Fundamental Rights Agency report on ‘Severe labour exploitation’

Severe labour exploitation: workers moving within or into the European Union States’ obligations and victims’ rights was published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in June 2015.

The report is the first of its kind to comprehensively explore all criminal forms of labour exploitation in the EU affecting workers moving within or into the EU. The findings show that criminal labour exploitation is extensive in a number of industries, particularly agriculture, construction, hotel and catering, domestic work, and manufacturing, and also that perpetrators are at little risk of prosecution or of having to compensate victims. This situation does not only harm the victims themselves, but also undermines labour standards more broadly.