What is Forced Labour?
Forced Labour is any work or service done involuntarily and against someone’s will under the treat of some form of punishment. Forced labour is most frequently found in labour intensive and/or under regulated industries, such as: agriculture, domestic work, construction, and manufacturing.
Recruiters charge a large fee and lure people from other countries with the promise of a descent job and living wage. Once here, they are controlled, threatened, and forced to work by their employers and identification is ceased by the trafficker. They are often working long hours with little or no breaks. They are underpaid and their traffickers continue to take inflated payments off their pay towards unrealistic fees. Victims are fearful to report this activity due to consequences such as deportation, physical violence, and threats toward family members.