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Human Trafficking: Vulnerabilities in Unpaid Work

Human Trafficking: Vulnerabilities in Unpaid Work

2 PM, March 10, 2009
United Nations Church Center, 777 UN Plz, 44th St & 1st Ave, 2nd Fl

Women continue to have unequal access to paid work,
higher unemployment rates and lower earnings than men.
Women are also less likely to have decent work that protects
their basic labor rights and health. Further, while
women’s contribution to the productive economy increases,
they continue to provide the majority of work in the unpaid
care economy. These factors increase women and girls’
vulnerability to human trafficking by forcing them to make
unsafe decisions to earn a livelihood, increasing demand
for low-wage (to no-wage) domestic help, and limiting access
to collective actions that protect labor rights and safe
and healthy working conditions. This panel will discuss the
importance of addressing the need to protect women in all
labor sectors from trafficking, the links between domestic
work and human trafficking, the collaboration with worker’s
rights groups, and policy recommendations.

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