Indigenous peoples and forced labour
Roger Plant, Head, Special action programme on Forced Labour, ILO
The film describes, among other things, the situation of indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon who are tricked into bonded labour by logging companies; Ugandan children who are abducted by warlords and forced to serve as child soldiers, and young Thai women who are falling victims of trafficking. It is estimated that around 12 million people around the world are forced to work against their free will. It is underlined that forced labour is a reality in the rich as well as the poorer parts of the world, and that governments, trade unions, employers organisations and others must all work together to fight forced labour.
The film is a solid awareness raising tool on the many forms of forced labour in the modern world. Though it is not specifically focussing on forced labour from an indigenous perspective, it is most relevant to indigenous peoples, as the sad reality is that they more often than others fall victims to forced labour.
Produced by: International Labour Organisation
Duration: 20 minutes
Year of production: 2006