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Modern slavery: the global construction industry’s open secret

Paul Hodgson | November 17, 2016

The most high-risk sectors for modern slavery and forced labour are those sectors that typically use temporary and irregular workers in low-skilled and low-waged jobs. The construction sector fits this description for work in the industry itself and in the procurement of building materials. So says a new report from LexisNexis – Hidden in Plain Site: Modern Slavery in the Construction Industry, by Jantine Werdmuller von Elgg.

Modern slavery is defined as:

  • Human trafficking
  • Forced labour
  • Bonded labour/debt bondage
  • Child labour

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), of the US$150 billion profit generated annually by forced economic exploitation around the world, US$34 billion (23 percent) is made in the construction, manufacturing, mining and...

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