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European governments oblivious to forced labour conditions, says report

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on July 4, 2013 at 9:22 am
Workers pick strawberries near Freiburg. Germany is among the countries implicated in a new report on forced labour. Photograph: Rothermel/AP

Workers pick strawberries near Freiburg. Germany is among the countries implicated in a new report on forced labour. Photograph: Rothermel/AP

Governments across Europe are in a state of confusion and denial over the extent of forced labour within their own borders, contributing to hundreds of thousands of people remaining trapped in exploited, unpaid and dangerous working conditions, according to a new report.

In a study of the presence and extent of forced labour in nine European countries, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) concludes that the continued failure to recognise and address deficiencies in the regulation of the labour market is leading to the entrapment of up to 880,000 people in the worst forms of exploitation.

The foundation carried out extensive investigations into forced labour conditions in France, GermanyItalyIrelandLatvia, the Netherlands,PolandSpain and Sweden.

“What surprised us all was how easily we found examples of forced labour in all the nine countries we chose to focus on,” says Nick Clark, senior research fellow at London Metropolitan University and the lead author of the JRF report, “Detecting and Tackling Forced Labour in Europe“.

Source: The Guardian

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