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Labour Exploitation

Labour Exploitation

This refers to situations where people are coerced to work for little or no pay, often under threat of punishment. There are several means through which a person can be coerced, including:
  • Use of violence or intimidation
  • Accumulated debt
  • Retention of identity papers
  • Threat of exposure to immigration authorities
 
All types of labour, within every industry, are susceptible to labour exploitation. Some common sectors and industries that are identified as vulnerable include:
  • Factory work
  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Fishing
  • Car washes
  • Nail bars
 
Work conditions are usually poor i.e. not provided with protective clothing and the area of work being unsafe, including living conditions where provided.
 
Control mechanisms are used to keep workers from leaving. For example, withholding important documents or debt bondage - this is where a person is forced to work to pay off a debt or loan which cannot be paid off, because the wages are so low or because unreasonable deductions are made.