I have just drawn closer attention on International Labour Organisation initiative to end slavery and raise awareness on the observable fact of forced labour. It’s called ArtWorks and it brings together the ILO, artists and athletes committed to promote fundamental rights in the world of work. The website also contains beautiful photos from the ILO book “Retrato Escravo” (“Slave portrait”) by João Roberto Ripper and Sergio Carvalho, which recently won the Best Photography Book at the 2013 Pictures of the Year Latin America Awards (POY LATAM). It shows present-day slavery in Brazil and reveals the poor working and living conditions of many women, men and children.
This is a significant and big initiative for one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world and need immediate corrective action at international forum. Indeed, these violations can easily address in UN guiding principles on business and human rights. There are currently 21 million women, men and children in slavery. 4.5 million are victims of forced sexual exploitation.