Although much literature on human trafficking focuses on sex trafficking, a great deal of human trafficking results from migrant workers, compelled - by economic deprivation in their home countries - to seek better life opportunities abroad, especially in agriculture, construction and domestic work. Such labour migration is sometimes legal and well managed, but sometimes not so – with migrant workers frequently threatened or coerced into entering debt bondage arrangements and ending up working in forced labour situations producing goods for illicit markets. This book fills a substantial gap in the existing literature given that labour trafficking is a much more subtle form of exploitation than sex trafficking. It discusses how far large multinational corporations are involved, whether intentionally or unintentionally, in human trafficking for the purposes of labour exploitation. They explore how far corporations are driven to seek cheap labour by the need to remain commercially competitive and examine how the problem often lies with corporations’ subcontractors, who are not as well controlled as they might be. The essays in the volume also outline and assess measures being taken by governments and international agencies to eradicate the problem.

chapter |8 pages


ByAto Quayson, Antonela Arhin

chapter |18 pages

Trafficking for labour exploitation

Getting the responses right
ByRoger Plant

chapter |15 pages

Child labour migrants or victims of labour trafficking?

A segmental approach
ByAntonela Arhin

chapter |20 pages

Displacing childhood

Labour exploitation and child trafficking in sport
ByDarragh McGee

chapter |16 pages

Labor migration, human trafficking and multinational corporations within the ECOWAS region

Challenges and opportunities
ByNdioro Ndiaye

chapter |14 pages

Adults or children?

The case of trafficking children for purposes of exploitative labour in the fishing industry in Ghana
ByDaniel Kweku Sam

chapter |17 pages

Doing Canada's dirty work

A critical analysis of law and policy to address labour exploitation trafficking
ByBethany Hastie

chapter |14 pages

Minimum wage

An ally in the fight against human trafficking for labour exploitation?
ByAnne Pawletta, Philipp Schwertmann

chapter |7 pages

Responding to labour trafficking

Suggestions from experiences of local service providers
ByAmy Stephens, Romesh Hettiarachchi, Sung Hyun Yun