Denmark Ratifies ‘Forced Labour Convention’

Denmark has deposited the instrument of ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 , thereby becoming the 17th country to ratify this instrument.

Denmark joins the ten other European countries to have ratified the Protocol since it was unanimously adopted by the International Labour Conference in 2014.

Through this ratification, which took place on 14 June 2017, Denmark has made a formal commitment to apply this international instrument, which gives new impetus to action against all forms of forced labour.

The Protocol supplements the Forced Labour Convention, (No. 29) 1930. It requires member States to take further steps to prevent forced labour in all its forms, as well as to provide victims with protection and access to effective remedies, including compensation.

The ILO estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labour around the world and that this generates some US$150 billion a year in illicit profits.

Victims are exploited in various sectors of the economy, such as agriculture, fishing, domestic work, construction, industry and mining. Forced labour takes different forms, including sexual exploitation, debt bondage and even trafficking in persons and slavery.