Verité’s White Paper on The Cost of a Job: Systemic Forced Labor in Asia and What Companies Can Do to Eliminate It, we quantify the extent to which unscrupulous labor brokers and their client employers exploit foreign workers’ vulnerability for their own profit by inflating the cost of migration through recruitment fees. Verité’s experience in 2014 alone is that foreign workers in Taiwan, Malaysia, and Singapore pay between the equivalent of between $1,500 and $6,000 to obtain their jobs. These “fees” paid by workers effectively represent a subsidy to the employers who get to effectively transfer the cost of employment to workers. The exploitation of workers in this fashion is compounded by passport confiscation, restrictions on freedom of movement, and threats of denunciation to the authorities and even physical abuse.The White Paper goes on to outline the progress being made by leading companies in addressing these insidious abuses.
In a second White Paper entitled Cost of a Catch: Systemic Forced Labor and other Abuses in the Fishing Sector, Verité highlights the presence of human trafficking and the abuse of foreign migrant workers as well as other labor rights abuses at all levels of the global seafood sector – from vessels, to aquaculture farms, to processing plants. The White Paper addresses the “at sea” and land-based segments of seafood supply chains including those in Southeast Asia, the U.S., UK, Japan, and Eastern Europe. A series of concrete steps that companies can take to mitigate the risk of labor abuses in their seafood supply chains are offered.
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