The Global Report on Stopping Forced Labour

The June 2001 report, The Global Report on Stopping Forced Labour by the International Labour Organization, examines the most prevalent forms of forced labour still in existence today. Worldwide attention to forced labour has increased in recent years through the international appeals to one country in particular (Myanmar) to rectify that persistent problem. Trafficking of women and children — mainly for prostitution and domestic service but also sweatshop work — has also increased dramatically throughout the world in the last ten years. In North America, several high-profile cases in sweatshop industries have resulted in severe penalties and heightened public awareness. In addition, millions of people live and work in conditions of debt bondage in many countries throughout South Asia and Central and South America.