Sweden joins the global movement against forced labour

July 6, 2017

With Sweden’s ratification of the Forced Labour Protocol, the momentum is building among countries to put an end to modern slavery.

Photo: Ulf Bodin


Sweden has become the tenth European country to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol, reinforcing its commitment to combat forced labour in all its forms, including trafficking in persons. It brings to sixteen the number of countries worldwide who have ratified the Protocol, giving impetus to action against all forms of forced labour.

“In ratifying the Protocol, Sweden demonstrates its strong commitment to continue the work to prevent and combat all forms of forced labour and labour exploitation and to protect all victims, to reach the objective of eradicating forced labour,” said Ms Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment and Integration.

“It also demonstrates strong support for the efficient work already carried out by the ILO in this regard. We all have to take our responsibility for this important work, and this ratification is one step to do so.” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder stressed that, “The Swedish ratification of the Protocol is a clear sign that global momentum is building in the fight against this scourge.”

Ms Ylva Johansson, Sweden’s Minister for Employment and Integration with Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

Along with a strong legal framework, Sweden has also developed a robust institutional framework to combat trafficking in persons for labour and sexual exploitation, for instance with the work of the National Task Force against Prostitution and Trafficking in Human Beings, and with the development of a National Referral Mechanism, (NRM), aimed at improving referral as well as increasing the protection and assistance of victims of trafficking.

The Protocol, adopted in 2014 by the International Labour Conference, complements the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29). It requires States to take effective measures to prevent forced labour and to provide victims with protection and access to justice and compensation.