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Forced labour and trafficking risks across migration systems in Asia and the Middle East (15 Feb 2016)

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The map shows that the countries which send and receive migrants in Asia and the Middle East all pose extreme or high risks to business of association with trafficking, according to Verisk Maplecroft’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Index. The impact of unethical brokers is critical across the recruitment corridors in the Middle East and Asia. Labour brokers play an essential and unavoidable role in providing workers to suppliers. But, during the recruitment journey, workers – and especially foreign migrants – may become exploited, for example, by paying large fees to one or multiple brokers. In countries where rule of law is weak and migration levels are high, brokers may become intermediaries in trafficking networks. Migrant workers who are recruited across multiple borders are therefore especially vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking into forced labour conditions.

Human Rights Outlook 2016