ILO Adopts New Protocol to Tackle Modern Forms of Forced Labour

On June 11, 2014, the International Labour Conference (ILC) has adopted a new legally binding International Labour Organization (ILO) Protocol on Forced Labour, aiming to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, as well as to intensify efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery. This new Protocol is designed to suppress and punish trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

The Protocol, supported by a recommendation, was adopted by government, employer and worker delegates to the ILC with 437 votes for 27 abstentions and 8 against.