Construction & Security Services

Migrant workers are a high-risk group for human trafficking and labour exploitation. And as the construction industry heavily relies on migrant workers, it is at a high-risk to contribute to these issues. In many countries, forced labour practices occur through informal and clandestine recruitment systems involving internal or international migrants. Some recruitment agencies charge workers exorbitant fees, that can even be as high as a year’s worth of salary, to place them in construction jobs abroad. After they migrate, workers can be found in trafficked or forced labour situations where they are tied to one employer without the right to leave or where unlawful deductions are made from their wages.

The 2018 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor
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20 September 2018

Purpose of this Report The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has produced this eighth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in accordance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA), as amended. The TVPRA...

UK Modern Slavery Helpline: Annual Assessment 2017
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16 April 2018

The UK-wide Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre was established in October 2016 to provide victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses with access to information and support on a 24/7 basis. Operated by Unseen, in its first full year...

Shaky Foundations: Labour Exploitation in London’s Construction Sector
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09 April 2018

This report draws on interviews and surveys with migrant construction workers in London to examine the causes of labour abuses that can lead to exploitation in the construction sector. The report calls for urgent action by the Government, the Director...

Strategic Leverage: Use of State and Local Laws to Enforce Labor Standards in Immigrant-Dense Occupations
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01 March 2018

This report examines how states and localities across the country—both red and blue, with and without a long history of labor-protection regimes—are developing innovative strategies to enforce labor standards, and to do so more strategically. Many of these approaches leverage...

Human Trafficking and Labour Exploitation in the Casual Construction Industry: An Analysis of Three Major Investigations in the UK Involving Irish Traveller Offending Groups
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22 June 2017

Authors: Ella Cockbain & Helen Brayley-Morris Abstract Human trafficking and modern slavery are routinely framed as key threats facing society. Despite increased media, policy, and practitioner attention the evidence base remains underdeveloped. The numerous knowledge gaps include a lack of...

A Wall of Silence: The Construction Sector’s Response to Migrant Rights in Qatar and the UAE
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05 December 2016

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has quizzed 100 construction companies operating in Qatar and the UAE on the measures they are taking to stop exploitation of migrant workers. Only 22 responded, indicating a shocking level of inaction. Despite increasing...

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