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.

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
Publications
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
Publications
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...

FLEX Briefing: Labour Exploitation in London’s Construction Sector
Publications
26 October 2017

This briefing outlines key drivers of labour exploitation in the construction sector in London and sets out interventions to tackle the problem.

Making Workers Pay. Recruitment of the Migrant Labor Force in the Gulf Construction Industry
Publications
06 October 2017

This report gives an insight into the link between corporate practices in the Arabian Gulf’s engineering and construction sector and the recruitment – in South Asian countries like India and Bangladesh – of many of the migrant workers who staff the industry’s projects.

Engaging the Private Sector to End Human Trafficking. A Resource Guide For NGO’s
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01 October 2017

This guide aims to provide NGOs working on trafficking and forced labour, with knowledge and tools to engage the private sector in their work. Different vulnerable sectors and the role that corporations could potentially play in contributing to and preventing...

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