Informal Sector

Little is known about human trafficking and labour exploitation in the informal sector. Businesses at high-risk are for example nail and hair salons, where predominantly women from Vietnam, China and South Korea are forced to work extensive hours for no or little wage at all. The workers’ health is also at risk as they are constantly exposed to harsh chemicals without wearing proper protective clothing.

Image: Pushkar, street vendor by Arian Zwegers, posted on flickr, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Thailand Migration Report 2019
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25 January 2019

The Thailand Migration Report 2019 contains 11 chapters that delve into themes such as working conditions, access to services, remittances, human trafficking and exploitation. Each chapter, written by a specific UN agency, provides up-to-date information on migration trends and patterns...

Minors in Kathmandu’s adult entertainment sector: What’s driving demand?
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03 October 2018

Kathmandu’s adult entertainment sector (AES) is made up of a complex web of venues that includes massage parlours, dance bars, cabin restaurants and guest houses. These workplaces employ young women and girls as waitresses and dancers who entertain male patrons....

Pathways for children to exit commercial sexual exploitation in Kathmandu
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21 September 2018

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) affects an estimated 1.8 million children globally. In Nepal, the adult entertainment sector (AES) is recognised as a high-risk environment for children where sexual exploitation is known to occur. The sector includes venues such...

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...

Sex Workers Organising for Change: Self-representation, community mobilisation, and working conditions
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30 January 2018

Sex worker rights organisations are creatively responding to violence, exploitation and other abuses within the sex industry, including instances of human trafficking, according to a new report published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), Sex Workers Organising for...

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