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According to Anti-slavery International 11.7 million people are in slavery in the Asia-Pacific region, most of them are exposed to debt bondage. The ILO estimates that at least three in every 1000 people in Asia-Pacific are trapped in modern slavery. Domestic work, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and entertainment are among the sectors where forced labour is most often found in the Asia-Pacific region.

From fish to fishworker traceability in Thai fisheries reform
01 June 2022

This paper explores the question of what traceability systems mean for the labour situation of fish- workers; for whom and in what respects is traceability effective, and what impact do these systems have? The limited social criteria in fishery governance is a...

Human trafficking in the Afghan context: Caught between a rock and a hard place?
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17 May 2022

Author: Thi Hoang, GI-TOC Decades of wars and internal conflicts have driven generations and millions of Afghan families into impoverishment, illiteracy, unemployment, and displacement, rendering them unable to provide for their household members, particularly children. Political instability and conflicts have...

Cambodia’s trafficked brides: The escalating phenomenon of forced marriage in China
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03 May 2022

When: May 11, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Report launch: Wednesday, 11 May 2022 16:00-17:30 ICT (Cambodia/Vietnam) | 11:00-12:30 CEST (Austria) | 10:00-11:30 BST (UK) The number of women travelling from Cambodia to China for forced or arranged marriages has surged since 2016 and experienced a further spike...

Assessment of outreach and engagement with prospective migrants by the agencies recruiting labourers for foreign employment, IDS working paper 571
02 May 2022

This study was conducted to identify the gaps in policies and practices of labour recruitment in Nepal and assess the outreach and engagement of major formal labour intermediaries, private recruitment agencies (PRAs) and pre-departure orientation training (PDOT) centres, with migrant...

Anti-Trafficking Review Special Issue: Traffickers
19 April 2022

Despite increased awareness and massive investments in combating human trafficking, there is still limited knowledge about traffickers – who they are, why they engage in trafficking, and how they operate. This Special Issue of Anti-Trafficking Review is a step towards filling this...

Indebted Before Departure: Information Arbitrage and Financial Exploitation by Philippine Migration Intermediaries
28 February 2022

Labor migration is currently the most common predicate action leading to human trafficking and forced labor, and debt bondage is the most common indicator of forced labor. Based on Migrasia’s first hand experience with directly assisting thousands of migrant domestic...

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