Accountability for forced labor in a globalized economy

Lessons and challenges in litigation, with examples from Qatar

Linde Bryk

Twenty-five million people, many of them migrants, are currently in forced labor worldwide. The journey into labor exploitation often begins with malpractice in recruitment, which is widespread in global labor supply chains and, in its worst form, can amount to human trafficking. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) has investigated whether transnational companies from Europe cause or contribute to forced labor or other labor abuses along their supply chains in the construction sector in Qatar.