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ILO to publish new report on the profits of forced labour

Media advisory | 13 May 2014
GENEVA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch a new report, Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour on Tuesday, 20 May.

The study investigates the underlying factors that drive forced labour, of which a major one is illegal profits. Figures will include a breakdown of profits by area of forced labour and by region.

The report will also provide updates to data included in the 2009 Cost of Coercion report, as well as the global estimate of persons in forced labour.

Embargoed electronic copies of the report, executive summary and some associated media material will be made available to journalists upon request, starting on Monday, 19 May, by contacting the ILO Newsroom ( or the Department of Communication and Public Information at +4122/799-7912.

For Geneva correspondents: A press briefing by Corinne Vargha, ILO’s Chief, Fundamental Principles and rights at Work Branch and Beate Andrees, Head of the ILO Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour ,will be held, under embargo, on Monday, 19 May at 10 a.m. in press room 1 at the Palais des Nations. Geneva correspondents will be sent embargoed documents automatically as soon as they become available.

The report and all associated material and information are under strict embargo until 00.01 GMT on Tuesday, 20 May.

Interviews by print, web or broadcast media can be scheduled via the ILO Department of Communication: +4122/799-7912.

Broadcast coverage of the press conference will be made available for broadcasters upon request. The ILO TV studio and ISDN line may be booked for broadcasters wishing to interview the authors. Please contact the Department of Communication/Radio and TV Unit on +41 79 824 8074, Sandra Kuchen: or