The world’s workforce has never been more mobile. Mobility can yield enormous collective benefits for migrants and societies when undertaken in a safe and orderly way. Many migrant workers, however, continue to be exposed to exploitation and abuse when seeking employment
opportunities away from home. Globally, there are 25 million people trapped in forced labour, many of whom are migrant workers.
The widespread demand for low-cost products and services ultimately drives exploitation, including forced labour and human trafficking.
Multiple layers of sub-contractors in supply chains can conceal abusive practices such as predatory recruitment processes, restriction of workers’ freedoms, hidden fees and deductions, non-compliance with safety regulations, as well as overt violence, psychological manipulation, and harm.
IOM works with the private sector and partners to ensure that risks of human trafficking and associated forms of abuse and exploitation in business operations and supply chains are prevented and addressed, and that the rights of migrant workers and their extended networks who have been adversely impacted by exploitative business practices are protected.
To find out more about IOM's involvement in addressing exploitation of migrants on the labour market, please access the full report here.