Forced to Labor: The Cost of Coercion

With Robert Moossy, Roger Plant, Maria Suarez

Thursday, May 14, 2009 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

A care center for formerly trafficked persons in Thailand. Photo by ILO/Kevin Cassidy.
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This Workshop for Ethics in Business on the afternoon of May 14 features Robert Moossy, director of the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Roger Plant, director of the ILO's Special Action Program to Combat Forced Labor, and personal testimony from Maria Suarez, a former slave.

The face of modern forced labor is the millions of persons who are tricked into exploitation, often through massive overcharging for visas and transport, and who then have to repay inflated debts by working in substandard conditions, for well below the minimum wage, and perhaps twice the normal working hours. Although there may be no physical constraints, coercion and violence are always present.

The Carnegie Council and the International Labour Organization (ILO) present a unique look at modern slavery from the personal, policy, and enforcement perspectives to shed light on an insidious practice that has become part of today's labor markets. Roger Plant, the author of the ILO's upcoming Global Report on forced labor and trafficking, will highlight what is being done on the forefront of action and reveal new data that focus on the cost of coercion to the victims of trafficking and forced labor.

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