It takes shape in many ways – from verbal and physical abuse to sexual assault and even murder.

The protection lotto against gender-based violence in the US

Women in the United States receive vastly different levels of protection against gender-based violence in the work place depending on where and who they are. 

Violencia de género en el sector agrícola centroamericano

Las trabajadoras del sector agrícola en Centroamérica buscan combatir la discriminación de género a través de los convenios internacionales. English

Gender-based violence in the Central American agricultural industry

Women workers in the agricultural sector to uphold international standards and combat gender-based violence and discrimination in Central America’s agricultural sector. Español

Surviving violence in a Bangladeshi garment factory

Laws against gender-based violence at work exist in Bangladesh, but their protective power is as thin as the paper they're printed on.

No easy answers for ending forced labour in India

India must attend to a long list of issues if it's to achieve 'decent work for all' by the year 2030.

Seattle fights hotel worker harassment with new law

Union members in Seattle are at the forefront of the fight for healthier and safer workplaces for women hotel workers.

Introducing a special theme series on gender-based violence in the workplace

As the deadline for government representatives to submit comments in support of an ILO convention to end gender-based violence in the workplace approaches, this series brings together voices from the labour movement.

Why we formed an independent farm workers union

The Familias Unidas por las Justicia migrant workers’ union in Washington state is taking action to defend the rights of women workers. Español

Trabajadores migrantes crean union independiente para combatir la discriminacion de género y proteger sus derechos laborales

El grupo Familias Unidas por las Justicia toma acción en el estado de Washington para defender los derechos de las trabajadoras. English

Gender-based violence at work: when the boss is the threat

Treating gender-based violence as a type of discrimination leaves many women trapped under violent bosses with nowhere to turn.

Collective bargaining in the Global(ised) South

Indian trade unions need networks of activists all along the supply chain if they’re to successfully take on multinational corporations.

Overseas anti-slavery initiatives flourish, but domestic governance gaps persist

UK-based companies are ramping up efforts to combat slavery in their overseas supply chains. But companies also need to be working harder to address the severe labour exploitation taking place at home.

Los menores de edad que trabajan en el trafico de migrantes: la historia detras de los "Menores de Circuito" en Mexico

Activistas y profesionales del trabajo social trabajan para entender la participacion de menores en el trafico de migrantes y prevenir que se involucren el transacciones ilicitas cros-fronterizas. English

Why don’t we know if anti-trafficking initiatives work?

Rigorous evaluation is rarely good for the anti-trafficking industry. That's why so little of it exists.

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