What is modern slavery?
Around 40 million people are victims of modern slavery globally, which definition often includes forced labour, forced marriage, human trafficking, debt bondage and other slavery-like practices. Among them, 25 million people are in situations of forced labour, working across industries, geographies, and often hidden in plain sight.
Why are migrant workers more vulnerable?
Almost one fourth of the victims of forced labour are international migrant workers, often exposed to unethical recruitment practices, such as excessive recruitment fees, document retention, social and cultural isolation, restrictions to freedom of movement, absence of legal protection and others.
WHAT IS IOM CREST?
The IOM Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) is a regional partnership initiative working with several private and public sector actors to realize their potential to uphold human and labour rights of migrant workers in business operations and supply chains.
IOM CREST works towards the protection of migrant workers, including increased access to ethical recruitment channels, eradication of fees charged to migrant job seekers, transparent employment terms and conditions, integrated support services, and effective remedy.
Together with cross-sectoral partners, CREST is building a stronger commitment from businesses and creating smart partnerships with and among the private sector to maximize the impact of collective action in eliminating modern slavery, particularly in relation to migrant workers.
CREST raises awareness on labour migration challenges, building strategic partnerships to promote change based on experience sharing and guidance, while facilitating multi-stakeholder cooperation and the involvement of migrant communities.