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A TripAdvisor for Migrant Workers

Policing labor abuse with community reviews.
G. John Cole

Slavery and human trafficking generate an estimated $150 billion in annual profits worldwide for unscrupulous businesses and recruiters, according to the United Nations. A new initiative from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) gives migrant workers the chance to warn each other of potential abuse by rating recruiters on a TripAdvisor-style community website. 

Recruitment Advisor, currently available in four languages for workers from Nepal, the Philippines, and Indonesia, lists over 10,000 recruitment agencies that cater to economic migrants from those countries. 

The initial list of agencies was provided to Recruitment Advisor by governments of the target countries, and a network of civil society organizations and trade unions in those countries will continue to connect with workers, speaking with them about their rights. 

“Together we will stop unscrupulous recruitment practices, we will eliminate slavery in the supply chains, and we will end modern slavery,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.