The two brand new policy briefs developed in the EU-funded FLOW-project by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI) and partners outline key recommendations that would enhance capacity of businesses and authorities to detect, investigate and prevent labour exploitation.
The “New tools for businesses to improve commitment to end labour exploitation and trafficking in local labour supply chains" policy brief outlines how challenges businesses face navigating complex supply chains can be solved and describes the multiple ways how various companies may be affected by labour exploitation. Besides key standards and legislation that dictate activities regarding social responsibility and human rights the policy brief outlines concrete tools business representatives can use to take preventative steps.
These measures include conducting a risk assessment, drafting an anti-trafficking strategy, screening contractual partners, incorporating specific contractual clauses and organising workplace assessments to prevent and address the risks of labour exploitation and trafficking.
The “How to uncover labour trafficking and exploitation? The route to a successful investigation" policy brief focuses on what challenges law enforcement faces when investigating labour exploitation offences and provides solutions to address the existing gaps. Set of key recommendations includes such steps as enhancing multidisciplinary cooperation and developing adequate structures to support such cooperation, establishing specialised trafficking units within the police and implementing targeted, multi-agency inspections in risk sectors. Overall, it is of utmost importance for authorities to ensure a victim-centered and victim sensitive approach in their work.
Both policy briefs are accompanied with infographs summarizing the project findings.
The FLOW project continues till the end of 2020 and we strongly encourage interested professionals to reach out and get access to extra materials and get training on the topic.
For more information, please contact: Researcher Anni Lietonen, HEUNI, tel. +358 50 411 67 (e-mail [email protected]), Senior Programme Officer Anniina Jokinen, tel. +358 50 351 7044 ([email protected]) or for country details contact [email protected] (Bulgaria), [email protected] (Estonia), and [email protected] (Latvia).