What is forced work/labour?
This is a means by which an individual if forced to work for another against his/her free will.
What are the components of forced work?
- Use of risk/aggression against another so as to provide work/service.
- Work/service for which one has not provided oneself voluntarily.
- Where one is working and is not freely permitted to leave such a place of work.
Note: this doesn’t encompass compulsory infantry service.
Who are the target groups for forced work?
The vulnerable categories of humanity are generally targeted, for example, women, girls, children, migrant employees and the youth. This class is much more susceptible than men.
What are examples of forced work?
- Women/ girls compelled into prostitution.
- Farm employees who are paid little or nothing.
- Forced sex exploitation.
- Labour exploitation e.g. household employees.
What are the consequences of forced work?
- It destroys a person’s dignity, especially in the case of prostitution or other types of sexual exploitation.
- It separates families, especially for those workers who are not permitted to depart their workplaces.
- It encourages poverty and a reduction in standards of living since some employees are paid little or even nothing at all.
- Actual aggression is sometimes enforced upon employees, particularly if they try to depart their locations of work.
Find out more about Fair and Unfair Treatment in the Workplace in Uganda.