Forced labour and human trafficking: handbook for labour inspectors

The handbook is a tool for training. It seeks both to inform labour inspectors of the facts and trends of modern forced labour and the challenges before them, and to promote discussion as to how labour inspectorates worldwide could be harnessed more effectively to global efforts against forced labour and trafficking.

All over the world, there has been huge investment in training police, border control and other law enforcement agencies in ways to address human trafficking. Yet the key role of labour inspectors, in the eradication and prevention of forced labour including human trafficking, has so far been overlooked. Because these are serious criminal offences, States and other actors have tended to assume that forced labour and trafficking are best dealt with through criminal law enforcement and procedures, rather than through labour law, administration and justice.